symbol is three spheres suspended from a bar. The three
sphere symbol is attributed to the Medici family
owing to its symbolic meaning of Lombard. This refers to the
Italian province of Lombardy,
where pawn shopxbankngxoriginated
under the name of Lombardxbanking.
The three golden spheres were originally a symbol
medieval Lombard merchants hung in front of their houses,
and not the arms of the Medici family. It has been
conjectured that the golden spheres were originally three
flat yellow effigies of byzants,
laid heraldically upon a sable field,
but that they were converted into spheres to better attract
Saint Nicholas is
the patron saint of pawnbrokers. The symbol has also been
attributed to the story of Nicholas giving a poor man's
three daughters each a bag
of gold so
they could get married.
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