SilverTowne, Gary Ryther Auctioneers Make Gains; Proxiblog exceeds 35,000 views!

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Proxiblog’s viewership has increased steadily as we enter our fourth year of publication with 35,000+ views from around the world in the course of our existence and markedly improved coin auctions on Proxiblog that include APN clearance, in-house shipping, acceptable levels of buyers’ premiums, accurate numismatic lot descriptions and sharp, expandable photos of coins.

Our rankings in the right sidebar concern only our experience with certain sellers. Your experience may differ. In any case, we patronize auction companies when they adhere to standards as expressed in the above paragraph.

In this month’s rankings SilverTowne emerges as the top of our list with a full 25 points. In large part, this has to do with the grading standards, the frequency of auctions, and the wide range of rarities to suit everyone’s budget. You’re not going to steal a coin from Rick Howard or Dave Nauert; but you certainly can snag some below Grey Sheet (wholesale prices).

John Leonard at Leonard Auction continues to amaze us with choice consignments, accurate numismatic descriptions and sharp digital photos. Same can be said about Western Auction and Weaver Signature Coin and Currency Auction.

Then, the next half dozen or so companies in our rankings essentially are offering the same level of excitement, appeal and numismatic knowledge. One company, Southwest Bullion and Coin, continues to improve consignments, identify flaws in lots, ship coins quickly and inexpensively, and offer a zero percent buyer’s premium, meaning what you bid is what you pay.

A few other auctions not on our rankings make that faux claim but, unlike Southwest Bullion, open lots at or above Grey Sheet or even retail. So of course if all lots sell with profit to the company, they do not have to see maximum bids or shill bid or charge buyers’ premiums. They built all that into their high opening bids. So when you patronize these companies, all you are actually doing is purchasing coins from an online shop. You are not participating in a win-or-lose auction, as you might with Southwest Bullion. Sadly, companies that do not realize this also are not taking advantage of the Proxibid technology that is programmed for an onsite experience in the comfort of your own home. (Watch for a post on this soon!)

We have often said that all a company has to do is improve one aspect of its features to gain big-time, and we see that in one of our old favorites, Gary Ryther Auctioneers. His company fell from our listings primarily because of the quality of its photographs, which just could not capture luster. He improved that component, attracted marvelous consignments, and is a top-rated house for us again. (Watch for a post on this soon, too!)

We also are excited every time we see an auction by our other favorite sellers, including Star Coin and Currency, Engstrom Auction, Meares Auction, Kaufman Auction, Jewelry Exchange, Key Date Coins and Rolling M Auctions. If our rankings included top sellers for consignors, rather than best bets for bidders, Mark Murphy at Rolling M would rise to the top. His sessions consistently sell above retail because he knows how to promote them onsite and online. Now, if he only would improve photography just a little more, to capture luster like Gary Ryther has done, he would see his great results improve beyond his own high standards and expectations.

As for Proxiblog, we continue to grow our audience with typical 100+ views per day from all over the world. The latest stats show us with more than 20,000 from the past year and a quarter, as the graph below shows. (Total views exceed 35,000 over the course of our publication life.)

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Our top post continues to be California Gold: Real, Replica and Fake, which averages between 25-100 views per week. “Find the Flaw!” and “Boos and Booyahs!” also are tops among our audience.

Finally, we wish to thank auction houses that have donated to our scholarship fund. We publish Proxiblog for free and promote the best companies and practices on the portal, along with providing numismatic knowledge for bidders and auctioneers. We do this for our students so that they can decrease student debt, enhance personal and professional ethics, and emerge as the next generation of auction buyers.


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.

HAPPY MEMORIAL DAY … Proxiblog Will Return Tuesday and is Sponsored By

Southwest Bullion and Coin

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Check out the company’s May 27th coin auction on Proxibid!

One year ago Southwest Bullion and Coin rolled out one of the most competitive coin bidding platforms on Internet, featuring 0% buyer’s fee with flat-rate USPS shipping and APN clearance with no maximum-bid viewing or shill bidding. In the past year the Houston-based company has opened another onsite location in Oklahoma, honed its lot descriptions and sharpened its numismatic photography. It’s a combination that’s difficult to beat.

