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What does the pawnbroker’s symbol mean?

The pawnbroker’s symbol is three spheres suspended from a bar. The three sphere symbol has its origin to the Italian province of Lombardy, where pawn shop banking originated under the name of Lombard banking. The three golden spheres were originally the symbol which medieval Lombard merchants hung in front of their houses. Historians think that the golden spheres were originally three flat gold coins but later were converted into spheres to better attract attention.