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 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 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 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, 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 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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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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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, 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, 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, Deer, Ruhuna National Park, 2 cents, 1953
Ceylon, Deer, Ruhuna National Park, 2 cents, 1953
£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, King Edward VII,  2 ccents, 1903,  mint
Ceylon, King Edward VII, 2 ccents, 1903, mint
£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, Saivaite revivalist, Ārumuga Nāvalar 1971 used VF
Ceylon, Saivaite revivalist, Ārumuga Nāvalar 1971 used VF
£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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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, Sri Lanka, Fishing Boat, 50 Cents, 1950  Mint
Ceylon, Sri Lanka, Fishing Boat, 50 Cents, 1950 Mint
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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 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, 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, 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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