About Us

Our Story

In 1959 Dean Witter created an innovative coin album to hold US proof sets. With the success of the albums, Dean decided to open Witter Coin in a small store on Bush and Kearny in the Financial District. Dean later moved to the historic Hobart Building on Market Street in 1982.

In 2016 Seth Chandler took over the business from Dean and expanded its offerings. For our 50th anniversary in 2020, we moved to our current location on Lombard Street in Marina. Today Seth and his team run our vastly larger showroom and attend events all over the world as a premier source for rare coins.

Witter Coins is proud to be a historic San Francisco business and to continue to operate in the city we have called home.

Sell to Us

Witter Coin buys collectible items from the public every day. We buy rare coins, gold and silver bullion, watches, jewelry, and other collectibles. Whether it is a large lifetime collection or just a single item, we make the selling process easy.

Please bring the items into our store and our experts will examine and appraise your item. “I just want to know what is worth,” inquiries are always welcome. At that point you can make the decision to sell or keep your item, there is never pressure to sell.

If you do decide to sell your item we generally pay on the spot with a check or cash.

What We Sell

Witter Coin has been selling rare coins and numismatic items since 1960! We have one of the top inventories of PCGS graded coins in the country. We are nationally known for handling incredible US Gold rarities and building amazing sets of rare coins. We sell coins from $1 to $1,000,000 across the world and at major national coin conventions.

Many of our rare coins can be viewed by clicking on this link

At our store, we have a large selection of coins, gold and silver bullion, paper money, fine watches, and jewelry. We also handle other collectibles, like sports memorabilia, rare paintings, and local historical items, so be sure to come in often as these items don’t last long.

Visit Us at 2299 Lombard Street

We are conveniently located at 2299 Lombard St, San Francisco, CA 94123 at Lombard & Pierce in San Francisco's Marina/Cow Hollow District. We have a secure gated parking lot on site for our guests on the South-East corner.

From The Bay Bridge

  • Take the Van Ness Exit.
  • Turn Left onto Lombard.
  • Witter Coin is at the intersection of Lombard and Pierce.

From The Golden Gate Bridge

  • Follow 101 South onto Lombard St.
  • Witter Coins is at the intersection of Lombard and Pierce.

Our Staff

Seth Chandler is the Owner and Chief Numismatist of Witter Coins. He started collecting coins when he was four by placing Wheat Cents in blue Whitman coin folders given to him by his parents. Things started getting serious when Seth was ten. Money earned from mowing lawns was used to buy coins at his local coin store, Edgewood Coin Shop. Seth spent so much time at Edgewood; they offered him a job, working there from the age of 14 to 18.

Seth has been an avid coin collector for over 40 years and his collecting interests includes early United States gold coins and all coinage minted at the three San Francisco Mints. When not playing with coins, Seth spends time with his three young children and lovely wife, Jen.

Joe Pielago, Vice President and Numismatist, an avid collector who turned his passion into a career.

James Andrews, Showroom Manager, is a native San Franciscan. He studied Anthropology at the University of Oregon and then spent the first part of his professional life working in education. He casually collected coins as a child and has truly grown to appreciate numismatics fully while working at Witter Coins. One of his favorite parts of working at Witter Coins is seeing the variety of coins and notes that enter the shop daily. He enjoys reading and walking during his spare time.

Brendan O'Shea, Numismatist.

Ben Brodie, Numismatist.

Ira Kaplan, Shipping and Listing.

Terms & Conditions

Orders and Returns

Orders will be filled after they are paid in full. Please email us at sales@wittercoin.com if you would like to pay by check, money order or Paypal Invoice. Make Checks and Money orders payable to: Witter Coin. Please note we will ship the item five (5) business days after depositing personal checks.

Witter Coins is actively selling coins in multiple venues and at times may be sold out of an item. We keep our inventory as up to date as possible to avoid this. A full refund will be issued to the client if this occurs; thank you for your understanding.

To return an item it must be in its original certified holder or in our sealed plastic flip. We offer a 7 Day No Questions Asked Return Policy. Please contact us before returning a coin and include a tracking number. Buyers are responsible for return shipping costs. Please safely and securely mail the coin with a direct signature requirement to:

Witter Co. 2299 Lombard St, San Francisco, CA 94123

Please do not write Coins anywhere on the package.

Witter Coin reserves the right to cancel any sale.

Note that these terms apply only on our website, other terms maybe enforced at other venues including but not limited to coin shows, eBay, Collectors Corner, in store.

All Items will be shipped US Post Office Priority Mail or Fedex and will require adults signatures.

Privacy Statement

This privacy policy sets out how Witter Coins uses and protects any information that you give Witter Coins when you use this website. Witter Coins is committed to ensuring that your privacy is protected. Should we ask you to provide certain information by which you can be identified when using this website, then you can be assured that it will only be used in accordance with this privacy statement. Witter Coins may change this policy from time to time by updating this page. You should check this page from time to time to ensure that you are happy with any changes.

What we collect
We may collect the following information:

  • name
  • contact information including email address
  • demographic information such as postcode, preferences, and interests
  • other information relevant to customer surveys and/or offers

For the exhaustive list of cookies we collect see the List of cookies we collect section below.

What we do with the information we gather
We require this information to understand your needs and provide you with a better service, in particular for the following reasons:

Internal record keeping
We may use the information to improve our products and services. We may periodically send promotional emails about new products, special offers, or other information which we think you may find interesting using the email address you have provided. From time to time, we may also use your information to contact you for market research purposes. We may contact you by email, phone, fax, or mail. We may use the information to customize the website according to your interests. Security We are committed to ensuring that your information is secure. In order to prevent unauthorized access or disclosure, we have put in place suitable physical, electronic, and managerial procedures to safeguard and secure the information we collect online.

How we use cookies
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We use traffic log cookies to identify which pages are being used. This helps us analyze data about web page traffic and improve our website in order to tailor it to customer needs. We only use this information for statistical analysis purposes and then the data is removed from the system. Overall, cookies help us provide you with a better website, by enabling us to monitor which pages you find useful and which you do not. A cookie in no way gives us access to your computer or any information about you, other than the data you choose to share with us. You can choose to accept or decline cookies. Most web browsers automatically accept cookies, but you can usually modify your browser setting to decline cookies if you prefer. This may prevent you from taking full advantage of the website.
Links to other websites Our website may contain links to other websites of interest. However, once you have used these links to leave our site, you should note that we do not have any control over that other website. Therefore, we cannot be responsible for the protection and privacy of any information which you provide whilst visiting such sites, and such sites are not governed by this privacy statement. You should exercise caution and look at the privacy statement applicable to the website in question.

Controlling your personal information
You may choose to restrict the collection or use of your personal information in the following ways: Whenever you are asked to fill in a form on the website, look for the box that you can click to indicate that you do not want the information to be used by anybody for direct marketing purposes If you have previously agreed to us using your personal information for direct marketing purposes, you may change your mind at any time by writing to or emailing us at sales@wittercoin.com We will not sell, distribute or lease your personal information to third parties unless we have your permission or are required by law to do so. We may use your personal information to send you promotional information about third parties which we think you may find interesting if you tell us that you wish this to happen. You may request details of personal information which we hold about you under the Data Protection Act 1998. A small fee will be payable. If you would like a copy of the information held on you please write to 2299 Lombard St, San Francisco, CA 94123. If you believe that any information we are holding on you is incorrect or incomplete, please write to or email us as soon as possible, at the above address. We will promptly correct any information found to be incorrect.