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Morocco Agencies (British currency)


Shortly after the introduction in Morocco of British stamps overprinted with Spanish currency, a parallel set with just the words "Morocco Agencies" and no currency change was introduced for transactions in which the postal staff applied the stamps direct to the items (typically parcels and airmail) without passing them to the customer; there was therefore no need to indicate the local currency. These stamps were in use for these purposes in the British post offices throughout Morocco. In fact between 1937 and 1949 ordinary unoverprinted British stamps were used in this way. From 1949 "Morocco Agencies" sterling stamps were reintroduced for use in Tetuan only.


In 1950 the GPO permitted the use in the UK of any overprinted stamps (of any vintage) which did not alter the face value. Morocco Agencies and Tangier stamps can easily be found with UK postmarks, and are fully legitimate items, but sell for much less than those with postmarks from the relevant area.

See further under Morocco Agencies French currency, Morocco Agencies Spanish currency and Tangier.

A more detailed historical note is on the "Spanish currency" listing.


All stamps overprinted "MOROCCO AGENCIES"


Note: this numbering system was drawn up by the Society for the website, and may not be used without permission.


King Edward VII


De La Rue printings, ordinary paper (½d, 1d), others chalky paper

1907

Morocco Stg Ed7 first set 200

1 ½d green (1 June 1907)

2 1d red (5 May 1907)

3 2d green & red (30 April 1907)

4 4d green & brown (19 October 1907)

5 6d purple (5 May 1907)

6 1/- green & red (5 May 1907)

7 2/6d purple (5 May 1907)


Changed colour

March 1912

Morocco Stg Ed7 4d orange 200

8 4d orange (ordinary paper) (perf 14: see No. 9)


Harrison printings, perf 15*14

1913

Morocco Stg Ed7 4d Harrison 200

9 4d orange (ordinary paper) (& see No. 8)


Somerset House printings

1913

Morocco Stg Ed7 Somerset House 200
(temporary picture)

10 2/6d purple (ordinary paper)


King George V


Mackennal Head and Waterlow Seahorses (see illustrations below)
Script cypher watermark

1914-21

Morocco Stg G5 script 200


11 ½d green (1914)

12 1d red (1914)

13 1½d brown (1921)

14 2d orange die I (1914)

15 3d violet (1921)

16 4d grey (1921)

17 6d purple chalky paper (1921)

18 1/- brown (1917)

19 2/6d brown (1914)

- 22mm wide, normal top tooth; cf No. 20 below


overprint varieties


14 v1 2d overprint double, one albino

14 v2 2d overprint misplaced

18 v1 1s overprint treble, two albino


stamp varieties


19 sv1 2/6d, re-entries


De La Rue seahorses

1917


20 2/6d brown

- 22mm wide, wide top tooth, smaller perf holes; cf No. 19 above and see illustrations belows


Watermark block cypher,
14 mm overprint

1925-1931

Morocco Stg G5 block first type 200

21 ½d green (1925)

22 1½d brown (1931)

23 2d orange (1925)

24 2½d blue (1925)

25 6d purple, chalky paper (1931)

26 1/- brown (1925)


watermark varieties


21 wi ½d watermark inverted


overprint varieties


24 v1 2½d overprint double, one albino

25 v1 6d overprint double, one albino


Revised 15½mm overprint

1932-1936

Note: it has been suggested that the overprint used on these was the one prepared for use on the photogravure stamps, though the datings do not appear to corroborate this. Many of the issue dates are not recorded.

Morocco Stg G5 block 2nd type 200

Morocco Stg G5 types 400

Not only is the 2nd type longer, the "S" is a very different shape; other letters differ too but not so conspicuously.

27 ½d green (1934?)

28 2½d blue (1932?)

29 4d grey (January 1936)

30 6d purple, chalky paper (1933?)

31 1/- brown (1934?)


Seahorses changed to Bradbury Wilkinson printings
22¾-23 mm wide, normal top tooth (see illustrations below)

1935

Morocco Stg G5 BW 200

32 2/6d brown (Bradbury Wilkinson, 1935)

33 5/- red (Bradbury Wilkinson, 1935)


Seahorse types detail 400

5s (top) Waterlow, 2/6d (middle) De La Rue wide tooth, 2/6d (bottom) Bradbury Wilkinson (wider design)


overprint varieties


32 v1 2/6d overprint double/treble, one/two albino

Note: as the third overprint is reportedly quite faint, it is possible that the "double - one albino" and the "treble - two albino" are in fact the same item.

