1) A table or desk where money might be counted.
1486 a countour standing in the grete hall, Hull
1498 Item a tabill called a countre in the chauntre place, Wakefield
1521 with certayn herelowmys, as a cowntour, Thirsk
1558 To Thomas my sonne my best counter, best cupbord and best range, Darton
1644 a buffett and a Counter, Lepton
1657 one counter table, Selby.