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Roger Federer continues to make history: Switzerland will coin coins with his face

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The fame and veneration of Roger Federer in his country, Switzerland, has reached such a level that the Basel tennis player has become the first living person whose effigy will be used in gold and silver coins from his country, minted by the national coin factory (Swissmint), that institution reported Monday.

A first commemorative coin of 20 francs (about 18 euros) with the player's face will be issued on January 23 with a planned minting of 55,000 pieces, although the presale of these pieces has already begun today, until December 19. The second currency, this one of gold and worth 50 francs (45 euros and a half), will arrive on a date not yet specified next May, Swissmint said in a statement.

The mint stressed that the reason to immortalize Federer in the Swiss francs has not only been his sporting successes but also his social commitment, "especially through its foundation of helping children as ambassador of the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)".

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