Treasures of Oz is delighted to announce the release by Tokelau of a new coin set featuring intricately designed Aces in each of the four suits.
Playing cards have existed for millennia and around them hundreds of games have been devised. The Ace is a powerful tool for any successful card hand because of its unique flexibility to count as either one or 11 points, at the player’s discretion. The current card suits as we know them, Aces, Clubs, Spades and Diamonds, are what is know as the French suit, and their origin can be traced back to one person – Étienne Vignoles.
In the 1480s he developed the suit symbols using Cœurs, Carreaux, Trefles and Piques. These are the Hearts, Diamonds, Clubs and Spaces now well known in the English and French packs of cards. It was said that Cœurs, or Hearts, represented the Church, the holy men, symbolic of virtue; Carreaux, or Diamonds were arrowheads, symbolic of the vassals from whom the archers and bowmen were drawn; Trefles or Clubs, deriving from clover, represented the shepherds or husbandman; and Piques, the points of lances – Spaces, represented the knights.