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Triton XXI, Lot: 848. Estimate $5000.
Sold for $6000. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

Alexander of Carthage. Usurper, AD 308-310. Æ Follis (20mm, 5.33 g, 6h). Carthago (Carthage) mint. IMP ALEXANDER P F AVG, laureate head right / INVICTA ROMA FELIX KARTHAGO, Carthago standing facing, head left, wearing long robe, holding fruit and grain ears in both hands; P*K. RIC VI 68 var. (mintmark); Salama type V, portrait style F. EF, brown surfaces.

Ex Barry Feirstein Collection (Numismatica Ars Classica 39, 16 May 2007), lot 188 (hammer CHF 6500); Berk BBS 104 (16 September 1998), lot 396; Berk BBS 102 (27 May 1998), lot 540.

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 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.