Old South African 1c coin
Old South-African 1c coin

Do you know how the sparrows landed on the 1c coin?

It is such a heart warming and inspiring story all the way from Bethulie in the Freestate.

Anette Marais, an inhabitant of the Bethulie Concentration Camp, was praying fervently for a sign to strengthen war-stricken Boer women in the con­cen­tra­tion camp out­side Bethulie.

The next day she opened her Bi­ble at Matthew 10:29-30: “Are not two spar­rows sold for a penny? And not one of them will fall to the ground …. Fear not, there­fore; you are of more value than many spar­rows”

Out of the blue, a little sparrow flew down and perched on her shoulder to the amazement of the women she was with.

From then on, the mod­est mossie be­came their sym­bol of hope.

After the war she told this story to Genl. Smuts and this is how the sparrows found a home on our smallest coin. First on the quarter penny and later in the 1c coin.

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