There is nothing easier than to pay off with playing cards!

There is nothing easier than to pay off with playing cards!

There is no secret that various subjects had been used as means of payments before accustomed money was created. Our ancestors used valuable seashells, household items, hardware and animal skins to pay off. Playing cards were among such money analogs for a while.

Historic facts confirm that several centuries ago, before Gutenberg invented the first printing press, playing cards were incredibly expensive goods. Each card of the deck was handmade therefore it was necessary to spend lots of time and human resources on its production. Also the paper was rather expensive that’s why cards were quite small in size. It allowed reducing their cost at least a little bit. Up to the 17th century only the representatives of privileged layer of society who could afford such entertainment played cards. Besides, those gamblings were widespread in seaports where cards quickly replaced dice game.

The tradition to pay off with cards appeared directly in seaports. The pack could be sold expensively and bring good revenue. Playing cards were used not only for debts repaying but also for betting. They were also accepted as payment in port shops. Some people even paid the journey with that unusual currency and the captain never refused such payments.

 
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