Maritime Supply Co

ESSE QUAM VIDERI "To Be, Rather Than To Seem" - Brass Coin Necklace


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

Many wear disguises we have all learned at some point. This motto, ESSE QUAM VIDERI, is a call to live out life as your true self, rather than create a mask to hide behind. Only someone who is fully honest with themselves and others and embraces their true character has the power to affect the world around them.

  • 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.


All of our customers are part of our crew, and we take care of our own. If you have any issues with your order, we will do everything we can to fix the problem.

“Quality means doing it right when no one is looking.” ~Henry Ford


Here at Maritime, we work hard to create an ethical work environment. With such a small staff, it is crucial that everyone feel valued and heard in the role they play in company structure. Our price points directly reflect the amount of effort, creativity, and hard work that go into each piece, and proceeds contribute to a living wage for our team.


Your purchase helps provide clean water in developing countries! We give 10% of our net profits to help dig wells in India and Africa. Learn more about SFA’s Water of Life Initiative here.

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Paul M.
United States
They are what they seem

The customer service and personal touch to my order and the packaging of their products is great. Easy to use clip. The chain feels sturdy. The coin medallion is the perfect size. I look forward to purchasing more products from Maritime Supply Co.

Tristan M.
United States United States
Love It!

As advertised. Well made and looks great. Shopping was fast and had some fun surprises in the package.

Kerrie M.
United States United States
"To Be, Rather Than To Seem," Always!

I absolutely love this pendant for specifically this sentiment! I ordered the "Esse Quam Videri" and "Know Thyself" brass coin necklaces first (I already have a long wish list!) because of Erin Morgrnstern's novels, _The Night Circus_ and _The Starless Sea_, which have those quotes. The black and white logo sticker that Molly included was the most perfect touch, fitting perfectly with the color-scheme of TNC!!!! I will definitely be ordering more from MSCo soon!

Maritime Supply Co ESSE QUAM VIDERI To Be, Rather Than To Seem - Brass Coin Necklace Review