5 Francs


Issuer Katanga (Democratic Republic of the Congo)
Period Republic (1960-1963)
Type Non-circulating coin
Year 1961
Value 5 Francs
Currency Franc (1960-1963)
Composition Gold (.900)
Weight 13.33 g
Diameter 26 mm
Shape Round
Technique Milled
Orientation Medal alignment ↑↑
Demonetized Yes
Number N# 43621
Numista type number (https://en.numista.com/help/what-is-the-n-number-visible-in-the-catalogue-33.html)
References KM# 2a,
Tracy L. Schmidt (editor); 2019. Standard Catalog of World Coins / 2001-Date (14th edition). Krause Publications, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, United States.
And 5 more volumes.
Schön# 2a
Gerhard Schön; 2018. Weltmünzkatalog / 20. Jahrhundert: 1901-2000 (46. Auflage). Battenberg Gietl Verlag, Regenstauf, Germany.
And 2 more volumes.


Bananas (Musa x paradisiaca-Musaceae) within circle.

Lettering: KATANGA


Katanga Cross, value and date within circle.

5 FR




The Katanga Cross, also referred to as Baluba Cross, was cast by pouring copper into sand moulds. Widely used as currency: 3 pieces would buy a goat, 3-5 a male slave and 5-10 a female slave.

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Date Mintage VG F VF XF AU UNC
1961  20 000 $ 681

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Past sales

Pictures Sale Date Grade Price
Picture 1 of a sold 5 FrancsPicture 1 of a sold 5 FrancsPicture 1 of a sold 5 FrancsPicture 1 of a sold 5 Francs
Heritage Auctions
Wednesday & Thursday World & Ancient Coins Select Auction 232206
Lot 62594
Internet Archive
Feb 3, 2022 UNC
(NGC MS65)
USD 840.00
(incl. buyer's premium)
Picture 1 of a sold 5 FrancsPicture 1 of a sold 5 FrancsPicture 1 of a sold 5 FrancsPicture 1 of a sold 5 Francs
Heritage Auctions
2019 September 5 - 9 Long Beach Expo World & Ancient Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach 3076
Lot 34299
Internet Archive
Sep 5, 2019 UNC
(NGC MS67)
USD 870.00
(incl. buyer's premium)

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