|Centuries:||19th century – 20th century – 21st century|
|Decades:||1950s 1960s 1970s – 1980s – 1990s 2000s 2010s|
|Years:||1985 1986 1987 – 1988 – 1989 1990 1991|
Below is a list of numismatic events that occurred in 1988.
- Austria becomes the first country to incorporate foil into a banknote.
- Canada releases the Silver Maple Leaf, based on the success of its Gold Maple Leaf program.
- The second Nicaraguan córdoba is introduced, replacing the previous currency at a rate of 1 new córdoba equaling 10,000 pre-1988 córdobas.
- Peru experiences hyperinflation.
- American Samoa introduces a series of commemorative coins bearing the status of legal tender.
- March 6: Pyotr Osipovich Karyshkovskij-Ikar, Ukrainian numismatist.
- November 9: Richard S. Yeoman, American numismatist and coin collector.