My question to you is which 'group' provides a better return for the same cash - one or three?
It's really difficult to answer that question since all of those coins are collectible, despite the grade in my opinion for various reasons. I hear ya that three coins equal the first one in price but that doesn't tell me what you paid for them. Because I usually use referencing to figure out if the price of a coins(s) is reasonable. Otherwise, I'm not sure I could figure out a price on the fly.
I could also say that in some cases I'd rather have three coins than one, if given a choice. I'm still rather new at ancient coin collecting. I've heard it said that a collector shouldn't bother with lower grade coins. Spend a little more to get a higher grade example. On the other hand, since I'm new like I said. I want as many coins as I can get my hands on within reason. Although, I have a limit as to how low grade I would go. I try to get coins that can be fully attributed as possible.
I'm also wondering what the prices are from that coin show and how they compare to buying coins online. Are the price near equivalent, higher or lower? I haven't as of yet been to a coin show. There is one here in town that meets once a month on the 3rd Sunday. I may go and check it out in the upcoming months. Who knows.
"We have destroyed three hundred and twenty thousand Goths, we have sunk two thousand ships. The rivers are covered over with their shields, all the banks are buried under their swords and their spears." - Historia AugustaCoin Photo Gallery
- Roman Imperial Grid
Ancient Coins: 116, Roman Emperors: 68, Roman Provincial: 4, Byzantine: 3, Islamic: 2, Judean: 5, Chinese: 5