The face cards like those of the suits also had meaning. At one time the faces were of actual kings, queens, and soldiers. Some of the famous individuals used were Charlemagne, Alexander the Great, Julius Caesar, and King David. The queens were supposed to be Helen of Troy, Athena, Joan of Arc, and Rachel. The Jacks as we call them today were actually knights. The famous knights depicted were Roland, Etienne de Vignoles, Sir Lancelot, and Hodgier Le Danois. While the deck faces have changed over the years for the famous individuals, we now see a more common face on the cards that is standard.
Around 1492 the first Baccarat game was thought to have started in Italy. The game was based on “Nine Gods”. It is said that in Rome about 2000 years ago, nine gods were praying as they stood at the base of a golden haired virgin. This virgin would throw a nine sided die. In this story the virgin needed to roll an eight or nine in order to crown a priestess. If she rolled a six or seven her status would be lost. If there was anything less on the die she would have to walk into the sea. For Baccarat we need the same numbers, to decide the winner and actions needed.