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Roger Federer´s face to be minted on Swiss franc

The Swiss government says it will produce a 20 franc silver coin with Roger Federer’s image on it.The government says it’s the first time it has dedicated a commemorative coin to a living person.

A 50 franc gold coin with Federer’s image on it will be minted next year.

The government says the 20-time Grand Slam champion is “probably Switzerland’s most successful individual sportsman, he is also the perfect ambassador for Switzerland.”

The “heads” side of the coin shows Federer playing a one-handed backhand. The government says a limited edition of up to 95,000 Federer coins can be ordered, costing 30 Swiss francs. They will be dispatched in January.

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“In addition to his sporting brilliance, Roger Federer is above all the perfect ambassador for Switzerland,” the Bern-based Swissmint, which is responsible for the minting of Swiss coins, said in a statement on its website. “He has a unique way of embodying likeability, down-to-earthness, success and eloquence.”

In 2007, Federer was pictured on a special edition stamp released by Swiss Post in Basel, where he grew up.

Demand has exceeded expectations, with Swissmint’s retail website buckling just hours after the start of the offering, its Chief Executive Officer Marius Haldimann said.

There is a consolation prize for those missing out: the mint have in mind to issue a Federer-themed gold coin in May of next year. Some of the greatest achievements for professional athletes include obtaining a lot of titles, setting records and making it to the hall of fame.

According to, the presale for the 20 franc coin began Monday and will run until Dec. 19 or until the first minting has sold out. The second issuing of the coins is slated for May 2020.

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