The Lewes Pound is a creative yet practical way for local people to make money work for their town of Lewes in East Sussex. It was the second town in the UK to issue its own currency.
Giant Arc Design in association with Hudoq developed the design of the first £1 Lewes Pound and subsequent 4 other denominations that followed of of £5, £10 and £21 and a redesign of the £1.
The Lewes Pound has received local, national and international attention, with coverage on radio, online, in the press and on TV. It is also highlighted as one of the best case studies on the Audi Design Foundation's flagship programme for 2009, the 'Sustain our Nation' design competition. The aim of the Foundation is to encourage innovation and empower designers by supporting and promoting designs that create a positive change in people's lives.
The British Museum hold a set of the Lewes Pound notes in their collection, they were highly complimentary 'Yours is by far the most attractive of the local issues made recently in the UK'.
Joe Cribb Keeper of Coins and Medals for the British Museum