New Rankings; 18-Month Views Exceed 40,000 Worldwide!

Proxiblog’s Coin and Currency category added one new auction in the past month, EBW Coins, which features good photography, numismatic lot descriptions and zero percent buyer’s premium (with Greysheet opening bids, however). The big news is that Proxiblog’s audience continues to grow with more than 40,000 views in the past 18 months, raising total views to 55,000 since its inception three years ago.


Weaver Signature Coin and Currency Auction continues to hold the top spot again this month. The duo of Dave and Cheryl Weaver are doing everything right. Lot descriptions are accurate. Photos expandable. Shipping and customer service just fine.

Our other trusty stand-bys continue to excite us every time they schedule an auction: Capitol Coin Auction, SilverTowne, Leonard Auction, Meares Auction, and Fox Valley Coins.

The big news in our ratings concerns Back to the Past Collectibles and Star Coin and Currency. C. Scott Lovejoy and Jim Haver, respectively, continue to improve consignments, elevating their rankings. Back to the Past, in particular, with its 10% buyer’s fee will challenge any top house in our rankings with more and rarer consignments.

Leonard, Capitol, Meares and Fox Valley all boast great photos, consignments, service and descriptions.

Other houses to watch are A New Day Auction and Auctions by Wallace. Like Lovejoy and Haver, Kendra Stevens of A New Day and Sheena Wallace are continuously improving their events. Now they need top consignments.

Our advice to them is to place a classified ad in local newspapers seeking consignments or offering to buy collections. You’ll be surprised at how far that last recommendation goes, especially when estates are transferred.

Consignments typically are key to our rankings. Any house scoring 24.5 points practices and/or exceeds our Honor Roll standards.

Also keep in mind that our favorite houses are just that–ours. Your experience may differ from ours.

As for Proxiblog, we keep growing. We are in the process of upgrading our site (we hope you like the cleaner look). As the map below shows, we are reaching more viewers in Canada, England and India. Once again, the most accessed post was California Gold, real, replica and fake. That post averages between 400+ views per month.

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We continue to provide best practices and numismatic knowledge to our viewers for free. Please consider making a donation. We are on hiatus at the moment but post every weekday during September-June. We do this for educational purposes, informing viewers about numismatics as well as funding scholarships for Iowa State University students.

Fortunately, we have several of our top houses donating funds to our scholarship account. You can also buy our new work, Online Coin Auctioneering or Basic Coin Design on Kindle. We are extremely grateful. Won’t you consider making a tax-deductible donation to the Iowa State Foundation so that we can continue publishing? Thank you for your consideration!

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.


Learn Coin Design, Sell More Lots

By learning basic coin design, and the numismatic terms associated with it, you will appreciate your collection more and be able to describe consignments with insight and eloquence. Price is only $7.99 through Amazon KINDLE. With each purchase, you will be contributing to the scholarship fund at Iowa State University.

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Michael Bugeja, columnist for Coin World and reporter for Coin Update News, shares results of a comprehensive study of all U.S. Mint circulating coinage. Dr. Bugeja is a member of the U.S. Treasury Department’s Citizen Coinage Advisory Committee and works with other appointees in determining coin design for the U.S. Mint. His study does not represent the views of the U.S. Mint. They are his own.

Dr. Bugeja uses empirical methods to identify the placement and artistic effect of dates, denominations, legends, mottos, symbols and other devices of all circulating coinage, from the 1792 half disme made from Martha Washington’s silverware to 2011 modern commemorative coinage. View sample datasheets below, clicking to expand.

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The result is a startlingly helpful analysis of basic design questions, such as “How to Tell Heads from Tails” (difficult on some coins) or “Why the Morgan dollar is the most popular collected coin.” The book has two sections, one devoted to the study and the other a detailed discussion of basic design elements, such as the privy mark or the three-sided canvas of a coin (obverse, reverse, edge). Learn coin design from a top numismatic writer and enjoy the hobby of collecting from an entirely different and enlightened perspective.

Better still, author Michael Bugeja will donate out of every sale to his Media Ethics Fund at Iowa State University, which will underwrite scholarships for the next generation of bidders.

CLICK HERE FOR PURCHASE

Learn Coin Design, Sell More Lots

By learning basic coin design, and the numismatic terms associated with it, you will appreciate your collection more and be able to describe consignments with insight and eloquence. Price is only $7.99 through Amazon KINDLE. With each purchase, you will be contributing to the scholarship fund at Iowa State University.

basic_coin_esign

Michael Bugeja, columnist for Coin World and reporter for Coin Update News, shares results of a comprehensive study of all U.S. Mint circulating coinage. Dr. Bugeja is a member of the U.S. Treasury Department’s Citizen Coinage Advisory Committee and works with other appointees in determining coin design for the U.S. Mint. His study does not represent the views of the U.S. Mint. They are his own.

Dr. Bugeja uses empirical methods to identify the placement and artistic effect of dates, denominations, legends, mottos, symbols and other devices of all circulating coinage, from the 1792 half disme made from Martha Washington’s silverware to 2011 modern commemorative coinage. View sample datasheets below, clicking to expand.

datasheet

datasheet1

datasheet2

The result is a startlingly helpful analysis of basic design questions, such as “How to Tell Heads from Tails” (difficult on some coins) or “Why the Morgan dollar is the most popular collected coin.” The book has two sections, one devoted to the study and the other a detailed discussion of basic design elements, such as the privy mark or the three-sided canvas of a coin (obverse, reverse, edge). Learn coin design from a top numismatic writer and enjoy the hobby of collecting from an entirely different and enlightened perspective.

Better still, author Michael Bugeja will donate out of every sale to his Media Ethics Fund at Iowa State University, which will underwrite scholarships for the next generation of bidders.

CLICK HERE FOR PURCHASE

Learn Coin Design, Appreciate Proxibid Lots

By learning basic coin design, and the numismatic terms associated with it, you will appreciate your collection more and be able to describe consignments with insight and eloquence. Price is only $7.99 through Amazon KINDLE. With each purchase, you will be contributing to the scholarship fund at Iowa State University.

basic_coin_esign

Michael Bugeja, columnist for Coin World and reporter for Coin Update News, shares results of a comprehensive study of all U.S. Mint circulating coinage. Dr. Bugeja is a member of the U.S. Treasury Department’s Citizen Coinage Advisory Committee and works with other appointees in determining coin design for the U.S. Mint. His study does not represent the views of the U.S. Mint. They are his own.

Dr. Bugeja uses empirical methods to identify the placement and artistic effect of dates, denominations, legends, mottos, symbols and other devices of all circulating coinage, from the 1792 half disme made from Martha Washington’s silverware to 2011 modern commemorative coinage. View sample datasheets below, clicking to expand.

datasheet

datasheet1

datasheet2

The result is a startlingly helpful analysis of basic design questions, such as “How to Tell Heads from Tails” (difficult on some coins) or “Why the Morgan dollar is the most popular collected coin.” The book has two sections, one devoted to the study and the other a detailed discussion of basic design elements, such as the privy mark or the three-sided canvas of a coin (obverse, reverse, edge). Learn coin design from a top numismatic writer and enjoy the hobby of collecting from an entirely different and enlightened perspective.

Better still, author Michael Bugeja will donate out of every sale to his First Amendment Fund at Iowa State University, which will underwrite scholarships for the next generation of bidders.

CLICK HERE FOR PURCHASE