Australia New South Wales Sydney
Hogarth, Erichsen & Co. Token Threepence 1858 (AD)
Mint: see References.
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 in a straight line below. The reverse features the denomination "3" , 7 mm tall, within an oak wreath and breaking the date, 18 58. The quality of the silver in these tokens is generally thought poor.
Kangaroo to left and emu to right of a palm tree; around, HOGARTH ERICHSEN & CO; in exergue, SYDNEY in straight line.
At centre within an oak wreath a large numeral 3, 7 mm tall, this divides the date 18 58
Purchase from Spink (Australia), 8 1989
Obverse: HOGARTH ERICHSEN & CO SYDNEY Reverse: 3 1858
Type of item
1.512 g (Weight)
Andrews 690 = Heyde 116/2 "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 Indeed, so poor was the quality that it is said that they were withdrawn under Government pressure.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 (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.
[Book] Andrews, Arthur. 1921. Australasian Tokens and Coins., No.690 Pages
[Book] Heyde, Gilbert C. & Skinner, Dion H. 1967. Unofficial Coins of Colonial Australia and New Zealand., No.116/2 Pages