Why The Roman Numeral For Four Shows Up As IIII & Not IV On Clocks

jon January 28, 2012 1

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  1. Chakolate January 28, 2012 at 11:09 pm - Reply

    Actually, the king had it right. Originally Roman numerals used ‘IIII’ for four. It was changed during the middle ages.

    If you eliminate the idea that a smaller value before a larger one meant subtraction, Roman numerals could be written in any order. 1536 could be MDXXXVI or as XDXMXIV. Cool, huh?

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