6 - Cleared value panels

The stamps of the second issue, from around 1914, are certainly handsome. There is only one colour, blue. And the plate appears to be printed in one operation. So the value plugs that were used, which are designed to fit precisely, and to suit the detailed wavy line background of the form on the stamp, made it very hard to tell one value from another.
In my view this confusion may explain the next development, in which the denomination tablets are left empty, the printer then sets up slugs of type to overprint the denomination on to a cleared background. 

There is a much wider margin between the stamps, indeed the usually measure about 91-4 mm wide, rather than the earlier 86mm.
Various values appeared in this style, which is covered by KM types 16-18, and I have examples dated through the 1930s. 

The fact that the inscriptions often seem to touch the frames without distorting or damaging them is what demonstrates that the denominations were printed in a separate operation.
Although the printers seem to have managed to produce a clear and reliable slug for each denomination, they clearly had trouble with the dots.

I show here the 2 Annas with and without a dot after the S, used February 1936 and August 1935. 
The dot on the leading character of the 2nd Hindi word is also missing, which converts it from a P to an F. It is the word ‘fee', transliterated, which misspelt becomes ‘pee’ instead!


Anyway, this particular dot floats around independently of the rest of the word. It is either directly below, as on 6 of the examples, wandering away, as on the 2nd of the 4 annas, or gone altogether as on the 2nd of the 2 As.

I am not convinced that every printing was carried out in 2 operations. Look carefully at the Rs.1 images, which can be enlarged with a click. They are exactly the same in the relationship of the text to the frame and the text only differs in that on the 1st copy the serif at the head of the figure 1 is level and on 2nd copy it is slanted. On each copy there is damage to the top frame of the right-hand tablet exactly next to the rising vowel signs on the Hindi words. This suggests that a plug was actually fitted into the plate for this denomination and that the fitting damaged the plate around it. Comments please!

I also have the Rs.2 which is exactly the same as the setting shown, without dot. Both used 1936.

These 11 examples show 3 distinct fonts. However, I only have one font for any particular denomination.