Lewes Pound

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The Lewes Pound is a local currency issued in 2008 in the town of Lewes in East Sussex, in the United Kingdom.

According to the Guardian: The Lewes pound will initially be accepted in around 30 locally owned shops and a first run of 10,000-plus notes is expected. It is the largest-scale launch of a local currency in the UK since Lewes had its own pound in the 19th century and, in a coup for the organisers, the town's branch of Barclays bank has agreed to accept it.

According to the organisational website, The Lewes Pound is a complementary currency, redeemable for goods or services with local traders. It is not intended to replace sterling, but by using it, we can all help support local producers and traders and raise awareness of the importance of shopping locally. Lewes Pounds can be bought or redeemed for sterling at any of the issuing points.


  • Town that gave itself a licence to print money [1]

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