(Plural, Würfe). A unit of count in northern Europe, either 4 or 5, often applied to money. The word literally means “throw” or “cast.” Doursther speculates the unit originated in counting money, each small pile of coins being a Wurf.
In Austria, 5 pieces of money.
In Denmark and Sweden, 4 pieces, a fifteenth of a schock or a twentieth of a wall. Also called a kast.
In Nuremberg, Germany, 5 pieces. Also called a spiesslein. There 4 pieces was a klupper or kluppet.
There is a similar term, jet, in France.
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