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Morocco

incl. French and Spanish Morocco

and offices in Morocco

1914

- Offices - Independence

Spanish colony 9, 9a
French colony 30

SM42
FrMor40
Spanish Morocco
French Morocco
22nd July 1914
1st August 1914
  Sc26a SG42 FI#444 Sc38 SG40 FI#448 xxx

Description   Scott SG Mi Y&T  
Spanish Morocco overprint of 1873 Spain Sc190 SG186a (divisible)
¼ centimo green   26 42      
block of 4   26a        
French Morocco overprint of 1911 French Offices in Morocco Sc26 SG28
1c on 1c grey   38 40      
other values 2c to 5p   39-54 41-56      

Both Scott [1] and Gibbons [4] begin Spanish Offices in 1903 with overprints of Spanish stamps and continue with sequential numbering for Spanish Morocco in 1914.
Similarly, both catalogues number French Offices and French Morocco sequentially.
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Spain invaded Morocco in 1859 and in 1904 the territory was divided between Spain and France. Germany had also had an interest in the area but agreen to give this up in exchange for part of French Congo. The French Protectorate accounted for most of the territory except for an area in the north and Tangier which went to Spain.

France recognised Moroccan independence in March 1956 and Spain in April.


Overseas Offices in Morocco

British Offices - French Offices - German Offices - Spanish Offices

FrMor1
GBMor1
GerMor1
SpaOffMor1
French Offices in Morocco
British Offices in Morocco
German Offices in Morocco
Spanish Offices in Morocco
1st January 1891
1st June 1898
20th December 1899
1903
Sc1 SG1 FI#268 Sc1 SG1 FI#334 Sc1 SG1 FI#350 Sc1 SG1

Tang72
DBTang231
SMTang1
French Offices in Tangier
British issues for Tangier
Spanish Offices in Tangier
1st April 1918
1927
1929
Sc72 SG1 FI#469 Sc501 SG231 Sc-L1 SG27

French Both catalogues number French Offices and French Morocco sequentially. Scott lists French Offices in Tangier within the protectorate, Gibbons [3] as a separate entity.

British - Britain ran a postal service between Morocco and Gibraltar from 1886, using stamps of Gibraltar with specific cancellations. When Gibraltar changed its currency to sterling in 1898, new stamps were needed for use in Morocco, the Morocco Agencies overprints of first Gibraltarian and then British. Both Scott and Gibbons [2] divide the stamps into the same groups:

  • Gibraltar overprints, Spanish currency SG1-30, Sc1-33
  • GB overprints, British currency SG31-100, Sc201-280
  • GB overprints, Spanish currency SG112-182, Sc46-108
  • GB overprints, French currency SG191-230, Sc401-440
  • GB overprints, Tangier International Zone SG231-288, Sc501-611
SMTet1
Tetuan
1908 Sc1 SG15 FICC#399

German - Offices were opened from1899 and closed during or shortly after WW1.

Spanish Both Scott and Gibbons [4] begin Spanish Offices in 1903 with overprints of Spanish stamps and continue with sequential numbering for Spanish Morocco in 1914, again overprints and, in fact of the same stamp as in 1903. For Spanish Offices in Tangier, Scott begins in 1929 with the stamp above, Gibbons in 1921 and lists three sets of overprints before that of 1929.
The French and Spanish Offices in Tangier were amalgamated after Spain occupied the area in 1940.

Tetuan Scott has a separate section at the end of Spanish Morocco for the Tetuan handstamps. Gibbons includes them in the listing of Spanish Offices in Morocco.


Morocco

20th April 1958

Africa 9

MorSher1
MorNor1
MorSo30
Mor54
Sherifian Post
Northern Zone
Southern Zone
Morocco
1912 Sc-A1 SG1 17th August 1956 Sc1 SG1 19th May1956 Sc1 SG30 1958 Sc25 SG54

Before dealing with the stamps issued after independence, it should be noted that Morocco ran a Sherifian (Imperial) post from 1892 using octagonal cachets and using stamps from 1912 until 1919.

France recognised Moroccan independence in March 1956 and Spain in April. Because of the different currencies used, separate issues were made at first for the Northern and Southern Zones with country-wide stamps starting in 1958.