Old Katanga Cross Copper Currency – HANDA – DR Congo
Copper Alloy. 19th century. Cm. 16,0 width x 15,3 high x 20,0 diagonal (6.30 x 6.02 x 7.87 Inches); grams 763,3 (26.92 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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