The South Bay city of Inglewood, in southeastern Los Angeles County, is landlocked and lacks the beaches that southern California is famed for. However, Inglewood has its own claims to fame as a cultural mecca, having produced luminaries such as Zoot Sims, Brian Wilson, and Tyra Banks.
For sun worshippers for whom no life beats the beach life, reaching golden sands is as easy for Inglewood residents as driving just a short distance gets them to Los Angeles proper. For those seeking a different kind of gold, Inglewood is home to a few good coin houses, as well as being near the abundance of numismatic resources in the greater Los Angeles area.
California Numismatic Investments
525 West Manchester Blvd
Inglewood, CA 90301
Inglewood is home to one of the largest precious metal retailers in the United States, California Numismatic Investments (also known as golddealer.com). Although well-known for their online business, they also maintain a two-story physical storefront. They stock bullion coins in many of the most popular international mintings, as well as a selection of collectible rare American coins, such as Morgan and Saint Gaudens.
(310) 373-9647 or 800-4-PANDAS
3400 Torrance Blvd #101
Torrance, CA 90503
The West Coast has a longstanding connection with Asia, so the fact that Torrance plays host to a company specializing in the Chinese Mint gold and silver panda coins should come as no surprise.
Panda America was founded in 1982 as one of the first outlets for American distribution of the Gold Panda Coins, and the company has had an association with the coins as long as they have been in production. They have since expanded to sell the newer Silver Panda, other Chinese collectible and commemorative coins, and a selection of the best other international precious collectible and bullion coins.
South Bay Gold
3804 Sepulveda Blvd C
Torrance, CA 90505
South Bay Gold is a local chain with three locations that buy and sell precious materials. Among the items that they deal in are bullion and collectible coins. They primarily sell American coins, although they carry a smattering of Canadian, Mexican, British, German, and Australian products, as well.
The Redondo Beach location, the closest to Inglewood at a mere 8 miles or so away, is also known as Finley’s Jewelers; it is the location listed below. The other branches are in Manhattan Beach and Torrance.
1312 Lincoln Blvd
Santa Monica, CA 90401
Nestled in Los Angeles’ gorgeous Santa Monica, Wilshire Coin has 60 years of operational experience and more than 140 combined years of numismatic appraisal expertise on-staff. The store deals in both bullion and numismatic coins, with American mintings the most common.
They also carry Australian, Austrian, Canadian, Chinese, and Mexican bullion coins, as well as silver bullion bars and rounds and assorted other international precious metal coins. In addition to coins, they buy other items with precious metal content; so if you have a gold watch taking up space, they’ll gladly help you turn it into cash or coins.
12301 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 650
Los Angeles, CA 90025
For those looking into using precious metals in their investment portfolio, American Bullion offers precious metal IRAs with gold and silver. They carry a variety of American and European bullion coins and specialize in rolling over existing IRA accounts into precious metals.