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CLOCKING THE FOURS
Why is the number 4 on a clock face depicted as IIII and not as IV? In almost every other use, the Roman for 4 is IV not IIII. But although the question is simple, there is no easy or definite answer.

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It could be as simple as just personal preference of either the maker or the person who wanted the work done. Some wonderful pictures you've found though.
Actually in medieval accounts, and generally in documents, 4 is usually written as iiij; iv is rare.