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Roger Federer coin proves too popular for Swiss mint’s webshop

Roger Federer first living man on Swiss franc Federer becomes first living person to be commemorated on Swiss coin, demand crashes official site
Cary Erickson | 04 December, 2019, 15:25

A commemorative silver coin depicting tennis champion Roger Federer is proving so popular that it's crippling the website of Switzerland's mint. The pre-sale timeframe ends on the 19th December 2019 at the latest, or until the first minting run of 55,000 units has sold out, whichever is earlier.

The most recent sports-themed commemorative coin came in 2015.

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

In a statement, the government stated Federer is the first-rate-recognized Swiss person each on and stale the court.

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.

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The 20 franc silver coins will be worth $29.48.

"Thank you Switzerland and Swissmint for this incredible honor and privilege", Federer wrote on his Twitter account. "He has a unique way of embodying likeability down-to-earthiness, success and eloquence", the Swiss government.

It's the first time in its history that Swissmint has created a commemorative coin to honour a living person. The Swiss coin gesture was not the first time Federer was honored in a special way. He holds the most grand slam men's singles titles, 20 of them, and has won 103 singles titles in total so far.

Swissmint cited his 237 straight weeks at world No. 1 and his grand slam haul before mentioning his off-court charitable work, including his foundation. In 2007, the Swiss Post released a Roger Federer stamp in his birthplace of Basel.