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There were two French post offices in Morocco prior to 1914; in Fez and Tanger. Before the issue of its own stamps, normal stamps of France were used. The large number cancel 5106 was used in Tanger. There exist some local postal services in Morocco, they are listed in Volume 2.

1891 Stamps of France surcharged in "CENTIMOS" or "PESETAS"

'5 CENTIMOS' on 5 c green '25 CENTIMOS' on 25 c black '50 CENTIMOS' on 50 c red '2 PESETAS' on 2 Fr brown on blue

  "5 CENTIMOS" on 5 c green (2 shades of green)
  "10 CENTIMOS" on 10 c black
  "20 CENTIMOS" on 20 c red on green
  "25 CENTIMOS" on 25 c black
  "50 CENTIMOS" on 50 c red
  "1 PESETA" on 1 Fr green
  "2 PESETAS" on 2 Fr brown on blue

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
Value Unused Used Remarks
5 c on 5 c * * Two shades of green
10 c on 10 c * c  
20 c on 20 c ** *  
25 c on 25 c * c  
50 c on 50 c *** **  
1 P on 1 F *** ***  
2 P on 2 F R R Two types of overprint "2" above "ET" or "2" above "E"

A misprint "10 CENTIMOS" on 25 c exists (even postally used specimens?):

Image obtained from a Harmers auction
10 c on 25 c misprint

A postcard in the same design:


"5 CENTIMOS" (red) on 5 c green; a similar postcard "10 CENTIMOS" (red) on 10 c black also exists. A 25 c on 25 c black should also exist.

Forged surcharge:


(This surcharge "10 CENTIMOS" is a forged one!)


Very dubious overprint....

 

1893 Postage due stamps of France overprinted "TIMBRE POSTE" in red

Image obtained thanks to a Harmers auction I've been told this stamp is genuine.


Used on letter with "TANGER 1E/6 FEVR 93 MAROC" cancel.

  5 c black
  10 c black

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
Value Unused Used Remarks
5 c RRR RR  
10 c RR RR  

The forger Fournier made forgeries of these overprints. In his 1914 pricelist, he offers both stamps for 4 Swiss Francs. He used the following forged cancel: "TANGER 5 FEV 93 MAROC":


Forged Fournier cancel. All genuine cancels I have seen have "FEVR" and not "FEV".


Forged "TIMBRE POSTE" overprint (bottom left, here listed under 'Tunis').


10 c stamp pasted on a piece of paper with a much broader overprint, most likely a forgery? It does have a "TANGER ?E/8 FEVR 93" cancel.


Forgery, the basic stamp is also forged.


Forged overprint on a genuine French postage due stamp. The stamp was already used as a postage due stamp as can be seen from the triangular due cancel.


Another forgery


A forgery with a totally different "Timbre Poste" overprint (and no bar)

 

1902 Stamps as french types, with inscription "MAROC" and surcharged in "CENTIMOS"

'1 CENTIMO' on 1 c grey '2 CENTIMOS' on 2 c brown '3 CENTIMOS' on 3 c orange '4 CENTIMOS' on 4 c brown '5 CENTIMOS' on 5 c green

So called "Blanc" type 
  '1 CENTIMO' (red) on 1 c grey
  '2 CENTIMOS' on 2 c brown
  '3 CENTIMOS' on 3 c orange
  '4 CENTIMOS' on 4 c brown
  '5 CENTIMOS' on 5 c green

So called "Mouchon" type  

10 c red '20 CENTIMOS' on 20 c brown '25 CENTIMOS' on 25 c blue '35 CENTIMOS' on 35 c violet

  '10 CENTIMOS' on 10 c red
  '20 CENTIMOS' on 20 c brown
  '25 CENTIMOS' on 25 c blue
  '35 CENTIMOS' on 35 c violet
  
So called "Merson" type

'50 CENTIMOS' on 50 c brown and grey '2 PESETAS' on 2 Fr violet and yellow

  '50 CENTIMOS' on 50 c brown and grey
  '1 PESETA' on 1 F red and green
  '2 PESETAS' on 2 F violet and yellow

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
Value Unused Used Remarks
1 c on 1 c c c Exists with overprint 'GENTIMOS'
2 c on 2 c c c Exists with broken 'E' in 'CENTIMOS'
3 c on 3 c c c Exists with broken 'E' in 'CENTIMOS'
Exists with overprint 'GENTIMOS'
4 c on 4 c c c Exists with broken 'E' in 'CENTIMOS'
Exists with overprint 'GENTIMOS'
5 c on 5 c * vc Exists with broken 'E' in 'CENTIMOS'
10 c on 10 c c vc  
20 c on 20 c ** *  
25 c on 25 c * c  
35 c on 35 c ** *  
50 c on 50 c ** **  
1 P on 1 F *** ***  
2 P on 2 F R R  

 

1903 Postage due stamps overprinted "P.P" (Port Paye), used as postage stamps

Image reproduced with permission from: http://www.sandafayre.com Image obtained from a Francois Feldman auction

  '5 CENTIMOS' (red) on 5 c blue
  '10 CENTIMOS' (red) on 10 c brown

These stamps are extremely rare and were only used on 10 October 1903. They were never cancelled. The second and third stamp shown above could be forgeries.

