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Example of Bell cards
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Bells are a suit in playing cards of the German-suited cards. They correspond to Diamonds in a French deck. The suit is usually known in German as Schellen, but is sometimes abbreviated to Schell. Cards are referred to as in a French deck e.g. the "9 of Bells", but in German as "Schellen 9", or the "Unter of Bells" (Schellunter or Schell-Unter).

The origin of the bell symbol is the suit of Coins in Latin suited cards.[1]

Bells are the lowest suit in Skat, Schafkopf and Doppelkopf, but the second highest in Préférence.

The 7 of Bells (Schellen 7) or, in South Tyrol the 6 of Bells (Belle, Weli) is the second highest trump card in the game of Watten.

The gallery below shows a suit of Bells from a German suited deck of 32 cards, plus the Weli or 6 of Bells which is used in some games as an 'honour' card. The main deck is of the Saxonian pattern:


  1. ^ "An Introduction to Playing Cards". Playing Cards.