In a First, Roger Federer to Have Swiss Coin Minted in His Honour
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 2 December and continues until 19 December, 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.
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.
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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