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Brant Point Charm

  • $20.00

An old Nantucket legend says you'll be guaranteed to return to the island if you toss a penny off the side of the ferry as you round Brant Point on your way to Hyannis. The legend was immortalized in a children's book called Two Pennies Overboard, about two children who returned from an ill-timed sailing adventure after one of them had thrown two pennies over the side of the boat as they passed the lighthouse. The book's title has caused some people to believe that the cost of returning is two pennies, but the truth of the story, according to legend, is that the price is only one penny per person. The trouble with this tradition, however, is that the pennies so many people throw from the ferry are not good for the health of Nantucket Harbor.

This copper Brant Point token is an environmentally friendly homage to that legend. Featuring images of Brant Point Lighthouse and the island of Nantucket, Designed by Nantucket jeweler Melissa Dudley and artist Chris Bonelli – the coin is a perpetual reminder of the magic of this special place. To strengthen its power, "Safe Returns" is engraved on the token, ensuring you will one day return to the Little Grey Lady. And the best part is that you never have to part with it to return to Nantucket, all while keeping the harbor safe and healthy. Allow the magic within this coin to rekindle your memories of the island until you can return.

20% of all proceeds from sales of this token to the Town of Nantucket's water quality program. I hope that this small step by me – paired with the small step of so many others – will lead to larger changes in how we treat our natural resources. Nantucket Harbor is a priceless resource, and we can help keep it clean for future generations together.

Token is available on its own, with the legend of the pennies, and as a gift in an oversized envelope (stamped or unstamped).