4 Pence Hogarth, Erichsen & Co - Sydney, New South Wales
|Country||Australia - Colonial|
|Value||4 Pence (1/60)|
|Orientation||Medal alignment ↑↑|
Aboriginal male advancing to right holding a boomerang
Kangaroo to left and emu to right of a grass tree
Plain (but some striations from collar)
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 Indeed, so poor was the quality that it is said that they were withdrawn under Government pressure.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.
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