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, 15 Cents, blue 1905 mint
Ceylon, King Edward VII, 15 Cents, blue 1905 mint
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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
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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
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Ceylon, Ananda Coomaraswamy, 5 Cents Postage Stamp 1971 used VF
Ceylon, Ananda Coomaraswamy, 5 Cents Postage Stamp 1971 used VF
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Ceylon, Queen Victoria, Three Cents, postage, 1872-1880 MH
Ceylon, Queen Victoria, Three Cents, postage, 1872-1880 MH
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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
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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
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Ceylon 1905 King Edward VII,  75c Blue & Orange M/Mint
Ceylon 1905 King Edward VII, 75c Blue & Orange M/Mint
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Ceylon,  Queen Victoria, postage stamp. Four cents, 1884 unused fine
Ceylon, Queen Victoria, postage stamp. Four cents, 1884 unused fine
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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
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Ceylon, KG V, set of 2 stamps, 20 and 25 cents, 1919-1922 used
Ceylon, KG V, set of 2 stamps, 20 and 25 cents, 1919-1922 used
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Ceylon, Edward VII, 5 Cents, purple, 1902 used fine
Ceylon, Edward VII, 5 Cents, purple, 1902 used fine
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Ceylon, Queen Victoria, Four Cents, postage, 1872-1880 MH
Ceylon, Queen Victoria, Four Cents, postage, 1872-1880 MH
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British Ceylon George VI coronation 12 May 1937 9 C MINT
British Ceylon George VI coronation 12 May 1937 9 C MINT
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Ceylon, King George V, set of 2 stamps, 1919-1922 used fine
Ceylon, King George V, set of 2 stamps, 1919-1922 used fine
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Ceylon George V, postage, 1 Rupee Trincomalee (port) 1937 MINT
Ceylon George V, postage, 1 Rupee Trincomalee (port) 1937 MINT
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Ceylon, George VI, Colombo Harbour, 6 Cents, Surcharge 3 Cents, Black and Blue 1938 MINT
Ceylon, George VI, Colombo Harbour, 6 Cents, Surcharge 3 Cents, Black and Blue 1938 MINT
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