"TO BE, RATHER THAN TO SEEM"
"TO BE, RATHER THAN TO SEEM"
Four chains are on a black sand background with text above each chain noting its type. Brass Diamond Cut: links are square-ish and interlocking at right angles. Brass Curb: links are more ovular and twist to interlock so the chain lies flat. Brass Ballchain: classic military-style dogtag chain; small brass balls connected by straight brass pins. Stainless Ballchain: the same style as brass ballchain, but in silver-colored stainless steel.
An athletic male-bodied model is pictured from neck to waist wearing blank brass coins on 3 different length brass chains, labeled in order from shortest to longest. The 18 inch chain lands below the hollow of their throat, the 22 inch chain lands roughly halfway down their sternum, and the 27 inch chain lands closer to the bottom of their sternum.
"TO BE, RATHER THAN TO SEEM"
"TO BE, RATHER THAN TO SEEM"
Four chains are on a black sand background with text above each chain noting its type. Brass Diamond Cut: links are square-ish and interlocking at right angles. Brass Curb: links are more ovular and twist to interlock so the chain lies flat. Brass Ballchain: classic military-style dogtag chain; small brass balls connected by straight brass pins. Stainless Ballchain: the same style as brass ballchain, but in silver-colored stainless steel.
An athletic male-bodied model is pictured from neck to waist wearing blank brass coins on 3 different length brass chains, labeled in order from shortest to longest. The 18 inch chain lands below the hollow of their throat, the 22 inch chain lands roughly halfway down their sternum, and the 27 inch chain lands closer to the bottom of their sternum.

"TO BE, RATHER THAN TO SEEM"

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Hand-crafted from start to finish, this stamped coin features the Latin phrase ESSE QUAM VIDERI, which means “To be, rather than to seem.”

ESSE QUAM VIDERI is the state motto of our neighbor, North Carolina, and the phrase originated with Cicero's essay "Friendship." The English word "essence" comes from the Latin root ESSE and describes something's intrinsic nature that determines its character. Many wear disguises we have all learned at some point. This motto is a call to live out life as your true self, rather than create a mask to hide behind, and to define your character by shaping and showing your fundamental nature. If you feel that your natural state of being is not up to your own standards, this phrase can serve as encouragement to grow into the person that you want to be. Some loose English translations of the motto could be "walk the walk," "practice what you preach," or even simply "embody your words." Only someone who is fully honest with themselves and others and embraces their true character has the power to affect the world around them.

"What we are communicates far more eloquently than anything we say or do." ~Stephen Covey

- Coin pendant is 1" in diameter.

Purchase this coin as a keychain instead of a necklace here.

If you are unsure about which chain length to order, please read our suggestions on the FAQ page.

Please note: All our brass pendants are raw brass, meaning they are not electroplated and will develop a beautiful patina over time. We recommend polishing it with a soft cloth to help keep your pendant's original shine if you prefer the bright metal look.

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EG
03/04/2022
Evan G.
United States

Great Product

Ordering and shipping was very easy. The necklace showed up as advertised and I wear it everyday!

MW
11/19/2021
mark w.
Australia Australia

Beautiful

Love the mottos this is the 5th necklace I bought. I was so happy with the 1st one I decided they would make meaningful xmas presents to close friends. I’m also impressed with the fast shipping about 4 days to Australia. So glad I found this store. I will buy again sometime.

BL
09/24/2021
Beau L.
United States United States

Happy with this

I have been wearing this 24/7 for a week. No staining when I sweat or shower, don't even notice it when sleeping. The chain length (18") works well - doesn't bounce around much when I run, is subtly noticeable when wearing a v-neck shirt. Both the chain and the medalion look masculine but not *****-ish. I like the company's values, and the Latin phrase is my reminder that *being* something is always better than *try* to be something.

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