Many Austrians participate in the tradition by giving lucky tokens to each other with the wish for a happy, healthy and successful new year. Recipients then carry the token in their purses, pockets or wallets for the remainder of the year.
On the 2012 piece, the lucky chimney sweep brings in the new year by successfully climbing to the top of the Alps and celebrating with a thumbs-up.
The reverse side of the token bears the standard verse, loosely translated as: “Although, I am small and round, I’ll bring you luck all year round.”
The token is struck in bronze and .900 fine silver versions.
The silver token may be purchased for $19.95 and the bronze token for $6.95 from Euro Collections International by calling toll-free (877) 897-7696. They can also be ordered online at www.eurocollections.com.