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MagIO2 wrote: Did you have a look at normal wrist-watches using roman numbers? It actually is common to do it "wrong" for dials because of symmetries. You can find normal wrist watches showing
I II III IIII
V VI VII VIII
IX X XI XII
IIII being wrong as well. Only because in that case you have 4 numbers only with I, 4 numbers including V and 4 numbers including X.
For the given sun-dial I'd say they replaced VIII with IIX because of a space issue.