These six auction houses provide needle-sharp straight-on coin photos on Proxibid, surpassing standards so that numismatists can check for varieties and condition.
Proxiblog spent part of this week analyzing photography on all coin-selling sites on Proxibid. The test was a comparison of breast feathers on an uncirculated Morgan dollar, which requires our Honor Roll standards of clear, expandable obverse and reverse photos. However, an added analysis to test the photography was the clarity and size of the expanded photograph and whether the viewer would be able to discern a variety such as an 1880-CC VAM-4 Reverse of 78 Overdate, required by some set registries.
These six were chosen because of the needle-sharp images and more than 200% expansion of those images allowing fine details to be seen, such as overdates, hairlines, rubs, cleanings, doctoring, artificial coloring and so much more:
- Chaparral Coin Auction. (Click to expand the Chaparral photography of the Morgan reverse to the left.)
- Dixon’s Auction. (Click to expand the Dixon photography of the Morgan reverse to the right.)
- Leonard Auction. (Click to expand the Leonard photography of the Morgan reverse to the left.)
- Western Auction. (Click to expand the Western Auction photography of the Morgan reverse to the right.)
Matthew Bullock Auctioneers. (Click to expand the Bullock photography of the Morgan reverse to the left.)
Capitol Auction. (Click to expand the Capitol Auction photography of the Morgan reverse to the right.)
CONGRATULATIONS to these six auction houses!
Postscript: Several auction houses came close to top photography standards. Others had acceptable photography. Honorable mentions go to Culpeper Auction, Engstrom Auctions, Furlo Auctions, Gold Crown Auction, Hall’s Auction, Jackson’s Auction, James Peterson, Key Date Coins, Linkous Auctioneers, Jewelry Exchange, Kreuger Auctions, Meares Auction, Midwest Coins, Scott Auctions, Silver Trades Auction, and Weaver Coin and Signature Auctions.
Proxiblog is an independent entity with no connection to the auction portal Proxibid. Our intent is to uphold basic numismatic standards as established by the American Numismatic Association and the National Auctioneer Association and to ensure a pleasurable bidding experience not only on Proxibid but also on similar portals such as iCollector and AuctionZip.
Do you have any specific cameras you can recommend to somebody when taking pictures of coins or any tricks when shooting coins to get the most detailed and up close picture?
Thank you. Good question. We cannot endorse a specific brand, but I use this:
Nikon – 10.2-Megapixel D3000 Digital SLR Camera – Black
Model: D3000 | SKU: 9456803
3″ Color LCD
3 fps (frames per second)
You probably can get a similar one for less than $500. There are even $250 Canon models that can do the trick.
Hope this helps!