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Offline goossen

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Katanga Cross
« on: July 11, 2011, 03:24:14 PM »
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A Katanga cross, also called a handa, 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 (DRC) in the 19th and early 20th centuries. Katanga crosses were made in various sizes, typically about 20 cm (8 inches) across, and weighing about 1 kilogram (2 pounds). The name derives from Katanga, a rich copper mining region in the south-eastern portion of the DRC.

Now, let me introduce my coin from this this country.

Bronze 1 Franc, depicting the described Katanga Cross.

Katanga was independent for a short period of time between 1960 and 1963, when it was forced to reunite with The Congo.
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Re: Katanga Cross
« Reply #1 on: July 12, 2011, 01:40:47 AM »
Interestingly, the Coins of Katanga were issued only for one year, 1961. Only 2 denominations were issued - 1 Franc and 5 Francs, both made of Bronze. The reverse shows Bananas within a circle. SCWC also mentions 5 franc coins minted in Gold.

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Re: Katanga Cross
« Reply #2 on: February 05, 2015, 06:53:53 PM »
Here is my recent acquisition to add to my collection of primitive monies:

Province of Katanga, Democratic Republic of Congo: Anonymous (ca. 18-19th century) AE Handa

A high-resolution image of this coin is available at FORVM Ancient Coins

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Re: Katanga Cross
« Reply #3 on: February 05, 2015, 08:34:35 PM »
Also interesting is that when that coin was issued in 1961 they were forbidden to be taken out of the country & I was quite surprised to find one in the following year
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Re: Katanga Cross
« Reply #4 on: February 05, 2015, 08:37:23 PM »
Also interesting is that when that coin was issued in 1961 they were forbidden to be taken out of the country & I was quite surprised to find one in the following year

With a statement like that, it is music to the ears of coin collectors, so I am not surprised  ;D
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Re: Katanga Cross
« Reply #5 on: February 06, 2015, 05:29:50 PM »
and I have both the 1 (AU) and 5 (XF) Fr coins. I got both in 2007.

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If you're interested in coin variants please find some English documentation here:
https://sites.google.com/site/coinvarietiescollection/home
and in French on Michel's site (the presentations are not the same):
http://monnaiesetvarietes.esy.es/

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Re: Katanga Cross
« Reply #6 on: September 26, 2017, 06:39:26 PM »
Also interesting is that when that coin was issued in 1961 they were forbidden to be taken out of the country & I was quite surprised to find one in the following year
Very interesting !
How about the goldpiece , can you recall when you first heard of those  ?

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Re: Katanga Cross
« Reply #7 on: January 20, 2018, 07:11:37 PM »
5 francs 1961 Katanga gold piece (13,32 grams)

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