Featured is a Whiting & Davis gold tone coin brooch measuring 2 1/4 inches in diameter. It is not signed but has its original hang tag. It was likely never worn as the condition is pristine. There was also a bangle style bracelet in this series which was signed. The bracelet can be seen in Julia Carroll's book entitled "Costume Jewelry 202" (2nd edition) on page 473. The brooch features 5 replica old coins with the lion of Saint Mark (patron saint of Venice) and representing the Italian State of Venezia; the original coins were issued in copper between the years 1690-1709. A quick google search reveals that these are very faithful replicas of the ancient coins; the inscription on the front reads "San Marc Ven" and on the back "Dalma Et Alban." The company Whiting and Davis produced jewelry between 1926-1991 (non mesh jewelry production stopped in 1980) so this piece dates to 1980 or before. Great find!