I take part in arranging a medieval fair. As part of that I have the task of creating a pair of moneyboxes for use at the counter of the main place where the visitors can buy something to eat and drink.
I have searched, but I have not been able to find any images or illustrations of how something like this might have looked. My guess is that it would more often have been a pouch of some sort, but that solution cannot work here for various reasons.
So I am just going to build a couple of boxes as best I can. I would like to carve some symbols into the boxes and ideally they should represent what they purpose of the box is. Thus I am looking for any symbol the might have been used in medieval times to represent money or trade or even banking.
Alternatively I could also use the symbol for hospitality which I have found some images of here: http://www.schlenkerla.de/biergeschichte/brauerstern/html/ausschankzeichene.html
Looking at Abb 28 on that page there is a fairly nice symbol for use.
Also I would very much like some information on why a suggested symbol was used and how it came about if possible, but on the other hand I am not a historian so a short summary will do. I have boxes to build, after all :)
Any input you may have will be greatly appreciated.