FROM WORDSMITH.ORG: NUMMARY
Howard A. Daniel III writes that a non-numismatist friend
sent the following definition to him:
"nummary (NUM-uh-ree) adjective. Pertaining to coins
or money. [From Latin nummarius, from nummus (coin).]
"`Originally the nummary Denomination of Silver,' observed
William Douglass, a physician who commented on economic
affairs, seems to have been the same as its Weight ...'"
Elizabeth E Dunn, `Grasping at the Shadow': The
Massachusetts Currency Debate, The New England
Quarterly (Boston), Mar 1998."
The definition came from the Word A Day email from
http://wordsmith.org which we've cited before in The
E-Sylum. He notes that the web site also has a dictionary
"which appears to be VERY extensive." Howard found
this site to be very interesting and that it would be very
useful to him and might be to other NBS members too.
[Interesting word, but as a numismatic bibliophile, I'm even
more interested in the mentioned citation. A web search
found a number of references to the Dunn article, but
unfortunately the text seems to be unavailable, even on
the New England Quarterly web site (see
Has anyone read the article, or have access to the journal?
I'll see if offprints or back issues are available from the
Wayne Homren, Editor
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