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Published April 07, 2024 Updated April 07, 2024

Asha Industries’ Castilian pattern

Colourful Spanish (Castilian) pattern cards made by Asha Industries in India for Mexico.

2002 India Mexico Asha Industries Castilian Pattern Add to Collection

Merely by looking at the colourful Ace of Coins in this pack one can tell immediately that it was made for Mexico rather than for Spain. Fortunately, this is confirmed on the label affixed to the plastic box where the Mexican importer’s name is given. Apart from the exotic creatures on the Ace of Coins, the exaggerated crowns on the four kings are the main distinguishing feature. There is much use of purple, dark blue and green throughout. The maker’s name appears on the Ace and 4 Coins and on the 5 of Swords. See the box

Spanish-suited deck made in India by Asha Industries for export to Mexico, c.2002 Spanish-suited deck made in India by Asha Industries for export to Mexico, c.2002 Spanish-suited deck made in India by Asha Industries for export to Mexico, c.2002

Above: Spanish-suited deck made by Asha Industries, Mumbai, India, for export to Mexico, c.2002. 40 cards in clear plastic box. Size: 62 x 96 mm.

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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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