Don’t take photos on the slant!


We know this auctioneer and don’t think what he is doing is intentional; nevertheless, it is bad practice. He takes his photos on a slant and then hypes a grade for a raw coin. We think he is just over-enthusiastic about his lots. But with a slant photo he is doing his customers a disservice and deserves to be called on it.

A slant photo (camera angle that avoids the straight-on shot) intensifies luster, even on cleaned coins, and so hides bagmarks and other flaws.

The auctioneer assigns a ridiculous grade–MS67 for a scarce 1991 Morgan, which would retail at $40,000 as PCGS only has one coin at that grade and NGC, none.

We bid $70 (without BP) and won the coin. We will update you about its condition when we receive it. As of now, based only on photos, we can discern flaws in the coin, depicted within circles here:


Another example: A new auctioneer to Proxibid cares so little about photography–a typical tendency with newcomers to the portal–that he doesn’t even take pains to rotate the lots:


Take care photographing coins. Make sure you get straight-on shots that truly depict your lots. And if you don’t know numismatics, don’t guess at grades; find someone to inform you before you write that lot description.

As for this 1991 Morgan, anyone purchasing it can put Proxibid’s Unified User Agreement to the test and state “SIGNIFICANTLY NOT AS DESCRIBED.” Because it is a far cry form MS67 and $40,000!

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.


One thought on “Don’t take photos on the slant!

  1. Ah, photos of coins, truly my main issue with on-line auctions. One major and important seller constantly cannot seem to find a way to properly photo copper coins – cents and 2 cent pieces. Cellophane covering coins, flash from the camera obscuring portions of coins, coins so dark within a 2 x 2 no proper view – let alone attempting a grade – is possible.

    Keep up your good work, these wrinkles must be corrected.

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