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Pawn Star And Pawning Tidbits

pawnstars storefrontPawn Star Facts

  • A 1750 Blunderbuss is one of the oldest guns sold by the Pawn Stars.
  • One of the most valuable items at the Pawn Stars shop is a 2001 Super Bowl ring, which is valued at $60,000.
  • The most expensive items ever sold at the Pawn Shop were four one-kilo gold bars valued at $128,000.
  • The most valuable old coin available at the Gold and Silver Pawn Shop is an 1859 No. 3 gold piece in mint condition, valued at $2,650.
  • One of the oldest items in the Gold and Silver Pawn Shop is a Greek Didrachm that dates back to 325 B.C.
  • Pawn Stars is seen on TV in more than 150 countries and 30 different languages.
  • Prior to the show’s launch in 2009, the store got about 50 customers per day and now it averages about 3750 customers per day.
  • The Pawn Stars staff buy about 1000 items each week
  • Since the show launched in 2009, the store has gone from eight employees to 50, and added a 10,000-foot expansion for storage. The pawnshop has as many as 12,000 items in storage at any given time.
  • For the most part, it’s business as usual at the store. Producers only bring in the cameras for interesting items, typically, three or four times a day. Each item takes about 30 minutes to shoot with the Harrisons, and then the shop reopens for its 24-hour business cycle.
  • With Pawn Stars being one of the top-rated reality shows on cable TV, it was recently renewed for four more seasons, Rick is happy about that as he was initially only hoping for a season or two!
  • Q – Are the pawnshop staff on “Pawn Stars” briefed about the items being offered? It seems that no matter what’s offered, they’re able to recite the history of the item. Either they’re briefed, or they’re brilliant.
  •  A – A History Channel publicist says it varies.”While filming ‘Pawn Stars, the staff in the pawnshop sometimes know in advance what items their customers are planning to come in with and they are able to extensively research these items. Other times, the staff — especially Old Man and Rick Harrison — have the knowledge from their 20-plus years of running the shop to speak about the item.”
  • Pawn Stars’ hit the No. 1 spot in the British ratings, and India has just signed on to broadcast the show. The show is now aired in over 30 countries.


The Pawn Shop World

  • The first pawn shops emerged in ancient China more than 3,000 years ago.
  • Today, there are more than 12,000 pawn shops operating in the United States alone; huge growth from only 6700 in 2007!
  • It is estimated that approximately 25 million Americans do not have a bank checking account. Pawn shops serve this population by offering a source of short- term loans.
  • Pawn shops are often referred to as the “Lombard” in Europe, in reference to the House of Lombard, a prominent lending family in medieval London.
  • More than 70 percent of all items pawned today are reclaimed.
  • The average loan granted for a pawned item is $75.
  • Most states have laws limiting the amount of interest charged on pawn loans.
  • State laws mandate that customers pawning items provide detailed information including name, address, and date of birth, and show government issued ID.
  • The symbol of the pawnbroker is three spheres suspended from a bar. Some connect this symbol to the Medici Family–legend has it that one of the Medicis working for Emperor Charles the Great killed a giant with three sacks of rocks. The three balls or globes later became part of their family crest, and ultimately, the sign of pawnbroking.
  • Saint Nicolas is the patron saint of pawnbrokers; the symbolism of the three balls or spheres associated with pawnbrokers has also been connected with his gift of three bags of coins to the three daughters of a poor man so that they could marry.

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