Which is the biggest number in Roman numerals?

Ancient Romans used Latin Letters (I, V, X, L, C, D, M) as their numerals. The biggest letter in Roman Numerals System is M (1000). And also remember that you can use only three same letters together in a row. So, the numerals for 4 (IIII) and 9 (VIIII) are represented by IV and IX. 

The lowest number you can write in Roman Numerals is number I (1). And the largest numeral is MMMCMXCIX (3999).

On the other hand, using the vinculum which is a mathematical symbol used for grouping, you can multiply the numeral by 1000. For instance, if you want to get 1.000.000, you should draw a line top of the numeral M.

The vinculum was in use in the Middle Ages and this was the way to write numbers higher than 3999 in Roman Numerals System.

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2024-04-13 19:27:40

The biggest number writable in classic roman numerals is 3999, or in roman numerals MMMCMXCIX

Alexander 2024-04-02 12:39:34

1,000 is M

Steps 2022-08-11 21:58:44

1 is lowest number

Deandra. 2022-07-15 18:44:14

The Roman numeral converter shows 3,999,999 is the biggest it can go, of adding lines up top. So if the roman numerals in quotes below had a line above them (since I can't represent it any other way) :
"MMMDCCCLXXX"MMMDCCCLXXXIII (3,883,883) can exist.

A C 2022-04-25 16:56:44

@Hocine It cannot be because the symbols V, L, D CANNOT BE REPEATED.

Nikola 2022-02-17 15:00:30

To answer the questions below, this article is missing one very important rule to make 3999 the maximum representable number.
The roman numerals V, L and D (5, 50 and 500 respectively) cannot be repeated.
This makes combinations such as MMMDDD impossible, thus making MMMCMXCIX the highest possible roman numeral (without grouping).

Mikee Boylan 2022-02-15 23:46:07

As you probably noticed above,Roman Numerals only go uo to M (1,000). According to the rules of addition & subtraction,this means that the biggest number we can form is roman numerals is MMMCMXCIX,or 3,999.

No one 2021-10-20 14:47:09

according to "https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/questions/1056111" 3,999

Hocine 2021-10-16 18:58:50

Using the same rules the maximum of 3 symbols in a row , so i can write :
MMMDDDCCCLLLXXXIII equals 4983 in decimal system, isn't it ?

Yasien 2021-10-13 11:38:31

All numbers are possible to write because if you keep adding the lines on the numbers it will become bigger e.g. _ _ M = 1 Billion

abstract300 2020-10-19 07:39:41

@Elvis Cabeza,
You cannot make 10,000,000 in Roman Numerals as--3,999,999 = MMMCMXCIXCMXCIX--is the largest possible number you can write.

Tony sunderland 2020-10-15 21:23:21

Using each letter once the highest number IS MDCLXVI Not including the bar over the top.

laserstorm 2020-09-02 15:50:50

10,000,000 can't be a roman numerals

Lee 2020-08-30 05:43:13

MMMDCCCLXXXVIII is greater than MMMCMXCIX (in string length at least)

Toby 2020-03-25 13:29:29

hey Jake the biggest roman numeral is M with a centrillion lines on top

Elvis Cabeza 2020-03-19 02:51:28

What’s 10,000,000 in Roman numerals

Jake 2020-02-21 14:29:26

Is MMMCMXCIX the biggest number you can make using Roman numerals?

NO 2020-02-03 20:04:14

What is 0.000001 in Roman numerals?

lily 2020-01-08 19:24:55

what is the biggest number you can make from the roman numerals

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