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Published August 05, 2011 Updated June 29, 2023

Copag Baralho Espanhol

Copag Baralho Espanhol / Naipes Español.

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“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.

Sevilha Tipo Espanhol Spanish-suited playing cards made by Copag, Brazil, c.1960

Above: 48-card “Sevilha Tipo Espanhol” Nº 169 Spanish-suited playing cards made by Cia Paulista de Papéis e Artes Gráficas, Rua Piratininga, São Paulo, Brazil, c.1960. The inscriptions on the cards are in Portuguese.

Naipes Español Copihue Spanish-suited playing cards made by Copag, Brazil

Above: box and four cards from “Naipes Español Copihue” 40-card Spanish-suited deck with a colour photograph of Chilean Huasos dancing on the box, probably for the Chilean market made by Cia Paulista de Papéis e Artes Gráficas, Rua Piratininga 169, São Paulo. All the inscriptions are in Spanish and the Copihue is the national flower of Chile. (Click to zoom).

In 1987 COPAG’s plant was moved to Manaus, in the Amazon region, a tax-free industrial district.

Baralho Espanhol Spanish-suited playing cards made by Copag, Brazil, 1990

Above: 48-card “Baralho Espanhol” Spanish-suited playing cards with bullfight scene on the box made by Copag de Amazônia S/A, Av. Solimöes, nº 2200, Manaus, Brazil, 1990.

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Founder and editor of the World of Playing Cards since 1996. He is a former committee member of the IPCS and was graphics editor of The Playing-Card journal for many years. He has lived at various times in Chile, England and Wales and is currently living in Extremadura, Spain. Simon's first limited edition pack of playing cards was a replica of a seventeenth century traditional English pack, which he produced from woodblocks and stencils.


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