Three gold balls are a universal symbol for which type of business?
– Barber shop
– Pawn shop
– Dry cleaner
– Book store
Answer: Many traditional shops have iconic symbols outside their doors. The traditional symbol for pawn shops is three gold balls suspended from a bar. The three sphere symbol is attributed to the Medici family of Florence, Italy, owing to its symbolic meaning of Lombard. This refers to the Italian region of Lombardy, where pawn shop banking originated under the name of Lombard banking. The golden spheres are believed to have represented byzants, which were gold coins at the time. Later, the coins were changed to spheres to better attract attention.