The Cistercian Number System was devised by Cisterican monks in the early 13th century as a compact way to write numbers. Using these numerals any number from 1 to 9,999 can be written in a single glyph by combining the basic elements together on a vertical line. They were apparently based on a numeral system introduced by John of Basingstoke, Archdeacon of Leicester, and were used to some extent until the early 20th century.
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