Proxibid Live a Big Hit!

We tried Proxibid Live’s new application window, and it is everything that the company touts … and more.

We had asked before for a technical upgrade such as this that works on a common browser like Firefox (which we recommend over other browsers for faster no-security-warning bidding). And the company came through.

What we didn’t anticipate is the neatness of the functions and the ability to toggle back and forth between auctions. This will be a boon for bidders who monitor several auctions occurring at the same time, as happened yesterday with Kaufman Auction and Weaver Auction, both of which had choice lots and enthusiastic bidding.

You’ll be seeing more bidding wars as buyers compete across the portal for cherry coins.

We know technology, and this surpasses our expectations mostly for the clean and clear application design with drop-down tabs, large screens, search functions, multiple auction bidding and multiple lot viewing on the larger digital canvas that comes with browsers rather than stand-alone downloadable JAVA applications,

Read more about this exciting enhancement by clicking here.

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.

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.)

Booyah Topless Collectible Coins! for noting that this counterfeit coin is a copy without the required markings as mandated by the Hobby Protection Act. To test for base metal, often used in fakes (and probably used in this poor copy), test with a magnet. Silver isn’t magnetic.


Booyah Weaver Auction! for noting scratching and cleaning of a rarer Carson City coin whose flaws are typically obscured when placed in a plastic holder. Hard to get those moves by auctioneer Dave Weaver whose lot descriptions are among the best on the portal.


Boo! Deep Mirror? No way! This unnamed auction house continues to label common cartwheel Morgans as “deep mirror.” For a coin to be deep mirror, it has to reflect accurately 6 or more inches. This won’t even qualify as proof-like. To learn how to test for mirrors, read this article.


Booyah Engstrom Auction! for noting that these Morgan dollars are polished. Some auctioneers unfamiliar with coins would have labeled these “shiny” or even “deep mirror” when they actually only are damaged because of amateur attempts at cleaning.


Booyah Key Date Coins! for noting that the consignor may think this is a DMPL, but auctioneer and numismatist Eddie Caven just doesn’t see it. (Neither do we.) When auctioneers write accurate lot descriptions, as Caven does, accompanied by excellent photographs that capture the true condition of a coin, buyers can bid with confidence. That helps consignors more than allowing their inflated grades.


Booyah Kaufman Auction! for noting cleaning on this Mercury dime. Digital photography often does not pick up cleaning on small coins like dimes. That’s why we need the auctioneer to inspect the coin and depict it as accurately as possible. It’s yet another method to insure return bidders and, in the end, helps consignors once again because buyers trust the house.


One Big Booyah! to Larry Fuller of Silvertowne Auctions, one of the top graders on the portal, who warns bidders that this expensive coin has a slight bend. That decreases the bids by hundreds of dollars. But it increases the chances that buyers will return to this auction because they can trust the lot descriptions.


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.

Boos & Booyahs: Best & Bad Auctioneer Lot Descriptions

It’s more important now than ever with the Proxibid redesign 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.)

Booyah Silvertowne Auction! for noting light damage to the reverse of a coin, which the photo doesn’t pick up.


Booyah Leonard Auction! for noting artificial color, one of the commonest coin doctoring gimmicks in numismatics. Other auctioneers seldom mention this because it does take some skill to detect. Click here for a tutorial!


Booyah Key Date Coins! Auctioneer here knows his coins … and knows when to mention a consignor stating the grade a bit overzealously (as the flip documents). Noting a consignor-graded coin is a good practice, especially when the auctioneer questions the seller’s description of a coin. Way to go!


Booyah Western Auction! for yet another accurate description, this time pointing out a rim ding that is not immediately noticeable in the picture. Helps the reputation of the house!


Boo! to this unnamed auction house that doesn’t provide pictures of key date coins in what looks to be a premier set of Lincoln wheat cents. Too bad for the consignor!


Booyah Hall’s Auction Company not only for noting a crack in the holder but taking the time and trouble to show the flaw to bidders. Once again, this builds integrity. Nice work!


Key Date Coins gets a second Booyah! for noting that bank rolls may have been opened. Of course no one can tell what happened to these rolls, but we know sellers who can unwrap and rewrap original bank rolls, taking out the better coins. Always good to inspect these and add a disclaimer, as the auctioneer does here.


Boo! to this new Proxibid auction house that doesn’t provide pictures of reverse of coins. Often that is where the mint mark is, especially on Morgans, whose reverse varieties can bring extra $$$.


Booyah Kaufman Auction! for noting cleaning, one of the most difficult conditions to depict in photography. Here the auction house helps by noting evidence of cleaning on the obverse.


Booyah Weaver Auction! again for noting cleaning, this time in a box of coins that often lure hobbyists because Morgan dollars tend to tone in them. Dave Weaver puts up a red flag, and we thank him.


Leonard Auction gets a second Booyah! for noting that these California fractional gold pieces are replicas. He also shows the reverse. If the reverse has a bear on it, it’s a replica. Bid accordingly (like $5 instead of $300).

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.