Great find, Dave. Such an innocent question I asked just because no one was posting for some days. Great rewards.
Anyway, to follow up on the noun sense. Etymonline (the poor man’s on-line OED) has the noun utterance dating from 1454. The verb “to speak or say” etymonline has from “c. 1400.” But you say that this noun sense of “utterer” as a, counterfeiter at 1422 antedates the verb sense.
Now, I pause while I get the Hertz-rent-a-crane out to lift my paper version of OED1 into my lap ... please bear with me.
O gud Xpist! three pages of microscopic print.
OK, I find aldi’s citation of meaning 2 “to give currency, money...” I think it says 1483.
My grandson is fascinated by the magnifying glass that I used to read these entries and he’s gone off with it, so I’m at a loss.
So, at this point, noun predates verb?
This has all given me a headache. I’m going to sleep now.