The Austrian Mint has released a 5 Euro silver coin featuring the Grossglockner High Alpine Road. The coin celebrates the 75th anniversary of the date that the road was officially opened to traffic on August 3, 1935. The road enables the crossing from the province of Salzburg to Carinthia over Austria's highest mountain, the Grossglockner.
The construction of the road had taken place between 1930 to 1935. It had involved the work of 3,200 men who labored with fairly simple tools to move 870,000 cubic meters of earth and rock, build 115,750 cubic meters of retaining wall, and construct 67 bridges. The engineer Franz Wallack planned a road that would fit harmoniously into its natural surroundings. Since 1935, more than 50 million people have driven on the 48 kilometer roadway.
The 5 Euro Silver Coin features a view of the Grossglockner High Alpine Road winding through the mountainous landscape. A 1935 Audi roadster and modern sports car symbolize the 75 years of the road's existence. The other side of the coin displays nine shields representing the federal provinces of Austria.
The nine-sided coins will be produced in special uncirculated quality with a maximum mintage of 50,000. The coins come packaged in an informative blister pack. Another 250,000 coins struck in circulation quality will be issued at face value through the banks.