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, Birds of Ceylon, First Series of Bird Stamps, Black Headed Oriole, 75 cents, 1966
Ceylon, Birds of Ceylon, First Series of Bird Stamps, Black Headed Oriole, 75 cents, 1966
£8.00
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Ceylon, King George V, Adam's Peak, 3 Cents, Postage Stamp, 1937 MINT
Ceylon, King George V, Adam's Peak, 3 Cents, Postage Stamp, 1937 MINT
£8.00
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Ceylon ECAFE Last Stamp of Ceylon before Republic 1972 MNH
Ceylon ECAFE Last Stamp of Ceylon before Republic 1972 MNH
£8.00
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Ceylon Queen Elizabeth II Royal Visit MINT 10 cents 1954
Ceylon Queen Elizabeth II Royal Visit MINT 10 cents 1954
£8.00
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Ceylon George V 1 Rupee Trincomalee (port) 1935 - Definitive Issue - SG 378
Ceylon George V 1 Rupee Trincomalee (port) 1935 - Definitive Issue - SG 378
£8.00
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Ceylon QV 1 official overprint 25c yellow brown 1895
Ceylon QV 1 official overprint 25c yellow brown 1895
£8.00
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CEYLON 1895 QV 2 Cents, green, MH
CEYLON 1895 QV 2 Cents, green, MH
£8.00
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CEYLON,  Queen Victoria 4 Cents 1883 Mint hinged
CEYLON, Queen Victoria 4 Cents 1883 Mint hinged
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Ceylon, King George V, Irrigation- man made lakes, 30 Cents, 1935 MINT
Ceylon, King George V, Irrigation- man made lakes, 30 Cents, 1935 MINT
£8.00
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Ceylon, King George V, 15 Cents,  Postage Stamp, River Scene 1938 MINT
Ceylon, King George V, 15 Cents, Postage Stamp, River Scene 1938 MINT
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Ceylon, QV, Three Cents, postage,1886 MH
Ceylon, QV, Three Cents, postage,1886 MH
£8.00
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Ceylon Independence Day 4th October 1948 first anniversary commemoration Set of 2 Stamps Mint
Ceylon Independence Day 4th October 1948 first anniversary commemoration Set of 2 Stamps Mint
£8.00
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Ceylon Edward VII 3c (1903-1905) Green Mint
Ceylon Edward VII 3c (1903-1905) Green Mint
£8.00
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CEYLON, 1895, Queen Victoria, 2 Cents, Official, Green, MH
CEYLON, 1895, Queen Victoria, 2 Cents, Official, Green, MH
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Ceylon, King George V, 6 Cents, Bright Violet, 1922
Ceylon, King George V, 6 Cents, Bright Violet, 1922
£8.00
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Ceylon Edward VII 2 cents red-brown 1903 MINT
Ceylon Edward VII 2 cents red-brown 1903 MINT
£8.00
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Ceylon, QV, Three Cents, red and grey, postage, 1886 MH
Ceylon, QV, Three Cents, red and grey, postage, 1886 MH
£9.00
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Ceylon King George VI Rubber tapping Black and Carmine 1938 joint pair used very fine
Ceylon King George VI Rubber tapping Black and Carmine 1938 joint pair used very fine
£9.00
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Ceylon, Queen Victoria, One Penny, Blue, 1857 fine
Ceylon, Queen Victoria, One Penny, Blue, 1857 fine
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Ceylon Edward VII 5 cents dull purple 1903 MINT
Ceylon Edward VII 5 cents dull purple 1903 MINT
£9.00
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Ceylon Edward VII 6c pale scarlet 1912-1925
Ceylon Edward VII 6c pale scarlet 1912-1925
£9.00
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