Sevilha Tipo Espanhol Spanish-suited cards from Brazil
COPAG's Spanish-suited deck, based on the Catalan pattern, was created around 1940 and is still in production. Some editions are called Sevilha Tipo Espanhol, others Baralho Espanhol, in both cases alluding to Spain rather than Portugal. Where once Brazil followed the Portuguese pattern of cards, in the 20th century the Spanish pattern was preferred, as shown here. An edition probably destined for Spanish-speaking markets such as Chile is called Naipes Español Copihue. Copag's Ace of Coins has a design with a central medallion showing a mounted knight in armour, with caduceus and cornucopia in the background on a small plinth.
In 1987 COPAG’s plant was moved to Manaus, in the Amazon region, a tax-free industrial district.
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