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Oxted and District History Society
Tuesday 6th March 2007.

The Matrix Coin Project

Brian Wood and John Theobald gave an illustrated lecture on ‘ The Matrix Coin Project ‘ to the Oxted & District History Society. They are in the process of uploading pictures of � million artefacts from Surrey’s museums on to the Web for the Surrey History Centre.

Both men are particularly interested in coins and medals of which 10,000 are already on the database and this will increase to 15,000. In the 17th Century, during and for several years after the Commonwealth, several East Surrey local traders issued their own coin tokens. Some were grocers, like Richard Miles in Bletchingley, Mary Osburn of Godstone and Thomas Clement from Merstham. Others were involved in the clothing trade such as John Knight and Thomas Heath of Lingfield. It is not known in what trades John Gratwick of Limpsfield, Thomas Stone of Oxted and Elizabeth Amus of Epsom were involved but they all issued tokens.

Brian Wood and John Theobald also made an appeal for information on more modern tokens. They want to find British Restaurant tokens, issued during the Second World War. Other rare tokens are hop tokens paid to hop pickers and tokens issued by the South Suburban Co-op. They may also be others, tucked away in our homes, which they do not know about and are not yet recorded by the Matrix Coin Project.

Lecture given at
Oxted United Reformed Church,
Bluehouse Lane, Oxted