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It reminds me of this statement I read on wikipedia once. The early Roman numerals for 1, 10, and 100 were the Etruscan ones: "I", "X", and "Ж". The symbols for 5 and 50 changed from Ʌ and "𐌣" to V and ↆ at some point. The latter had flattened to ⊥ (an inverted T) by the time of Augustus, and soon afterwards became ...


The most likely reading (which seems consistent with the look of the piece of the book shown and the dates found for other books published by Caspar Beller by a quick Google search) is that the C is misplaced into the "ICƆ" group, i.e. the corrected reading would be CIƆ IƆ C XVII, i.e. MDCXVII = 1617.

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