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Algarve playing cards

Kings and Queens of Portugal between 1185 - 1279. by V. de J.J. Nunes , Lisbon, Portugal, 1977.

Portugal Edição Rotep Nunes Royalty Souvenir 1977
Conde D Mendo

King Afonso III called himself King of Portugal and the Algarve. He achieved the definitive conquest of the Algarve and is depicted on the King of Diamonds. On the other Kings are the three kings who preceded him. Their respective queens are shown on the Queens while the Jacks are two further historical figures and two knights. Each character is named in a central band. The Aces have coloured vignettes of castles. Additional black-and-white photos on the 2s and 4s. Indices: R, D, V, A. Backs: tree with white blossom against a pale blue background. See the box

Algarve playing cards produced by V. de J.J. Nunes for Edição Rotep, Lisbon, Portugal, 1977 Algarve playing cards produced by V. de J.J. Nunes for Edição Rotep, Lisbon, Portugal, 1977 Algarve playing cards produced by V. de J.J. Nunes for Edição Rotep, Lisbon, Portugal, 1977 Algarve playing cards produced by V. de J.J. Nunes for Edição Rotep, Lisbon, Portugal, 1977

Above: Algarve playing cards produced by V. de J.J. Nunes for Edição Rotep, Lisbon, Portugal, 1977. 52 cards + 2 Jokers (“Bestes”) + 1 extra card in tuck box with factory seal. Size: 61 x 90 mm.

Reference

Fournier, Vol. 1, Portugal 60.

Note: "V. de J.J. Nunes" appears on the top flap of the box. Additionally, in the Fournier catalogue, the printer is given as "Vda. de J.J. Nunes", so presumably a widow of the original proprietor.

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By Roddy Somerville

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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.


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