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, Postage,  King George V, 50 Cents, black and mauve wild life- elephant herd 1937 MINT
CEYLON, Postage, King George V, 50 Cents, black and mauve wild life- elephant herd 1937 MINT
£19.00
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Ceylon, King George V, 1927-29, Rupees 1 and 2,  fine mint
Ceylon, King George V, 1927-29, Rupees 1 and 2, fine mint
£19.00
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Ceylon. King George IV 1940, 3c.overprint on 20c, block of 4.MINT.
Ceylon. King George IV 1940, 3c.overprint on 20c, block of 4.MINT.
£19.00
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Sri Lanka Ceylon First Anniversary of Independence 1949 - First Day Cover
Sri Lanka Ceylon First Anniversary of Independence 1949 - First Day Cover
£20.00
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Ceylon King Edward VI Constitution 1947 set of 4 MINT
Ceylon King Edward VI Constitution 1947 set of 4 MINT
£21.00
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Ceylon. 1910. King Edward VII. 2 Rupees. red, Mint,
Ceylon. 1910. King Edward VII. 2 Rupees. red, Mint,
£21.00
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Ceylon, Queen Victoria, Ten Pence, Vermillon, 1857, used, fine
Ceylon, Queen Victoria, Ten Pence, Vermillon, 1857, used, fine
£22.00
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Ceylon, Queen Victoria, One Penny, Blue, 1857, used  fine
Ceylon, Queen Victoria, One Penny, Blue, 1857, used fine
£22.00
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Ceylon - King George VI , 5 Rupees, purple/green, vertical sheet of 4, 1938, used
Ceylon - King George VI , 5 Rupees, purple/green, vertical sheet of 4, 1938, used
£22.00
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Ceylon, King George VI, Sigiriya Hill, 10 cents, 1938 sheet of 10 stamps, Mint NH
Ceylon, King George VI, Sigiriya Hill, 10 cents, 1938 sheet of 10 stamps, Mint NH
£23.00
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Ceylon, Queen Victoria, Forty Eight Cents, 1872 hand cancelled
Ceylon, Queen Victoria, Forty Eight Cents, 1872 hand cancelled
£24.00
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Ceylon, Queen Victoria, Ten Pence, Vermillon, 1857, used, fine
Ceylon, Queen Victoria, Ten Pence, Vermillon, 1857, used, fine
£24.00
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Ceylon, First souvenir issue, Mint sheet, not hinged, Typical Birds of Ceylon issue 1966
Ceylon, First souvenir issue, Mint sheet, not hinged, Typical Birds of Ceylon issue 1966
£24.00
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Ceylon, Queen Victoria, Two Pence, Green, 1857, used fine
Ceylon, Queen Victoria, Two Pence, Green, 1857, used fine
£24.00
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Ceylon George V 3c Blue Green 1919 hinged corner block of 4 MINT CONTROL 1
Ceylon George V 3c Blue Green 1919 hinged corner block of 4 MINT CONTROL 1
£25.00
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Ceylon George V 3c Blue Green 1919 hinged corner block of 4 MINT CONTROL 2
Ceylon George V 3c Blue Green 1919 hinged corner block of 4 MINT CONTROL 2
£25.00
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Ceylon 1947. King George V, Ship and coconut palm sea shore, SG387g 5c perf 12 Block of 4. Mint Never Hinged/MNH
Ceylon 1947. King George V, Ship and coconut palm sea shore, SG387g 5c perf 12 Block of 4. Mint Never Hinged/MNH
£25.00
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Ceylon George VI 50c Wild Elephants 1946 Block of 6 Very Fine Used
Ceylon George VI 50c Wild Elephants 1946 Block of 6 Very Fine Used
£26.00
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CEYLON, King George VI, 50c black and mauve wild life- elephant herd 1946, Mint
CEYLON, King George VI, 50c black and mauve wild life- elephant herd 1946, Mint
£27.00
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Ceylon Edward VII Two Cents Colombo Club OVPT 1903
Ceylon Edward VII Two Cents Colombo Club OVPT 1903
£28.00
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Ceylon, Queen Victoria, Six Pence, 1863, used VF
Ceylon, Queen Victoria, Six Pence, 1863, used VF
£28.00
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Ceylon, King George V, set of 6 Mints, War Stamps and surcharge 1912
Ceylon, King George V, set of 6 Mints, War Stamps and surcharge 1912
£29.00
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Ceylon Queen Victoria 4 cents gray used hinged 1872-1880
Ceylon Queen Victoria 4 cents gray used hinged 1872-1880
£30.00
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Ceylon, rare block of 6 stamps with surcharge from 4 cents to 2 cents, 1950 unused
