Kings on a deck for a reason

Each king on playing cards represents a king in real history:

From left to right: Julius Cesar (diamonds) ,Alexander the Great (Clubs), Chalemagne (Hearts), King David (from the bible)(Spades)


Random facts about the deck

  • The primary deck of 52 playing cards in use today,
  • Also known as the French deck, includes thirteen ranks of each of the four French suits, clubs (♣), diamonds (♦), hearts (♥) and spades (♠)
  • The king of hearts is the only king without a mustache
  • Besides playing card games, building houses out of playing cards or “Card stacking” is a favorite pastime for many people.
  • The worlds tallest “card tower” , was made by Brian Berg, 25 feet tall (7 meters).
  • Way too random : 52 cards.. 52 weeks in a year …. 4 suits 4 stations summer, spring, winter, fall.  if you count all the pips (small symbols on the frontside) in a deck they are equal to 365 … 365 days in a year.
  • Why Is the Ace of Spades Different Looking?    Playing cards was a popular form of entertainment in France. The rulers saw a way to make more money by taxing the Ace of Spades, and only that card in the deck. Aces were given the most open space so they could be stamped showing that the tax had been paid.
  • Each card manufacturer has their own unique pattern they place on their cards (unless its advertising).
  • Each of the suits on a deck of cards represents the four major pillars of the economy in the middle ages: heart represented the Church, spades represented the military, clubs represented agriculture, and diamonds represented the merchant class.
  • The Spanish card deck uses swords (spades), cups (hearts), coins (diamonds), clubs (clubs).

One thought on “Kings on a deck for a reason

  1. I enjoyed this – I can’t believe I never noticed before that the king of hearts is missing his ‘tache.
    There’s also that fact that the Jack is also known as the knave, especially in aristocratic circles (I believe). In Spain, they call the card the ‘jota’ or letter J.

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