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World War II Puppet State Coins: Manchukuo and Vichy France (UPDATED)

Tell me something, if the world is so insane,
Is it making you sane again to,
Let another man tug at the thread,
That pulls up your nodding head?
How did they teach you to be,
Just a happy puppet dancing on a string? — “You Happy Puppet,” 10,000 Maniacs

I recently purchased some coins that had been issued by World War II-era puppet governments. I find these coins to be fascinating in a number of respects. For one thing, it’s always interesting to possess a coin that has outlived the government that issued it. Additionally, these coins illustrate many important themes, and are an indelible part of the overall history of World War II. 

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