# What is a Face Card in a Deck of Cards? [Face Card Meaning]

You may have heard the term “face cards” used before concerning certain types of cards in a deck of 52 cards.  If you were wondering what a face card in a deck is, I’ll answer that as well as other related questions in this post.

## What is a Face Card in a Deck of Cards?

In a deck of 52 cards, there are two types of card values.  These are the number cards (or non-face cards) and the face cards (also called royalty cards or court cards).

There are 4 suits in a deck of cards, and each of these suits has one of each of 13 different value cards, which go from Ace to King.  Those value cards are

• Ace
• 2
• 3
• 4
• 5
• 6
• 7
• 8
• 9
• 10
• Jack
• Queen
• King

The first ten cards are all number cards, with the Ace representing the number 1 in a deck.  The face cards are the cards that take the place of the 11, 12, and 13th cards of the value cards.  That is, instead of 11, 12, and 13 cards, instead those cards are represented by a Jack, Queen and King, respectively.

So, the face cards in a deck of cards are the:

• Jack
• Queen
• King

## Why are They Called Face Cards?

The Jack, Queen and King of each suit are called face cards because each of them has a picture of a royal person, with a face.  This is in contrast to the non-face cards, which are all number cards and only have pips on them (pips are the small images of each suit).

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They can also be called royalty cards or court cards since the Jacks, Queens and Kings represent royalty.

## How Many Face Cards are in a Deck?

There are 12 face cards in a deck of 52 cards.  This is because there are 4 suits, the Hearts, Diamonds, Clubs and Spades.  And there are 3 face cards, the Jack, Queen and King.  Each suit gets one of each face card.

So, this means that each of the 4 suits has 3 face cards in them.  This means that 4×3 gives us 12 total face cards in a deck.

## What are All the Face Cards in a Deck of Cards?

In a deck of cards, the 12 face cards are the:

1. Jack of Hearts
2. Queen of Hearts
3. King of Hearts
4. Jack of Diamonds
5. Queen of Diamonds
6. King of Diamonds