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Cape Sparrows 1 Cent South Africa Authentic Coin Money for Jewelry and Craft Making

Cape Sparrows 1 Cent South Africa Authentic Coin Money for Jewelry and Craft Making

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Cape Sparrows 1 Cent South Africa Authentic Coin Money for Jewelry and Craft Making

Reverse: Cape Sparrows below denomination
Lettering: 1c

Obverse: South Africa coat of arms with the motto "Ex Unitate Vires" (Power Through Unity)' legend in Afrikaans and English around, date below
Lettering: SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
EX UNITATE VIRES

Features
Issuer South Africa
Period Republic of South Africa (1961-date)
Type Standard circulation coin
Years 1970-1989
Value 1 Cent
0.01 ZAR = 0.00069 USD
Currency Rand (1961-date)
Composition Bronze
Weight 3.0 g
Diameter 19.05 mm
Thickness 1.57 mm
Shape Round
Orientation Medal alignment ↑↑
Number N# 1794
References KM# 82, Hern# D27-32, 34/5, 37/8, 40-46, Schön# 121

Wikipedia:
The Cape sparrow was featured on the lowest-denomination South African coin, from the farthing (¼-cent) in 1923 to the cent that ceased to be minted in 2002, with designs based on an original by George Kruger Gray. This was said to be because women interned at a concentration camp in Bethulie during the Boer War adopted a biblical quotation (from Matthew 10) as their motto: "Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? and one of them shall not fall on the ground without your Father."

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The Cape sparrow is an abundant and familiar bird of human habitations and cultivation in most of southern Africa. It is not believed to be threatened, and accordingly is listed as a species of least concern on the IUCN's Red List. It can be an agricultural pest, especially of grain cultivation and vineyards.

When vineyards in the south-west Cape started letting weeds grow between vines to conserve moisture, around 1956, the Cape sparrow moved in. Cape sparrows quickly exhausted the seeds and started eating the grapes. The Cape sparrow is now a serious pest in vineyards. Vineyards are not an optimal habitat, and some populations have had such a low reproductive success that they could not be maintained without immigration.

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Jennifer Livengood
Lovely coin

This coin is very pretty and light, making it perfect for jewelry designs. It reminds me of a Bible verse my mother used to quote to me when I was little, which always made me feel reassured. So this will be part of a necklace to keep my mother near me in my thoughts.

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Vanessa U
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Excellent product, beautiful coin.

Excellent product, beautiful coin.

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Savannah K
Such a cool gift and it got here fast!

Such a cool gift and it got here fast!