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About Roman Numbers used in printmaking

FIRST LEARN the meaning of these letters:

I=1 V=5 X=10 L=50 C=100 D=500 M=1000

The letters are arranged left to right in descending order of valuation and added to each other to form numbers eg: 15 is 10+5, written: XV

Sometimes there is a lower value number in front of a higher one to indicate that the lower value must be subtracted from the adjacent higher value. Eg: IX (one taken from ten = 9)

In printmaking, roman numerals are used especially when numbering Artist Proofs.

An Artist proof should not exceed 10% of the total number of the prints in one edition. If the edition is of 50 prints, there must be no more than 5 A.P. prints numbered as follows: I/V, II/V, III/V, IV/V, V/V


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