Australia New South Wales Sydney
Hogarth, Erichsen & Co. Token Threepence 1858 (AD)
Mint: see References
Previous collections: George McArthur
Standard references: Andrews 687 = Heyde 115/2

Physical Description

A round silver token (16 mm dia) featuring the name and business of the issuer: Hogarth, Erichsen and Co., Jewellers Sydney around a kangaroo and emu standing either side of a small palm with four distinct heads. The stop before SYDNEY not struck up. The reverse features the denomination "3" within an oak wreath and the date. This token is holed.

Obverse Description

Kangaroo to left and emu to right of a palm tree that has four distinct heads; around, HOGARTH [ERI]CHSEN &C JEWELLERS [.]SYDNEY. (holed through ERI) Curved base to ground above SYDNEY.

Reverse Description

At centre within an oak wreath a large numeral 3, 8 mm tall, this divides the date 18 58

Edge Description


More Information

  • Collection Names

    McArthur Bequest

  • Collecting Areas

    Numismatics & Philately, Working Life & Trades

  • Acquisition Information

    Transfer from National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), George McArthur, 15/3/1976

  • Date Issued

    1858 AD

  • Issued By

    Hogarth, Erichsen & Co., Sydney, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1858

  • Previous Collection

    George McArthur

  • Inscriptions

    Obverse: HOGARTH [ERI]CHSEN & C JEWELLERS [.]SYDNEY. Reverse: 3 1858

  • Denomination


  • Series

    Trade Tokens

  • Material


  • Axis


  • Classification

    Trade tokens, Australia - new south wales, Working strikes

  • Category

    History & Technology

  • Discipline


  • Type of item


  • Dimensions

    1.214 g (Weight)
    Token is holed

  • Shape


  • References

    Andrews 687 = Heyde 115/2 "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 Indeed, so poor was the quality that it is said that they were withdrawn under Government pressure.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, 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.
    [Thesis] Lugton, Mary E. 1989. George McArthur of Maldon: his Life and his Book Collection.
    [Catalogue] Morrison, Ian. 2003. The Baker of Maldon.
    [Book] Andrews, Arthur. 1921. Australasian Tokens and Coins.
    [Book] Heyde, Gilbert C. & Skinner, Dion H. 1967. Unofficial Coins of Colonial Australia and New Zealand.

  • Keywords

    Art, Jewellery, Retailing, Shops