# Definition:Egyptian Numerals

## Definition

The Ancient Egyptian system of counting consisted of grouping a number of symbols of powers of $10$.

The Egyptian numerals are:

 $\ds 1:$  $\ds$single stroke $\ds 10:$  $\ds$heel bone $\ds 100:$  $\ds$coil of rope $\ds 1000:$  $\ds$water lily or lotus $\ds 10 \, 000:$  $\ds$bent finger $\ds 100 \, 000:$  $\ds$tadpole or frog $\ds 1 \, 000 \, 000:$  $\ds$man with both arms raised, perhaps in astonishment

To express other numbers than these, symbols are repeated.

For example, $276$ in Egyptian hieroglyphics could be written as: