The official SCHERF Coat of Arms
stems from the 16th Century in Europe. It consists of three dark
horizontal stripes on light background. Members of the SCHERF
family have been asset managers to the nobles of Central Europe
for many centuries. The SCHERF family was first found in Austria
where the name emerged in mediaeval times as one of the notable
families of the region.
From Central Europe the family has
spread around the world. Presently, larger SCHERF family
settlements can be found in Europe, in Australia and the U.S. Current
estimates put the number of all direct SCHERF family descendents at
just above 3,500 worldwide.
German and Jewish (Ashkenazic); from Middle High German.
Habitational name from places in the Rhineland named Scherf,
or from Scherfede near Warburg. (Notes: The word "Ashkenazic"
is derived from the Hebrew word for Germany.
Ashkenazic Jews are the Jews of France,
Germany, and Eastern Europe.)
A SCHERF was a halfpenny or obol from the time of the Carolingians
(8th and 9th century). The name comes from the Latin "scripulum"
(a small rock)
meaning the smallest part of a measure or weight. "Scripulum" is the popular version of
In popular speech the expression was applied to small
coins in general. The name changed from
"scrip," "scirp," "scerp" to Old High German scerpf
and to Middle High German of "scherpf," "scherff" to
(the smallest coin).
Scherf from the time
the Carolingians (8th - 9th century)
This is the front and back of a very
rare coin called the SCHERF which was issued and used in Germany in the towns of Lübeck and Erfurt
around 1570 - 1621 A.D.
Later and until the
year 1777, in the town of Lüneburg (Germany),
SCHERF coins were frequently issued as a
3, 6 and 12 SCHERF. The
used as a silver coin and later as a copper coin in value of a halfpenny.
NOTE:SCHERF Club membership is available to all individuals, companies
and organizations around the world who have an interest in helping people
around the world. Everyone who establishes a SCHERF Account
automatically becomes a member of the Scherf Club. If you're
interested in becoming a Scherf Club member, simply open a
SCHERF Account or make a
purchase at or through scherf.com. Please understand that membership in the
Scherf Club is voluntary and certain membership privileges and
benefits may not always be available to all members in all States and/or Countries.
Free-will contributions are not tax deductible. For
more information Contact our Office.