In current Spanish when we have to abbreviate the days of the week using only one character, in most places (but not everywhere) to tell apart martes (Tuesday) from miércoles (Wednesday) we use 'M' and 'X', respectively.
I have read several stories about the origin of the 'X' abbreviation. One of them states that as miércoles originates from [dies] Mercurii, and as this word comes from merx, we can tell apart Mars (that originated martes) from merx using the last 'X'.
But if this story is true, this abbreviation could have been used already in the times of the Roman Empire. So my question is: how did the Romans abbreviate the names of the days of the week? Did them by any chance use the X for dies Mercurii to tell it apart from dies Martis?