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exonumia (ek-suh-NOO-mee-uh, -NYOO-) noun
Objects that resemble money but do not circulate as coin or paper money. For example, tokens, coupons, medals, etc.
[From Greek exo- (outside) + num (as in numismatic: related to currency).]
"Objects such as savings bonds, gas-ration coupons and meat- and
butter-ration coupons are indeed collectible. ... I have seen coin
dealers, primarily at shows, handle exonumia on these and other
"While Canada and other countries have occasionally struck wooden currency,
wooden money is `considered distinctly an American contribution to
exonumia' -- objects that resemble money but are not for circulation as
This week's theme: words about collecting and study of things.
The death of democracy is not likely to be an assassination from ambush. It will be a slow extinction from apathy, indifference, and undernourishment. -Robert Maynard Hutchins, educator (1899-1977)