Maritime Supply Co

SINK OR SWIM / WINDS AND WAVES - Leatherback Brass Coin Necklace

$23.40 $39


Hand-crafted from start to finish, the front of this brass coin pendant features the phrase "No matter how rough the sea, I refuse to sink" around the edge of the coin with the words "SINK" and "SWIM" mirrored over a rope tied in a figure-eight knot. The back of the coin is leather, stamped with the phrase "The winds and waves are always on the side of the most able navigators" (a modernized quote by Edward Gibbon).

We've all been thrown in the deep end of life at one point (or several). This pendant is meant to provide encouragement to just keep swimming - whether you are striking out strongly towards a goal or stability or merely keeping your head afloat, refuse to sink. You get to choose how to handle any situation you encounter, and the word "SWIM" is oriented to face the wearer as extra motivation to persevere and keep moving.

The leather back of the coin is intended to be a tactile reminder of this mentality, much like a worry coin. Gibbon's quote juxtaposed with the phrase on the front shows that even if the seas of life are rough at that moment, you have the ability to make the most of the winds and waves to navigate towards a goal. Stay the course!


  • Coin pendant is 1" in diameter.
  • Horween leather back

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. Leather will shrink after water exposure, so we recommend taking the necklace off before swimming or showering.

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Mat H.
United States United States

Perfect momento

Perfect momento for our son who will be off to college soon. Great reminder when he’s away from home.

Anna D.
United States United States


Got it a little late in the mail but they refunded me the shipping cost due to fedex’s mistake. Thank you Maritime Supply! My husband loves his anniversary gift!

Tara M.
United States United States


I love all your products… partly… the charms I love but I always need to buy a new chain for them elsewhere. Yours are just too short and not the best quality. I buy mostly for the charms. And I love the tiny boats!