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
Value Unused Used Remarks
5 c on 5 c RRR -  
10 c on 10 c RRR -  

Forgeries:


I've been told these are forgeries, I have no further information

The forger Fournier made forgeries of these overprints. In his 1914 pricelist, he offers both stamps for 4 Swiss Francs. An image of the forged "P.P." overprint can be found on page 154 of Ragatz version of the Fournier Album:


"P.P." forgery from the Fournier Album (reduced size)


Stamp with only a "P.P." overprint, most likely a forgery.

 

1911 Stamps as french types, inscription "MAROC", surcharged with value and arabic text

'1' on 1 c grey '2' on 2 c brown '3' (blue) on 3 c red '5' on 5 c green

  '1' (red) on 1 c grey
  '2' (blue) on 2 c brown
  '3' (blue) on 3 c red
  '5' (red) on 5 c green

'10' on 10 c red '20' on 20 c brown '35' (red) on 35 c violet

  '10' (blue) on 10 c red
  '15' (blue) on 15 c orange
  '20' (blue) on 20 c brown
  '25' (red) on 25 c blue
  '35' (red) on 35 c violet

'40' on 40 c red and blue

  
  '40' (blue) on 40 c red and blue
  '50' (red) on 50 c brown and grey
  '1' (blue) on 1 F red and green

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
Value Unused Used Remarks
1 on 1 c vc vc  
2 on 2 c vc vc  
3 on 3 c vc vc  
5 on 5 c c c  
10 on 10 c c vc  
15 on 15 c c c 1917
20 on 20 c * *  
35 on 35 c c *  
25 on 25 c c c  
40 on 40 c * * 1917
50 on 50 c * *  
1 on 1 F * *  

Red cross issue, surcharged with red cross and value

  5 c (red) on 10 c (blue) on 10 c red

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
Value Unused Used Remarks
5 c on 10 c on 10 c * * Specialists distinguish also some
rare local red cross overprints

 

1914 Red cross issue of France, overprinted "MAROC" and arabic text

10 c red

  10 c red

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
Value Unused Used Remarks
10 c * *  

 

1918 Stamps as french types, inscription "MAROC", overprinted "PROTECTORAT FRANCAIS" and value and arabic text

5 (red) on 5 c green

  '1' (red) on 1 c grey
  '2' (blue) on 2 c brown
  '3' (blue) on 3 c red
  '5' (red) on 5 c green

'15' (blue) on 15 c orange

  '10' (blue) on 10 c red
  '15' (blue) on 15 c orange
  '20' (blue) on 20 c brown
  '25' on 25 c blue
  '25' (blue) on 25 c brown
  '30' (blue) on 30 c brown 
  '35' (red) on 35 c violet

  '40' (blue) on 40 c red and blue
  '50' (red) on 50 c brown and grey
  '1' (blue) on 1 F red and green
  '2' on 2 F lilac and yellow
  '5' on 5 F blue and yellow

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
Value Unused Used Remarks
1 on 1 c vc vc  
2 on 2 c vc vc  
3 on 3 c c c  
5 on 5 c vc vc  
10 on 10 c vc vc  
15 on 15 c vc vc  
20 on 20 c c c  
25 on 25 c blue c vc  
25 on 25 c brown * c  
30 on 30 c *** ***  
35 on 35 c * c  
40 on 40 c *** **  
50 on 50 c c vc  
1 on 1 F c vc  
2 on 2 F * c  
5 on 5 F ** *  

Some very rare stamps (RR) exist with "PROTECTORAT FRANCAIS" overprint, but without the surcharge. The values 5 c, 10 c, 15 c, 25 c blue, 25 c brown, 40 c and 2 F exist:

Surcharged with red cross and value (1917)


(Reduced size, with white space for the red cross)

  '+5c' on 10 on 10 c red
  '+5c' on 5 c green
  '+5c' on 10 c red (with white space for the red overprint)

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
Value Unused Used Remarks
5 c on 10 on 10 c c c  
5 c on 5 c c c  
5 c on 10 c c c  

Specialists distinguish some rare local red cross overprints (also inverted).

 

1917 Various monuments in different cities

'Rabat' 'Chelia' 'Marakesh'

'Fez' 'Meknes' 'Volubilis'

  1 c black (Rabat)
  2 c lilac (Rabat)
  3 c brown (Rabat)
  5 c green (Fez)
  10 c red (Fez)
  15 c black (Fez)
  20 c brown (Chelia)
  25 c blue (Chelia)
  30 c violet (Chelia)
  35 c orange (Marakesh)
  40 c blue (Marakesh)
  45 c green (Marakesh)
  50 c brown (Meknes)
  1 F blue (Meknes)
  2 F brown (Volubilis)
  5 F green (Volubilis)
  10 F brown (Volubilis)

From 1923 onwards more stamps in these and similar designs were issued, examples:

 

More stamps of Morocco (Sherifien Post and local issues) can be found on Cd 2.

French Morocco, miscellaneous (postage due, parcel post stamps, airmail stamps, fiscal stamps)


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