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From shroff (to examine coin for debasement etc.) + -age (forming nouns regarding a rate or charge).

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shroffage (uncountable)

  1. (historical) The commission paid to a shroff for examining coins for quality.
    • 1629, cited in William Foster, The English Factories in India, page 354:
      Shraffage is halfe a riall per every thousand rialls.
    • 1766, Thomas Brooks, An Authentick Account of All the Different Coins... by Which Accompts in the East Indies Are Kept, page 49
      Brokerage 1½ per Cent. Shroffage 1 per Thousand.

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