Report South Africa Farthing Design in World Coin Forum Posted July 31, 2020 Hi there. The farthing or "oortjie" is my favourite coin. The sparrows sits on a Sweet Thorn Tree (Acacia Karroo). The sparrows refers to Mat 10:29. The verse is significant for the women and children that was in the Bethulie concentration camp during the Anglo Boer war 1899-1902. To my knowledge, the SA farthing is the only coin the world that refers to a verse in the Bible.