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The E-Sylum:  Volume 4, Number 9, February 25, 2001, Article 4

TEMPUS IN NUMMIS 

   Lawrence Lee of the Durham Western Heritage Museum 
   (home of the Byron Reed collection) writes:  "The recent 
   E-Sylum discussions over the correct term for various 
   anniversary dates caused me to turn to the definitive work 
   on time in numismatics, Tempus in Nummis. 

   In Volume 2, beginning on p165 of their metacognitive 
   work, authors James Sweeny and Robert Turfboer devote 
   an entire section to the language of anniversaries. Among 
   their factoid gems: a tertiomillennial marks an anniversary of 
   333 years, while a sesquibimillennial occurs every 2,500 
   years.  Which will be about how long it will take anyone to 
   surpass Sweeny and Turfboer in covering the subject." 

   [Editor's note:  Hail to Sweeny and Turfboer!  And shame 
    on me for not going to my bookshelf before asking my 
    original question.  Of course, if I hadn't brought the subject 
    up, we'd have missed everyone's interesting replies. 
    Tempus in Nummis, published in 1992 by Numismatics 
    International, is one of my favorite numismatic books, and 
    I'm glad to see others think likewise. ] 

  Wayne Homren, Editor

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