Auctioneer Justin Quinn inaugurated the new business model in May 2012 with this promise:

    We want our customers to feel comfortable buying from us with the knowledge that they will not be charged outrageous buyers fees, shipping fees, or other hidden fees on invoice after the auction. We also want our buyers to know that they can bid without having to calculate fees on every push of a bid button. We want to bring back the hobbyist and the collector who like attending auctions for the enjoyment with a fully transparent market.

Proxiblog patronizes Southwest Bullion and Coin because of its increasingly appealing consignments–no doubt in part due to having two onsite locations, in Houston and Edmond, Oklahoma.

Here is contact information for the Oklahoma outlet:

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Located at the corner of 3rd and Broadway in Edmond, Oklahoma.
220 S. Broadway, Edmond, OK 73034

Store Hours
Monday – Saturday 9:00 am to 7:00 pm
Sunday: Closed
Phone: (405) 726-8560
Fax: (405) 726-8561
Email: mike@southwestbullion.com


Here is contact information for the Houston outlet:
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Located at 15115 Westheimer Rd., Suite R, Houston, Texas, Just West of the West Oaks Mall and Highway 6 on Westheimer. Directly across the street from the Big U-Haul Center.

Store Hours
Monday – Friday 9:00 am to 6:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am – 4:00 pm (CST)
Phone: (281) 531-7760
Email: cs@southwestbullion.com


In addition to setting standards on Proxibid, Southwest Bullion and Coin has introduced popular “mystery lots,” surprising bidders with slabbed coins and evoking the hobbyist in them.

In a recent Proxiblog article, Justin Quinn stated:


    “The idea of mystery lots has always intrigued me personally. I see them as a treasure hunt of sorts and a way to spark a particular interest. Coin collecting is an adventure to me, and I have found great enjoyment in finding surprise coins in a group of unsuspecting pieces.”

Southwest Bullion is actively buying precious metals including bars, wafers, and coins. The company also purchases all U.S. Mint products including gold, silver, and platinum American Eagles. It also buys all Royal Canadian Mint products including gold, silver, and platinum maple leafs as well as South African Krugerrands.”

For more information, visit the company’s comprehensive online site.

We thank Justin Quinn and Southwest Bullion and Coin for sponsoring Proxiblog’s scholarship fund to help ease student debt and create the next generation of auction-house bidders!

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.)

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One Big Booyah! to SilverTowne’s Dave Nauert for identifying flaws in this otherwise attractive coin.


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Boo! to this unnamed auction house maintaining this bagmarked slider is a super gem. If you don’t know how to grade, don’t hype.


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One Big Boo and then Booyah! (or several) to this auction house that featured a fake California gold piece and then retracted it when informed. Watch for a post on this soon.


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Boo! to this unnamed auction house for hyping ridiculously high this common silver lot worth $28-30 and not thousands.


investment

Boo! to this auction house that has the nerve to label what may be the ugliest flawed silver melt dollar “an investment.” The $19.95 shipping rate is about the worth of this coin.


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Boo! to this auction company that doesn’t know where to look for the mint mark. Bidders can rob consignors blind when this happens, and it happens too often.


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Boo! to this long-time Proxibid auction house that refuses to show both sides of a coin. Would you buy a car, or any item, if you saw only half of it?


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Booyah Traders Cottage! for noting this Peace dollar is polished. Always note flaws, and gain trust with bidders.


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Booyah Jewelry Exchange! for noting this coin has been cleaned, often hard to cipher from online photos.


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Booyah Liberty Shops Auction! for taking the time to note varieties on coins, which add to value.



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Booyah Southwest Bullion and Coin! for taking the time to note values on lots, using the right price guide for the coin in question.


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.

Capitol Coin Auction tops list!

Competition among top coin-selling houses on Proxibid has become even keener, with only fractions separating one favorite company from another. Only one scored a full 25 points in all categories: quality consignments, detailed descriptions, quick and inexpensive shipping, superior photography, expert grading, reasonable buyer’s premium and other value-added considerations. Not only is competition growing, our audience is too, surpassing 1,600 views for the first 28 days in April.

