An icon of the firearms world, the Mauser C96, comes to numismatics with a shaped, gilded silver coin

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.

It’s struck in two ounces of fine silver and then fully gilded. The shape seems to be a pretty spot-on reproduction, in miniature, of one of the most iconic shapes in firearms. Really speaking, we can’t see anything to criticise here, it is exactly what it claims to be. This type of coin isn’t for everyone, of course, but it’s highly unusual, in a popular genre, and worthy of attention. Variety is the spice of life, as they say.

The packaging looks neat enough (you can see glimpses of it in the video), and there will be a certificate of authenticity. The mintage is capped at just 333 pieces. It should be available to order now.

DENOMINATION 10,000 Francs CFA (Chad)
COMPOSITION 0.999 silver
WEIGHT 62.2 grams
DIMENSIONS 85.0 x 44.0 mm
BOX / C.O.A. Yes / Yes