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 Edward VII, 6 cents, 1908 Early Issue Fine Mint Hinged 6c
Ceylon, King Edward VII, 6 cents, 1908 Early Issue Fine Mint Hinged 6c
£6.50
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Ceylon, QV, Five Cents, postage,Purple, 1886 MH
Ceylon, QV, Five Cents, postage,Purple, 1886 MH
£7.00
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Ceylon, Queen Victoria, One Penny, Blue, imperforate, 1857 fine
Ceylon, Queen Victoria, One Penny, Blue, imperforate, 1857 fine
£7.00
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Ceylon, United Nations, Set of 2 Stamps, 1958-1958 50 years, 1958 Mint
Ceylon, United Nations, Set of 2 Stamps, 1958-1958 50 years, 1958 Mint
£7.00
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Ceylon Queen Victoria 4 cents rosy mauve 1880 used hinged
Ceylon Queen Victoria 4 cents rosy mauve 1880 used hinged
£7.00
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Ceylon, KG V, Set of 2 Stamps, 2 and 3 Cents, purple, War Tax, 1919-1922,
Ceylon, KG V, Set of 2 Stamps, 2 and 3 Cents, purple, War Tax, 1919-1922,
£7.00
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Ceylon, King George V, Postage stamp, 30 cents, 1919 mounted mint
Ceylon, King George V, Postage stamp, 30 cents, 1919 mounted mint
£7.00
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Ceylon King George V 2 Rupees 1912 MINT
Ceylon King George V 2 Rupees 1912 MINT
£8.00
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Ceylon, Edward VII, 25 Cents 1902-1911 mint
Ceylon, Edward VII, 25 Cents 1902-1911 mint
£8.00
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Ceylon / Sri Lanka 2007 used Rs: 5 stamp Cricket Muthiah Muralidaran
Ceylon / Sri Lanka 2007 used Rs: 5 stamp Cricket Muthiah Muralidaran
£8.00
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Ceylon, King George V, set of 2, 15 Cents, Green and Blue 1919-1922 used VF
Ceylon, King George V, set of 2, 15 Cents, Green and Blue 1919-1922 used VF
£8.00
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Ceylon First Stamp as Republic of Sri Lanka 1972 MNH
Ceylon First Stamp as Republic of Sri Lanka 1972 MNH
£8.00
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Ceylon, King George V, 10c Black and Purple, Hill Paddy fields,  1935, Mounted Mint
Ceylon, King George V, 10c Black and Purple, Hill Paddy fields, 1935, Mounted Mint
£8.00
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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
£8.00
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Ceylon, King George V, Sacred Temple of the Tooth, 25 Cents 1935 MINT
Ceylon, King George V, Sacred Temple of the Tooth, 25 Cents 1935 MINT
£8.00
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Ceylon, KG VI, New Constitution, 1947, Parliament 10C, 15C Temple of the Tooth, MINT set of 2
Ceylon, KG VI, New Constitution, 1947, Parliament 10C, 15C Temple of the Tooth, MINT set of 2
£8.00
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British Ceylon Queen Victoria slate 28 Cents
British Ceylon Queen Victoria slate 28 Cents
£8.00
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Ceylon, Wild Life, Elephants, set of 2, 17 & 50 rupees, 1988 used
Ceylon, Wild Life, Elephants, set of 2, 17 & 50 rupees, 1988 used
£8.00
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Ceylon, Queen Victoria, Four Cents, postage, 1872-1880 MH Set of 2 Stamps,
Ceylon, Queen Victoria, Four Cents, postage, 1872-1880 MH Set of 2 Stamps,
£8.00
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Ceylon, Edward VII, Set of 3 & 10 Cents 1902-1911 mint
Ceylon, Edward VII, Set of 3 & 10 Cents 1902-1911 mint
£8.00
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Ceylon Queen Victoria 5 cents dull purple 1880 used hinged
Ceylon Queen Victoria 5 cents dull purple 1880 used hinged
£8.00
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Ceylon Queen Victoria Brown six penny 1861 - 1870 used SOLD
Ceylon Queen Victoria Brown six penny 1861 - 1870 used SOLD
£8.00
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Ceylon, George VI, 10c 1938-1949, Sigiriya Rock MINT
Ceylon, George VI, 10c 1938-1949, Sigiriya Rock MINT
£8.00
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CEYLON, QV, Two Cents, Postage Stamp, Mint 1895
CEYLON, QV, Two Cents, Postage Stamp, Mint 1895
£8.00
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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
£8.00
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Ceylon George VI 15 C New Constitution 1947 pre-independence
Ceylon George VI 15 C New Constitution 1947 pre-independence
£8.00
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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
£8.00
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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
£8.00
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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
£8.00
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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
£8.00
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Ceylon ECAFE Last Stamp of Ceylon before Republic 1972 MNH
Ceylon ECAFE Last Stamp of Ceylon before Republic 1972 MNH
£8.00
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Ceylon Queen Elizabeth II Royal Visit MINT 10 cents 1954
Ceylon Queen Elizabeth II Royal Visit MINT 10 cents 1954
£8.00
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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
£8.00
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Ceylon QV 1 official overprint 25c yellow brown 1895
Ceylon QV 1 official overprint 25c yellow brown 1895
£8.00
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CEYLON 1895 QV 2 Cents, green, MH
CEYLON 1895 QV 2 Cents, green, MH
£8.00
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CEYLON,  Queen Victoria 4 Cents 1883 Mint hinged
CEYLON, Queen Victoria 4 Cents 1883 Mint hinged
£8.00
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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
£8.00
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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
£8.00
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Ceylon, QV, Three Cents, postage,1886 MH
Ceylon, QV, Three Cents, postage,1886 MH
£8.00
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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
£8.00
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