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
The six contemporary German postage stamps shown above were overprinted forGerman Post Offices in Moroccoduring 1899 (Mi. #I-VI, Sc. N/L), however they were never officially issued. Mint sets of them exist, and they are very
Fake overprints are common, and extreme caution should be used
when buying these stamps. Only properly authenticated examples of these stamps should be purchased.
The six contemporary German postage stamps shown above were overprinted and revalued in Moroccan currency forGerman Post Offices in Moroccoin December 1899 (Mi. #1-6, Sc. #1-6). 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.
The thirteen German Empire stamps of 1900, shown above, were overprinted and revalued in Moroccan currency forGerman Post Offices in Morocco during October 1900(Mi. #7-19, Sc. #7-19A).
In the same manner as the 1900 Representative Subject issues of Germany, the four high denominations come in multiple types. 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. denomination and on the four Representative Subject high denomination stamps was changed to thicker letters (Mi. #8II // 19II, Sc. #8D // 19D). The 5 Cts. denomination and the 2.5 Peseta denomination are shown above. In used condition, these varieties are reasonably affordable, but in mint condition they are quite expensive.
For detailed information, please refer to the Michel Deutschland-Spezial-Katalog volume one.
On September 30, 1905, the overprint on the 5 Cts.denomination was again modified, this time with the type of ornate lettering used on the 1902 Germania and Representative Subject definitives (Mi. #20, Sc. #32A).
The thirteen German Empire stamps of 1902, shown above, were overprinted and revalued in Moroccan currency forGerman Post Offices in Morocco during October 1905(Mi. #21-33A, Sc. #20-32).
The 1.25 Pta. and 3.75 Ptas. denominations come with 26 x 17 perforation holes and with 25 x 16 perforation holes.
The twelve German Empire Peacetime Printing stamps of 1905, shown above, were overprinted "Marocco" and revalued in Moroccan currency for German Post Offices in Morocco between 1906 and 1911 (Mi. #34-45, Sc. #33-44).
The thirteen German Imperial Peacetime Printing stamps of 1905, shown above, were overprinted "Marokko" and revalued in Moroccan currency for German Post Offices in Morocco between 1911 and 1913 (Mi. #46I-58I, Sc. #45-57).
Wartime Printings of the 30 Cts., 60 Cts., and the four high denominations were issued during 1918 and 1919(Mi. #50II // 58II, Sc. N/L). All of these stamps were produced in Berlin, for sale to stamp collectors, and they were never placed on sale at the German Empire Post Offices in Morocco.
There are many varieties of these Peacetime and Wartime Printing stamps, including the number of perforation holes, stamp shades, and overprint
details, refer to the Michel Deutschland-Spezial-Katalog volume one.
German post offices in French Morocco were closed in 1914, and
the German post offices in Spanish Morocco were closed in 1919.
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