Boos & Booyahs: Best & Bad Auctioneer Lot Descriptions

This is the first of two Boos and Booyah posts, one of our favorite features. This post is all about the Boos! Next we celebrate Booyahs!

It’s important to be in sync with the Proxibid technology 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.)


Three Big Boos to this unnamed auction house that gets the date and rarity wrong and then advises cleaning of a common Morgan dollar. It is seldom that we see three strikes in a row. This is description is OUT!


Boo! Boo! Boo! Boo! Boo! Boo! to this unnamed auction house that writes an overlong description to describe a brass replica. Seldom do we see six numismatic mistakes in a description. This doesn’t come from California as copper and tin are mined elsewhere; this is not from the frontier; this is not minted in 1857; this is not gold; this is not a coin; and that is supposed to be a bear on the reverse, and not a pig!


Another Boo! to the same auction house for taking pains to describe a fake. One way to tell on early silver dollars is to look at the edge lettering; but no need to here. There is no 1805 Silver Dollar: Draped Bust Dollar was minted 1795-1804 and Liberty Seated Dollar, 1836-1873.


Boo! to this unnamed auction house that continues to describe these replicas as gold–in this case, a gold token. This is not California gold and you can’t use the word “gold” unless you test for it!


Boo! to this unnamed auction house that fails to describe the crud, probably PVC residue. As such, it is not worth any money until cleaned with MS70, which removes the residue. In this case, crud of this severity typically eats the metal. You can’t tell until you remove the residue, which takes some expertise; my guess is that the metal is damaged irreparably.


One final Boo! to this auction house which continues to make this mistake, not providing reverse photos on certain coins. You can’t do this with an 1890-CC Morgan, which might have a rare tailbar variety. Worse, the auctioneer covers the date of the coin with a sticker. Boo! Boo!

Our next post will celebrate Booyahs!

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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