• The three yellow balls connected at the top mean —– the universal symbol of pwnbroking is the three gold balls and is one of the most recognized in the world.  The medici families in Italy along with the lombards in England were moneylenders in eurpoe. Legend has it that one of the medicis is the employ of emperor Charles the great fought a giant and slew him with  three sacks of rocks. The three balls or globes later became part of their family crest, and ultimately the sign of pawn broking