During the Spanish Civil War, the Republic issued postage stamps as money. The government printed small brown disks from cardboard with the Spanish crowned arms impressed on one side. The banks gave these disks to any person who wanted them. In this way each individual could attach a current stamp to the reverse of the disk and create the value desired. Consequently many stamp varieties and values may be found on these disks. Both postage and tax stamps were affixed to the cardboard disks. This practice spread to Spain's colonies in Africa such as Tangier, the Spanish Sahara and Morocco.