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The legend of the Sand Dollar

The Legend of the Sand Dollar
Margaret C. Gallitzin
It is difficult to find a shell so rich in symbolism as the sand dollar.

When I was a girl, I saw my first sand dollar – which I later learned
was called the keyhole sand dollar – and my uncle, a priest, explained
to me how it represented the story of the Birth, Crucifixion, and
Resurrection of Our Lord Jesus Christ. I never forgot that lesson
of how to see God invisible Creation.

front sand dollar

The sand dollar - front above, and back below

sand dollar back
The sand dollar is flat-looking burrowing sea urchin belonging to
the order Clypeasteroida. It lives on the floor of shallow sandy
waters along the coasts of ocean waters in the Northern Hemisphere.
The mollusks are washed up on Oregon Coast beaches regularly.

After the urchin is washed up on the beach and bleached by the sun,
it looks like a large silver coin, such as the old Spanish or American
dollar. Ergo, its simple American name. In other places, it is known
as…