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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Sri Lanka, Christmas,  multicolour,  20 Rupees, 1997 used
Sri Lanka, Christmas, multicolour, 20 Rupees, 1997 used
£3.00
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Ceylon Kiri Vihara Polonnaruwa 1950 theme Religion & Archaeology
Ceylon Kiri Vihara Polonnaruwa 1950 theme Religion & Archaeology
£3.00
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Ceylon Queen Victoria 4 cents rosy mauve 1880 used hinged
Ceylon Queen Victoria 4 cents rosy mauve 1880 used hinged
£3.00
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Ceylon, Archaeology, Guard Stone, 3 cents, ca 1950 used
Ceylon, Archaeology, Guard Stone, 3 cents, ca 1950 used
£3.00
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CEYLON 1895 QV 2 Cents, Brown, USED
CEYLON 1895 QV 2 Cents, Brown, USED
£3.00
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Ceylon George VI Colombo Harbour 6c Black and Blue 1945
Ceylon George VI Colombo Harbour 6c Black and Blue 1945
£3.00
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Ceylon, Queen Victoria, 5 Cents 1890 used
Ceylon, Queen Victoria, 5 Cents 1890 used
£3.00
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Ceylon King Coconuts with Palm Leaf, bistre-brown 10c 1954 Mint
Ceylon King Coconuts with Palm Leaf, bistre-brown 10c 1954 Mint
£3.00
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Ceylon, King George V, set of 3 and 5 cents,  war stampS 1911 - 1925 mint
Ceylon, King George V, set of 3 and 5 cents, war stampS 1911 - 1925 mint
£3.00
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Ceylon. KG V, 1 Cent, 1919-1922 used
Ceylon. KG V, 1 Cent, 1919-1922 used
£3.00
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Ceylon, KG V, 6 Cents, used 1922
Ceylon, KG V, 6 Cents, used 1922
£3.00
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Ceylon 1952 Colombo Plan Exhibition, set of 2 stamps, mint
Ceylon 1952 Colombo Plan Exhibition, set of 2 stamps, mint
£3.00
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Ceylon, Kandyan Dancer,  Temple of the Tooth, 4 Cents, 1950 MINT
Ceylon, Kandyan Dancer, Temple of the Tooth, 4 Cents, 1950 MINT
£3.00
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Ceylon, 1970 Wild Life Conservation,  Water buffalo,  Buffalo Bubalus Bubalis, 5 Cents, , 1970 used
Ceylon, 1970 Wild Life Conservation, Water buffalo, Buffalo Bubalus Bubalis, 5 Cents, , 1970 used
£3.00
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Ceylon British Postage stamp King George V Two Cents  red brown 1919 used hinged
Ceylon British Postage stamp King George V Two Cents red brown 1919 used hinged
£3.00
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Ceylon, CARE, Theme: Social and Health Care, 50 cents Pre- Republic issue 1971 used fine
Ceylon, CARE, Theme: Social and Health Care, 50 cents Pre- Republic issue 1971 used fine
£3.00
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Ceylon, King George V, 10 Cents, perforated cancellation 1912 used
Ceylon, King George V, 10 Cents, perforated cancellation 1912 used
£3.00
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Ceylon Postage 35C Star Orchid 1951
Ceylon Postage 35C Star Orchid 1951
£3.00
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Ceylon King Coconuts bistre-brown  10c 1954 Mint
Ceylon King Coconuts bistre-brown 10c 1954 Mint
£3.00
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Ceylon Kiri Vihara Polonnaruwa, 5 cents, 1950 theme Religion & Archaeology
Ceylon Kiri Vihara Polonnaruwa, 5 cents, 1950 theme Religion & Archaeology
£3.00
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Ceylon Queen Victoria 3c Teraccota and Green 1893 - 1899 used
Ceylon Queen Victoria 3c Teraccota and Green 1893 - 1899 used
£3.00
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Ceylon, Queen Victoria, Two Pence, green, imperf 1857-1858 used
Ceylon, Queen Victoria, Two Pence, green, imperf 1857-1858 used
£3.00
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Independent Ceylon Commemorative Mail Transport 1857 - 1957
Independent Ceylon Commemorative Mail Transport 1857 - 1957
£3.00
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Sri Lanka, Birds of Ceylon, Ceylon Hill Mynah, 10 Rupees, 1993, used
Sri Lanka, Birds of Ceylon, Ceylon Hill Mynah, 10 Rupees, 1993, used
£3.00
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Sri Lanka. National Lion Emblem, 50 Rupees 2008 used
Sri Lanka. National Lion Emblem, 50 Rupees 2008 used
£3.00
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Ceylon King George V 6 C pale scarlet 1919 used hinged
Ceylon King George V 6 C pale scarlet 1919 used hinged
£3.00
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Ceylon, Postal Centenary, 1857-1957, pair of 4 and 10 cents, 1957 mint
Ceylon, Postal Centenary, 1857-1957, pair of 4 and 10 cents, 1957 mint
£3.00
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Ceylon George VI, postage, 1 Rupee Trincomalee (port) 1938 used fine
Ceylon George VI, postage, 1 Rupee Trincomalee (port) 1938 used fine
£3.00
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Ceylon, History of Sri Lanka, National Heros, Keppetipola, 25 cents, 1970 used
Ceylon, History of Sri Lanka, National Heros, Keppetipola, 25 cents, 1970 used
£3.50
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Ceylon King George V 3C blue-green 1919 used hinged
Ceylon King George V 3C blue-green 1919 used hinged
£3.50
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Sri Lanka, Birds of Ceylon, White-eye, 35 cents, surcharged 7 Rupees, 1983 unused
Sri Lanka, Birds of Ceylon, White-eye, 35 cents, surcharged 7 Rupees, 1983 unused
£3.50
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Ceylon Sigiriya Rock Carmine and Yellow 30 cents 1950 MINT
Ceylon Sigiriya Rock Carmine and Yellow 30 cents 1950 MINT
£4.00
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Ceylon, Deer, Ruhuna National Park, 2 cents, 1953
Ceylon, Deer, Ruhuna National Park, 2 cents, 1953
£4.00
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Ceylon Queen Victoria 5 cents dull purple 1880 used hinged
Ceylon Queen Victoria 5 cents dull purple 1880 used hinged
£4.00
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Ceylon, Edward VII, 2 Cents 1902-1911 mint
Ceylon, Edward VII, 2 Cents 1902-1911 mint
£4.00
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Ceylon Queen Victoria 28 c, OVPT FIFTEEN CENTS, BLUE 1893 - 1899 Used
Ceylon Queen Victoria 28 c, OVPT FIFTEEN CENTS, BLUE 1893 - 1899 Used
£4.00
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Ceylon, Vesak Orchid in the background of Adam's Peak, 15 Cents 1950 MINT
Ceylon, Vesak Orchid in the background of Adam's Peak, 15 Cents 1950 MINT
£4.00
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Ceylon, King Edward VII, 4 cents, Angoda cancellation, 1902 used
Ceylon, King Edward VII, 4 cents, Angoda cancellation, 1902 used
£4.00
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Ceylon, King George V, 2 Cents, War Stamp.1917 MNH
Ceylon, King George V, 2 Cents, War Stamp.1917 MNH
£4.00
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Ceylon, Vesak Orchid in the background of Adam's Peak, 15 Cents 1950 MINT
Ceylon, Vesak Orchid in the background of Adam's Peak, 15 Cents 1950 MINT
£4.00
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