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Roger Federer to become first living person to be celebrated on a coin in Switzerland

Legendary Roger Federer is a favourite of many. He is all set to become the first living Swiss national to have a coin freshly minted in their honour, with a commemorative 20 franc (USD 20.06) silver piece having his image being issued in January.

The 20-time Grand Slam champion is recognised as the greatest tennis player of all time by many and is also a national hero in Switzerland.

Swissmint had also confirmed that 55,000 of the coins, featuring Roger Federer punching a backhand, will be produced and will be made available for pre-order from Tuesday until December 19.

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“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 news agency Reuters.

With demand set to be high, Swissmint added that another 40,000 coins could be issued in the month May while a 50 franc gold coin, featuring a variety of design would also be produced in 2020.

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

Roger Federer who has done some extraordinary stuff on the turf has done the same off the field as well. He spent a colossal sum of $13.5 million to inaugurate 81 schools in Africa. The phrase ‘Millions of money spoils the person in millions of ways’ seems to have failed to live up to its essence all the time.

The needy and elderly people believe that the ones who offer great assistance for them are the real Gods. Iconic athletes are quite often known to donate money to the needy, offer great help in crunch situations. In this case, Roger Federer is one of the superior athletes to have done something great which cannot be put it in words.

The route map to set up his master plan was to make considerable changes with regards to children’s education. The Tennis Superstar has already established 80 pre-schools there. Every expert began with basic education who then went on to become one of the greatest in the world.

With a whopping sum of money that was spent in Malawi (Africa), the foundation got benefited to the amount and is looking forward to changing the lives of over 150,000 Malawian children by 2021 according to the Business Standard reports. “I believe every young child should have the opportunity to spend some years in such a centre because early education is the foundation of learning,” Federer said upon visiting the school.

Roger Federer’s intentions are quite clear. With 15 productive schemes running in Switzerland, Malawi, Botswana, Namibia, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe already, ‘The Roger Federer foundation’ seems to have caught attention in the modern world. It has set the goal of changing the lives of one million children by the year 2018.

Written by Sagar Abhinandan

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