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1961 Congo Zaire Katanga Franc coin pendant bananas Katanga cross African Congolese Lingala Bantu Kikongo Kongo people plantains n000853

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1961 Katanga 1 Franc {1-year issue} 2S

Karanga ~ province of the Democratic Republic of the Congo

front: bananas {Musaceae}
back: Katanga Cross


A Katanga Cross, also called a handa, is a cast copper ingot in the shape of a cross which was once used as a form of currency in parts of what is now the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) in the 19th and early 20th centuries. Katanga crosses were made in various sizes, typically about 20 centimetres (7.9 in) across, and weighing about 1 kilogram (2.2 lb). The name derives from Katanga, a rich copper mining region in the south-eastern portion of the DRC.

These X-shaped ingots were cast by local coppersmiths by pouring molten copper into sand molds.

The Katanga Cross, is also referred to as Baluba Cross

• quantity 1
• demonetized {no longer in circulation or mintage} polished Bronze coin
• diameter: 22 mm
• weight: 4.8 g

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