TEMPUS IN NUMMIS
Lawrence Lee of the Durham Western Heritage Museum
(home of the Byron Reed collection) writes:
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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