Capitol Coin Auction continues to feature some of the best numismatic estate auctions on the portal. Every few months it schedules an auction with key date coinage and holdered rarities. Moreover, as we noted in this recent post, Brad Lisembee ranks among the best graders in the business along with John Leonard of Leonard Auction.

Also high on the numismatic grading list are Dave Nauert of SilverTowne Auction, Justin Quinn of Southwest Bullion and Coin, Dave Weaver of Weaver Signature Coin and Currency Auction, and Sean Cook of Liberty Shops Auctions.

These were ranked ever so close behind Capitol at 24.5 each out of 25, along with Western Auction (one of our personal favorites) and Fox Valley Coins.

Returning to the portal is Kaufman Realty and Auctions, with strong consignments, numismatic lot descriptions and good photography. If it shipped more quickly, it would challenge other top houses in our rankings.

Darron Meares, one of our favorite auctioneers, elevated his company to the top rankings, too, with great consignments and much improved photography. Engstrom Auction continues to improve with better consignments. Its photography has been good, and its customer service is fine, too.

Essentially, you should have an exciting time in the spirit of traditional auctioneering bidding in any auction by these top-houses.

Rolling M Auctions is one of our favorite houses. Mark Murphy is going a fantasic job for Rolling M. with great consignments and fine pre-auction advertising. We think he can still do better with sharper photography that captures luster and provides an onsite view for the Internet crowd.

Key Date Coin continues to showcase the best photography and auctions always worth a look. We advocate for better consignments as Eddie Caven knows how to feature premium lots. Star Coin and Currency continues to impress with improving consignments, neat photos and numismatic lot descriptions.

New on the list this month are Atlantic Auction Company and Cannon Auction whose Honor Roll features include 15% buyer’s fee, good photography and numismatic lot descriptions.

Online buyers expect:

  • Rapid shipping with professional packing.
  • Sharp, expandable photos of both sides of a coin.
  • Accurate lot descriptions.

That said, our rankings are reviews of favorite houses based on our buying and/or selling experience and numismatic expertise. Your experience with our top houses may differ from ours. Our intent is to educate and praise whenever possible–to our own buying detriment, at times! We have seen when we showcase an auction house how bidding becomes more intense, often edging out our own bids.

Perhaps this is due to the rise in our viewership. As the screen shot below shows, more than 1600 page views were logged in the first few weeks of April alone.
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The favorite and most accessed page? “Boos and Booyahs.” The all-time most favorite post? “California Gold: Real, Replica and Fake,” which gets on average 100+ views per month from all over the world, indicating once again that auctioneers need to take care before they label those tiny yellow tokens “gold.”

Also becoming more popular are our “Find the Flaw!” features, designed to improve grading skills.

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.)

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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!


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


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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.


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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.


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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.


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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!


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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.


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


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


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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.

Southwest Bullion’s Mystery Lots

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Coin collectors like to discover “finds,” whether it be in rolls or in auctions. Southwest Bullion knows this and is introducing mystery lots to intrigue bidders.

We admire innovation in coin auctions, and Southwest Bullion and Coin is doing just that with mystery lots containing slabbed coins by NGC and PCGS. We asked auctioneer Justin Quinn about the practice.

“The idea of mystery lots has always intrigued me personally,” Quinn says. “I see them as a treasure hunt of sorts and a way to spark a particular interest. Coin collecting is an adventure to me, and I have found great enjoyment in finding surprise coins in a group of unsuspecting pieces.”

Quinn wanted to bring excitement to the coin auction platform “and rekindle the joy found in collecting, rather than just doing a cold transaction based on buying and selling coins for a profit. I generally like to include a few silver pieces in most mystery lots, and usually put quite a few high grade pre-65 graded coins in every box as well.”

“I think the idea of finding so called ‘old coins’ in an unnamed group is always fun,” he adds. “Every mystery lot includes a good mixture of things with no duplicate coins, as I think variety is very important in any situation.”

