Fed­erer is 1st liv­ing per­son to be cel­e­brated on Swiss coins

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BERN: Switzer­land’s 20-time Grand Slam cham­pion Roger Fed­erer will be­come the first

liv­ing per­son to be cel­e­brated on a coin in the coun­try.

On Sun­day, Swiss­mint con­firmed that it is cel­e­brat­ing Fed­erer with a 20-franc sil­ver coin, which will have an is­sue date of Jan­uary 23, 2020. It plans to re­lease a sec­ond coin with a dif­fer­ent de­sign – the “Roger Fed­erer” 50-franc gold coin – in May.

In a state­ment, the govern­ment said Fed­erer is the best­known Swiss per­son both on and off the court. In ad­di­tion to his count­less ten­nis records, in­clud­ing the most Grand Slam men’s sin­gles ti­tles, he also runs a char­i­ta­ble foun­da­tion for chil­dren in south­ern Africa and was the first Swiss UNICEF Good­will Am­bas­sador.

Above all, Swiss­mint writes, Fed­erer is “the per­fect am­bas­sador for Switzer­land. He has a unique way of em­body­ing like­abil­ity, down-to-earth­ness, suc­cess and elo­quence”.

An­tic­i­pat­ing high de­mand for the coin, Swiss­mint has

launched for the first time a pre-sale of an “un­cir­cu­lated qual­ity” of the coin.

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