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Morocco.

Spanish Morocco existed from 1884 to 1958, being a protectorate from November 1912.
The Capital of Morocco from 1913 to 1956 was Tétouan (or Tetuan), on the north coast opposite Gibraltar.
Nearby Tangier was officially an International Zone from 1923 until 1956 but was occupied by Spanish troops from 1940 to 1945.

 

1916 Spanish telegraph stamps of 1912 (Nos 47-54) overprinted as type 2 or 3 in red except where indicated.
Control number preceded by letter 'A' in blue on reverse. A range of perforations were used.

Hiscocks page 187
Images taken from Hiscocks page 187.
The image for type 1, courtesy of Luis Nunez of Filaluis.


H2c and H2
Type H2 on the right with type H2c on the left.

Hisc. Type. Description Mint Used
H1 1, 2 5c olive-green 2.00 1.00
H1a           imperf 25.00 -
H1b           smaller overprint (type 3) 7.50 2.00
H1c           first 'R' in 'PROTECTORADO' inverted 15.00 5.00
H1d           overprint inverted 30.00 -
H1e           overprint double 25.00 -
H2 1, 2 10c blue 2.00 1.00
H2a           imperf 25.00 -
H2b           smaller overprint (type 3) 7.50 2.00
H2c           first 'R' in 'PROTECTORADO' inverted 15.00 5.00
H2d           overprint double 25.00 -
H3 1, 2 15c violet-blue 7.50 1.25
H3a           imperf 150.00 -
H3b           smaller overprint (type 3) 25.00 2.50
H3c           first 'R' in 'PROTECTORADO' inverted 40.00 10.00
H3d           overprint inverted 75.00 -
H3e           overprint in blue 50.00 25.00
H4 1, 2 30c lilac (overprinted in blue) 7.50 1.50
H4a           imperf 25.00 -
H4b           smaller overprint (type 3) 25.00 3.75
H4c           first 'R' in 'PROTECTORADO' inverted 40.00 10.00
 
 
 
 
Hisc. Type. Description Mint Used
H5 1, 2 50c rose (overprinted in blue) 7.50 2.50
H5a           imperf 150.00 -
H5b           smaller overprint (type 3) 25.00 5.00
H5c           first 'R' in 'PROTECTORADO' inverted 40.00 10.00
H5d           overprint inverted 40.00 -
H5e           overprint double 40.00 -
H6 1, 2 1p dark green 7.50 2.50
H6a           imperf 35.00 -
H6b           smaller overprint (type 3) 25.00 5.00
H6c           first 'R' in 'PROTECTORADO' inverted 40.00 10.00
H6d           overprint inverted 40.00 -
H6e           overprint in blue ? 100.00 -
H7 1, 2 4p greyish blue 50.00 7.50
H7a           imperf 100.00 -
H7b           smaller overprint (type 3) 125.00 20.00
H7c           first 'R' in 'PROTECTORADO' inverted 125.00 25.00
H7d           overprint inverted 75.00 -
H7e           overprint in blue ? 75.00 -
H8 1, 2 10p carmine (overprinted in blue) 60.00 15.00
H8a           imperf 150.00 -
H8b           smaller overprint (type 3) 125.00 25.00
H8c           first 'R' in 'PROTECTORADO' inverted 125.00 30.00
H8d           overprint inverted 125.00 -
H8e           overprint in red ? 75.00 -

Hiscocks added the following 3 notes:

Note 1. Other printing errors are also found. These include 'Ñ' omitted from 'ESPAÑOL' and added letters 'l' to give
                'lPROTECTORADO', 'MARRUECOSl' and 'PROTECTORADOl' and these can also be found inverted,
                double, in the wrong colour, etc. Prices about 5 times normal.
Note 2. Used copies may be pen cancelled with the date or cancelled by handstamps of various types — circular,
                box, or line — in black, blue, or purple.
Note 3. These stamps are usually poorly centred.

H2c and H2

FORGERIES:

forgery-1  forgery-2

As far as I'm aware, these stamps were overprinted a sheet at a time using metal dies. They should therefore be fairly consistent with letters of the same height.
There appears to be examples on the market though using rubber handstamps, sometimes with wrong colour ink. The tild above the 'Ñ' is also wrong.
BUYER BEWARE !

 

Like Spain itself, these were also sometimes cancelled with a perfin.
Tetuan perfin a  Tetuan perfin b  Tetuan perfin c

Tetuan perfin d TETUAN

Images are courtesy of Jeff Turnbull.

 

 

1917-1918 The same telegraph stamps of Spain (Nos 47-54) overprinted as type 4 in red or blue as indicated.

Hiscocks page 188
Image taken from Hiscocks page 188.

