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  • n. currency (modern)
  • n. money (ancient)
  • n. current coin of a state (ancient)
  • n. Coinage, a monetary system.
  • n. A byzant.
  • n. A stamp, an image on a coin


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Transliteraion of Ancient Greek νόμισμα (nomisma).


  • Aristotle was aware of this fact over 2300 years ago when he observed that nomisma, or money "is not to be found in nature, but in law" (1) The Greek word for law was nomos, thus "nomisma", or money, was such because of the law.


  • It is less often remembered that he built a third pillar, almost as important as the other two: he issued a new gold coin, called the solidus in Latin and the nomisma in Greek, which remained the basis of Byzantine coinage for 700 years.

    superversive: Gondor, Byzantium, and Feudalism

  • After eight days with Judge Mattachine my patience eroded and I hopped the first pod southbound, taking with me all my earthly possessions, consisting of my toothflash and blackhead remover, my key to the master information output, my most recent thumb-account statement, two changes of clothing, and my lucky piece, a Byzantine gold coin, a nomisma of Alexius I.

    Up The Line

  • Demand: and the account of its Greek name [Greek: nomisma] is this, that it is what it is not naturally but by custom or law ([Greek: nomos]), and it rests with us to change its value, or make it wholly useless.


  • The common measure must be some one thing, and also from agreement (for which reason it is called [Greek: nomisma]), for this makes all things commensurable: in fact, all things are measured by money.


  • The piece of money is the coin of gold, silver, or bronze, which is called _nomisma_, because it bears the imprint of the name and likeness of the prince ....

    An Essay on Mediaeval Economic Teaching

  • The word is derived from the Greek [Greek: nomisma], or the Latin

    Anecdotes of Painters, Engravers, Sculptors and Architects and Curiosities of Art (Vol. 3 of 3)

  • (nomisma) - because it exists not by nature but by law (nomos) and it is in our power to change it and make it useless.

    The Nicomachean Ethics

  • Now this unit is in truth demand, which holds all things together (for if men did not need one another's goods at all, or did not need them equally, there would be either no exchange or not the same exchange); but money has become by convention a sort of representative of demand; and this is why it has the name 'money' (nomisma) - because it exists not by nature but by law (nomos) and it is in our power to change it and make it useless.


  • Can you spare a silver nomisma for an unhappy old man? "

    Up The Line


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