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Why is Ace highest playing card?

 
 
Equus
 
Reply Sat 20 May, 2006 09:12 am
The Ace in a deck of cards is obviously the 'one' in each suit, which should imply it is the lowest-ranked card. But in most card games the Ace is the highest-ranked card. When and for what reason was the Ace made the highest card?
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2PacksAday
 
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Reply Sat 20 May, 2006 09:56 am
From Wiki

"In early games the kings were always the highest card in their suit. However, as early as the late 1400s special significance began to be placed on the nominally lowest card, now called the Ace, so that it sometimes became the highest card and the Two, or Deuce, the lowest. This concept may have been hastened in the late 1700s by the French Revolution, where games began being played "ace high" as a symbol of lower classes rising in power above the royalty. The term "Ace" itself comes from a dicing term in Anglo-Norman language, which is itself derived from the Latin as (the smallest unit of coinage). Another dicing term, trey (3), sometimes shows up in playing card games."

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deck_%28cards%29
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Noddy24
 
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Reply Sat 20 May, 2006 11:05 am
In the Tarot Deck The Fool, one of the cards of the Greater Trump is given the rank of "O" being both highest and lowest in value and completing the circle of the Greater Trump.
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Tomkitten
 
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Reply Sat 27 May, 2006 09:55 am
Why is Ace highest playing card?
Try Googling "playing card" history. (Be sure to include the quotation marks.)
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babsatamelia
 
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Reply Mon 29 May, 2006 06:28 pm
I've always thought of the Ace as the HIGHEST, the ACE of spades, the best card... although many games play the Ace as the lowest AND the highest card.
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