The Swiss government has decided to honor Roger Federer with the special award, producing produce a commemorative 20 franc silver coin with Federer's image on it. Thus, Roger has become the first living Swiss with a commemorative coin, with a 50 franc gold coin ready to be minted in May next year.
The coin represents Roger who is hitting his trade-mark one-handed backhand and a limited edition of up to 95,000 Federer coins that will come up in January at the price of 30 Swiss francs, with the pre-sale starting on December 2.
Back in April 2007, the Swiss Post issued a special one-franc stamp to celebrate Roger's extraordinary career, never giving the same honor to a living person before. Despite the age of 38, Roger has been one of the players to beat in 2019 as well, finishing in the top-3 behind Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic and adding more ranking age records to his tally, preparing for more of the same in 2020.
Federer claimed four ATP titles overall to stay on Jimmy Connors' trail, extending his age record at the Masters 100 series after lifting the title in Miami and standing a point away from the 21st Major crown, wasting two match points against Novak Djokovic in one of the finest title matches at the All England Club ever.
In Dubai, Federer celebrated the 100th ATP crown, earning two more ATP 500 trophies in Halle and Basel to stay in front of the young competitors Stefanos Tsitsipas, Daniil Medvedev, Alexander Zverev and Dominic Thiem for another year.
"In addition to his sporting brilliance, Roger Federer is above all the perfect ambassador for Switzerland," Bern, Switzerland-based Swissmint, which is responsible for the minting of Swiss coins, said in a statement. "He has a unique way of embodying likeability, down-to-earthiness, success and eloquence."