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Pismo Beach Coins Etc. Gallery

About the Store

Welcome to Pismo Beach Coins Etc. Gallery — your fun, relaxing shopping destination. With our unique, one-of-a-kind treasures, there’s something for everyone. When you step inside, greeted by our lifesize Nubian Princess statue decked out in Egyptian finery, you’ll feel like a kid walking into a toy store.

Looking for a valuable keepsake to remember your Pismo Beach vacation? Instead of the usual t-shirt or imported souvenir, cherish your memories with an item from our store. Looking for a gift? Our selection of quality gold and sterling silver jewelry, collectible coins, antiques, and vintage items makes Pismo Beach Coins Etc. Gallery your secret shopping mecca for one-of-a-kind gifts. Explore more about our selection on our Collectibles page.

Are you a coin collector? Coins are our specialty, including U.S. 90% silver coins, as well as bullion and paper money. We also have a selection of tokens, medals, and other forms of exonumia (numismatic items other than coins and paper money). Numismatists and exonumists will find so much to explore in our store.

Do you have items you want to sell or have evaluated? Come in, sit down, and relax. Our free evaluations service is based on sharing more about an item’s history and value to help you make an informed decision on selling or keeping your item. We have a broad knowledge that extends beyond coins. Make an appointment for your private evaluation.

In addition, we buy jewelry — old, broken, or unwanted gold and silver jewelry. 

Guys! Our store is for you, too! While the lady in your life shops our large selection of new and vintage sterling silver, gold, and Native American jewelry, you can explore our fun assortment of unique coins, vintage toys, antique coin-operated banks, radios, pocket knives, nostalgic posters, and so much more.

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We’re Easy to Find

Our store’s front door at 355 Pomeroy Ave. is just 1-1/2 blocks east of the Pismo Beach Pier. The historic beach community of Pismo Beach is located in San Luis Obispo County.
Locals call our area the Five Cities, with the towns of Grover Beach, Oceano, Arroyo Grande, Avila Beach, and Shell Beach nearby.

About Me

Welcome to my shop! I’m John Zalesny, owner and proprietor of Pismo Beach Coins Etc. Gallery, and I’m glad you’re here.

If you’re wondering about how my store came to be, you’re in the right place. Like many good stories, this one began when I was a child.

My journey as a numismatist (the fancy word for a coin collector) started with a childhood fascination with coins… old coins, different coins, rare coins. Before long, I had a respectable collection as a new coin collector, earned with the meager savings of a 7-year-old boy in Denver, Colorado.

Woven throughout my education as an accountant and into subsequent careers (like owning and operating a Morro Bay retail pharmacy with my family for 20 years) was my passion for and increasing my knowledge about coin collecting. This knowledge later expanded into other collectibles like vintage toys, banks, antique lighting, estate jewelry, and more. I’m also a member of the American Numismatic Association.

When it was time to sell the pharmacy, the next chapter of my life began. The only natural thing to do was the thing I’d been preparing my entire life for: opening Pismo Beach Coins Etc. Gallery.

Now, I get to share my passion and knowledge about coins, collectibles, and antiques with you. I created my store to be a friendly, fun, educational, and unique experience, and I can’t wait to show you around and share the treasures of this journey with you.

Welcome in!