All preserved number cards above ace in the suit of batons have a banner across the center with the appropriate number spelled out with letters. For the most part, the numbers are written in their expected contemporary vernacular Italian forms. These are quite close to the names of the cards as recorded by Tomaso Garzoni in 1585 (identical to modern Italian).
However, for 2 and 3, classical Latin forms are used. Latin declined
the numbers up to three in grammatical cases, and for no obvious reason
the tarots, the Fournier and
reversed decks use the dative forms,
crude deck has accusatives. The
elegant deck has
no surviving baton number cards. Garzoni uses the normal Italian forms
derived from the Latin nominatives. Another anacronism is settem
in the tarot. The final m was already weak in classical Latin,
and disappeared long before the assimilation of medial pt to
|2||duobus||duob2||duob2||duos·||due||duo – duōs – duōbus|
|3||tribu9||*****·*||*****·*||·tres||tre||trēs – trēs – tribus|
The symbols here approximated by ‘2’ and ‘9’ are variants of the abbreviation sign normally expanded us, even though in the latter case it is somewhat redundant given the preceding u. ‘3’ approximates a sign which after q expands to ue. The asterisk represents approximately one unreadable letter, brackets indicate that the end of the inscription is not visible on any of the fragments.
Though the inscriptions on the threes in the Fournier and the
reversed decks (mirror images of each other) are illegible, there
can be no doubt that they are botched copies of the text tribu9.
On the seven of the
crude deck, the ribbon on which the text
should be is folded so that it forms three segments. On the middle
segment there are two strokes that could possibly represent tt,
while the two outer ones are clearly empty in all fragments.