Introducing Roman Booteen's



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.

  • Wings & Body cast from 20 grams of 925 silver
  • 1/10 Troy ounce 24kt gold body
  • Limited to only 999 replicas

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 24kt gold body
  • • Wings & Body cast from 20 grams of 925 silver
  • • Includes 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

Customized stand featuring details from the coin

Our proudly customized stand that supports the precious Gold Bug coin and showing off its beautiful and detailed features. Who wouldn't love this stand?


Meet your new Gold

During the production phase, we decided the 22k gold wasn't giving us that gorgeous GOLD color we wanted.

There was only one thing to do - UPGRADE!

very Gold Bug coin will now receive the 24k Gold complementary upgrade.

Quality is our highest priority!


The Making of


With the Trap with the Golden Bait coin stealing the show in Berlin (World Fair of Money 2019), it was only a matter of time before collectors and dealers alike were anxiously waiting for the next release of a licensed Roman Booteen coin.

We didn't want to disappoint, so in April we announced the Gold Bug project in spectacular fashion at the Singapore Coin Fair. Attendees were treated to a live preview of the coin and our very own 3d artist presented the digital model of the Gold Bug coin.

Starting from scratch, getting the sculpt created to working out the mechanism function took approximately 140 hrs - and that's before we started prototyping! I think it's safe to say the artist had dreams about mechanical bugs for a long time!