In other parts of England, the coinlike beads were known as fairy money, and intact cylindrical stems, ringed with ridges, as screw stone. Beads with pentagonal shapes were called star stones, and legend had it that they were created in the clouds and dropped to the Earth during thunderstorms. The sixteenth-century German author Georgius Agricola, in his work De Re Metallica (“Of Metallic Things,” a work also devoted to other minerals and to fossils), described the same sort of stones. But the Germans called them Bonifatiuspfennige, or Saint Boniface's pennies, displaying pride in their own local religious luminary [all bold face mark-up mine].Yet other German names for Boniface's pennies, such as Hexengeld, Hünentränen, Wichtelsteinchen, Zwergensteinchen, Mühlensteinchen, Sonnensteine, Rädersteine or Sonnenrädchen point back in time to superstition and mystical beliefs in the “dark” Middle Ages . Scientists in Germany simply call them Trochiten after the Greek word trochos for wheel .
Keywords: Echinodermata, Crinozoa, Crinoidea, crinoid stalks, paleontology, history, German-English translation
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 Chapter with title “Trochiten in Volksglauben und Brauchtum” at elm-asse-kultur.de/html/geologie.html.
 Wikipedia: Trochiten.