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Morocco Agencies (French currency)


For the British post offices in the French sphere of influence in Morocco it was decided to issue British stamps overprinted in French currency in 1917. This was mostly the huge area of south west Morocco. Until then the offices had used stamps overprinted with Spanish currency.

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

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


All stamps overprinted "MOROCCO AGENCIES" with new value in French currency.


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


King George V

Mackennal Head, script cypher watermark, Seahorses (Bradbury Wilkinson)

1917 unless otherwise stated

Morocco Fr G5 script 200


1 "3 CENTIMES" (in red) on d green

2 "5 CENTIMES" on d green

3 "10 CENTIMES" on 1d red

4 "15 CENTIMES" on 1d brown

5 "25 CENTIMES" on 2d blue

6 "40 CENTIMES" on 4d grey

7 "50 CENTIMES" on 5d brown (1923)

8 "75 CENTIMES" on 9d green (1924)

9 "1 FRANC" on 10d blue

10 "3 FRANCS" on 2/6d brown (1924)

11 "6 FRANCS" on 5/- red (1932)


It is interesting to note that unlike the issues with Spanish currency, the format of the French-currency stamp overprints in this set is remarkably consistent. What is less easily explained is why the 3c overprint in French currency needed to be printed in red, presumably to distinguish it from the 5c stamp, whereas for the similar overprints in Spanish currency both the 3c and the 5c were acceptable in black.


overprint varieties


6 v1 40c overprint double, one albino

9 v1 Fr1 overprint double, one albino

10 v1 Fr3 overprint double, one albino


Watermark block cypher

1925

Morocco Fr G5 block 200


12 "5 CENTIMES" on d green

13 "10 CENTIMES" on 1d red

14 "15 CENTIMES" on 1d brown

15 "25 CENTIMES" on 2d blue

16 "40 CENTIMES" on 4d grey

17 "50 CENTIMES" on 5d brown

18 "75 CENTIMES" on 9d green

19 "90 CENTIMES" on 9d green (1934)

20 "1 FRANC" on 10d blue

21 "1 FRANC 50 CENTIMES" on 1/- brown  (1934)


overprint varieties


13 v1 10c overprint double, one albino

16 v1 40c overprint double, one albino

18 v1 75c overprint double, one albino

20 v1 Fr1 overprint double, one albino


watermark varieties


17 wi 50c watermark inverted

18 wi 75c watermark inverted


Silver Jubilee

8 May 1935

Morocco Fr G5 jubilee 200


22 "5 CENTIMES" (in blue) on d green

23 "10 CENTIMES" (in blue) on 1d red

24 "15 CENTIMES" (in blue) on 1d brown

25 "25 CENTIMES" (in red) on 2d blue


overprint varieties

22 v1 5c with "AGENCIES" displaced upwards 3mm

reported in The Overprinter 3/1993 (same error as illustrated for 10c below)

Morocco French G5 SJ misplacement 200

23 v1 10c with "AGENCIES" displaced upwards 3mm

23 v2 10c se-tenant with 10 "centimos" see under Spanish currency issues.

24 v1 15c with "AGENCIES" displaced upwards 3mm

reported in The Overprinter 3/1993 (same error as illustrated for 10c above)

 


Photogravure set
Re-engraved seahorses

1935-1936

Morocco Fr G5 photogravure 200


26 "5 CENTIMES" on d green, small format (Oct 1935)

27 "10 CENTIMES" on 1d red, small format (2 March 1936)

28 "15 CENTIMES" on 1d brown, small format (8 January 1938)

29 "25 CENTIMES" on 2d blue (25 September 1936)

30 "40 CENTIMES" on 4d grey (2/12/1936)

31 "50 CENTIMES" on 5d brown (15 September 1936)

32 "90 CENTIMES" on 9d green (15 February 1937)

33 "1 FRANC" on 10d blue (10 February 1937)

34 "1 FRANC 50 CENTIMES" on 1/- brown (20 July 1937)

35 "3 FRANCS" on 2/6d brown (1935)

36 "6 FRANCS" on 5/- red (17 June 1936)


Note: although the d, 1d and 1d unoverprinted stamps have several sizes, all the overprints with French currency are in the small format only.

Seahorses original and re-engraved 400

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


King Edward VIII

26 October 1936

Morocco Fr E8 200


37 "5 CENTIMES" on d green

38 "15 CENTIMES" on 1d brown


There are no conspicuous variations in the size of the overprints, as happened with the Spanish and British currency sets.

overprint varieties

Morocco French E8 black bar 200
(image courtesy of Temple Bar auctions)

37 v1 black bar through "POSTAGE"

This was caused by a raised printers spacing bar; it has often been forged so buy with care!


King George VI


Coronation

13 May 1937

Morocco Fr G6 coron 200


39 "15 CENTIMES" (in blue) on 1d brown


Definitive stamp

11 June 1937

Morocco Fr G6 200


40 "5 CENTIMES" (in blue) on d green


The offices using stamps in French currency closed during 1937-1938 and the stamps were withdrawn on 8 January 1938.


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