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Triton XXI, Lot: 847. Estimate $3000.
Sold for $3500. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

Alexander of Carthage. Usurper, AD 308-310. Æ Follis (22.5mm, 4.95 g, 6h). Carthago (Carthage) mint. IMP ALEXANDER P F AVG, laureate head right / GLORIA EXERCITVS AVG N, Alexander on horseback riding left, raising right hand; PK. Cf. RIC VI 66; cf. Salama type IV. Good VF, light green patina. Extremely rare.

Ex Old Sable Collection (Gorny & Mosch 215, 13 October 2013), lot 502 (hammer €3250).

L. Domitius Alexander led a short-lived revolt against Maxentius from AD 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 in "Recherches numismatiques sur l'usurpateur africain L. Domitius Alexander," Proceedings of the International Numismatic Congress 1973, p. 365, note 2, suggests that at the latest, the pact was entered into by autumn of 310.