Iconomics is the study of the visual representatons of economic value. Currency and coins are the most common examples, but checks, stock certificates, deeds, promissory notes, tobacco leaves, shells, and many other things have served as well.

Among the many things used to represent value, we may distinguish between those things that have some inherent value, such as gold, silver, tobacco leaves and cattle and those things like paper currency that only have value through their use in a system of trade.

Also falling under the pervue of Iconomics are those things that have value, like works of art, but also participate in a system of exchange, and may be said in some way to store value rather than represent it.

Miles DeCoster