The Pawn Symbol


There are several theories on the origin of this symbol. Some relate it to the Medici Dynasty, a family of monarchs, bankers, and Popes. The legend is that an early member of the clan killed a giant with three bags of rocks, therefore the spheres. Merchants attributed this symbol with prosperity and adopted it as their own, hanging it outside their shops. Others claim the three spheres are symbolic of the Saint Nicholas Story and his three sacks of gold. Today, those in the industry joke that the three spheres mean “Two to one, you won’t get your stuff back.”


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