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Medal - Ricketty Dick, Struck at the Exhibition Mint, Australia, post 1872 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 20351

Australia New South Wales
Medal - Ricketty Dick, Struck at the Exhibition Mint; after 1872(AD)
Mint: Stokes
Other Details: Medals such as this were struck at a variety of Exhibitions around New South Wales, Queensland and Victoria in the final Quarter of the Nineteenth Century. The name of the person depicted changed but the portrait was that cut by Julius Hogarth for Stokes and Martin in 1872 (his initials IH appear on the truncation of the head in this case, suggesting an early date of production). The reverse shows an Australian shield below a rising sun. They were sold as mementos of the exhibition. This one is not holed. The Aboriginal man whose head was depicted was known as 'Ricketty Dick'. He was familiar to people who travelled along the New South Head Road to Watson's Bay, in Sydney. Born around 1798, he camped on dry ground amongst the swamps of Rose Bay, near the site of the current Lyne Park.
A brass medal (22 mm diameter) originally gilt (some gilding is retained in protected areas). It features Julius Hogarth's Aboriginal head facing right with the legend RICKETTY DICK EX REX N.S.WALES and on the reverse an Australian shield below a rising sun
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Colonel R. Crouch, 1924
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 22 mm (Diameter)
Weight: 4.27 g (Weight)

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Tagged with: aboriginal depictions, exhibitions
Themes this item is part of: Julius Hogarth, Jeweller & Medal Maker (1820-1879), Public Life & Institutions Collection, Hogarth, Erichsen & Co., Jewellers, Sydney, New South Wales, Stokes & Son, Medal Makers, Melbourne, Victoria & Sydney, New South Wales
Primary Classification: MEDALS
Secondary Classification: Commemorative
Tertiary Classification: exhibitions
Series: Australian Exhibition Medals
DateEra: post 1872 AD
Obverse Description: Bearded aboriginal man right; around, RICKETTY DICK: EX: REX: N.S.WALES :
The artist's initials IH incuse on the truncation
Reverse Description: Quartered Arms within wreath; around, STRUCK AT THE EXHIBITION MINT
Edge Description: Milled
Inscriptions: Milled (edge)
RICKETTY DICK: EX:REX:N.S.WALES : Ricketty Dick, bare head, facing r., I.H. under neck truncation (obverse)
STRUCK AT HE EXHIBITION MINT Coat of arms, wreath and a rising sun (reverse)
Shape: Round
Material: Bronze
Issued By: Australia
Mint: Stokes (Mint)
Artist: Julius Hogarth, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Person Depicted: Ricketty Dick
References: Car R/5
  1. [Book], Leslie Carlisle, Australian commemorative medals and medalets from 1788, B & C Press, Sydney, 1983
  2. [Article] Czernis-Ryl, Eva. 1996. Early Australian Silver Statuette: a Story of Julius Hogarth and Ricketty Dick.

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