In a first, Roger Federer’s face to go on Swiss coin

Ross Houston
December 4, 2019

Tennis nice Roger Federer is to develop into the primary residing Swiss to have a coin minted of their honour, with a commemorative 20 franc ($20.06) silver piece bearing his picture being issued in January.

The pre-sale of the coin began Monday and ends December 19 - or earlier if the first run of 55,000 units sell out. There is also a 30-franc coin which is planned for a 2020 release. According to the Swiss government, this will be the first time that a memorial coin will be dedicated to a living person.

An "uncirculated quality" version of limited edition coin is already up for pre-order online while the proof-quality coins will be available from the issue date onward in January.

The gold coins will be worth 50-franc.

Meanwhile, Swissmint wrote, "Federer is the ideal ambassador for Switzerland. He has a unique way of embodying likeability, down-to-earthness, success and eloquence", the Swissmint wrote on its site.

This year's commemorative Swiss coins included the 50th anniversary of the moon landings, the Furka Pass and the roe deer. One could nearly lose count of his tennis records - he spent 237 consecutive weeks as world number one, in terms of his ranking. He holds the most grand slam men's singles titles, 20 of them, and has won 103 singles titles in total so far.

Federer has also been in a total of 31 Grand Slam finals.

The veteran has gone 237 consecutive weeks as world number one. In 2012, the German city of Halle - where Federer is now a 10-time champion - named a street after the legend. In 2007, the Swiss Post released a Roger Federer stamp in his birthplace of Basel.

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