3 - Whole design is screened

I call this version Type 3, although the 2 annas was in use as early as some of the Type 2 stamps, back in 1914. The design is entirely screened (made up from tiny dots), and appears to be lithographed. It differs in every detail from Types 1 - 2 so was clearly the work of another artist, working from the same specification. Note, for instance, the vertical pillar-like decorations and the background to the form. The value slugs are made up in the plate before the plate is photographed to prepare the screened plate. 

Note that the screening of the design is typically that of a lithograph taken from a photo. The shade of colour is equal whether or not shaded area is reproduced. But the colour spreads in the shaded areas of the design, so that all the dots link up. In photogravure, the dots would be equal in size but vary in colour saturation. In letterpress, which can also be worked up from a screened design, the colour is always saturated towards the edge - of every dot - as the ink is being squeezed to the edge by the pressure of the press. 

I have examples of the 2, 4 and 8 anna values, and an 8 Rupees that was not recorded by Koeppel and Manners, dating from 1917. They are not hard to find and are described by KM as type 12.

Two Annas

Deep blue, 9 March 1914

2as 1

Tablet from a copy in Prussian blue, cancelled 24-1-1914

Four Annas


Kotah 18

Blue, 19 July 1930. 

Kotah 19

There are two tiny dents in the top frame line that on this and other copies I have seen align with inked areas outside the design, which are not screened. 

Dates of issue

I have, to hand, only about 20 of this issue and while the 2 annas shown above and another of that value were cancelled in 1914, all the other values shown here, pus the 4 annas and the 8 annas are used in the period 1927-1937. 

The 2 annas figure of value is set in a distinct Italic font. All the other values are set in an upright font and I have only one type, through several examples, of setting for each value.

Thus one can point to two separate issues of this wholly screened design, 1914 for the 2 annas, and 1933-4 for the higher values. 

Kotah 13

1933 [4 seen] and 1938

Kotah 12

1935-7

Kotah 11

1935-7

23-5-33

1933-4