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Sale: CNG 70, Lot: 1063. Estimate $3000. 
Closing Date: Wednesday, 21 September 2005. 
Sold For $5500. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

ALEXANDER of CARTHAGE. Usurper, 308-311 AD. Æ Follis (6.18 g, 12h). Carthage mint. IMP ALEXANDER P F AVG, laureate head right / VICTORIA ALEXAND-RI AVG N, Victory advancing left, holding wreath and palm-branch; PK. RIC VI 73. VF, green patina, earthen highlights, light green and blue deposits, a little rough. Rare. ($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 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.