Hi guys. Any idea why dial makers use IIII instead of IV for number 4?

Hi guys. Any idea why dial makers use IIII instead of IV for number 4?

Joined: May 30th, 2004, 12:23 pm

July 28th, 2007, 7:27 am #1

My friend just asked me and I have didn't have an answer.

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Joined: October 27th, 2004, 1:12 pm

July 28th, 2007, 9:42 am #2

..and no, I don't know why they appeared like that on early clock dials! ;-( Some say it's just one of those quirks which became a tradition and then the norm


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Joined: May 30th, 2004, 12:23 pm

July 28th, 2007, 10:34 am #3

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Joined: April 12th, 2006, 1:37 am

July 30th, 2007, 2:39 am #4

My friend just asked me and I have didn't have an answer.

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It has to do with one of the kings of England had it changed. Its in a history book somewhere.
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