Yosef Sa'ar submitted these thoughts on a numismatic term. Thanks!
Today I encountered the word CONSIMILAR on world numismatic forum. It was said to mean "same as other side" referring to a coin or token. i.e. What we write in token catalogs as "Same as obverse" when describing the reverse of a piece.
I requested a reference when I couldn't find the word in my 1953 Merriam-Webster New Collegiate Dictionary. Likewise it's not at dictionary.com or oxforddictionaries.com from the OED website. However, the poster came up with the following:
Collins English Dictionary:
consimilar (kənˈsɪmɪlə) Definitions
being very, or entirely, similar
Full Definition of CONSIMILAR
: sharing in similarity or being entirely similar; specifically : having both valves alike ( diatoms )
— con•similarity noun
Webster's 1828 English Dictionary
CONSIMILAR, a. Having common resemblance. [Little used.]
Now I think it's a great word, but in fifty plus years of numismatics I have never seen it. How about you and other numismatic literati?
Very curious if I've been missing something.
I recognized the word from somewhere, but don't recall where. It's never appeared in The E-Sylum. Are others familiar with it in a numismatic context?
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