# Why is the 4 in Roman numeral clocks wrong?

Imagine a watch face with roman numerals, and look at the numerals opposite to each other – all of them are in perfect balance, except for the ‘heavy’ VIII and the ‘light’ IV; optical balance is re-established by printing an also ‘heavy’ IIII. Therefore the main reason why this is done is for symmetry reasons.

Using IIII instead of IV means that the first four numbers—I, II, III, IIII—require only I; the next four—V, VI, VII, VIII—only I and V; and the final four—IX, X, XI, XII—only I and X.

Also, why are Roman numerals upside down on clocks? The V numerals are upside down on this clock, so the numbers 4, 6, 7, and 8 appear wrong no matter which way they’re viewed. Those numbers can be read properly in a mirror. However, then 9, 11, and 12 would be wrong.

Beside above, why do some clocks have IIII instead of IV?

The visual Balance 12 numerals are thus printed on their dials. One of the reasons for the use of IIII instead of IV could easily be to obtain a greater visual balance. The IIII numeral, more complex than the usual IV numeral, might provide better visual balance to the complex VIII found on the other side of the dial.

What is the Roman numeral 4?

Roman numerals are a system of numerical notations used by the Romans. For example, 4 is denoted IV, 9 as IX, 40 as XL, etc. However, this rule is generally not followed on the faces of clocks, where IIII is usually encountered instead of IV.

### What is Z in Roman numerals?

Roman Numeral Table Table of Roman Numerals 1 I 27 10 X 80 11 XI 90 12 XII 100

### What is this symbol IV?

So the Romans moved on to the symbol for 5 – V. Placing I in front of the V — or placing any smaller number in front of any larger number — indicates subtraction. So IV means 4. After V comes a series of additions – VI means 6, VII means 7, VIII means 8. IX means to subtract I from X, leaving 9.

### Is the Roman numeral for 4 IIII or IV?

Originally, it was common to use IIII to represent four, because IV represented the Roman god Jupiter, whose Latin name, IVPPITER, begins with IV. The subtractive notation (which uses IV instead of IIII) has become the standard notation only in modern times.

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### How is the number 5 written in Roman numerals?

Roman Numerals 1-100 Chart Number Roman Numeral Calculation 3 III 1+1+1 4 IV 5-1 5 V 5 6 VI 5+1

### What does M mean in Roman numerals?

How ancient Romans used to write numbers. I means 1, V means 5, X means 10, L means 50, C means 100, D means 500 and M means 1000.

### How do you write 19 in Roman numerals?

Convert number: 19 in Roman numerals, how to write? Break the number (decompose it) into place value subgroups: 19 = 10 + 9; Convert each subgroup: 10 = X; 9 = 10 – 1 = X – I = IX; Wrap up the Roman numeral: 19 = 10 + 9 = X + IX = XIX; XIX is a group of numerals in additive and subtractive notation.

### Why is there no zero in Roman numerals?

Because Roman Numerals System was developed for mostly knowing the price of goods, and to trade. So, there was no need for a symbol to represent zero. Instead of the number zero, the word “nulla” (the Latin word meaning “none”) was used by the Romans.

### What number is XL?

In general, letters are placed in decreasing order of value, eg XVI = 16 (10+5+1). Letters can be repeated one or two times to increase value, eg XX = 20, XXX = 30. Letters cannot be repeated three times, so XXXX is not used for 40. In this case, XL = 40 (50 minus 10).

### How do you write 0 in Roman numerals?

Zero. The number zero does not have its own Roman numeral, but the word nulla (the Latin word meaning “none”) was used by medieval scholars in lieu of 0. Dionysius Exiguus was known to use nulla alongside Roman numerals in 525.

### How do you write 400 in Roman numerals?

Convert number: 400 in Roman numerals, how to write? 400 = CD; is a group of numerals in subtractive notation.

### How do you write 11 in Roman numerals?

Roman Numerals: 11 = XI.

### Why is Rolex 4 Roman?

The notation IIII was used by the Ancient Egyptians, the Greeks, and later the Etruscans, from whom the Romans adopted it. It is not limited to ‘Rolex’ but almost all watch brands in roman numerals. It is called watchmaker’s 4 and is to give the dial better symmetry in IIII as opposed to IV. Did not know that.

### Is IIII Roman numeral valid?

I, II, III, IV, V, VI, VII, VIII, IX, X, XI, XII. The IV and IX can be read as “one less than 5” (4) and “one less than 10” (9). On most Roman numeral clock faces, however, 4 is written as IIII.