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The Egyptian Number System and Mathematical Notation
The Ancient Egyptians used a base 10 number system. The number one was depicted by a simple stroke, the number 2 was represented by two stokes, etc. The numbers 10, 100, 1000, 10,000 and 1,000,000 had their own hieroglyphs.
Higher numbers were assigned their own hieroglyphs. Number 10 is an arch, number 100 is represented by a coiled rope, the number 1000 is represented by a finger, the number 10,000 is represented by a frog, and a million was represented by a man.