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Token - 4 Pence, Hogarth, Erichsen & Co, Jewellers, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1860 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 3022

Summary:
Australia New South Wales Sydney
Hogarth & Erichsen Token Fourpence 1860 (AD)
Mint: see References

Standard references: Andrews 691 = Heyde 117/1
Description:
A round silver token (16 mm dia) featuring the name of the issuer: Hogarth & Erichsen, and an Aboriginal male advancing right holding a boomarang 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: 2.141 g (Weight)

More information

Tagged with: aboriginal depictions, 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, Alfred Chitty Collection
Primary Classification: TRADE TOKENS
Secondary Classification: Australia - New South Wales
Tertiary Classification: working strikes
Series: Trade Tokens
DateEra: 1860 AD
Denomination: 4 Pence
Obverse Description: Aboriginal male advancing to right holding a boomarang that is 5.0 mm long; around, HOGARTH ERICHSEN in exergue, 1860
Reverse Description: Kangaroo to left and emu to right of a grass tree; around, REMEMBERANCE OF AUSTRALIA
Edge Description: plain (but some striations from collar)
Inscriptions: Obverse: HOGARTH ERICHSEN 1860
Reverse: REMEMBERANCE OF AUSTRALIA
Shape: Round
Material: Silver
Issued By: Hogarth, Erichsen & Co., Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1860
Previous Collection: Mr Alfred Chitty
References: Andrews 694 = Heyde Related 44/1

"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 Indeed, so poor was the quality that it is said that they were withdrawn under Government pressure.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, Erichsenpieces 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.

Hogarth did a number of sculptures in gold and silver of this aboriginal form, Powerhouse Museum hold an example in gold.
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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