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A Dictionary of English Manuscript Terminology 1450–2000

Reference type:
Subject Reference
Current Version:
2011
Subject:
Literature, History
Length:
445 words

...period, such as Chancery and Exchequer accounts, retained the use of Roman rather than Arabic numerology. Thus sums are reckoned in terms of M (= 1,000), D (= 500), C (= 100), l (= 50), X (= 10), v (= 5), and i or (if in the final position) j (= 1), with combinations such as v c (= 5 × 100 = 500) and vi.C (= 6 × 100 = 600), as well as occasional forms such as iv xx (= 4 × 20 = 80) or m∼/xiij (=...

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