Re: Lowercase numerals

From: Otto Stolz (
Date: Thu Nov 21 2002 - 10:30:19 EST

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    Patrick Andries wrote:

    > Latin numerals are not based on the position of the letter in

    > the alphabet, contrarily to Greek for instance.

    > Latin numerals are not based on the first letter of the word

    > they represent, with the exception of C and M, perhaps (*).

    > (L, for instance was originally written \|/ then _|_)

    > (*) C was first written as ")|(" then was abbreviated ")" or "(".

    > The same is true for M which had, amongst its many early forms, a form close
    > to (I), [...]

    Cf. U+2180 in <>.

    Note that V is half an X (the upper half),
    L emerged from half a C (the upper half of its original form),
    D is half a U+2180 (the right half).

    Best wishes,
       Otto Stolz

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