Polish Nazi Occupation Coins
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PrefaceThis article discusses occupation currency. Occupation currency is simply currency issued by the occupying power of a conquered nation.
Some examples of conquering nations that issued occupation currency include:
- Greece under Alexander the Great,
- Rome under the Caesars,
- France under Napoleon,
- Nazi Germany under Hitler.
For example when Nazi Germany invaded Poland the Polish currency was not changed from Grosz and Gulden to the Reichmark.
The occupation currency in this article comes from Poland during WWII and includes some of the background history of that era.
Poland started off as a Slavic duchy in the 10th century and has had a turbulent past by being invaded, partitioned and occupied by Mongols, the Turks, Transylvania, Sweden, Austria, Prussia and Russia. At one point Poland almost ceased to exist, and at the start of WWI it was a landlocked country.