Southwest Bullion has sold numerous mystery lots and plans to continue the practice. The company also features 0% buyer’s fee, has good pictures and descriptions, and ships inexpensively.

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.

Justin Quinn
Auctioneer
Southwest Bullion & Coin Inc.

Weaver Coin and Currency Regains Top Slot

Weaver Signature Coin and Currency Auction, a long-time top-spot holder in our rankings, has reascended to that position based on sharp photos, rare consignments, quick shipping, numismatic lot descriptions and value-added customer service.


We especially value the customer service of Dave and Cheryl Weaver, consummate professionals.

However, competition is keen with our favorite sellers that we find very little difference in the top 10 and routinely bid in their auctions. One might have a slightly better consignment. One may have a special. Another may offer a new service or additional timed auction.

We always eagerly go through catalogs of Western Auction, Leonard Auction, Capital Coin Auction, SilverTowne, and Rolling M. Auctions, primarily because we can find rarities and sleepers (especially the latter). Sleepers are coins that have low mintage. Photography on Western, Leonard and Capital Coin is exquisite, and so we can grade raw coins accurately. When it comes to Leonard or Capitol, we rely on numismatic descriptions, which sometimes are sharper than our own.

Key Date Coins continues to showcase the best photography. We love Eddie Caven’s auctions and admire him immensely; but we hope more consignors will send him premium lots. If you’re looking for Carson City dollars, this is the place, as Eddie always has a few MS63-64 lots in each of his regular sessions.

We’re happy to see Southwest Bullion and Coin back in our listings. Justin Quinn has been enhancing his numismatic descriptions, offering zero buyer’s premiums, and shipping quickly and inexpensively.

Star Coin and Currency continues to improve. Jim Haver’s customer service is among the best on the portal.

We congratulate Liberty Shops Auctions for the volume it is doing on Proxibid, qualifying still as the top coin category seller.

Each month these rankings get harder to do because auctioneers continue to improve. However, some houses are not included–even ones with low premiums and nice items–because they see maximum bids, allow shill bidding, have poor photography (unable to discern grade or luster of coin), continue to offer dipped and/or self-slabbed coins without identifying them as such, or lack APN clearance.

We emphasize that content on Proxiblog is educational. We are not an open-source blog or complaint board, which is why we do not even identify auction houses in our “Boo” section of “Boos and Booyahs.” Also, we emphasize, that our rankings are based on our own experience with an auction house. Consider these are our favorite sellers. Your experience might differ from ours.

As for Proxiblog, we now have surpassed 32,000 all-time views and average 650 unique visitors each month–about the size of a mega auction session. Our most popular post continues to be California Gold, real, replica and fake, which averages 60+ views per week (indicating the concern over counterfeits).

Finally, we invite auction houses to sponsor our blog and contribute to our scholarship fund. We continue to publish Proxiblog for free, without subscription. We have more than 400 posts about coins in our archive and over 1000 numismatic photos. Several auction houses have been especially generous this month and we thank those companies on behalf of journalism students at Iowa State University of Science and Technology.

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.)

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One Big Booyah! to Southwest Bullion and Coin for noting that this coin has been plugged. We see many plugged coins on Proxibid, but too few auctioneers who identify the repair. That’s not the case here!


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An Even Bigger Booyah to Jim Haver of Star Coin and Currency! Not only does Jim describe the lot accurately, he also gives a tip for bidders to recognize fake gold. We have not seen that before in our top auction houses. We’re happy to see a little numismatic education here!


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One big Boo! (or several) to this auction house that opens bids on silver melt common Kennedys at $35, about 8 times more than this 40% silver coin is worth.


PCGSvalues

Boo to this auction company! for citing PCGS values on an NGC coin. Both are top grading companies. PCGS is harsher, sells for more than NGC, and grades by different standards. NGC has its own price value page. Use that!


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Booyah Jewelry Exchange! for noting that this lot has been polished, drastically reducing the value. Often photographs cannot pick up polishing. We rely on auctioneers to describe it.


