Lyon Mint operated in Ludgunum, as it was then known, from the first century B.C to the early fifth century A.D, which made it a witness to, and a participation in some, of the most important periods in the history of Western Civilization. There were some gaps in this time period, especially in the third century. The Mint operated under such pivotal reigns as Caesar Augustus, Gaius (Caligula), Nero, Diocletian, and Constantine. During the reigns of Augustus, Tiberius, and Gaius, the Mint struck gold and silver coins, and it released copper allow pieces through the reigns of Nero and the Flavians. Lyon Mint provides a fascinating look into the ancient world. Its coins not only have strong ties to the Roman Empire and Gaul, i.e. modern-day France, but also with Britain. If you have an interest in those places and civilizations, consider picking up some coins from this mint as you grow your collection.