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The Roman numeral "M.DC.LXXVIII." indicates the founding date (1678) of a church. The modern style does not include the periods found on this sign, so the numeral would be formatted "MDCLXXVIII" instead.
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Roman numeral (plural Roman numerals)

  1. A numeral represented using a Roman system involving the letters I, V, X, L, C, D, and M.
  2. (in the plural) The system using such letters.

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