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.)

Booyah Key Date Coins! for noting alteration on a Morgan dollar, evidence of doctoring disclosed to bidders before rather than after the sale.


Booyah! to Jewelry Exchange for noting a cleaned coin with lesser value than one in natural state. More auctioneers should do this!


Booyah! to Kaufman Auction also for noting cleaning. We’re seeing more of this on Proxibid, and we’re cheering you on!


Booyah! again to Scott Hall for yet another example. Cleaning is difficult to capture with a digital camera. That’s why these descriptions are so valuable to bidders.


Booyah! to Christy’s Auction for noting the reserve–helps bidding!


Boo! to this unnamed auction house that gets everything wrong, from imprecise lot description to only one side of a coin to a picture of, well, an orb rather than a coin!


Boo! to an unnamed auction house that provides only picture of an obverse, especially irksome with 1890-CC because bidders cannot see if it contains a pricey tailbar on the reverse. If you don’t know what that means, then provide the picture of the reverse so that those who know can bid accordingly.


Boo! to an auction house that calls a common and worn 1943 half “rare.” This one is not rare, worth about silver melt.


Booyah! to Jewelry Exchange for providing a neat numismatic note. It’s a joy to learn about coins when bidding, and this auctioneer knows his coins!


Booyah! to Tiffey’s Auction House for noting that this coin is a fake. It’s illegal to sell fake coins as authentic. Some coin clubs and organizations collect fake coins to help identify others.


Booyah! to Weaver Coin and Currency Auction for stimulating competition by lowering the buyer’s fee on gold. This house is not afraid to set trends on Proxibid! The more competition, the greater the profit in auctioneering, and the Weavers know that.


Booyah! to our top house Kreuger and Kreuger for taking time to create uniform lot descriptions that utilize Proxibid’s bidder window to the max. In its October auction, this house managed to secure higher than retail bids on more than a third of his coins. Good lot descriptions and photos spur competition.


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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