MOROCCO AGENCIES 1899 2p black and carmine variety, SG16b
Morocco Agencies 1899 2p black and carmine, type 2 De La Rue overprint, horizontal pair, right stamp showing variety Broad top to 'M', SG16b.
A fine and fresh mint horizontal pair with large part original gum, from left pane, R7/3. A couple of shortish perforations, which do not detract as still very fine.
A scarce variety, particularly presented in a pair. There were only 70 sheets of the 2p stamp sold.
The Stanley Gibbons catalogue value is £410+.
Following a decision to identify the exact revenue derived from the Morocco postal service, separate stamps were needed for the Morocco Agencies. This requirement further became necessary because of a Revision of Fees Ordinance in Gibraltar, which required all fees to be collected in Sterling, while the Morocco Agencies continued to use Spanish currency. This led to the introduction of Gibraltar stamps with 'Morocco Agencies' overprints.
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