POSTAGE STAMPS OF CEYLON, SRI LANKA

 

Sri Lanka Post has a long history of 209 years, dating back to 1798, when the colonial Dutch rulers started five post offices in the Maritime Districts under their control. In 1799, they published the first postal regulations and postage rates. The Dutch East India Company operated the Postal service, which was not meant for the public but for official use.

The first postmaster by the British was appointed in 1802 and hand stamps were first supplied in 1813. The British took control of the whole island by conquering the Kandyan Kingdom in 1815 at the time of reign of King George III. Although horse drawn mail delivery commenced in Ceylon around 1832, the first postage stamps were issued only on 1 April 1857. The stamp features a portrait of Queen Victoria and is brown in colour. It is a 6 pence value used to send a half ounce letter from Ceylon to England. Eight more stamps were issued in year 1857, all featuring the portrait of Queen Victoria. One of the 5 stamps that were issued on 23 April 1859 is considered to be the most valuable stamp in Sri Lanka: it is a 4 pence with a dark pink colour known as the 'Dull Rose

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Ceylon, 23 Feb 1952, a stylized lighthouse in the lower right quadrant. Used fine
Ceylon, 23 Feb 1952, a stylized lighthouse in the lower right quadrant. Used fine
£1.50
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Ceylon 25c Sigiriya Fresco Heritage and Archaeology Theme 1951, MINT
Ceylon 25c Sigiriya Fresco Heritage and Archaeology Theme 1951, MINT
£2.00
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Sri Lanka, Wild Life, Elephants, 2.50 rupees, 1988 used
Sri Lanka, Wild Life, Elephants, 2.50 rupees, 1988 used
£2.00
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Sri Lanka, Birds of Ceylon, Ashy-headed-laughing-thrush, 3 Rupees, 1982 used
Sri Lanka, Birds of Ceylon, Ashy-headed-laughing-thrush, 3 Rupees, 1982 used
£2.00
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Sri Lanka, Trains & Railway, Steam Engine, 1983
Sri Lanka, Trains & Railway, Steam Engine, 1983
£2.00
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Sri Lanka, Wild Life, Mangro Fiddler Crab, 6 rupees 1986
Sri Lanka, Wild Life, Mangro Fiddler Crab, 6 rupees 1986
£2.00
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Sri Lanka Republic 30.00 Early Coins of Lakshmi and Punch Marked, 2008 used
Sri Lanka Republic 30.00 Early Coins of Lakshmi and Punch Marked, 2008 used
£2.00
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Sri Lanka, Birds of Ceylon, Dusky blue Fly-Catcher, 2 Rs 1983
Sri Lanka, Birds of Ceylon, Dusky blue Fly-Catcher, 2 Rs 1983
£2.00
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Sri Lanka, Traditional Kandyan Dancer, 10 rupees, blue 1999 used
Sri Lanka, Traditional Kandyan Dancer, 10 rupees, blue 1999 used
£2.00
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Sri Lanka, Birds of Ceylon, Brown Capped Babbler, 4 Rupees, 1993 used
Sri Lanka, Birds of Ceylon, Brown Capped Babbler, 4 Rupees, 1993 used
£2.00
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Sri Lanka, Galle Lighthouse, 20 Rupees, multicolour, 1999 used
Sri Lanka, Galle Lighthouse, 20 Rupees, multicolour, 1999 used
£2.00
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Ceylon, Food, Transport, Telecommunication, Adam's Peak,  2 Rupees, 1970 used
Ceylon, Food, Transport, Telecommunication, Adam's Peak, 2 Rupees, 1970 used
£2.00
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Ceylon, Buddha Jayanthi, 2500 years, 15 cents, 1956 mint
Ceylon, Buddha Jayanthi, 2500 years, 15 cents, 1956 mint
£2.00
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Ceylon 1.00 Bell, Early Telephone and Telegraph, 1976
Ceylon 1.00 Bell, Early Telephone and Telegraph, 1976
£2.00
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Ceylon, Women reaping Paddy, 6 Cents, 1950 mint
Ceylon, Women reaping Paddy, 6 Cents, 1950 mint
£2.00
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Sri Lanka, Wild Life, Mouse Deer, 4 rupees 1982 used
Sri Lanka, Wild Life, Mouse Deer, 4 rupees 1982 used
£2.00
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Sri Lanka, Aviation, Centenary, Air Ceylon plane, 12 Rupees, 2012 used
Sri Lanka, Aviation, Centenary, Air Ceylon plane, 12 Rupees, 2012 used
£2.00
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Ceylon, United Nations, 10 Cents, 1958 Mint
Ceylon, United Nations, 10 Cents, 1958 Mint
£2.00
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Sri Lanka, Buddhism, Weheragalla Samudragiri Purana Vihara, Rs 5.00 1986 mint
Sri Lanka, Buddhism, Weheragalla Samudragiri Purana Vihara, Rs 5.00 1986 mint
£2.00
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Ceylon, Parliament, D S Senanayake, 10 Cents, 1956
Ceylon, Parliament, D S Senanayake, 10 Cents, 1956
£2.50
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Ceylon, Buddha Jayanthi, 2500 years, 1956 Mint
Ceylon, Buddha Jayanthi, 2500 years, 1956 Mint
£2.50
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