Silver penny of Eadwig
From an archaeological site on the Cathedral Green, Winchester, Hampshire
The conquest of Northumbria by Eadred in AD954 placed that kingdom under the rule of Wessex, which now established its power over the whole of England. The country was relatively unbothered by the Northmen for some twenty-five years and during the reigns of Eadwig, Eadgar and Eadweard II there was a marked expansion of the coinage. Mints were established in thirty-six places, which extended from Exeter in the south-west to York in the north. This coin of Eadwig was struck in Winchester by Leofric, the mint condition suggesting that it was lost shortly after striking.