Edwin Grienauer studied at the Vienna School of Applied Arts after having created his first portrait plaques at the age of 19. In 1935 he was awarded the title "Professor" and taught after 1945 at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna. His studio was in the Vienna Prater.
Some of his works in coin design (mostly for Austria) include:
- obverse of the one shilling coin (in circulation from 1959 to 2002)
- reverse of two-shilling coins , e.g. B. Schubert 1928, Billroth 1929, Mozart 1931, Haydn 1932, Dollfuss 1934, Savoy 1936
- reverse of 5 shilling coins 1934–1936 and 100 shilling coins 1935–1938 Magna Mater Austriae
- both sides of 25 Schilling coins: Mozart 1956, Mariazell 1957, Bruckner 1962, Savoy 1963, Grillparzer 1964
- both sides of 50 Schilling coins: Tyrolean freedom 1959, Olympic Winter Games 1964
- both sides of 25, 50 and 100 franc coins for Liechtenstein, 1952 Franz Joseph II and Gina von Liechtenstein