THE TRAP WITH THE GOLDEN BAIT – HOBO NICKEL – OFFICIALLY LICENSED REPRODUCTION OF ROMAN BOOTEN’S ORIGINAL TRAP COIN – INCLUDES ORIGINAL MORGAN DOLLAR & ORIGINAL DOS PESOS 1/20 OZ GOLD COIN ,
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 replica is unlike anything you’ve seen.
- Authorized, licensed reproduction of Roman Booteen’s original Trap Coin
- One-of-a-kind working trap mechanism
- Includes original Morgan Dollar
- Includes original Dos Pesos 1/20 Troy ounce gold coin
- Bezel, Jaws & Trap 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
- Reproduction is 1:1 with the exception of the original has some tiny screws for assembly and this one uses high powered laser instead. Another point of interest is that we all the parts (jaws, mechanism, bezel) are in .925 silver.
In the case of Roman Booteen, observing this rule is quite easy. What Booteen did in a few weeks took an international team of experts nearly 18 months to reproduce.
Roman helped us get started by providing an early trap mechanism prototype, as the original $10,000 Trap Coin wasn’t going to be dismantled. They sent the mechanism to engineers in Australia and Lichtenstein for evaluation. While the consensus was that replicating the design was possible, it wouldn’t be easy on such a very small scale. Increasing the size of the model would be the only way to easily replicate the Trap Coin, but that was out of the question. First, we wanted to make the replica as close to the original model as possible, and that meant using Morgans and Dos Pesos. Second, so much of the intrigue of Booteen’s coin is how very tiny it is, and the painstaking microscopic precision required to piece it together..
12 months and 40 computer-aided designs, 3d prints and prototype casts later, they finally had a working trap. But the trap was nothing like the Booteen’s grizzly teeth. In fact, it was a dull mechanical knock-off, that lacked all signs of creativity.
That’s where the digital artist & Zbrush genius Ghim Ong took up the task. Once we knew we had a working set of jaws, Ghim carefully stud