The Pawn Shop Symbol
What do the three balls on a pawn shop signify?
Pawnbrokers often joke that the three balls represent the motto "Two to one, you won't get your stuff back." In actuality, the three gold balls are said to be a symbol of the Medicis, a family of powerful merchants in Florence, Italy, during the Middle Ages and Renaissance. You can learn more about the Medicis in our online encyclopedia.
-The Fact Monster