The word numeral is the name used for the symbols used to represent quantities. Numerals are just symbols, icons,

Egyptian Numerals

The Egyptions used a different numerals (number symbols) than we do, in fact they used two completely different sets of numerals. Here is the Hieratic numerals used by the scribes.

To get varying numbers, you listed the numerals together.

Egyptians also used hieroglyphic numerals:

Persian Numerals

Again, the values are what's important. What we draw to represent them is only a numeral and everyone uses different numerals.


Western Arabic Numerals

This one should be really familliar by now.

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zero one two three four five six seven eight nine


Again, the whole point of this tutorial is to demonstrate that what we think of as numbers are actually only symbols we call numerals. This idea becomes important when you move to learning about number systems and counting.


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