Spanish National pattern / Money Bag type / made in Italy, 18th century.
As well as cards made in Italy for Italians to play with, Spanish-suited cards were made for export or for visitors. Genoa was an exporter of Spanish cards, and makers such as Bosio, Bergallo, Armanino and Solesio all exported packs of Spanish-suited cards, including some made for South American countries. In the standard version of the Spanish National Pattern, the Jack (Sota) of Coins usually holds in his right hand a kind of horn, but in many examples made in Italy this becomes a small bag, hence the name of this sub-type: Money Bag type.
See also: Money Bag type by Pedro Bosio.
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