Federer to have Swiss coin minted in his honour

Tennis great Roger Federer is to become the first living Swiss to have a coin minted in their honour, with a commemorative 20 franc silver piece bearing his image being issued in January 2020. In addition to that, it plans to release a second coin with a different design - the “Roger Federer” 50-franc gold coinin May 2020.

The 38-year-old 20-time Grand Slam champion is regarded by many as the greatest tennis player ever and is a national hero in Switzerland.

Swissmint confirmed that 55,000 of the coins, featuring Federer delivering a backhand, will be produced and will be available for pre-order from Tuesday until December 19 at http://www.swissmintshop.ch/

"Roger Federer's sporting achievements, his charitable commitments, his easy-going nature and his accessibility to his fans have prompted Swissmint to dedicate this 20-franc silver coin to him - the first time it has done so with a living person," a Swissmint spokesperson told Reuters.

In a statement, the government declared that Roger Federer is the best-known 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.

According to Swissmint, Federer is "the perfect ambassador for Switzerland. He has a unique way of embodying likability, down-to-earthness, success and eloquence".

With demand expected to be high, Swissmint said another 40,000 coins could be issued in May.

"Thank you Switzerland and Swissmint for this incredible honour and privilege," Federer wrote on Twitter.

Date: 2 December 2019


  1. I'm very happy for Roger Federer and you are a real down to earth Person! you are the real ambassador for Swiss and a ambassador for the Tennis so long you live !

    vielen Dank Roger es ist sehr hart heute einen Menschen zu finden wie Du es bist ! die Welt gehoehrt Dir und Deiner Familie !

    Gratuliere fuer alle Deine erfolge und fur Dein " Herz" fuer Kinder !