Morocco type 4 Morocco type 4 Morocco H11 Morocco H13
Type 4 overprint on 5c  -  H9. Type 4 overprint on 10c  -  H10. Type 4 overprint on 15c  -  H11. Type 4 overprint on 50c  -  H13.

 

Postally used bisect?

An example of H12a. The bisection was apparently done by perforation.
Due to a shortage of the 15c perhaps.
These appear to have mostly been used in Tetuan.
 
Hisc. Type. Description Mint Used
H9 1, 4 5c olive-green overprinted in red 1.50 1.00
H9a           error — overprint in blue 75.00 -
H9b           bronze 3.00 1.50
H10 1, 4 10c blue overprinted in red 1.75 1.00
H10a           deep blue 2.50 1.50
H11 1, 4 15c violet-blue overprinted in red 2.00 1.00
H12 1, 4 30c lilac overprinted in blue 2.00 1.00
H12a           bisected on piece - 50.00
H13 1, 4 50c rose overprinted in blue 5.00 2.50
H13a           overprint double 50.00 -
H14 1, 4 1p dark green overprinted in red 20.00 5.00
H14a           overprint inverted 75.00 -
H14b           overprint in blue 100.00 -
H15 1, 4 4p greyish blue overprinted in red 50.00 10.00
H16 1, 4 10p carmine overprinted in red 100.00 -
H16a           imperf 120.00 -
H16b           overprint inverted 200.00 -
H16c           overprint in double 200.00 -

Hiscocks added the following note:

Note. Hand stamped cancellations as above for Nos. 1-8.

Postally used
These are known postally used. Image courtesy of Jeff Turnbull.

 

1923-1927 Spanish telegraph stamps of 1921 (Nos. 55-62) overprinted as before in black except where indicated.

Morocco H17 Morocco H18 Morocco H21
Type 5 on 5c - H17 Type 5 on 10c - H18 Type 5 on 50c - H21

 

Morocco H22 Morocco H22a Morocco H23 Morocco H24
Type 5 on 1 Peseta - H22 Type 5 on 1 Peseta - *H22a Type 5 on 5 Peseta - H23 Type 5 on 10 Peseta - H24

 

Hisc. Type. Description Mint Used
H17 5, 4 5c reddish purple 1.25 1.00
H18 5, 4 10c greyish black overprinted in blue 2.00 1.00
*H18a           overprint in black 100.00 -
H19 5, 4 15c turquoise-green 5.00 2.00
H20 5, 4 30c orange 5.00 1.50
H20a           overprint inverted 125.00 -
H20b           overprint double 125.00 -
H21 5, 4 50c rose 7.50 1.50
H22 5, 4 1p deep blue-green 15.00 1.50
*H22a           pale green-blue - -
H23 5, 4 4p blue 200.00 10.00
H24 5, 4 10p brown 120.00 15.00

* I have added H22a due to the example shown.
An example of H18a is currently on offer at Delcampe.

Hiscocks added the following 2 notes:

Note 1. Cancellation was by handstamp or crayon stroke.
Note 2. Nos. 17-24 are often poorly centred.

 

1928 New design, specifically for Morocco. No controls. White wove paper. No watermark. Perf 14

Morocco type H25 Morocco type H26 Morocco type H27
5c, Type 6 - H25 10c, Type 6 - H26 30c, Type 6 - H27

 

Morocco type H28 Morocco type H29 Morocco type H30 Morocco type H31
50c, Type 6 - H28 1p, Type 6 - H29 4p, Type 6 - H30 10p, Type 6 - H31

 

Hisc. Type. Description Mint Used
H25 6 5c purple 2.50 1.00
H26 6 10c black 3.75 1.00
H27 6 30c brownish orange 3.75 1.00
H28 6 50c carmine 3.75 1.25
H29 6 1p deep grey-blue 7.50 1.25
H30 6 4p royal blue 30.00 5.00
H31 6 10p red-brown 40.00 10.00

 

1935 As above but surcharged as indicated in black.

Morocco H32 Morocco H33 Morocco H34
H32 - 15c on 5c H33 - 50c on 4p H34 - 1p on 10p

 

Hisc. Type. Description Mint Used
H32 7, 6 15c on 5c purple (No. 25) 80.00 25.00
H33 (7), 6 50c on 4p royal blue (No. 30) 50.00 35.00
H34 8, 6 1p on 10p red-brown (No. 31) 30.00 15.00

 

1935-1937 Fiscal stamps of Spain overprinted 'Telégrafos' in black and as type 4 in blue or red. Controls in black on reverse. White wove paper. No watermark. Perf 12 x 11½

Book-189cb Morocco H35 Morocco H35b Morocco H36 Morocco H37
Type 10 from Hiscocks book Pg.189 Type 9 - H35 - 10c Type 9 - H35b - 10c Type 9 - H36 - 50c Type 9 - H37 - 1p

Large capital 'T' followed by small 'e'. There are slightly different overprints below.

