Roman Booteen's Gold Bug


Roman Booteen's Gold Bug

Legendary Hobo Nickel master engraver Roman Booteen has done it again.

No subject is off-limits, no topic too dull for his wild imagination.

After completing the most epic hobo nickel ever, Roman wasted no time in raising the bar once again with his next masterpiece - the Gold Bug.

Inspired by Edgar Allen Poe’s almost forgotten tale of the same name, Booteen’s Gold Bug features an intricately carved Morgan Dollar, concealing a button that activates the beetle’s wings, exposing a tenth ounce of solid gold. One lucky collector scooped it up at auction in December 2017 for a whopping nine thousand two hundred dollars.

Roman’s Gold Bug and its hidden secrets are a nod to Poe’s story, which is considered the first nonfiction work of its kind to include cryptography; hidden elements readers must decipher to make sense of the story.

The Gold Bug at a Glance:

  • Authorized, licensed reproduction of Roman Booteen's original Gold Bug
  • One-of-a-kind working wing mechanism
  • Includes original Morgan Dollar
  • Includes 1/10 Troy ounce 22kt gold body
  • Wings & Body cast from 20 grams of 925 silver
  • Includes a certificate of authenticity
  • Limited to only 999 replicas
  • Individually laser-etched with serial number
  • includes collector's box
  • 1-year manufacturer's warranty on the moving parts

**Pictures are representative of the coin and item that you will receive, the actual coin may differ slightly.**