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 King Coconuts with Palm Leaf, bistre-brown 10c 1954 Mint
Ceylon King Coconuts with Palm Leaf, bistre-brown 10c 1954 Mint
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Ceylon Queen Victoria 4 cents rosy mauve 1880 used hinged
Ceylon Queen Victoria 4 cents rosy mauve 1880 used hinged
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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
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Ceylon, King George V, 10 C, Olive Green, 1921 - 1927 mint
Ceylon, King George V, 10 C, Olive Green, 1921 - 1927 mint
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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
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Ceylon, Queen Victoria, Two Pence, green, imperf 1857-1858 used
Ceylon, Queen Victoria, Two Pence, green, imperf 1857-1858 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
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Ceylon 1952 Colombo Plan Exhibition, set of 2 stamps, mint
Ceylon 1952 Colombo Plan Exhibition, set of 2 stamps, mint
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Ceylon George VI Colombo Harbour 6c Black and Blue 1945
Ceylon George VI Colombo Harbour 6c Black and Blue 1945
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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
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Ceylon, Queen Victoria, 5 Cents 1890 used
Ceylon, Queen Victoria, 5 Cents 1890 used
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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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Sri Lanka, Wild Life, Round snout pygmy tree frog, 17 Rupees,  2001 used
Sri Lanka, Wild Life, Round snout pygmy tree frog, 17 Rupees, 2001 used
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Ceylon Postage 35C Star Orchid 1951
Ceylon Postage 35C Star Orchid 1951
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Ceylon, KG V, 6 Cents, used 1922
Ceylon, KG V, 6 Cents, used 1922
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CEYLON 1895 QV 2 Cents, Brown, USED
CEYLON 1895 QV 2 Cents, Brown, USED
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Ceylon, King George V, 10 Cents, perforated cancellation 1912 used
Ceylon, King George V, 10 Cents, perforated cancellation 1912 used
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Ceylon Kiri Vihara Polonnaruwa, 5 cents, 1950 theme Religion & Archaeology
Ceylon Kiri Vihara Polonnaruwa, 5 cents, 1950 theme Religion & Archaeology
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Ceylon Kiri Vihara Polonnaruwa 1950 theme Religion & Archaeology
Ceylon Kiri Vihara Polonnaruwa 1950 theme Religion & Archaeology
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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
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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
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