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About Witter Coin

Witter Coin Store

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 everyday. 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 check or cash. Learn more on the what we buy page.


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 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 collectables, like sports memorabilia, rare paintings and local historical items, so be sure to come in often as these items don’t last long.


Meet the Team

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.

Deep Patel, Chief Financial Officer (CFO), is responsible for all of the company’s financial functions, including accounting, inventory management, audits, taxes, and oversees all Human Resource duties. His career spans more than 9 years of varied experience in financial management, business leadership, and corporate strategy. Prior to joining Witter Coin in 2020, he served as a General Manager of a hotel for 5 years with experience in strategic planning, improvement of operational efficiency, team building, and project management within the hospitality industry. Deep Patel is also a decorated Marine Corp Veteran where he served 4 years as an Aviation Operations Specialist.

Ira Kaplan, Shipping and Listing

Luis Ramos III, General Manager, Luis has been collecting coins since he was eleven, after he was given a collection of circulated Mercury Dimes by his grandmother. He has completed courses at the American Numismatic Association on Advanced Coin Grading for four years straight. Luis has also successfully completed the Gemological Institute of America Diamond Grading Lab Class. Having been with Witter Coin since fall of 2015, he had the opportunity to work with Mr. Witter and in the historic Hobart Building. Luis is currently building a set of Classic Commemorative Half Dollars. Aside from coin collecting, Luis enjoys auto racing, collector cars and photography. He graduated Fresno Pacific University magna cum laude with degrees in Business Administration and Intentional Economics.

Jonathan Canfield, Numismatist, Growing up in the digital age our newest numismatist trained almost entirely through online resources before joining our team at Witter Coin. He is an avid numismatist in numerous online forums and coin chat rooms. He currently helps moderate a coin Discord channel of over 850 members who pool resources and knowledge to help foster the hobby. His main areas of collecting are Irish Coinage and Shillings from around the world. Jonathan also holds the #1 registry set at PCGS for Irish Shillings. He is a member of the ANA and the Numismatic Society of Ireland (NSI).

James Andrews 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.