Get ready to feast your eyes… and your fingers on the most exciting bas-relief sculpture you’ve ever seen on a Hobo Nickel – ‘The Trap With the Golden Bait’ replica.
Originally created in 2017 by Roman Booteen, this 1921 Morgan Dollar Hobo Nickel sold at Auction for $10,101. Within days, Booteen experienced an influx of requests from excited collectors wanting a piece of modern art history. Sadly, it was a limited edition of one, but it became an overnight icon.
This stunning exact replica is unlike anything you’ve seen.
The obverse is domed etched with the iconic eagle. But it is the reverse that is the real star. It features a 1945 Gold Dos Peso core, surrounded by a spring-loaded finger trap. With the trap open, it becomes part of the border work, but try to steal the gold bait and it snaps shut. Never before has a Hobo Nickel existed with such unique sculpting.
Around the circumference, a matching inscription by Sir Walter Scott reads: ЗОЛОТО ПОГУБИЛО БОЛЬШЕ ДУШ, ЧЕМ ЖЕЛЕЗО ТЕЛ. The meaning - “Gold has killed more souls than iron”. Booten's original coin was inscribed in Latin, and we have translated it to Russian to honor the coin’s original creator.
Needless to say, this is one coin all investors are hungry to get their hands on. And this is one coin, hungry to get its trap on your fingers.
… And in case you’re wondering, the finger trap is safe.
The Trap With the Golden Bait at a Glance: specs coming soon!