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Token - Threepence, Hogarth, Erichsen & Co, Jewellers, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1860 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 3020

Australia New South Wales Sydney
Hogarth & Erichsen Token Threepence 1860 (AD)
Mint: see References
Previous collections: George McArthur
Standard references: Andrews 691 = Heyde 117/1
A round silver token (16 mm dia) featuring the name and partial address of the issuer:
Hogarth, Erichsen and Co., Sydney around an olive wreath within which the denominational numeral '3' and below which the date, 1860
The reverse features a kangaroo, on left, and emu, on right standing either side of a grass-tree
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), 1976
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 16 mm (Diameter)
Weight: 1.330 g (Weight)
Dimension Comment: worn

More information

Tagged with: art, jewellery, retailing, shops
Themes this item is part of: Hogarth, Erichsen & Co., Jewellers, Sydney, New South Wales, George McArthur, Collector & Baker (1842-1903), Numismatics & Philately Collection, Working Life & Trades Collection, McArthur Bequest
Primary Classification: TRADE TOKENS
Secondary Classification: Australia - New South Wales
Tertiary Classification: working strikes
Series: Trade Tokens
DateEra: 1860 AD
Denomination: Threepence
Obverse Description: Within olive wreath the numeral 3; below wreath, 1860; around above, HOGARTH & ERICHSEN below, SYDNEY
Reverse Description: Kangaroo to left and emu to right of a grass tree; around, REMEMBERANCE OF AUSTRALIA
Edge Description: Plain
Inscriptions: Obverse: HOGARTH & ERICHSEN SYDNEY 1860
Shape: Round
Material: Silver
Issued By: Hogarth, Erichsen & Co., Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1860
Previous Collection: George McArthur
References: Andrews 691 = Heyde 117/1

"Hogarth, Erichsen & Co. were jewellers in Sydney, and confined their energies to the issue of large numbers of threepences bearing their name. There were no less than eight varieties, often in very inferior metal. Indeed, so poor was the quality that it is said that they were withdrawn under Government pressure. Erichsen is credited with being the actual maker, and also with having the habit of striking a few whenever he felt in need of refreshment. Hogarth was also a practicle die-sinker, and for years after the firm was dissolved, worked largely for Stokes, in Melbourne, though never in his workshop." Andrews, Arthur Dr., Australasian Tokens and Coins, Mitchell Library, Sydney, 1921 p. 16.

"The Hogarth, Erichsen pieces are of a later date, and generally of inferior metal. They were mostly struck at Leichardt in a press owned by Mr. Thornthwaite, who knew both Hogarth and Erichsen intimately... He (Hogarth may have prepared the die for this piece (the Aboriginal 4d And. 692) and possibly others, though Erichsen is generally credited with the making of the dies." Andrews, Arthur Dr., Australasian Tokens and Coins, Mitchell Library, Sydney, 1921 p. 112.
  1. [Thesis] Lugton, Mary E. 1989. George McArthur of Maldon: his Life and his Book Collection.
  2. [Catalogue] Morrison, Ian. 2003. The Baker of Maldon.
  3. [Book], Dr Arthur Andrews, Australasian Tokens and Coins, Trustees of the Mitchell Library, Sydney, Sydney, 1921
  4. [Book], Dion Skinner - Renniks & Co Pty Ltd, Gilbert Heyde, Unofficial Coins of Colonial Australia and New Zealand, 1967

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