The Mauser C96, also known as the “Broomhandle Mauser,” is a highly distinctive semi-automatic pistol that gained iconic status in the early 20th century. Designed by Paul Mauser and introduced in 1896, it featured a unique broomhandle-shaped grip, which earned it its nickname. The C96 was chambered in various calibres, including 7.63 mm Mauser, and had a detachable box magazine. Its reliable mechanism and powerful cartridge made it popular among military and civilian users alike. Notably, it became synonymous with a variety of historical figures and conflicts, including the Chinese Warlords, the Boxer Rebellion, and even made appearances in Hollywood films, and now coins.
Chinese producer, World Coin Appreciation, has released some fascinating numismatics over the last few years, with some quite unusual shaped coins among them. Their latest is no different and features that aforementioned Mauser pistol, not just as a depiction, but in form as well. It’s an ornate version of the Mauser, for sure, but the pistol, nevertheless, in all its base detail.