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Token - Threepence, Hogarth, Erichsen & Co, Jewellers, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1858 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 3013

Summary:
Australia New South Wales Sydney
Hogarth, Erichsen & Co. Token Threepence 1858 (AD)
Mint: see References
Description:
A round silver token (16 mm dia) featuring the name and partial address of the issuer:
Hogarth, Erichsen and Co., Sydney around a kangaroo at right and emu at left standing either side of a small grass-tree. The kangaroo and emu standing on straight exergue line with the word SYDNEY curved below.
The reverse features the denomination "3" , 8 mm tall, within an oak wreath and breaking the date, 18 58.
This token is holed above the grass-tree.
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), 1976
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 16 mm (Diameter)
Weight: 1.302 g (Weight)
Dimension Comment: Token holed

More information

Tagged with: art, jewellery, retailing, shops
Themes this item is part of: Hogarth, Erichsen & Co., Jewellers, Sydney, New South Wales, Numismatics & Philately Collection, Working Life & Trades Collection
Primary Classification: TRADE TOKENS
Secondary Classification: Australia - New South Wales
Tertiary Classification: working strikes
Series: Trade Tokens
DateEra: 1858 AD
Denomination: Threepence
Obverse Description: Kangaroo to left and emu to right of a grass-tree; around, HOGARTH [ER]ICHSEN & CO; in exergue, SYD[N]EY (holed through ER of ERICHSEN)
Reverse Description: At centre within an oak wreath a large numeral 3, 7 mm tall, this divides the date 18 58
Edge Description: Plain
Inscriptions: Obverse: HOGARTH [ER]ICHSEN & CO SYD[N]EY
Reverse: 3 1858
Shape: Round
Material: Silver
Issued By: Hogarth, Erichsen & Co., Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1858
Previous Collection: Dr Alfred Yelland
References: Andrews 689 = Heyde 116/1

"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 invery 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 Indeed, so poor was the quality that it is said that they were withdrawn under Government pressure.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 (Hogarth0 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.
Bibliography:
  1. [Book], Dr Arthur Andrews, Australasian Tokens and Coins, Trustees of the Mitchell Library, Sydney, Sydney, 1921
  2. [Book], Dion Skinner - Renniks & Co Pty Ltd, Gilbert Heyde, Unofficial Coins of Colonial Australia and New Zealand, 1967

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