Roger Federer becomes first living person to receive 'incredible honour'

Riley Morgan
Sports Reporter

Roger Federer has become the first living man in Switzerland to be recognised with a commemorative coin.

The 20-time grand slam winner has achieved all there is in the sport, but has now been honoured with the historical achievement in his home country.

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The Federal Swiss Mint announced Federer would be featured on a 20-franc coin, picturing the master lining up his iconic single-handed backhand.

The pre-sale “uncirculated” pre-sale began Monday. The coins were available on the Swissmint’s website but all 55,000 units sold out within 24 hours after crashing the website.

Roger Federer has been recognised with a coin in his home country of Switzerland. (Getty Images)

“The Federal Mint Swissmint is honouring Roger Federer and, for the first time in its history, dedicating a Swiss commemorative coin to a living person,” the website read.

Federer thanked his home country for the special honour.

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

Fans that missed out won’t have to wait too long though with a gold coin edition announced for next year.

The 38-year-old finished the season as World No.3, which is the 15th time he has finished on the podium. This is a record.

He also became the oldest person ever to finish the season as World No.3.

The coins sold by the Swissmint. (Image: Swissmint)