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A NEW THEORY ABOUT IIII
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CLOCKING THE FOURS
Why is the number 4 on a clock face depicted as IIII and not as IV? In almost every other use, the Roman for 4 is IV not IIII. But although the question is simple, there is no easy or definite answer.

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It could be as simple as just personal preference of either the maker or the person who wanted the work done. Some wonderful pictures you've found though.
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Actually in medieval accounts, and generally in documents, 4 is usually written as iiij; iv is rare.
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