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Sale: Triton V, Lot: 2161. Estimate $3000. 
Closing Date: Wednesday, 16 January 2002. 
Sold For $2800. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

ALEXANDER of CARTHAGE. 308-311 AD. Æ Follis (6.53 gm). Carthage mint. IMP ALEXANDER P F AVG, laureate head right / [INVICT]A ROMA FELIX KARTHAGO, Carthage standing facing in long robe, head left, holding fruit in both hands; PK. RIC VI 68. EF/VF, dark brown patina, minor encrustations. ($3000)

L. Domitius Alexander led a short-lived revolt against Maxentius from 308 to 311, holding Africa and Sardinia. There is little known about this usurper, but there is evidence in an inscription (CIL viii, 22183) that he and Constantine allied themselves in opposition to Maxentius. P. Salama, "Recherches numismatiques sur l'usurpateur africain L. Domitius Alexander," Proceedings, International Numismatic Congress 1973, pg. 365, note 2, suggests that, at the latest, the pact was entered into by autumn of 310.