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Roger Federer coin launch soon! First living person in Switzerland to get honour

Zee Business 4 days ago (Zee Business)
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Tennis legend Roger Federer will become the first living person in Switzerland to have a coin minted in his honour. The Federal Mint, Swissmint, has created a 20-franc silver coin bearing Federer`s image.

It`s the first time in its history that Swissmint has created a commemorative coin to honour a living person.

"The Federal Mint Swissmint dedicates Roger Federer, and thus for the first time in its history of a still living personality, a Swiss commemorative coin," Swissmint said in a statement on Monday.

For the 20-franc coin, the pre-sale began on December 2 and continues until December 19, or until the first minting run of 55,000 units has sold out, whichever comes first.

More coins will have Federer`s face next year. In May 2020, Swissmint plans to issue a Federer 50-franc gold coin featuring a different design.

"Thank you Switzerland and Swissmint for this incredible honour and privilege," Federer wrote on Twitter.

The 38-year-old is perhaps Switzerland`s most well-known individual, having won 103 tour-level titles, including 20 Grand Slam crowns and 28 ATP Masters 1000s. He has also spent a record 310 weeks at No. 1 in the ATP Rankings.

Federer finished No. 3 in the 2019 year-end standings, marking the 15th time he`s finished in the top 3, which is a record. He also became the oldest player to end his season at No. 3.

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In 2012, the German city of Halle, where Federer is now a 10-time champion, named a street after the Swiss. In 2007, Swiss Post released a Roger Federer stamp in his birthplace of Basel.


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