Hi all. I am working with a contributor to flesh out the currently meager listings of IFS stamps on Colnect. However with Charkhari I am having some confusion regarding the 1894 issue. Partially this is due to the contributor basing contributions on Michel, which is not very helpful or accurate (Michel says the 4 anna issues of Charkhari of 1897 and 1904 are in violet(!)
) But what is confusing me more is that it says the 1894 issue has the currency inscriptions all in lower case letters.
I am looking at Gibbons India, 4th ed
and I *think* that is what it is saying for SG 1-4 as well, that the currency inscriptions should be in lower case.
But then looking at images online via Stamp Auction Network, any of the stamps being listed as from the 1894 issue show images with capital letters.
For example, this item from Gibbons recent auction https://stampauctionnetwork.com/gi/gi591415.cfm
1894 ¼ ANNA rose unused, without gum as issued, with experimental pin-perf. BPA Certificate (1988) mentioning horizontal crease at base, which is not obtrusive. Only two examples known to us. SG 1 var. (£3000 for the normal imperforate stamp); Scott 3A var.
1894 1 ANNAS dull green, imperforate, unused without gum as issued. Minor thin spots at top, the first issue of Charkhari being vulnerable to thinning due to the flimsy paper used. Rare. SG 2, £5000; Scott 1
I want to have the informaton correct in our listings on Colnect, so could someone with more experience clarify - should the currency inscriptions on SG 1-4 of Charkhari be in capital or lower-case letters?