TAROT CARDS: 2021 THE FOOL Niue 1oz silver coin
The NZ Mint has launched a new series focusing on the more unusual parts of the Tarot deck, called the Major Arcana, the ones most unlike a regular card deck. Who better to start with than ‘The Fool’, analagous to the Joker in a normal pack of cards, and the only one to carry no number?
The tarot is a pack of playing cards, used from the mid-15th century in various parts of Europe to play games such as Italian tarocchini, French tarot and Austrian Königrufen, many of which are still played today. In the late 18th century, some tarot decks began to be used for divination via tarot card reading and cartomancy leading to custom decks developed for such occult purposes.
Like common playing cards, the tarot has four suits which vary by region: French suits in Northern Europe, Latin suits in Southern Europe, and German suits in Central Europe. Each suit has 14 cards: ten pip cards numbering from one (or Ace) to ten, and four face cards (King, Queen, Knight, and Jack/Knave/Page). In addition, the tarot has a separate 21-card trump suit and a single card known as the Fool; this 22-card section of the tarot deck is known as the major arcana. Depending on the game, the Fool may act as the top trump or may be played to avoid following suit. These tarot cards are still used throughout much of Europe to play conventional card games without occult associations.
Among English-speaking countries where these games are not played frequently, tarot cards are used primarily for novelty and divinatory purposes, usually using specially designed packs. Some who use tarot for cartomancy believe that the cards have esoteric links to ancient Egypt, the Kabbalah, Indian Tantra, or the I Ching, though scholarly research has not found documented evidence of such origins or of the usage of tarot for divination before the 18th century. (Wikipedia)
Depicts the Ian Rank Broadley effigy of Queen Elizabeth II surrounded by the inscribed issue details
The custom-made book-style packaging provides further details of the meaning behind the card and the Certificate of Authenticity. A holographic sticker on the packaging confirms the serial number of the coin.