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The Egyptians wrote in hieroglyphs using symbols for both numbers and words

There were different hieroglyphs for 1, 10, 100, 1,000, 10,000, 100,000 and 1,000,000

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Egyptian 1 =1
Egyptian 10 = 10
Egyptian 100 = 100
Egyptian 1000 = 1,000
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Egyptian 10000 = 10,000
Egyptian 100000 = 100,000
Egyptian 1000,000 = 1,000,000

Numbers were written with the highest number first

For example:

1,111 = Egyptian 1000Egyptian 100Egyptian 10Egyptian 1
200,250 = Egyptian 100000Egyptian 100000Egyptian 100Egyptian 100Egyptian 10Egyptian 10Egyptian 10Egyptian 10Egyptian 10
1,122,132 = Egyptian 1000,000Egyptian 100000Egyptian 10000Egyptian 10000Egyptian 1000Egyptian 1000Egyptian 100Egyptian 10Egyptian 10Egyptian 10Egyptian 1Egyptian 1

*Main image by Jeff Dahl

 

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