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 5 cents dull purple 1880 used hinged
Ceylon Queen Victoria 5 cents dull purple 1880 used hinged
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Ceylon Queen Victoria Brown six penny 1861 - 1870 used SOLD
Ceylon Queen Victoria Brown six penny 1861 - 1870 used SOLD
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Ceylon, George VI, 10c 1938-1949, Sigiriya Rock MINT
Ceylon, George VI, 10c 1938-1949, Sigiriya Rock MINT
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CEYLON, QV, Two Cents, Postage Stamp, Mint 1895
CEYLON, QV, Two Cents, Postage Stamp, Mint 1895
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Ceylon Queen Victoria Rosy Mauve Two on Four overprint surcharge 1884 unused
Ceylon Queen Victoria Rosy Mauve Two on Four overprint surcharge 1884 unused
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Ceylon George VI 15 C New Constitution 1947 pre-independence
Ceylon George VI 15 C New Constitution 1947 pre-independence
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Ceylon, KG VI, New Constitution, 1947, Adam's Peak 10C, Anuradhapura 25C, MINT set of 2
Ceylon, KG VI, New Constitution, 1947, Adam's Peak 10C, Anuradhapura 25C, MINT set of 2
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Ceylon, Queen Victoria, postage stamp. Four cents, OVPT Two cents, 1884 unused fine
Ceylon, Queen Victoria, postage stamp. Four cents, OVPT Two cents, 1884 unused fine
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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
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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
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Ceylon ECAFE Last Stamp of Ceylon before Republic 1972 MNH
Ceylon ECAFE Last Stamp of Ceylon before Republic 1972 MNH
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Ceylon Queen Elizabeth II Royal Visit MINT 10 cents 1954
Ceylon Queen Elizabeth II Royal Visit MINT 10 cents 1954
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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
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Ceylon QV 1 official overprint 25c yellow brown 1895
Ceylon QV 1 official overprint 25c yellow brown 1895
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CEYLON 1895 QV 2 Cents, green, MH
CEYLON 1895 QV 2 Cents, green, MH
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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
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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
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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
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Ceylon Edward VII 3c (1903-1905) Green Mint
Ceylon Edward VII 3c (1903-1905) Green Mint
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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
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Ceylon Edward VII 2 cents red-brown 1903 MINT
Ceylon Edward VII 2 cents red-brown 1903 MINT
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Ceylon, QV, Three Cents, red and grey, postage, 1886 MH
Ceylon, QV, Three Cents, red and grey, postage, 1886 MH
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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
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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
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Ceylon Edward VII 6c pale scarlet 1912-1925
Ceylon Edward VII 6c pale scarlet 1912-1925
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CEYLON 1886 QV 5c dull purple SGO13 OFFICIAL STAMP
CEYLON 1886 QV 5c dull purple SGO13 OFFICIAL STAMP
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CEYLON 1895 QV 2c green,  OFFICIAL STAMP, used fine
CEYLON 1895 QV 2c green, OFFICIAL STAMP, used fine
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Ceylon, King George V, 2 Cents, War Stamp.1917 MNH
Ceylon, King George V, 2 Cents, War Stamp.1917 MNH
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Ceylon, King George V, Set of 2, Postage stamps, 6 and 10 cents, 1919 mounted mint
Ceylon, King George V, Set of 2, Postage stamps, 6 and 10 cents, 1919 mounted mint
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Ceylon, Queen Victoria, 25 Cents, postage, 1886 MH
Ceylon, Queen Victoria, 25 Cents, postage, 1886 MH
