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The Swiss Federal Mint Swissmint announced Monday that it will issue commemorative coin in honor of tennis legend Roger Federer next year.

Roger Federer is set to become the first living person to be minted on a Swiss coin.

According to the statement, Swissmint will issue a 20-franc "Roger Federer" silver coin on January 23, 2020, and a gold coin in May 2020.

The Swiss government commented on his career in the announcement saying Federer is "probably Switzerland's most successful individual sportsman, he is also the flawless ambassador for Switzerland".

Swissmint wrote that Federer is "the flawless ambassador for Switzerland". "He has a unique way of embodying likeability down-to-earthiness, success and eloquence", the Swiss government explained.

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The 20-time Grand Slam champion posted an image of the coin on Instagram along with a message of gratitude.

The government says the 20-year-old Grand Slam champion is "Switzerland's most successful athlete, he is also Switzerland's flawless ambassador".

However, Federer fans will be able to purchase the coin before its official release through the Swissmint website.

Swissmint has occasionally introduced commemorative coins celebrating Swiss historical events, people and organisations.

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