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Offices in Morocco - Postage Stamps

The German Empire post offices in Morocco (English) -- otherwise known as  Marokko (German), Maroc (French), Marruecos (Spanish), or Marocco (Italian) -- were maintained for additional reliability and to support German commercial interests there. The empire maintained these post offices from 1899 until 1914 in the French controlled areas and until 1919 in the Spanish Controlled areas.


During 1899, contemporary German definitive postage stamps were overprinted "Marocco" diagonally, but they were never officially issued to German post offices in Morocco.  Mint sets of them exist, and they are very scarce.

Fake overprints are common, and extreme caution should be used when buying these stamps.  Only properly authenticated examples of these stamps should be purchased.


In December 1899, the contemporary German definitive postage stamps were again overprinted "Marocco" AND surcharged in Moroccan currency, both diagonally.  These were the first official postage stamps used by the German post offices in Morocco.

Vertical gutter pairs exist of all six of the stamps shown above.  They are common, and they are not valued at much more than the prices of multiple mint condition single stamps.


In October 1900, the Germania and Representative Subject definitive postage stamps of Germany, inscribed REICHSPOST, were overprinted and re-valued for use by the German Empire post offices in Morocco.

In the same manner as the high denomination Representative Subject issues of Germany, the 2 Mk. denomination comes in two types, the 3 Mk. denomination comes in two types, and the 5 Mk. denomination comes in four types

Type I
and Type II of the 5 Mk. denomination are rare.  Type III and Type IV are common.  For detailed information, please refer to the Germany - Empire / Germania Issue - 1900 page and the Michel Deutschland Spezial-Katalog volume one.


In April 1903, the font used for the "Marocco" overprint on the 5 Cts. on 5 Pf. denomination and on the four Representative Subject high denomination stamps was changed to thicker letters.  The 5 Cts. on 5 Pf. denomination and the 2.5 Peseta on 2 Mark denomination are shown above.  In used condition, these varieties are reasonably affordable, but in mint condition they are quite expensive.

Other denominations of the REICHSPOST definitives were also overprinted with this thicker font, but they were never officially issued.

For detailed information, please refer to the Michel Deutschland Spezial-Katalog volume one.


On September 30, 1905, the overprint on the REICHSPOST Germania 5 Pf. denomination was again modified, this time with the ornate lettering used on the 1902 DEUTSCHES REICH Germania and Representative Subject definitives.

This type surcharge also exists on the other values of the REICHPOST Germania and Representative Subject series, but they were never issued.  According to the Michel catalog, only 20 sets of these unissued stamps were printed.  Lightly hinged examples of these stamps are currently valued at €10,000 each!  That means, if one of the complete sets of 13 stamps could even be located, the combined catalog value would be €130,000 (US $182,000)!


In October 1905, the 1902 Germania and Representative Subject  definitives, printed on unwatermarked paper, and inscribed DEUTSCHES REICH, were overprinted "Marocco" and revalued for use in Morocco.

The 1.25 Peseta on 1 Mark and 3.75 Peseta on 3 Mark denominations come with both 26 x 17 perforation holes and 25 x 16 perforation holes.


Between 1906 and 1911, the 1905 Germania and Representative Subject Peacetime printing definitives, printed on Lozenge Watermarked paper, and inscribed DEUTSCHES REICH, were overprinted "Marocco" and revalued for use in Morocco.


Between 1911 and 1913, the 1905 Germania Peacetime printing definitives, printed on Lozenge Watermarked paper, and inscribed DEUTSCHES REICH, were overprinted "Marokko" and revalued for use in Morocco.


In 1918, the Wartime printings of the 30 Cts. on 25 Pf. and the 60 Cts. on 50 Pf. denominations were printed in Berlin for sale to stamp collectors.  The 30 Cts. on 25 Pf. denomination is shown above.


In
1911, the 1905 Representative Subject Peacetime printing definitives, printed on Lozenge Watermarked paper, and inscribed DEUTSCHES REICH, were overprinted "Marokko" and revalued for use in Morocco.

In 1918 and 1919, the Wartime printings of these Representative Subject definitive stamps were produced in Berlin for sale to stamp collectors.

There are many varieties on these four high denomination stamps, including the number of perforation holes, stamp shades, and overprint shades.  For details, refer to the Michel Deutschland Spezial-Katalog volume one.

The German Empire post offices in French Morocco were closed in 1914, and the German Empire post offices in Spanish Morocco were closed in 1919.




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