Grading Proxibid Coin Photos

A photo speaks a thousand words, but sometimes words are not needed to illustrate the pluses and minuses of coin images on the Proxibid portal. It’s high time quality control at the Omaha-based company set standards for online digital images so that bidders know what they are winning without the guesswork.

Watch for a comprehensive column on coin photography forthcoming in Coin Update News. Below we grade the level of photo clarity from A to F in coin auctions on the portal.

Note: Click pictures to expand.

Grade A

Grade A-

Grade B

Grade B-

Grade C

Grade C-

Grade D

Grade D-

Grade F

In an upcoming Coin Update column, we will advise auctioneers and bidders alike how to take sharp photos that set standards on the portal … and bring higher commissions and happier bidders.

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.


2 thoughts on “Grading Proxibid Coin Photos

  1. This one is right on the mark! I have ceased to bid on auction items (seems to me most are copper coins) so out of focus or taken thru the plastic with light reflection on the coin, etc., that you cannot accurately judge the condition of the coin.

    Thank you for this message, I would hope all the auction houses heed it.

  2. Thank you, Dick. This is so important. I have stopped bidding on lots that lack clear, expandable digital photography. Nothing is more important than that for online bidders! I, too, hope that auctioneers view this post and make some positive changes.

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