Boos & Booyahs: Best & Bad Auctioneer Lot Descriptions

It’s more important now than ever with the new Proxibid redesign to showcase your photos, hone your lot descriptions, and showcase your consignments for top bids on the leading portal! In the latest installment, Proxiblog laments and compliments best and bad auctioneer lot descriptions during the past week. We will name the best, but you will have to search Proxibid for the bad. (Click pictures to expand and view lot descriptions below.)

One Big Booyah! to Weaver Signature Coin and Currency Auction for lowering the buyer’s fee to 5% for top-quality gold, knowing this spurs competition and higher bids with the online vs. onsite folks. (Otherwise, given the price of gold, online bidders will lose out to onsite customers every time.)

Boo! to this unnamed auctioneer who needs a new camera or lessons in how to focus one!

Boo! to another auction house that not only refuses to show the reverse of coins but also gets the mint mark wrong–twice!–in the lot description.

Boo! to another auction house that cannot tell the difference between Type I and Type II gold dollars. How come they always mistake the inexpensive Type I for the pricey Type II?

Boo! To yet another auction house that labels Type I gold dollars Type II. (Click picture to expand and see the difference.) Also, this auctioneer inflates the estimated price by $650-$1000. Please learn basic numismatics if you solicit coin consignments! You’ll get return customers … and booyahs on this page!

Booyah! To Express Auctioneers not only for identifying a copy of a US Mint commemorative but also for noting it as not silver. This shows honesty and integrity. We applaud!

Boo! to this auction house trying to sell a coin variety without showing the reverse (where the variety can be verified). Yet another auction house taking photographic shortcuts and yet warning online bidders that they are responsible for inspecting coins before placing bids. Geez. Let’s hope Proxibid requires photographs of both sides of a coin, soon. Anything else takes advantage of online coin bidders.

Booyah! To Fisher’s Auction Service for stating that the seller thinks the coin is uncirculated, but it just might be cleaned. That’s how you win trust!

Booyah! To Munda Auctions for accurate lot descriptions and good photos of obverse and reverse. Nice work.

Booyah! To Silvertowne Auctions for noting hard to see rim bumps on these Morgans. Silvertowne’s lot descriptions rank among the best!

Boo! To this unnamed auction house that keeps using the same stock photo for Carson City dollars without stating that it is the same photo, a shortcut that should be banned, because buyers cannot see what they are buying. For the life of us, we just cannot understand why some auctioneers think taking photos of coins to be sold on the Internet is such a hassle!

Booyah! To Key Date Coin Auctions for noting that this Morgan dollar may have been cleaned. It’s a judgment call, but Key Date did the right thing in saying so. That reflects well on the auctioneer.

Booyah! To Affliated Auctions for the best lot descriptions and fine photography of the week! Notice all the pictures of the various items in this lot, plus the detailed and accurate descriptions of coins, sets and more, with accurate estimates to guide bidding. Wow!

Viewers can point us to other candidates for our “Boos & Booyahs!” series. Just leave a comment but follow our rules–all in good fun as a way to inspire accurate lot descriptions on Proxibid.

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.


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