Old Katanga Cross Copper Currency – HANDA – DR Congo
Copper Alloy. 19th century. Cm. 7,0 high x 3,9 width (2.76 x 1.54 Inches); grams 61,1 (2.16 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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