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Booyah Paige Auction! for sharp, expandable photos and nifty numismatic descriptions. We were so impressed with Paige that we dedicated a post last week to the company. Click here to read.


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.

Proxibid Lists Top Sellers

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Proxibid has established a new ribbon and begun ranking top-selling auction houses in the Coin and Currency category. They are in descending order Liberty Shops, Southwest Bullion, Cece’s Sales, James Peterson Company and SilverTowne Auction. Proxiblog congratulates these sellers!

We applaud Proxibid for listing top sellers in each category of auctioneering. Company spokesperson Dana Kaufman says, “Our top sellers are evaluated on a monthly basis. Overall, they are selected based on activity – online sales to Internet bidders – and all sellers must meet minimum requirements for volume and number of auctions to be considered.”

These criteria make sense as Proxibid is dedicated to providing an online auction experience to those unable to attend sessions in person or travel to multiple auctions being held at the same time.

Proxiblog’s rankings in the right sidebar are based on numismatic as well as auctioneering considerations, including such criteria as shipping, buyer’s premium, quality of consignments, photography, accurate descriptions, grading prowess and value-added considerations, such as customer service.

In that light, we’re happy that three of the top sellers also are included in our rankings.

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.

Meares’ 5% BP a Big Hit

Well, we tried to place winning bids in Meares Auction Group’s Oct. 24 session; but the bidding was so fierce that all of our several maximums failed, proving once again that lowering buyer’s premiums in the spirit of auctioneering always is the best way to spark enthusiastic bidding.

Auctioneer Darron Meares says the idea of moving to the 5% buyer’s premium came from watching other successful coin auctioneers on Proxibid and discussing trends with some of the members of Proxibid’s team.

“When we began selling coins on Proxibid we were one of the few auctioneers selling coins on the online platform – this, mind you, was in 2006-07 when Proxibid was in it’s infancy,” Meares says. “We were charging 18% BP–yes, I know, it was even high to us–but we were learning the ropes.

“Funny side note: we had buyer’s located within 30 miles of us that were paying 24% PLUS shipping (10% BP for company, 5% for Proxibid, 3% for credit card processing and 6% state sales tax). Of course, that is before the South Carolina House passed a law where domestic coins and currency were exempt from sales tax.

“Whew – those were the days! BUT STILL PEOPLE BOUGHT FROM US!”

“Now,” he adds, “as times have changed and the market is flooded with auctioneers–good and bad–we had to roll with the punches. I handle the coin auctions from start to finish, so we are not spending a lot on other personnel.

“In looking at the numbers, the 5% would cover Proxibid’s fee and anything sold in house could be tossed back to the company to cover my time (which does have to be accounted for).

“We have received numerous phone calls, emails and even one buyer that picked up coins today all thanking us for lowering the BP. We had one buyer from Washington state that said, ‘I found your auction BECAUSE of the 5% BP. I don’t buy from auctioneers that have BP in the 10% range unless there is something I have to have–and then I don’t pay full price. Anyone that charges over 10% gets overlooked by me and most coin buyers.'”

“Looking at our numbers and comparing them to spot metals around our current level, we gained money. Moreso, in looking at the buyer export from Proxibid we gained 69 new buyers that had never registered for our coin auctions.

“It was win-win.”

We hope other auctioneers reading this lower their buyer’s premium. Keep in mind that Meares does not see maximums, does not ghost-bid, offers APN credit card assurance, and is a veteran auctioneer who reads and appreciates how Proxiblog is safeguarding the hobby.

Watch for a post soon on our Honor Roll list, which began in May 2011 with only 11 Proxibid auctions that charged a 15% buyer’s premium or lower. Now it has more than 100.

Meares joins Southwest Bullion, Liberty Shops Auctions and other proactive companies realizing the best way to spark competition is to provide an even playing field with good online photos, best practices and low BP.

We encourage you to bid in Meares’ auctions, knowing you probably will beat our bids because of the competition as we only bid greysheet and then sell our coins to raise funds for our scholarship fund at Iowa State University.


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.