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Medal - Ricketty Dick, Struck at the Exhibition Mint, New South Wales, Australia, post 1872 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 34768

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 holed to facilitate wearing. 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) holed to facilitate wearing and 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
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 22 mm (Diameter)
Weight: 4.56 g (Weight)

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Tagged with: 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 : Bearded aboriginal man right; around (obverse)
STRUCK AT THE EXHIBITION MINT Quartered Arms within wreath; around, (reverse)
Shape: Round with hole
Material: Bronze
Issued By: New South Wales, Australia
Mint: Stokes (Mint)
Artist: Julius Hogarth, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1872
Person Depicted: Ricketty Dick, New South Wales, Australia
References: Car.R5
  1. [Article] Czernis-Ryl, Eva. 1996. Early Australian Silver Statuette: a Story of Julius Hogarth and Ricketty Dick.


Dave Bauer. Posted on 19 Feb 2010 11:22 PM
Hello, I have one of these Ricketty Dick small brass medals which is Brass in colour but mine has what appears mto be a Large Rat on top of the Shield? It is in about UNCIRCULATED Grade.
I would appreciate any information on it as i have never had one of these before.
Regards Dave Bauer in the UK.
Discovery Centre Posted on 27 Feb 2010 4:09 PM
Museum Victoria Comment
Hello Dave - the rat-like creature does appear on the shields of versions of this medal struck between 1872 and the late 1880s, with several gilded bronze versions having been struck. These medals were produced for exhibitions both within Australia and overseas. Carlisle's "Australian Historical Medals" depicts the variations on this design through this period, including versions showing a rising sun in place of the "rat", or with the Lord's Prayer on the reverse side. This is an excellent resource should you wish to see more detail.
Tex Spain Posted on 23 Dec 2010 1:14 PM
Hi Dave I also have a medal as you described. I thought it was a kangaroo which is more to the Australiana context of the shield. Mine doesn't have a hole. Do you have a valuation?


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