# What would a Roman license plate number look like? [closed]

My state recently changed the formatting of our license plate numbers (from 123-ABC to ABC-1234) in an effort to increase the number of available plate numbers. This got me thinking as to what a Roman license plate would look like. Obviously, cars were not present at the time of Latin's golden age, but perhaps there is a way to approximate it. Let's start with the letters since that is easy enough. The letters would most likely look the same, since the same alphabet was used, minus the characters "u" and "j." This leaves the numbers, as the Romans of course, used Roman numerals. One easy solution to this problem is taking the digits as one number:

ABC-123 = ABC-CXXIII

But, if you think about it, this is not how the number is read. I would say "123" as "one twenty-three" or "one two three." This creates a conundrum when applied here because there is no delimiter between numbers.

ABC-123 = ABC-IXXIII or ABC-IIIIII

It is unclear here where the numbers start and end. The second could read "123," "321," "222," and so on. In addition, the number of characters on a license plate are limited by the fact the characters must be large and easy to read, but still fit on the standard-sized plate. This could rule out plates like:

8888-ABC = |D|MMMDCCCLXXXVIII-ABC

So, what you guys believe a Roman license plate would look like? I'm not looking for the definitive answer here, so feel free to get creative. Perhaps another language that does not use Arabic numerals like Western countries could be an inspiration! I look forward to seeing your suggestions!

• I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because it belongs in World Building stack. – C. M. Weimer Nov 28 '17 at 14:41