Hisc. Type. Description Mint Used
*H35 9, 10 10c brown overprinted in red 20.00 7.50
H35a           accent missing on red 'Telégrafos' 25.00 10.00
*H35b           error — 'Telégrafos' in black 40.00 40.00
H35c           accent missing on black 'Telégrafos' 50.00 50.00
H35d           double red 'Telégrafos' overprint. 50.00 50.00
H36 9, 10 50c rose overprinted in blue 50.00 20.00
H36a           accent missing on 'Telégrafos' 60.00 25.00
H36b           'r' in 'Telégrafos' inverted 75.00 -
H37 9, 10 1p green overprinted in red 50.00 20.00
H37a           accent missing on 'Telégrafos' 60.00 25.00
H37b           'Telégrafos' double (both black) 125.00 -
H37c           'Telégrafos' double (one black, one red) 125.00 -
H37d           'Telégrafos' double with accents missing 150.00 -

*Note: Hiscocks had these two the other way around, presumably following Yvert & Tellier.
The red overprint seems to be more common though, and I'm told that the Spanish Edifil catalogue lists the black overprint as an error.
I have also seen the 10c with a double red Telégrafos overprint, and presume that H35a can be in either colour, but need an image.

 

 

1935-1938 Spanish Moroccan revenue stamps overprinted 'Telégrafos' in one of four types, in red or black. White wove paper. No watermark. Perf 13½
Controls in black, sideways on reverse.

Morocco H38 Morocco H39 Morocco H40 Morocco H40a
Type 11, 5c with Type 12 overprint - H38. Type 11, 5c with Type 13 overprint - H39. Type 11, 5c with Type 14 overprint - H40. Type 11, 5c with Type 14 overprint - H40a error.

 

Morocco H41 Morocco H42 Morocco H43 Morocco H44
Type 11, 25c with Type 12 overprint - H41. Type 11, 25c with Type 13 overprint - H42. Type 11, 5P with Type 12 overprint - H43. Type 11, 5P with Type 13 overprint - H44.

 

Morocco H45 Morocco H46 Morocco H47a
Type 11, 10P with Type 12 overprint - H45. Type 11, 10P with Type 13 overprint - H46. Type 11, 10P with Type 15 overprint - H47a error.

Hiscocks page 189

Images taken from Hiscocks pages 189 and 190.
Type 12 has a width that is narrower than the span of the star. Type 13 is similar but wider than the span of the star.

Both types 12 and 13 exist on the same sheet. The block of 4 (5cts) below has Type 13 on the top two, and type 12 on the bottom two.

Morocco H28/H39 Block - front   Morocco H28/H39 Block - back
The numbering on the back indicates 5 stamps per row, but I do not know how many rows per sheet. Equal scarcity indicates an even number.
It seems likely that the same is true of types 14 and 15. Anyone know the complete layout/s ?

Hisc. Type. Description Mint Used
H38 11, 12 5c blue-grey overprinted in red 20.00 5.00
H38a           overprint inverted 50.00 -
H39 11, 13 5c blue-grey overprinted in red 15.00 5.00
H39a           overprint inverted 50.00 -
H39b           'T' of 'Telégrafos' omitted 100.00 -
H40 11, 14 5c blue-grey overprinted in black 25.00 15.00
H40a           'g' of 'Telégrafos' omitted 75.00 -
H41 11, 12 25c violet overprinted in red 25.00 10.00
H42 11, 13 25c violet overprinted in red 15.00 40.00
H43 11, 12 5p blue overprinted in red 150.00 30.00
H44 11, 13 5p blue overprinted in red 200.00 30.00
H45 11, 12 10p brownish orange overprinted in red 250.00 30.00
H46 11, 13 10p brownish orange overprinted in red 200.00 30.00
H47 11, 15 10p brownish orange overprinted in black 200.00 15.00
H47a           error — accent on first 'e' of 'Telégrafos' 250.00 -
H47b           overprint double 325.00 -

 

 

1936 Spanish Moroccan postage stamp of 1928 (SG 126) overprinted and surcharged as indicated in black, red, green or blue.
No controls. Thomas De La Rue & Co.Ltd. White wove paper. No watermark. Perf 14

Book-190ba Book-190bb
Type 17 overprint from Hiscocks book. Type 18 overprint from Hiscocks book.
Morocco H48 Morocco H49 Morocco H50 Morocco H52
Type 16 with Type 17 overprint - H48. Type 16 with Type 17 overprint - H49. Type 16 with Type 17 overprint - H50. Type 16 with Type 18 overprint - H52.