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Ceylon, Queen Victoria, 15 Cents, postage, 1872-1880 MH
Ceylon, Queen Victoria, 15 Cents, postage, 1872-1880 MH
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Ceylon, Queen Victoria, 6 Cents, postage, 1889 MH
Ceylon, Queen Victoria, 6 Cents, postage, 1889 MH
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Ceylon, King George V, 5 Cents, OVPT & Surcharge, Set of 2 War Stamps.1917 MH
Ceylon, King George V, 5 Cents, OVPT & Surcharge, Set of 2 War Stamps.1917 MH
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Ceylon Edward VII 6 C Carmine 1903-1905 MINT
Ceylon Edward VII 6 C Carmine 1903-1905 MINT
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CEYLON, Queen Victoria 15 Cents 1899 Mint hinged
CEYLON, Queen Victoria 15 Cents 1899 Mint hinged
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Ceylon, King Edward VII, 1902-1911, 50 Cents, Brown, Mint
Ceylon, King Edward VII, 1902-1911, 50 Cents, Brown, Mint
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Ceylon Queen Elizabeth II Coronation 5c Green 1953 MINT
Ceylon Queen Elizabeth II Coronation 5c Green 1953 MINT
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Ceylon Queen Victoria 2 Cents 1872 unused
Ceylon Queen Victoria 2 Cents 1872 unused
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Ceylon, King George V,  House of Windsor, 1935 Silver Jubilee, set of 4 stamps, MM
Ceylon, King George V, House of Windsor, 1935 Silver Jubilee, set of 4 stamps, MM
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Birds of Ceylon set of 5 mnh stamps 1983, -88 Sri Lanka
Birds of Ceylon set of 5 mnh stamps 1983, -88 Sri Lanka
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Ceylon King George V definitive 50c black & red used 1912 used
Ceylon King George V definitive 50c black & red used 1912 used
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Ceylon Edward VII 12 Cents Sage Green and Rosin 1903 MINT
Ceylon Edward VII 12 Cents Sage Green and Rosin 1903 MINT
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Ceylon, QV, 15 & 6 Cents, Set of 2 stamps, postage,1886 used fine
Ceylon, QV, 15 & 6 Cents, Set of 2 stamps, postage,1886 used fine
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Ceylon, QV, 30 Cents, postage, mauve and red, 1886 postage used
Ceylon, QV, 30 Cents, postage, mauve and red, 1886 postage used
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Ceylon 1893 QV 3c Green MINT
Ceylon 1893 QV 3c Green MINT
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Ceylon George VI 6 Cents Parliament New Constitution 1947 MINT
Ceylon George VI 6 Cents Parliament New Constitution 1947 MINT
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Ceylon George VI 5c Coconut Palms 1943 MINT
Ceylon George VI 5c Coconut Palms 1943 MINT
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Ceylon George VI 10c 1938-1949 Sigiriya Rock MINT
Ceylon George VI 10c 1938-1949 Sigiriya Rock MINT
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Sri Lanka, 1996 Cricket World Cup Champions, Ser of 2 triangular postage stamps 1996 used
Sri Lanka, 1996 Cricket World Cup Champions, Ser of 2 triangular postage stamps 1996 used
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Ceylon Victoria - 1872/80, 8c Orange-Yellow stamp - F/U - SG 124
Ceylon Victoria - 1872/80, 8c Orange-Yellow stamp - F/U - SG 124
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Ceylon King George V 20c pale purple 1919 used hinged
Ceylon King George V 20c pale purple 1919 used hinged
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Ceylon 1938 King George VI, Wild Elephants, 50c black/mauve perf 11.5 x 11 mint hinged
Ceylon 1938 King George VI, Wild Elephants, 50c black/mauve perf 11.5 x 11 mint hinged
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Ceylon, Ancient Ruins, 1 Rupee, 1950 MINT
Ceylon, Ancient Ruins, 1 Rupee, 1950 MINT
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Ceylon, King George V, Set of 2, Postage stamps, 10 and 20 cents, 1919 mounted mint
Ceylon, King George V, Set of 2, Postage stamps, 10 and 20 cents, 1919 mounted mint
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Ceylon, Queen Victoria, 12 Cents, postage, 1889 MH
Ceylon, Queen Victoria, 12 Cents, postage, 1889 MH
£12.00
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Ceylon, Women reaping Paddy,  10 Rupees, reddish brown,  1951 mint
Ceylon, Women reaping Paddy, 10 Rupees, reddish brown, 1951 mint
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