- Royal Mint decided against celebrating the life of author Roald Dahl with a coin
- It has been revealed there were concerns over his anti-Semitic beliefs
- He said in interview: ‘a trait in the Jewish character that does provoke animosity’
- Instead, it opted for coins celebrating William Shakespeare and Beatrix Potter
6 November 2018
DAILY MAIL — The Royal Mint decided against celebrating the life of Roald Dahl with a coin due to concerns over his anti-Semitic views.
Its decision not to mark the centenary of the writer’s birth in 2016 is revealed in the minutes of the Royal Mint’s sub-committee meeting in 2014.
Instead, it opted for coins celebrating William Shakespeare and Beatrix Potter.
The minutes, seen by The Guardian, state: ‘The themes set out below were considered but not recommended… Associated with anti-Semitism and not regarded as an author of the highest reputation.’
Dahl, who died in 1990 aged 74, remains beloved by children and adults for books such as the BFG, Matilda and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
Many of his stories have been adapted into hit Hollywood films and he was honoured by the Royal Mail with a set of stamps.
In 1983, after Israel’s invasion of Lebanon a year earlier, he told the New Statesman: ‘There is a trait in the Jewish character that does provoke animosity, maybe it’s a kind of lack of generosity towards non-Jews. […]