Yep, that's a quarter. This amazing collectors piece actually shoots 2mm rounds, and is an original Pfannl. Who's Pfannl? We thought you'd never ask, read on...
Also referred to as “Berloque” rifles, this is an excellent example of the Pfannl Mahogany stock rifle as seen in Bob Urso’s “The Tiniest Guns” book, listed as A31 (p. 23.) This working miniature is designed to shoot a specially designed 2 mm cartridge (not included, but still available on the collectors market) or an ordinary cap. This example retains 95% of it’s original finish, and is remarkably free of freckling and blemishes. The serial number “12” is stamped on the silver body of the gun under the stock, and also on the inside of both stock pieces, confirming their originality. Exact manufacturing dates for these rifles are hard to determine, but this working miniature was likely manufactured between WW1 and WW2. The octagonal silver barrel is stamped “Austria” on top, with a matching affixed bayonet and a leather sling. The mahogany stock has a beautiful sheen, but does have one very small chip and light denting throughout. The only visible rust is inside the barrel, near the pivot pin and in the breakopen area, see photos. A collector’s darling, these high quality Austrian rifles are increasingly hard to find, especially in such excellent condition.
The “Austria” stamp, and matching serial numbers stamped inside the stock, are what lends this miniature rifle such high value. They indicate that this is an original Pfannl model, not a copy by other manufacturers. Pfannl, a Swiss watchmaker, is essentially the “father” of miniature firearms, and is best known for his Kolibri pistols, still the smallest semi-automatic pistol ever made. The following passage is from The Tiniest Guns by Bob Urso, the definitive work on these unique collectors' pieces: