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

Standard references: Andrews 691 = Heyde 117/1

Physical 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

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)

More Information

  • Collection Names

    Alfred Chitty Collection

  • Collecting Areas

    Numismatics & Philately, Working Life & Trades

  • Acquisition Information

    Transfer from National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), Mr Alfred Chitty, 15 Mar 1976

  • Date Issued

    1860 AD

  • Issued By

    Hogarth, Erichsen & Co., Sydney, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1860

  • Previous Collection

    Mr Alfred Chitty

  • Inscriptions


  • Denomination

    4 Pence

  • Series

    Trade Tokens

  • Material


  • Axis


  • Classification

    Trade tokens, Australia - new south wales, Working strikes

  • Category

    History & Technology

  • Discipline


  • Type of item


  • Dimensions

    16 mm (Outside Diameter), 2.141 g (Weight)

  • Shape


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 Indeed, so poor was the quality that it is said that they were withdrawn under Government pressure.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

    Aboriginal Depictions, Art, Jewellery, Retailing, Shops