Really, I didn't know that. That seems strange to me, but I did just find this. Thanks for the information.
"There is a story that a famous clockmaker had constructed a clock for Louis XIV, king of France. The clockmaker had naturally used IV for four. When the clock was shown to the king, he remarked that IIII should have been used instead of IV. When it was explained to him that IV was correct, he still insisted, so that there was nothing to do but change the clock dial. This introduced the custom of using IIII for four. This is probably only a story, however, as IIII occurs long before the time of Louis XIV. And this same story is also told in connection with other monarchs. There is one reason why IIII is preferable to IV, and it may have caused the change. On the other side of the clock dial the VIII is the heaviest number, consisting of four heavy strokes and one light one, as it is usually made. It would destroy the symmetry to have the IV with only two heavy strokes on the other side. Thus IIII with four heavy strokes is much to be preferred. The change may therefore have
IIII is how the Romans themselves wrote it. Many of the conventions for Roman numerals are actually fairly modern, using the I before another number to indicate "one less than" is one of them. The Romans also wrote 9 as VIIII.
When I was doing research as to which big boy bike I wanted to buy once I had my full licence, I initially tried to find out which year of the Bonneville modern classics range would be the best to buy. I never did find out an answer to that questions, but I did come across an article on Bennetts...
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