Ahead of the official launch of the new euro currency on 1 January 2002, a number of souvenirs were produced including these playing cards. The circular format was no doubt thought to be appropriate to match the shape of the coins. Six of the court cards (S + D suits) show the faces of the new banknotes, while the other six (C + S suits) show the backs. Three of the Aces depict a single coin; the Ace of Spades shows the euro symbol and the face of a 5 euro note. On the 2s to 10s, the appropriate numbers of coins replace the central pips: those on the 2s are all different but the other numeral cards have the same designs in each suit. Coins from 10 of the 12 countries which originally adopted the euro (but not Greece or Luxembourg) are included somewhere in the designs. On the back is the euro symbol surrounded by 12 stars. See the box►
In order to become familiar with the new coins, one could practise at home with packs of 40 (equivalent to 100 francs). Conversion tables, often using holograms, were offered free by many businesses. These are now collectors’ items.
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Roddy started collecting stamps on his 8th birthday. In 1977 he joined the newly formed playing-card department at Stanley Gibbons in London before setting up his own business in Edinburgh four years later. His collecting interests include playing cards, postcards, stamps (especially playing cards on stamps) and sugar wrappers. He is a Past President of the Scottish Philatelic Society, a former Chairman of the IPCS, a Past Master of the Worshipful Company of Makers of Playing Cards and Curator of the WCMPC’s collection of playing cards. He lives near Toulouse in France.
A limited edition art print of the Jack of Hearts 1984 woodblock joker.
A limited edition art print of the Queen of Clubs 1984 woodblock joker.
A limited edition art print of the Jack of Clubs 1984 woodblock joker.
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Brazilian scenic aces with emperors of Brazil, Austria and France and other dignitaries on the court...
A celebration of different postal systems in Germany from 1630 to 1850, with designs by Volker Hartm...
Strange facts from Robert Ripley’s ‘Believe It or Not’ books, in the form of cartoons.
‘52 Ways to talk about adoption’ family-centred playing cards produced by the Center for Adoption Su...
Facsimile of Winstanley’s Geographical cards produced by Harold & Virginia Wayland, 1967.
‘Gone to Pot’: special playing cards for keen gardeners, United Kingdom.
“Don’t come back” playing cards produced by Hounslow NHS Primary Care Trust and Feltham Young Offend...
French-suited Bavarian Animal Tarot by J B Dubois, Liège, Belgium, late 18th C.
Early 19th century Animal Tarot pack produced by J T Dubois, Liège, Belgium.
Famous people associated with Nicolas Fouquet’s splendid château of Vaux-le-Vicomte.
‘Branle’ playing cards inspired by a 12th-century dance, produced by Noir Arts, USA, 2015.
Psychedelic designs promoting Louis De Poortere, a company selling carpets and rugs.
Egg-shaped cards created by Rodolfo Krasno employing photographic images by Michel Leclerc.
Dinosaurs from different ages and locations, with artwork by Virginijus Poshkus.
54 different dinosaurs, both large and small, illustrated by Cecilia Fitzsimons.
Old West Guns playing cards containing information about firearms from the Old West, USA.
Featuring Disney Princesses and Enchanting Tales in two sizes of pack made for Eastern Europe.
A catalogue in 54 cards of some of the treasures held within the Museum of London collections.
‘Star Wars: a New Hope’ playing cards to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the film Star Wars, USA, ...
A flicker pack with different backs, advertising the Saab 900 Convertible motor car.
National Railway Museum with drawings by Stuart Black, United Kingdom, 1993.
This set of Ganjifa cards is a beautiful example of traditional cards from India.
An educational card game designed by F. Séré and published by Lithographie Musicale de Boboeuf, Par...
Four Corners of the World fantasy playing cards by Daveluy, Bruges, Belgium, 1875-1880.
54 classic images from a bygone age of railway travel from the National Railway Museum, York.
Colourful card game featuring the Marvel Comics superhero Spider-Man and some of his fearsome advers...
Playing cards with an educational and instructive purpose first trended in mid-17th century France, ...
‘Unique Australian Animals’ educational playing cards designed by Lawton Ho, Australia, 2004.