Fun Horology Trivia: Have you ever noticed that the 4 on a clock in roman numerals is IIII and not IV? Now that we
have pointed it out, you’ll probably wonder why you’ve never noticed it before! It seems that no-one really knows for sure, but there are a few theories: Historically, the Roman numeral for 4 was IIII, however a new system was brought in and IIII was replaced with IV. Some clock-makers stuck with the old and some with the new. ⏰ OR It may have something to do with the aesthetics of the numbers, but in particular how the 4 (IIII) looks in comparison with the 8 (VIII) on the dial. ⏰ There is also a story of King Louis XIV receiving a clock that had IV at the 4 position, but he insisted that it should be IIII, so the clock maker changed it and all other clock makers then followed suit. Interesting!
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