playing card

One of a pack of Spanish playing cards, known as the Baraja Espanõla (Spanish Deck), with four suits: i. clubs, represented by sprouting cudgels. ii. coins, represented by a six- pointed star inside a spiked circle. iii. cups. iv. swords. This card is the One or Ace of Coins, and features a large coin in the centre depicting a helmeted male head, with the inscription 'HERACLIO FOURNIER VITORIA'. Behind the coin are four flags. There is a crown above the coin, and a lion and anchor on a pedestal below it.

There are two extra cards in the pack, bearing the maker's name, 'Naipes Heraclio Fournier', and place of manufacture ('Vitoria Espana'), and a picture of the factory. The maker's name is also found on some of the aces. The reverse of each card bears a complicated line design in blue.

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