Boos & Booyahs: Best & Bad Auctioneer Lot Descriptions

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.)


One Big Booyah! to Weaver Coin and Currency Auction for describing type, date, condition on obverse and reverse, plus acid test … all in 9 words!


An Even Bigger Booyah to Capitol Coin Auction! for doing the same with three impaired coins … in a dozen words!


One Big Boo! (or several) to this auction house that featured an auction with common-date coins that might be found in change, opening with bids way above their actual worth. Hardly any lots had bids a few hours before the auction start.


Booyah Southwest Bullion! for noting damage in the title and description of the coin. Note Justin Quinn routinely adds other data, including value and condition, in his lots.


Booyah Meares Auction! for the value added in noting that “We” is missing in these two-cent coins. The “We” on ribbon is the main device that denotes condition in this series.


Boo! to this auction company that continues to label silver-melt coins as “investment,” a dangerous word, by the way, for any auctioneer to use in a description. There’s no investment here in this PVC-damaged coin. The shipping fee and buyer’s premium far exceed the coin’s actual worth!


Boo! to yet another auction company that opens with a $49 bid for an improperly cleaned common-date Morgan. Does anyone actually buy these lots? If so, they should stop doing that and start reading numismatic publications.


Booyah SilverTowne Auction! for noting rim dings that often are difficult to spot in online photographs. SilverTowne is known for accurate lot descriptions.


Boo! to this auction company that calls an impaired slider an MS65 Gem! The only thing Gem about this coin is the hype.


Booyah Star Coin and Currency! for noting damage in an otherwise nice, scarce quarter eagle gold coin. Whenever an auctioneer spots a condition issue with a coin, that problem should be noted in title and/or description. Jim Haver routinely does that for his bidders.

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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