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Published June 07, 2024 Updated June 07, 2024

Sevilla 1647 reproduction

Facsimile of Spanish-suited pack produced in Sevilla, Spain, 1647.

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This interesting reproduction is of an antique Spanish pack from the Museo Fournier de Naipes de Álava. The Spanish coat of arms can be seen on the ace and 2 of coins and the four of cups. The initials 'AS' can be seen on the ace of cups (with 'SA' on the three of clubs), while the date 1647 can be found on several cards. The legend "Con Licencia del Rey" and En Sevilla referring to the royal monopoly can be noted on several other cards, and the signatures on many cards are proof of taxes paid. Several card designs include small children cavorting between the suit symbols, a feature often found in early Spanish-suited cards. These facsimile cards have a matt finish and a modern back design advertising the playing-card museum and the Archaeology Museum which are now in adjoining buildings. There is an extra card with text in Basque and Spanish. See the box and extra card

facsimile edition of Spanish-suited pack produced in Sevilla, dated 1647, published by Museo Fournier de Naipes de Álava facsimile edition of Spanish-suited pack produced in Sevilla, dated 1647, published by Museo Fournier de Naipes de Álava facsimile edition of Spanish-suited pack produced in Sevilla, dated 1647, published by Museo Fournier de Naipes de Álava facsimile edition of Spanish-suited pack produced in Sevilla, dated 1647, published by Museo Fournier de Naipes de Álava

Above: facsimile edition of archaic Spanish-suited woodblock and stencil pack produced in Sevilla, dated 1647, published by Museo Fournier de Naipes de Álava, c.2009.

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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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