Old Katanga Cross Copper Currency – HANDA – DR Congo
Copper Alloy. Cm. 15,7 width x 16,5 high (6.18″ x 6.50″); grams 744,8 (26.27 oz.).
A Katanga cross is a cast copper cross which was once used as a form of currency in parts of what is now the Democratic Republic of the Congo in the 19th and early 20th centuries.
The name derives from Katanga, a rich copper mining region in the south-eastern portion of the DR Congo. These X-shaped ingotswere cast by local coppersmiths by pouring molten copper into sand molds.
For similar examples and more informations see:
“The Perfect Form”, by Roberto Ballarini, page 319;
“African Currency”, by Adolfo Bartolomucci, page 109.
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