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Your medal is dated 1644.
How do you get that date, Chris?
M D C X L I I I I
M = 1000
D = 500
C = 100
X L = 40
I I I I = 4
That's what I thought. But, the Roman numeral for 4 is IV.
If you collect medals, you will find some medallists who do not follow the rules for Roman Numerals. Below is one that uses XXXXI for 41 instead of XLI.
Thanks, Chris. Well, I'm in my upper 70's and learned something new. What a deal.
The IV or IX, etc. is a modern interpretation, and technically not correct. IIII is 5, VIIII is 9, etc.
Thanks. So, you say IIII is 5? Or was that a typo? Good thing I don't have to work with coins dated BC. I'd really be lost.
Interesting! Do you know what the earliest "year charts" looked like and when they were first recorded?
It was probably a typo.
When my wife and I went to a 12 week Citizens Police Academy we were in Class Number 4. We were given hats and shirts with the class number. They were in Roman numerals and said IIII. We all had a laugh. Perhaps the Sheriff knew what he was doing.
"Advanced Police Training" - Class Number IIIIIIII
No, but older clocks use the original Roman system. Subtracting (IV, IX) wasn't in the system - only adding.
The clock was invented in the 14th century.
The Roman numerals can be confusing. I bought this inexpensive Henry IIII double tournois on ebay only to realize when it arrived it is a Henri III. I got shorted one Henry! It was still useful in my World History class studying French history and the War of the Three Henrys.
My students once asked, "Do we only study units you have coins for?" I said, "No, but, knowing what units we will study, I try to find coins that illustrate them." To which a very perceptive student replied, "So, you just use us as an excuse to buy more coins!" Guilty.
By the way, can anyone give more information on the OP's original question?
The Spanish Empire used IIII for Carolus the 4th...
The first time I saw this, I was a bit confused.
Separate names with a comma.