Daly City is the largest city in San Mateo County, part of the San Francisco Bay area. Today more than 101,000 residents take advantage of its central location and diverse economy centered around retail, healthcare and small business.
Native Americans lived in the area that would become Daly City from at least the sixth century. Spain claimed the area in the early 16th century, but the native tribes didn’t encounter Europeans until Juan Bautista de Anza explored the region in 1776. The Spanish set up religious missions and used the land for raising crops and grazing cattle. However, Daly City wasn’t inhabited until wealthy Mexicans established ranches there after California gained independence. After the US government declared more land was available to private citizens, Irish immigrants established their own farms where Westlake, Serramonte, Colma, and Pacifica stand now.
Daly City experienced rapid growth in the late 19th century, in line with the expansion of San Francisco. More residents arrived in 1906, after their San Francisco homes were destroyed in an earthquake. However, it still remained relatively small until developer Henry Doelger built the community of Westlake, a major residential, business, and retail district. This historic neighborhood is one of America’s earliest examples of a large-tract suburb.
From humble beginnings, Daly City has become one of California’s key locales. Whether you’re a buyer looking for bullion or a collector looking for rare coins, here is a guide to this city’s local coin shops.
Millbrae, CA 94030
Numis International calls itself a pawn shop, but unlike many others in this category it has trained numismatists on site to appraise and offer advice on rare and valuable coins. These coin experts will buy customers’ unwanted coins or help collectors expand their portfolios. The store also keeps gold, silver, and platinum bullion coins and bars, including American Eagles and Krugerrands, in store. Numis International has been a part of the Bay Area community since 1963. It is conveniently located in Millbrae, less than nine miles southeast of Daly City.
215 Rockaway Beach Avenue
Pacifica, CA 94044
Coastside Coins buys and sells gold and silver, including a range of historic and collectible coins. The proprietor, Michael McCoy, also offers mobile appraisals for the convenience of his customers. He has more than 20 years of experience in the coin industry. Coastside Coins is located in Pacifica, five miles southwest of the heart of Daly City.
You Name It
488 Manor Plaza
Pacifica, CA 94044
If you can name it, then the owners of You Name It say that you’ll find it in their antique store. Known as “The Biggest Little Store in Pacifica,” You Name It buys and sells a variety of historic goods including valuable coins, jewelry, and other collectibles. You Name It is also located in Pacifica, and is part of the city’s Manor Shopping Center.
South City Pawn
230 Miller Ave
South San Francisco, CA 94080
South City Pawn claims that it’s “not just your average pawn shop.” Its array of historic coins, gold products, and other precious metals help differentiate it from other similar stores in the area. Australian Lunar Silver Coin Series coins, U.S. Mint “America the Beautiful” coins, and Morgan dollars are amongst the items it’s sold.
South City Pawn has been a family business for three generations, ever since it opened its doors in 1969. It is a proud member of the National Pawnbrokers Association. South City Pawn is located in South San Francisco, around eight miles southwest of Daly City.