 

Hisc. Type. Description Mint Used
H48 16, 17 5c on 2c violet overprinted in black 2.00 2.00
H49 16, 17 10c on 2c violet overprinted in red 2.50 2.25
H50 16, 17 30c on 2c violet overprinted in green 5.00 3.00
H50a           overprint double 125.00 -
H51 16, 17 50c on 2c violet overprinted in blue 7.50 3.50
H52 16, 18 1p on 2c violet overprinted in black 20.00 5.00
H53 16, 18 4p on 2c violet overprinted in red 40.00 7.50
H54 16, 18 10p on 2c violet overprinted in green 100.00 40.00

 

1937 Spanish fiscal stamps overprinted 'Telégrafos' in black and 'ZONA DE PROTECTORADO ESPAÑOL EN MARRUECOS' in blue or red.
Controls on reverse. White wove paper. No watermark. Perf 12 x 11½

Book-190cb Morocco H55 Morocco H56 Morocco H57 Morocco H58
Type 19 from Hiscocks book Pg.190 Type 9 - H55 - 10c Type 9 - H56 - 25c Type 9 - H57 - 50c Type 9 - H58 - 1p

Smaller 'Telégrafos' compared to the ones above and below.

Hisc. Type. Description Mint Used
H55 9, 19 10c brown overprinted in blue 10.00 5.00
H56 9, 19 25c light blue overprinted in red 40.00 25.00
H56a           'Telégrafos' double 75.00 -
H57 9, 19 50c rose overprinted in blue 250.00 125.00
H58 9, 19 1p green overprinted in red 200.00 100.00
H58a           'Telégrafos' double 300.00 -

 

1937 As above but 'Telégrafos' of type 20

Book-191ab Morocco H59
Type 20 as Hiscocks book Pg.191 Type 9 - H59 - 10c

Larger 'T' relative to 'e' (there are slightly different overprints above).

Hisc. Type. Description Mint Used
H59 9, 20 10c brown overprinted in blue 6.00 5.00
H60 9, 20 25c light blue overprinted in red 20.00 10.00
H60a           'Telégrafos' double 50.00 -
H61 9, 20 50c rose overprinted in blue 30.00 20.00
H61a           'Telégrafos' double 60.00 -
H61b           'Telégrafos' double — one inverted 100.00 -
H62 9, 20 1p green overprinted in red 80.00 40.00
H62a           'Telégrafos' double 150.00 -

 

1938 Second specifically Spanish Moroccan telegraph series.
No controls. Hija de B. Fournier, Burgos, Spain. White wove paper. No watermark. Perf 11

Morocco H63 Morocco H64 Morocco H65 Morocco H66 Morocco H67
Type 21, 5c, H63. Type 21, 10c, H64. Type 21, 30c, H65. Type 21, 50c, H66. Type 21, 1p, H67.

 

Morocco H68 Morocco H69
Type 22, 2p, H68. Type 22, 5p, H69.

 

Morocco H70 Morocco H71
Type 22, 10p, H70. Type 22, 50p, H71.

 

Hisc. Type. Description Mint Used
H63 21 5c scarlet 1.50 1.00
H63a           imperf 10.00 -
H64 21 10c bistre-brown 1.50 1.00
H64a           imperf 10.00 -
H65 21 30c steel blue 1.50 1.00
H65a           imperf 10.00 -
H66 21 50c reddish violet 1.50 1.00
H66a           imperf 10.00 -
H67 21 1p red-brown 1.50 1.00
H67a           imperf 10.00 -
H68 22 2p brown-rose 3.75 1.50
H68a           imperf 20.00 -
H69 22 5p olive-sepia 20.00 2.00
H69a           imperf 100.00 -
H70 22 10p light green 25.00 4.00
H70a           imperf 125.00 -
H71 22 50p pale blue 60.00 8.00
H71a           imperf 250.00 -

 

1945 As above but surcharged as with type 23 in black

Hiscocks H72
Overprint type 23 - H72

Hisc. Type. Description Mint Used
H72 21, 23 5p on 5c scarlet 60.00 40.00

 

 

1945 Nos. 70 and 71 above overprinted 'TANGER' diagonally in rough sans-serif capitals (32mm x 6mm) in black or violet.

Hisc. Type. Description Mint Used
H73 (22) 10p light green - -
H74 (22) 50p light blue (violet overprint) - -

Hiscocks added the following note:

Note. Nos. 73 and 74 have been reported but confirmation that they bear a true overprint rather than a cancellation is required.


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