CoinWeek Podcast #157: The History of Numismatics

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The study of coins and non-coin objects–numismatics–traces its roots back to the ancient world and began with a study of non-current coins and medals, many pulled from the ground and brought to local experts and historians. Originally an academic pursuit, a branch of numismatics morphed into today’s hobby of coin collecting. CoinWeek Ancients writer Mike Markowitz takes us back in time to discuss the birth of our favorite hobby.

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