West Covina is a medium-sized L.A. County city, split off from Covina in the 20s to protect an agricultural industry of walnuts and oranges from the encroachment of the greater metropolis. It has since grown to double the population of its parent town. It is the birthplace of famed actor Tim Robbins and the childhood home of rock and roll icon Joan Jett. West Covina may be landlocked, but the SoCal climate and year-round sun fill it with California charm. And no California experience would be complete without the precious substance that drove the settlement of the state in the first place: gold (and silver).
Coin Exchange of West Covina
326 N Azusa Ave
West Covina, CA 91791
Coin Exchange is a local coin shop with an excellent selection of bullion and numismatic coins, along with some paper currency. Stock varies based on the market, but it tends to be quite comprehensive. U.S. coins are the most commonly carried items, but some international items are usually also in stock.
Covina Coin and Jewelry
204 S. Citrus Avenue
Covina, CA 91723
A family-owned shop run by the Lenharts, Covina Coin and Jewelry carries a wide selection of both coins and collectible paper currency. They mainly deal in U.S. precious metal currency (both numismatic, in the form of silver dollar coins, and bullion, in the form of newer Silver Eagles). However, they also carry a selection of German and Mexican coins, as well. They also stock gold and silver bars and various other precious metal odds and ends. They even have a line of ancient coins for those looking for something truly out of the ordinary.
Best Variety Sports Cards and Coins
358 W Foothill Blvd
Glendora, CA 91741
Best Variety has been in business for more than 50 years in nearby Glendora, California and they have the ambiance of an older-style collectibles shop. The store carries a deep stock of collectible coins (including some gold and silver historical coins) and other items, including sports cards, tin signs, and collectible card games. The owner prefers his own grading to professional grading services. He advertises his shop as a hobby store rather than as a bullion shop.
2240 D St
La Verne, CA 91750
La Verne, California, plays host to this shop, a full-service coin store that offers weekly auctions and estate sales. They specialize in Morgan Dollars, the silver dollar coins issued in America in the late 1800s and early 1900s. The store also facilitates stamp collection and sales of other memorabilia (such as currency and sports ephemera). They stock a full line of collectible supplies, helping you keep your purchases in mint shape for as long as possible. The store’s original owner, Don, passed away some years back, but the store eventually re-opened under new management and continues to thrive.