Post by salmantino on May 12, 2020 10:03:36 GMT -5
Morocco Agencies (French Currency)
In 1907, France invaded Morocco. The Treaty of Fez, concluded between France and Morocco on 30 March 1912, established the French Protectorate in the Sherifien Empire.
British post offices had existed in the Sherifien Empire since the end of the 19th century. At first, these offices were run from Gibraltar. In 1907 control of the Morocco Agencies was transferred to London and British stamps were overprinted “MOROCCO AGENCIES” for use in Morocco. These stamps were overprinted in Spanish currency. At the offices where items entered the British postal system directly, stamps that retained their Sterling face values were used.
From 1917, stamps overprinted in French currency were used in the French Protectorate of Morocco. The overprinted British stamps showed the effigy of King George V in profile. These are known to collectors as “Profile Heads” or “Mackennals,” after Bertram Mackennal who was responsible for the design of the Profile Head. These, initially, were surface printed.
In 1934, stamps printed in photogravure replaced the surface printed stamps. The photogravure stamps can be distinguished by the solid background to the King’s head. From October 1935, the photogravure stamps overprinted in French currency were issued in the French Zone in Morocco.
The printed area of the photogravure stamps was reduced twice, giving rise to large, intermediate and small format stamps. All stamps overprinted in French currency are of the small format type.
1935-1938, British post offices in Morocco, King George V photogravure Mackennals, French Currency, SG 216 - 224
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