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.