Published: Wed, December 04, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Federer becomes first living-person to have his face on Swiss-coin

Federer becomes first living-person to have his face on Swiss-coin

Veteran tennis star Roger Federer is all set to become the first living person in Switzerland to have a coin minted in his honour.The Federal Mint, Swissmint on Monday announced that they would be honouring the veteran.

Official dispatch then starts January 23 before a gold Federer 50 franc coin with a different design is issued in May 2020.

The Swiss government said the coin is being made because Federer is "probably Switzerland's most successful individual sportsman, he is also the ideal ambassador for Switzerland", according to the Associated Press.

Federer has pocketed 103 tour-level titles, including 20 Grand Slam crowns and 28 ATP Masters 1000s.

There is no other Swiss person in the world as well-known as Roger Federer. The inscription of ROGER FEDERER is placed along the upper-right edge of the coin. In honor of his achievements, Swissmint will release a 20 Swiss francs silver coin in January.

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Swissmint cited his 237 straight weeks at world No. 1 and his grand slam haul before mentioning his off-court charitable work, including his foundation. These records, as well as his versatile playing style, make him probably the greatest tennis player of all time.

The coins can be purchased in limited numbers and exclusively via Swiss Mint's website.

The pre-sale began on Monday 2 and will go till 19 December 2019 or until the first minting run of 55,000 units has sold out, according to ATP.

The 20 franc silver coins will be worth $29.48.

A further 40,000 may also be produced next year depending on demand.

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