This is your opportunity to get people interested in your items and encourage them to bid! Potential buyers are more likely to bid on lots with a good description, all relevant information displayed clearly and, of course, beautiful photos. By following these three steps when submitting your lots for auction, you can increase your chances of earning higher revenues on your lots at auction.
Submit a Detailed Description
To help encourage potential buyers to bid on your lot, you should include a detailed description of your object(s). This should be thorough and honest, and follow the guidelines below.
If you are using our website to upload your lots, an input mask will help you provide much of the key information of your lot. It also helps present the information in a way that’s easy for the buyer to read.
In the description:
- For Gold, Silver or Platinum coins, please describe the weight of the coins percentage of the metal. For example 1 oz, 99.9% Gold or 6 g, 58.5% Gold. Please use percentages instead of carat to avoid confusion for the buyer.
- Optional: Adding more information helps, such as Krause catalog number, provenance, mint location.
- Do not put in any subjective information about how beautiful the coin is.
Title / Subtitle Building
In the title:
- Amount of coins/banknotes (single is default; can be multiple or in weight)
- Country/countries of origin
- Nominal value(s)
- Year / Period
- Possible Variation (such as misstrike, trial-strike, etc)
In the subtitle:
- Possible certification
Submitting Quality Photos
Including strong photographs is key to catching buyers’ eyes and ensuring they bid on your lot. Buying online means potential bidders do not get a chance to see your lot in person, therefore detailed and high-quality photographs are so important.
To allow our experts, as well as our buyers, to get the right impression of an item, we require a minimum of two high-quality photos of your coins & banknotes. In order to be accepted, please ensure your photographs meet the following requirements:
To allow our experts and buyers to get an accurate impression of an item, we require:
- a minimum of two high quality photos with a neutral background, showing the obverse and reverse
- clear visual of engravers signatures, dates, mint-marks, scratches, etc.
- More pictures are better, for instance of the edge of the coin(s) or some close-ups to highlight the quality of your coin or of smaller details.
- For lots with more than one coin or banknote, please have an overview image showing all the items in the lot, and then single pictures of the most interesting coins within it.
Authenticity / Certification Requirements
Buyers are more likely to bid on your lot if they know that it’s certified as being authentic. This is why we ask for certificates from trusted institutes when there is a doubt of the authenticity
- If the coin/banknote is certified from a trusted third party grading service and placed in a ‘slab’, we will give complete trust to the lot once the certification number and pictures have been verified.
- For certain (mostly ancient) coins, we will ask for provenance. An old provenance will increase the market value of an item.
- Period counterfeits may be accepted for their numismatic or historical interest. It should be clearly stated in the title and description.
List of suggested trusted third-party experts
- ANACS - American Numismatic Association Certification Service
- GENI - Gradations et Expertises Numismatique Internationales
- ICG - Independent Coin Graders
- NGC - Numismatic Guaranty Corporation
- PCGS - Professional Coin Grading Service
- PMG - Paper Money Guaranty
- WBG - World Banknote Grading
Now that you know exactly what you need in order to create a fantastic lot, it’s time to start selling your coins and banknotes. Register as a seller for free and start submitting your coins and banknotes for auction.
Looking for more information? Check out our Seller Handbook, packed with step-by-step guides, advice, inspiration and tips for being a successful seller on Catawiki.
We look forward to receiving your lots soon - our experts can’t wait to see what you have to offer!