Along with Matt Lucas, David Walliams is best known for being one half of the outrageously funny TV comedy, Little Britain. Never afraid to shock, it’s rarely seen these days, now we live in times when half the population is offended on behalf of the rest, like it or not, He has, however, many more strings to his bow, including a mass of charity work and events (swimming the English Channel, the Thames River length, and the Straits of Gibraltar, for example), and huge renown as an author of children’s books.
His first book was called ‘The Boy in the Dress’ and dealt with themes of difference, setting a tone for his ‘The World of David Walliams’. Each novel has a moral that challenges children to think more openly. There have been 17 novels since the debut in 2008, along with almost as many picture books. Many made the jump to other media, like television and theatre, and the books have surpassed the 50 million sold landmark. It’s hardly surprising that they’ve appeared on Pobjoy Mint’s radar.
The series of seven, heptagonal, fifty-pence coins showcase the earlier books, although strangely, Demon Dentist is missing, If these coins are popular, there’s plenty of material for a second series. Each one carries the cover art from the book, and it’s certainly an eclectic selection, but you can’t help but like it. There are 8.0 gram sterling silver versions, and base-metal coins for the young collector, appropriately enough. Almost all available now direct from Pobjoy Mint.