Domitius Domitianus

c.296 - 297 A.D.

This obscure usurper gained control of Alexandria around the year 296. Diocletian diverted his efforts in regaining this key province and set Alexandria under a long-term siege. Eight months later Domitius's forces blinked and handed over the pretender to Diocletian who had him promptly executed for treason.

AE Follis

RIC 20, Cohen 1 AE Follis Obv: IMPCLDOMITIVSDOMITIANVSAVG, laureate head right
Rev: GENIOPOPVLIROMANI Exe: B/ALE, Genius standing left, modius on head, holding patera in right hand, cornucopiae in left, eagle at feet left. Lot sold for $1,000 9/19/01.