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Typically I look at the subscript on the ligand in the brackets (which indicates what is in the coordination sphere). For [Fe(CN)6]^4- and [CO(NH3)6]Cl2H2O, the coordination number is 6. For [Co(SCN)4]K2, the coordination number is 4.
I think you just have to figure out how many bonds the central atom is going to have, either with individual molecules or with a compound (such as CN) , which you can usually do just by looking at the formula.
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