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

Standard references: Andrews 686 = Heyde 115/3

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 The reverse features the denomination "3" within an oak wreath and the date. This token is worn and has a flan crack.

Obverse Description

At centre a small native palm with a kangaroo on left and emu on right, all on a curved base, a branch with seven leaves to the left of the kangaroo; around, HOGARTH ERICHSEN & C JEWELLERS .SYDNEY. the stops on either side of SYDNEY are 8 mm apart; border of dots. The obverse die is showing cracks from the palm through the head of the emu and above the tops of the letters WELL of the word JEWELLERS

Reverse Description

At centre within an oak wreath a large numeral 3, 7.0 mm tall, this divides the date 18 58 (quite worn). The right side of the oak wreath starts with three leaves. Border of dots

Edge Description


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

    1858 AD

  • Issued By

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

  • Previous Collection

    Mr Alfred Chitty

  • Inscriptions

    Obverse: HOGARTH ERICHSEN &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

    16 mm (Outside Diameter), 1.541 g (Weight)

  • Shape


  • References

    Andrews 686 = Heyde 115/3 May, Tom. "Tokens of George Street." Australian Numismatist. Special Bicentenary Edition. 1988: pp.26 - 27; Andrews, A, 1921, Australian Tokens and Coins, p.16; -Notice to Creditor's. Sydney Morning herald. 7 May 1861: p.6; -Notice of dissolution of partnership. Sydney Morning Herald. 14 May 1861: p.6. "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.
    [Book] Heyde, Gilbert C. & Skinner, Dion H. 1967. Unofficial Coins of Colonial Australia and New Zealand.

  • Keywords

    Art, Jewellery, Retailing, Shops