Question: Who is thought to have been the world’s first numismatist (coin collector?)
Answer: Caesar Augustus, first emperor of Rome (27 BC to 14 AD). And Gussie didn’t just collect them in the form of tax money. (Though he did that, too.) No, he liked coins for their own sake and put aside any he fancied the look of. Around the fourteenth century, other people started to regard the collection of different kinds of coins as a nifty hobby. Rich people, that is. Poor ones couldn’t spare any.