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 Queen Victoria 3c Teraccota and Green 1893 - 1899 used
Ceylon Queen Victoria 3c Teraccota and Green 1893 - 1899 used
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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
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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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Ceylon, KG V, 5 Cents, purple, War Tax, 1919-1922, Mint
Ceylon, KG V, 5 Cents, purple, War Tax, 1919-1922, Mint
£4.00
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Ceylon, King George V, 5 Cents, surcharge 1 cent, 1919, mint
Ceylon, King George V, 5 Cents, surcharge 1 cent, 1919, mint
£4.00
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Ceylon King George V 5C bright magenta 1919 used hinged
Ceylon King George V 5C bright magenta 1919 used hinged
£4.00
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Ceylon, George VI, Colombo Harbour, 6 Cents, Balack and Blue 1938 MINT
Ceylon, George VI, Colombo Harbour, 6 Cents, Balack and Blue 1938 MINT
£4.00
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Ceylon, Saivaite revivalist, Ārumuga Nāvalar 1971 used VF
Ceylon, Saivaite revivalist, Ārumuga Nāvalar 1971 used VF
£4.00
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Ceylon, Wild Life, Leopord, Panthera Pardus Fusca, 1 Rupee, 1970 used
Ceylon, Wild Life, Leopord, Panthera Pardus Fusca, 1 Rupee, 1970 used
£4.00
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Ceylon, Coconut Tree, 10 Cents, 1951  Mint
Ceylon, Coconut Tree, 10 Cents, 1951 Mint
£4.00
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Ceylon, Tea Estate with Factory, 85 cents, 1951 mint
Ceylon, Tea Estate with Factory, 85 cents, 1951 mint
£4.00
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Sri Lanka Rock and Temple Paintings issue 3 September 1973 used fine
Sri Lanka Rock and Temple Paintings issue 3 September 1973 used fine
£4.00
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Ceylon Queen Victoria 28 c BLUE 1893 - 1899 Used
Ceylon Queen Victoria 28 c BLUE 1893 - 1899 Used
£4.00
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Ceylon George V 2 cents, Rubber Tapping Black and Carmine 1935 mint
Ceylon George V 2 cents, Rubber Tapping Black and Carmine 1935 mint
£4.00
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Sri Lanka Rock and Temple Paintings issue 3 September 1973 used fine
Sri Lanka Rock and Temple Paintings issue 3 September 1973 used fine
£4.00
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Ceylon, Birds, Peacock, 1964, MNH
Ceylon, Birds, Peacock, 1964, MNH
£4.00
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Ceylon, Star Orchid, 35 cents, 1952 Mint
Ceylon, Star Orchid, 35 cents, 1952 Mint
£4.00
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Ceylon, Sri Lanka, Fishing Boat, 50 Cents, 1950  Mint
Ceylon, Sri Lanka, Fishing Boat, 50 Cents, 1950 Mint
£4.00
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Ceylon George V 2 cents, Rubber Tapping Black and Carmine 1935
Ceylon George V 2 cents, Rubber Tapping Black and Carmine 1935
£4.00
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CEYLON 1946 King George  50c black and mauve wild life- elephant herd 1946
CEYLON 1946 King George 50c black and mauve wild life- elephant herd 1946
£4.00
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Ceylon King Edward VI Anuradhapura, Ancient City, Constitution MINT 1947
Ceylon King Edward VI Anuradhapura, Ancient City, Constitution MINT 1947
£4.00
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Ceylon, King Edward VII, Two Cents, 1902 used, Colombo cancellation
Ceylon, King Edward VII, Two Cents, 1902 used, Colombo cancellation
£4.00
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Ceylon, King George V,  surcharge 1 C,magenta 1919 used hinged
Ceylon, King George V, surcharge 1 C,magenta 1919 used hinged
£4.00
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Ceylon, King Edward VII,  2 ccents, 1903,  mint
Ceylon, King Edward VII, 2 ccents, 1903, mint
£4.00
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Ceylon Independence Day 4th October 1948 first anniversary commemoration  used very fine
Ceylon Independence Day 4th October 1948 first anniversary commemoration used very fine
£4.00
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Ceylon Kiri Vihara Polonnaruwa, 5 cents, 1950 theme Religion & Archaeology, Mint
Ceylon Kiri Vihara Polonnaruwa, 5 cents, 1950 theme Religion & Archaeology, Mint
£4.00
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Ceylon King George V 20 c black and grey blue Coconut Palm Trees 1935 used very fine
Ceylon King George V 20 c black and grey blue Coconut Palm Trees 1935 used very fine
£4.00
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Ceylon King George V 3 C Green, 1919 used fine
Ceylon King George V 3 C Green, 1919 used fine
£4.00
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Ceylon Sigiriya Rock Carmine and Yellow 30 cents 1950 MINT
Ceylon Sigiriya Rock Carmine and Yellow 30 cents 1950 MINT
£4.50
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Ceylon, King Edward VII, 15 Cents, blue 1905 mint
Ceylon, King Edward VII, 15 Cents, blue 1905 mint
£4.50
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Ceylon, Centenary of postage stamps, a pair of 35 and 85 cents, 1957 mint
Ceylon, Centenary of postage stamps, a pair of 35 and 85 cents, 1957 mint
£4.50
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Ceylon George VI 15c Temple of the Tooth Theme Heritage and Religion MINT
Ceylon George VI 15c Temple of the Tooth Theme Heritage and Religion MINT
£4.50
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Ceylon, Ananda Coomaraswamy, 5 Cents Postage Stamp 1971 used VF
Ceylon, Ananda Coomaraswamy, 5 Cents Postage Stamp 1971 used VF
£5.00
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Ceylon, Queen Victoria, Three Cents, postage, 1872-1880 MH
Ceylon, Queen Victoria, Three Cents, postage, 1872-1880 MH
£5.00
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Ceylon King George V 20 c black and grey blue Coconut Palm Trees , Ocean and Ship, 1935 used very fine
Ceylon King George V 20 c black and grey blue Coconut Palm Trees , Ocean and Ship, 1935 used very fine
£5.00
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Sri Lanka, 1996 Cricket World Cup Champions, 20 Rupees, postage stamps 1996 used
Sri Lanka, 1996 Cricket World Cup Champions, 20 Rupees, postage stamps 1996 used
£5.00
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Ceylon 1905 King Edward VII,  75c Blue & Orange M/Mint
Ceylon 1905 King Edward VII, 75c Blue & Orange M/Mint
£5.00
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Ceylon George V 2c Rubber Tapping Black and Carmine 1935 MINT
Ceylon George V 2c Rubber Tapping Black and Carmine 1935 MINT
£5.00
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Ceylon, King Edward VII, Six Cents, postage stamp, 1902-1910 used fine
Ceylon, King Edward VII, Six Cents, postage stamp, 1902-1910 used fine
£5.00
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Ceylon King George VI 5 cents, Carmine and Green, Coconut Palm Trees 1938 MINT
Ceylon King George VI 5 cents, Carmine and Green, Coconut Palm Trees 1938 MINT
£5.00
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Ceylon 1904 Ed VII Early Issue Fine Mint Hinged 50c Brown
Ceylon 1904 Ed VII Early Issue Fine Mint Hinged 50c Brown
£5.00
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Ceylon,  Queen Victoria, postage stamp. Four cents, 1884 unused fine
Ceylon, Queen Victoria, postage stamp. Four cents, 1884 unused fine
£5.00
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Ceylon George V 2 cents, Rubber Tapping Black and Carmine 1935 Mint
Ceylon George V 2 cents, Rubber Tapping Black and Carmine 1935 Mint
£5.00
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