Lewes first introduced its own currency in 1789, but this was discontinued in 1895.
In September 2008 the £1 was reintroduced with a run of 10,000. A further tranche 20,000 was released and finally 3,000. These notes were exchangeable at some 120 shops, pubs and small businesses in Lewes area.
On 3 July 2009, it was announced that the scheme was to be extended. New notes of £1 (2 versions) £5, £10 and £21 were issued and the original notes withdrawn.
The notes are printed on traditional banknote paper and have a number of security features including unique numbering, watermarks, foil impressions and heat mark.
During 2009 Brixton and Stroud also introduced there own currencies.