2014 Austria Silver Glücksjeton Proof (Happy New Year)

2014 Austria Silver Glücksjeton Proof (Happy New Year)

The lucky chimney sweep brings in 2014 by successfully rowing his boat over the hump into the New Year while popping his champagne cork. Engraved with the loosely translated saying “Although, I am small and round, I’ll bring you luck all year round." Struck in .900 fine Silver (ASW .1302 oz), these lucky tokens have been a tradition in Austria since the 1930s. Many people give them to each other with the wish for a happy, healthy and successful coming year. Austrians will carry the annual token in their purses, pockets and wallets for the whole year to maintain the best wishes at all times. The lucky token design is by Austrian Mint engraver Christa Reiter.

The chimney sweep, one of the most popular good luck charms, has already danced waltz on our chips and picked edelweiss. This time he sits surprisingly in a sailboat! Instead of sooty chimneys to sweep, the famous man is so white sail and wind over leaves with fresh clear water. This image can be interpreted in many different ways - as the lead casting the interpretation may of course take many themselves. Here we will give only one or two small suggestions, what message the lucky chip could bring in 2014 : "No wind is the one cheap, does not know where he wants to sail" ( Michel de Montaigne), "Who's been to the sea, does not shy away puddles" (from Russia) and "We can not change the wind, but set sail differently" (Aristotle).

In 1194, Richard the Lionheart paid 12 tons of Silver to Duke Leopold V of Austria to secure his freedom from a year of incarceration. This act unintentionally laid the foundation for the Austrian Mint, as Duke Leopold had coins struck from Richard the Lionheart’s ransom. In doing so, Leopold set in motion more than 800 years of minting history in Vienna, though it would be another 200 years before the Vienna Mint was mentioned in historical documents.

The Vienna Mint was originally situated near Hoher Merkt and later at various locations in Vienna. Since the first half of the 19th century, the mint has been housed in Heumarkt in central Vienna, where coins are still struck to this day. Minting facilities opened throughout Austria until 1918 when the Republic of Austria was formed and the Vienna Principal Mint became the singular minting facility. In 1989, the name officially changed to the Austrian Mint and became a subsidiary of the Austrian National Bank.

One of the Austrian Mint’s most recognized coins is the Maria Teresa Thaler, which is not simply a famous Silver coin, but one that boasts the greatest number minted. Another prime example of the mint’s international success is the Gold Philharmonic, one of the most popular Gold bullion coins worldwide. The Gold Philharmonic has played a vital role in developing the Austrian Mint into a highly successful company. The Austrian Mint’s beautifully crafted coins are minted in the heart of Vienna and are sought after by investors and collectors around the world.

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