Cash Exchange Pawn Shop

pawn-itemsCash Exchange Pawn Shop has been offering  pawning services to the Chicago, IL area for almost 30 years. We pay top dollar for your jewelry, Rolex and fine watches, diamonds, musical instruments, old gold, coins, antiques and collectibles. We are proud members of the Illinois Pawn Brokers Association and the National Pawnbrokers Association.

We have G.I.A. gemologists on staff that will grade and evaluate your diamonds. Our expert numismatists will properly grade your coins. Our goldsmiths and silverware buyers can identify rare, signed and antique jewelry and desirable silverware, gold, and valuables and will make an immediate cash offer!

We will buy, sell or pawn:
Jewelry – Including diamonds, gold, watches, platinum and more
Musical Instruments – Guitars, amplifiers, banjos, mandolins, saxophones and more
Coins – U.S. and foreign gold and silver, proof, mint and type coins and bullion
Collectibles – Antiques, slot machines, vintage collectible items

We do not accept tools, appliances or electronics so we can devote and specialize our attention to give you the best loan when you visit our pawnshop in Chicago.

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Contact Cash Exchange Pawn Shop today at 773-262-2274 for a free appraisal, or browse the website for more information about our pawning inventory.


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The History of Pawn

Pawn lending reports trace pawn loans back at least 3,000 years ago to ancient China, as well as Greek and Roman civilizations. Pawning has long been a source of capital for people, as well as a way to finance business ventures. According to the National Pawnbrokers Association, even Queen Isabella of Spain pawned her royal jewels to finance Christopher Columbus’ voyage to the New World. Pawnbrokers loan money to people based on the value of the item(s) they pledge as collateral. Historians differ on the origin of the pawn symbol of three gold balls. Some contend that balls represent the rocks that Charles the Great used to slay a giant; others contend the balls represent gold coins or bags of gold. No one knows for sure and the symbol remains the trademark of the industry today.

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