Ornament - Medium Sand Dollar
Lovely pewter sand dollar ornament. The mold for this pewter casting was taken from an actual Sand Dollar that washed up on a Cape Cod beach. It is 2 and 1/4 inches in diameter and weighs 1.5 ounces.
If you've strolled along a beach on Cape Cod, you've probably found a sand dollar. But what is a sand dollar? Children have been known to say that sand dollars are pressed sand that has been dried or even the money of mermaids washed-up from the deep. In reality, the fragile disk is the skeleton or "test" of a marine animal. By the time the test washes up on the beach it is missing its velvety covering of minute spines and appears somewhat bleached from the sun. It is hard to believe it was once alive.