A collection of exonumia.

Exonumia are numismatic items other than coins or paper money. Examples of exonumia include tokens, medals, medallions, badges, elongated coins, wooden nickels, and similar items. It is related to numismatics, and many coin collectors are also exonumists.

Besides the strict definition above, some people extend the study of exonumia to include non-coins that may or may not be legal tender, such as checks, credit cards, or similar paper. These can be considered notaphily or scripophily.


The word, exonumia, is derived from two classical roots: exo (ἔξω), meaning "out-of" in Greek, and nummus, meaning "coin" in Latin. Usually, the term exonumia is applied to such objects in the United States, while the British equivalent is paranumismatica.

The words exonumist and exonumia were coined during 1960 by numismatist, Russell Rulau, and were accepted by Webster's Dictionary in 1965.

Types of exonumiaEdit

Hard times token

A hard times token.



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