Australia New South Wales Sydney
Hogarth, Erichsen & Co. Token Threepence 1858 (AD)
Mint: see References

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 at left and emu at right standing either side of a small palm. and stating that the token is payable at this address. The kangaroo and emu standing on straight exergue line. The reverse features the denomination "3" , 8 mm tall, within an oak wreath and breaking the date, 18 58. This token is holed twice, above and below the palm and is worn.

Obverse Description

Kangaroo to left and emu to right of a palm tree; around, PAY[ABLE AT HOGARTH ERICHSEN] & CO; in exergue, SYD[N]EY (much of legend worn and holed)

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

  • Collecting Areas

    Numismatics & Philately, Working Life & Trades

  • Acquisition Information

    Transfer from National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), Dr Alfred A.W. Yelland, 15/3/1976

  • Date Issued

    1858 AD

  • Issued By

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

  • Previous Collection

    Dr Alfred A.W. Yelland

  • Inscriptions

    Obverse: PAY[ABLE AT HOGARTH ERICHSEN] & CO SYD[N]EY (much of legend worn and holed) 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

    1.192 g (Weight)
    Holed twice

  • Shape


  • References

    Andrews 688 = Heyde 115/1 "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 Indeed, so poor was the quality that it is said that they were withdrawn under Government pressure.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.
    [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