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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
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
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 FRRTwo types of overprint '2' above 'ET' or '2' above 'E'

A misprint '10 CENTIMOS' on 25 c should exist (even postally used specimens?), though I have never seen it.

A postcard in the same design:

Forged surcharge:


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

 

1891 Postage due stamps of France overprinted 'TIMBRE POSTE' in red

  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
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
5 cRRRRR 
10 cRRRR 

 

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 '1 PESETA' on 1 F red and green '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
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
1 c on 1 cccExists with overprint 'GENTIMOS'
2 c on 2 cccExists with broken 'E' in 'CENTIMOS'
3 c on 3 cccExists with broken 'E' in 'CENTIMOS'
Exists with overprint 'GENTIMOS'
4 c on 4 cccExists with broken 'E' in 'CENTIMOS'
Exists with overprint 'GENTIMOS'
5 c on 5 c*vcExists with broken 'E' in 'CENTIMOS'
10 c on 10 ccvc 
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 FRR 

 

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. These stamps 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
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
5 c on 5 cRRR  
10 c on 10 cRRR  

Forgery:


I've been told this is a forgery, I have no further information

 

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
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
1 on 1 cvcvc 
2 on 2 cvcvc 
3 on 3 cvcvc 
5 on 5 ccc 
10 on 10 ccvc 
15 on 15 ccc1917
20 on 20 c** 
35 on 35 cc* 
25 on 25 c cc 
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
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
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
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
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' (red) on 25 c blue
  '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
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
1 on 1 cvcvc 
2 on 2 cvcvc 
3 on 3 ccc 
5 on 5 cvcvc 
10 on 10 cvcvc 
15 on 15 cvcvc 
20 on 20 ccc 
25 on 25 ccvc 
35 on 35 c*c 
40 on 40 c***** 
50 on 50 ccvc 
1 on 1 Fcvc 
2 on 2 F*c 
5 on 5 F*** 
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
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
5 c on 10 on 10 c cc 
5 c on 5 c cc 
5 c on 10 ccc 

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.


Postage due stamps

1896 Postage due stamps of France, surcharged with value in CENTIMOS or PESOS

Image reproduced with permission from: http://www.sandafayre.com

  5 c (red) on 5 c blue
  10 c (red) on 10 c brown
  30 c on 30 c red
  50 c on 50 c lilac
  1 P on 1 F brown

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
5 c on 5 c** 
10 c on 10 c** 
30 c on 30 c****** 
50 c on 50 c** 
1 P on 1 FRR 

 

1911 Postage due stamps of France surcharged with value and arabic text

  5 (red) on 5 c blue
  10 (red) on 10 c brown
  50 (blue) on 50 c lilac

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
5 on 5 c ** 
10 on 10 c** 
50 on 50 c** 

 

1909 Postage due stamps of France 'RECOUVREMENTS' overprinted in 'CENTIMOS'

  1 c (red) on 1 c green
  10 c on 10 c violet
  30 c on 30 c brown
  50 c on 50 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
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
1 c on 1 c cc 
10 c on 10 c** 
30 c on 30 c***** 
50 c on 50 c***** 

 

1909 Postage due stamps of France 'RECOUVREMENTS' surcharged with value and arabic text

  1 (red) on 1 c green
  10 (red) on 10 c violet
  30 (red) on 30 c brown
  50 (blue) on 50 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
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
1 on 1 c cc 
10 on 10 ccc 
30 on 30 c** 
50 on 50 c** 

 

1915 Postage due stamps of France (Recouvrements) surcharged and overprinted with 'PROTECTORAT FRANCAIS'


(Reduced size)

  1 c (red) on 1 c olive
  10 c (red) on 10 c violet
  30 c (red) on 30 c brown
  50 c (blue) on 50 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
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
1 on 1 c ** 
10 on 10 c** 
30 on 30 c** 
50 on 50 c** 

 

1915 Postage due stamps of France with overprint 'PROTECTORAT FRANCAIS'

  1 on 1 c black
  5 on 5 c blue
  10 on 10 c brown
  20 on 20 c green
  30 on 30 c red
  50 on 50 c lilac

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
1 on 1 ccc 
5 on 5 ccc 
10 on 10 c cc 
20 on 20 c cc 
30 on 30 ccc 
50 on 50 ccc 

 

1917 Inscription 'MAROC CHIFFRE TAXE A PERCEVOIR'


(Reduced size)

  1 c black
  5 c blue
  10 c brown
  20 c green
  30 c red
  50 c violet
  1 F lilac on yellow
  2 F violet
  4 F red
  5 F green

Surcharged
  50 c on 30 c
  1 F on 10 c brown
  3 F on 10 c brown

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
1 ccc 
5 cvcvc 
10 ccc 
20 ccc 
30 ccc 
50 ccc 
1 F*c 
2 F** 

Parcel post stamps

1917 Parcel Post Stamps

5 c green

  5 c green
  10 c red
  20 c brown
  25 c blue
  40 c brown
  50 c red
  75 c grey
  1 F blue
  2 F grey
  5 F lilac
  10 F black

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
5 c vcvc 
10 c vcvc 
20 cvcvc 
25 cvcvc 
40 ccc 
50 ccc 
75 ccc 
1 Fcc 
2 F*c 
5 F*c 
10 F*** 

Airmail Stamps

The first airmail stamps in Morocco appeared in 1922 (5 c orange, 25 c blue, 50 c blue, 75 c blue, 75 c green, 80 c brown, 1 F lilac, 1F40 red, 1F90 blue, 2 F violet and 5 F black). The 75 c blue is the rarest of them (***). Example:


(Inscription 'MAROC SERVICE POSTAL AERIEN', aeroplane over Casablanca)


Fiscal Stamps

Examples:

In the above design I have seen 10 c and 25 c (both in colour brown with the value in blue).

In the above design with 'QUITTANCES' added I have seen 10 c, 20 c and 25 c (all in dark brown with blue inscriptions).



TANGER

1918 Issues for Tanger

2 F orange and grey 5 F blue and yellow

  1 c grey
  2 c brown
  3 c red
  5 c green
  5 c orange
  10 c red
  10 c green
  15 c orange
  20 c brown
  25 c blue
  30 c red
  35 c violet
  40 c red and blue
  50 c brown and blue
  50 c blue
  1 F red and green
  2 F orange and grey
  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
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
1 cvcvc 
2 cvcvc 
3 ccc 
5 c green*c 
5 c orangecc1924
10 c redcc 
10 c greencc1924
15 c*c 
20 c*c 
25 c*c 
30 c**1924
35 c** 
40 c** 
50 c brown and blue ****** 
50 c blue**** 
1 F**** 
2 F****** 
5 F****** 

Postage due stamps for Tanger

1918 Postage due stamps of France, overprinted 'TANGER'

  1 c black
  5 c blue
  10 c brown
  15 c green
  20 c green
  30 c red
  50 c lilac

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
1 cvcvc 
5 ccc 
10 ccc 
15 c** 
20 c** 
30 c** 
50 c** 

 

1918 Postage due stamps of France 'RECOUVREMENTS' overprinted with 'TANGER'


(Reduced sizes)

  1 c green
  10 c violet
  20 c brown
  40 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
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
1 ccc 
10 ccc 
20 c** 
40 c** 

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