Boos & Booyahs: Best & Bad Auctioneer Lot Descriptions

It’s more important now than ever with the Proxibid redesign to showcase your photos, hone your lot descriptions, and highlight 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 Capitol Auction! for noting coin doctoring, one of the few houses that take the trouble to point out these alternations. We appreciate your numismatic skill and integrity.


Booyah Jewelry Exchange! for noting cleaning on a 2-cent coin that looks uncirculated. Without this notation, the winning bidder would have been disappointed. We appreciate your honesty and numismatic skill, too!


Booyah Weaver Auction! Talk about numismatic skill, honesty and integrity? Take a look at this by Weaver Auctions. It’s a zinc core cent that appears to be a mint error (but cannot guarantee that it is, as the auction house notes). For the record, I think the plating was removed in a high school chemistry experiment. One of our sons showed us how to do it. Can’t guarantee that’s what happened here, but can guarantee that Weaver Coin and Currency Auction is one of the best on the portal.


Booyah Silver Trades! for yet another accurate description, excellent photography and numismatic information. It’s fun to visit Corey’s auctions because his lot descriptions and audio are as good as any coin show … except you can win lots by tuning into his!


Boo! to this unnamed auction house that doesn’t provide a reverse picture of a three-legged buffalo nickel. There are many fakes out there. Typically one looks at the reverse not only for the three legs but also for a small planchet lump near, ahem, the lower hind quarters. Can’t do that here. So advise not to bid.


Boo? Booyah? we just couldn’t make up our minds for one of the classic lot errors in memory. We posted it because we couldn’t resist. And it nearly went viral (oops–can’t say that without a Freudian slip) on coin sites. Once again, ahem, we just couldn’t resist. The word is UNCIRCULATED!


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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