Exonumia, pronounced (ek-sa-new'-me-uh). What is it exactly and what does it have to do with collectibles? Exonumia is a category of numismatic related items including 'Good For' tokens, souvenir medallions, counterstamped coins, wooden nickels, elongated and encased coins as well as many other items resembling money but not intended to circulate as money. Because coin collectors regularly come into contact with exonumia items, many end up becoming an exonumists as well. The word exonumia was coined in 1960 by a recognized expert and author on the subject and included in Webster's dictionary soon after. FYI: Many token-like items in the category of exomunia were, at various times, circulated and used as currency in the United States when physical money was not readily available!
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