CP24 - Toronto News | Breaking News Headlines | Weather, Traffic, Sports
Roger Federer's face to be minted on Swiss coin
Roger Federer, of Switzerland, acknowledges fans after his 6-2, 6-2, 6-0 win over David Goffin, of Belgium, during the fourth round of the U.S. Open tennis championships Sunday, Sept. 1, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Sarah Stier)
The Associated Press
Published Monday, December 2, 2019 8:37AM EST
BERN, Switzerland -- 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.
The 50 franc coin will have a different design.