33 v1 5s overprint treble, two albino


Silver Jubilee

8 May 1935

Morocco Stg G5 jubilee 200


34 ½d green (blue overprint)

35 1d red (blue overprint)

36 1½d brown (blue overprint)

37 2½d blue (red overprint)


Photogravure set
Re-engraved Seahorses (Waterlow)

1935-1937

Morocco Stg G5 photo 200Morocco Stg G5 re-engraved 200

Morocco Stg G5 large format 200

Large format and small format; as well as the difference in size the general appearance of the small format is sharper.

38 1d red, large format (April 1935)

39 1d small format

40 1½d brown, small format (28 April 1936)

Note: "Specimen" overprints used by the printers for internal purposes can also be found on the large format 1½d stamp, though the UPU specimens are on the usual small format.

41 2d orange, small format (1 May 1936)

42 2½d blue (11 February 1936)

43 3d violet (2 March 1936)

44 4d grey (14 May 1936)

45 1/- brown (31 August 1936)

46 2/6d brown (1935)

47 5/- red (2 March 1937)


Note: the ½d, 1½d and 2d unoverprinted stamps have several sizes, but only the ½d has more than one such format when overprinted with "Morocco Agencies".

Seahorses original and re-engraved 400

Original and re-engraved versions of Seahorses (there are other less conspicuous differences).


King Edward VIII

14¼ mm overprint

The overprint is placed rather displeasingly low, compared to the overprints in French and Spanish currency, so as not to cover up the face value.

29 October 1936

Morocco Stg E8 200Morocco Stg E8 sizes 300

Vertical pairs of 14¼ mm opt (top) and 15¼ mm (bottom); the spacing of "MOROCCO" is most obvious, but "AGENCIES" is also slightly larger.

48 1d red

49 2½d blue


15¼ mm overprint

5 January 1937

The longer overprints come from part of the sheets on later printings, largely prepared to meet philatelic demand in London; these printings comprised a mixture of both sizes. Rather remarkably the position of the large overprints varies through the successive printings over a fairly short period of time, allegedly as the overprint in various parts of the sheet wore out and was inadvertently replaced by the larger format.

See illustration above

50 1d red

51 2½d blue


King George VI


Between 1937 and 1949 ordinary unoverprinted British stamps were used. From 1949 "Morocco Agencies" sterling stamps were reintroduced for use in Tetuan only (and also, possibly, to increase philatelic revenue).


16 August 1949

Morocco Stg G6 200Morocco Stg G6 arms 200


52 ½d pale green

53 1d pale red

54 1½d pale brown

55 2d pale orange

56 2½d pale blue

57 3d pale violet

58 4d green

59 5d brown

60 6d purple

61 7d green

62 8d red

63 9d green

64 10d blue

65 11d purple

66 1/- brown

67 2/6d green, Arms

68 5/- red, Arms


Changed colour low values and new high value designs

3 May 1951

The colours of the low values were changed to conform with UPU requirements for standard rates of postage. The new design high values were released to coincide with the Festival of Britain.

Morocco G6 new colours 200


69 ½d orange

70 1d blue

71 1½d green

72 2d brown

73 2½d red

74 2/6d green

75 5/- red


Queen Elizabeth

Watermark Tudor Crown E2R

1952-1955

Morocco Stg QE 200

76 ½d orange (31 August 1953)

77 1d blue (31 August 1953)

78 1½d green (5 December 1952)

79 2d brown (31 August 1953)

80 2½d red (5 December 1952)

81 4d blue (1 March 1955)

82 5d brown (6 July 1953)

83 6d purple (1 March 1955)

84 8d purple (6 July 1953)

85 1/- brown (6 July 1953)


Watermark St Edward's Crown E2R

10 September 1956

Morocco Stg QE new wmk 200


86 2½d red type I


All the sterling-currency issues were finally withdrawn on 31 December 1956, with the closure of the last office.


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