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I can be found in an alphanumeric town,
Mostly above one who has a crown.

If you think I'm high, I can also go down.
And I can be replaced, but only by a clown.

You don't know it's me until I'm turned around,
Unless you're a deceiver and the town is a battleground.

What am I?

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  • $\begingroup$ Are the occasional grammar slips deliberate, or can I fix them up to e.g. "Unless you are a deceiver and the town is a battleground"? $\endgroup$ – Rand al'Thor Sep 25 '16 at 17:26
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I'm guessing you're

An ace in a deck of cards.

I can be found in an alphanumeric town,

Specific cards in the deck are usually denoted by both letters and numbers, e.g. H for hearts, D for diamonds, etc

Mostly above one who has a crown.

In a sorted deck, the Ace is usually 'above' the King (who wears a crown in the picture)

If you think I'm high, I can also go down.

In blackjack, and many other games, the ace can denote a value of 1 or 11 depending on the situation

And I can be replaced, but only by a clown.

In some card games, the Joker (aka Clown) trumps the Ace (e.g. in some Poker games, Joker can denote Any card)

You don't know it's me until I'm turned around,

This was the giveaway, you don't know if a card is an Ace without turning it over

Unless you're a deceiver and the town is a battleground. Edited

Most likely referring to Ace in the hole, in which on the battleground (e.g. game of Poker), a special weapon (i.e. our Ace) is kept hidden by the deceiver (e.g. a player) which can be used to win the round

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Reminds me of:

The Marshal in Stratego.

I can be found in an alphanumeric town,

The pieces are identified by numbers (or a letter, in the case of bombs and the Spy.)

Mostly above one who has a crown.

Not sure on this, but Stratego looks to be distributed in the UK and/or Australia by Crown and Andrews, whose logo is (unsurprisingly) crown-like. (It's distributed by Milton-Bradley in the US, I believe.)

If you think I'm high, I can also go down.

The Marshal is the highest ranked piece, but it can be beaten.

And I can be replaced, but only by a clown.

?

You don't know it's me until I'm turned around,

The identities of the pieces in Stratego are secret until they attack or get attacked.

Unless you're a deceiver and the town is a battleground.

The only piece that can beat the Marshal (aside from the other Marshal, or trying to attack a Bomb) is the Spy.

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What am I?

The queen in chess.

I can be found in an alphanumeric town,

The squares on a chess board are often identified by an alphanumeric coordinate system, A1 through H8.

Mostly above one who has a crown.

The queen is more powerful than the king.

If you think I’m high, I can also go down.

The queen can be captured (i.e., killed) without ending the game.

And I can be replaced, but only by a clown.

You can get a new queen by promoting a pawn, which, otherwise, is not always taken seriously.

You don’t know it’s me until I’m turned around,
Unless you’re a deceiver …

     ?

           … and the town is a battleground.

The meanings of the chess pieces and the rules of the games are significant only when you’re playing chess; i.e., having a battle on the chess board.

What am I?

The queen in chess.

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  • $\begingroup$ No, but! maybe spoiler ahead, You are close. Going in right direction. I think when you find an answer, you will know what each line means (well, I hope). $\endgroup$ – Traxo Sep 25 '16 at 19:29

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