Subpar Photos Promise “Hit and Miss” Bidding

If we can capture luster with a cell phone, without a tripod or light source–a sort of numismatic selfie–then some of our auctioneers can do the same before stating a coin is deep mirror but not showing it with digital photography.



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We purchased this deep mirror Morgan (it’s actually only proof-like) from one of our favorite auction houses that tries but cannot master digital photography. The photos on the left top and bottom are the auctioneer’s; the ones on the right are ours, taken with a Galaxy 4 smart phone and sent to this blog in a matter of a few minutes.

We did not have two light sources. We took the photo in natural light in an office.

Here are two photos shot from the same cell phone using a light source:

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Now the bidder can see luster as well as detail.

If auctioneers can capture luster, especially on DMPL coins, they will spark bidding.

Otherwise, people will win lots in hit-and-miss fashion, happy or disappointed when they see the coins in their hands. That’s no way to build repeat business. Good numismatic photography, however, is.

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.

Proxibid Enhances Photo Magnification

iCollector has it. eBay has it. And now Proxibid has it, the ability to enlarge thumbnails merely by sliding the mouse over the photo.

This is a great technology for coins, because die varieties need close inspection.

One glitch seems to be hovering over the photo, liking what you see and then trying to click to expand the whole shebang. In the first few seconds, the program doesn’t know what you want to do–magnify the thumbnail or go to expanded version.

Eventually it decides on the expanded version because a click trumps a mouseover in the tech world.

But that’s a small price to pay for the innovation.

Now we need auctioneers to upgrade their photography so that images are sharp and expandable, showing both sides of the coin.

In the online trade, photography is everything.

We continue to encourage Proxibid to award a badge for photography.

And we continue to love “Proxibid Live.” This new tech feature is part of an eventual revamp that began with Proxibid’s redesign.

We applaud that kind of continuous improvement!

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.

What’s with DMPL photos on Proxibid?

We have become so annoyed at awful photos of proof-like deep mirror coins on Proxibid that we threw a few coins on a table, took out a smart phone, and captured DMPLs far better than several houses.

Here are Proxibid photos of DMPLs (click photo to expand):

Here are smartphone photos:

The latter shows a true DMPL, able to catch a mirror reflection 8 inches away from object. If you’re not capturing DMPLs, you’re doing your consignors a disservice. As for bidders, don’t place a maximum unless you see the mirror.

Please show the mirrors of Morgans and the cameos of Franklins. See this article for more information.

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.