Ceylon, rare block of 6 stamps with surcharge from 4 cents to 2 cents, 1950 unused
£35.00
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Ceylon, Sterling Silver Stamp - 1000 Rupee, King George V, 1925,  Pristine
Ceylon, Sterling Silver Stamp - 1000 Rupee, King George V, 1925, Pristine
£38.00
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CEYLON King George 1923 5r Black/Green (Emerald Back) Die II Sg 317c MOUNTED MINT
CEYLON King George 1923 5r Black/Green (Emerald Back) Die II Sg 317c MOUNTED MINT
£40.00
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Ceylon Victoria Four Cents Rosy Mauve 1880 MINT
Ceylon Victoria Four Cents Rosy Mauve 1880 MINT
£45.00
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Ceylon, King George V, Sacred Mountain, Adams Peak, 3 cents, green and black, sheet of 18 stamps, mint
Ceylon, King George V, Sacred Mountain, Adams Peak, 3 cents, green and black, sheet of 18 stamps, mint
£48.00
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Ceylon, George III, 2 Stivers, Copper, 1815 EF
Ceylon, George III, 2 Stivers, Copper, 1815 EF
£48.00
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Ceylon QV postage to Aitkens Spence from Colpity to Fort 1893
Ceylon QV postage to Aitkens Spence from Colpity to Fort 1893
£48.00
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Ceylon, Queen Victoria, Thirty Six Cents, surcharge 30 Cents, 1872-1880 MH
Ceylon, Queen Victoria, Thirty Six Cents, surcharge 30 Cents, 1872-1880 MH
£48.00
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Ceylon Queen Victoria 4 cents large right margin used hinged 1872-1880
Ceylon Queen Victoria 4 cents large right margin used hinged 1872-1880
£48.00
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Ceylon, King George V, Wild Elephants, 50 cents, mauve and black, horizontal pair 1935
Ceylon, King George V, Wild Elephants, 50 cents, mauve and black, horizontal pair 1935
£48.00
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Ceylon Queen Victoria 1864 Half Pence reddish lilac p12.5 fresh Mint Hinged SG 48b
Ceylon Queen Victoria 1864 Half Pence reddish lilac p12.5 fresh Mint Hinged SG 48b
£55.00
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CEYLON 1857-9 Queen Victoria 2d Green 4 borders
CEYLON 1857-9 Queen Victoria 2d Green 4 borders
£58.00
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Ceylon, QV, Ninety Six Cents, surcharge 1872-1880 MH
Ceylon, QV, Ninety Six Cents, surcharge 1872-1880 MH
£58.00
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Ceylon Queen Victoria One Penny Prussian Blue 1867 MINT
Ceylon Queen Victoria One Penny Prussian Blue 1867 MINT
£58.00
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Ceylon, Queen Victoria, Ninety Six Cents, surcharge 56 Cents, postage, 1872-1880 MH
Ceylon, Queen Victoria, Ninety Six Cents, surcharge 56 Cents, postage, 1872-1880 MH
£58.00
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Ceylon, King George V, 1927-29, Rupees 5 and 10, fine mint set of 2
Ceylon, King George V, 1927-29, Rupees 5 and 10, fine mint set of 2
£58.00
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Ceylon, Queen Victoria, One Penny, Blue, Bank Draft Order Receipt, 1857 fine
Ceylon, Queen Victoria, One Penny, Blue, Bank Draft Order Receipt, 1857 fine
£62.00
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Ceylon, 3 1d Blue Queen Victoria Used, Water mark Large Star  1857-1858
Ceylon, 3 1d Blue Queen Victoria Used, Water mark Large Star 1857-1858
£68.00
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Ceylon - Queen Victoria, 6 Cents, deep brown, 1862 unused ,
Ceylon - Queen Victoria, 6 Cents, deep brown, 1862 unused ,
£73.00
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Ceylon, Queen Victoria, Eight Pence, chocolate brown, used 1859
Ceylon, Queen Victoria, Eight Pence, chocolate brown, used 1859
£75.00
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CEYLON 1857 #3a FINE USED IMPERF CHALON VICTORIA YELLOWISH GREEN STAMP
CEYLON 1857 #3a FINE USED IMPERF CHALON VICTORIA YELLOWISH GREEN STAMP
£88.00
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CEYLON 1857 Queen Victoria 2 Pence FINE USED IMPERF CHALON VICTORIA YELLOWISH GREEN STAMP
CEYLON 1857 Queen Victoria 2 Pence FINE USED IMPERF CHALON VICTORIA YELLOWISH GREEN STAMP
£88.00
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Ceylon, Queen Victoria, Six Pence, dark brown, 1857, used fine
Ceylon, Queen Victoria, Six Pence, dark brown, 1857, used fine
£88.00
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CEYLON 1858 QV 1/2d dull mauve mint MH GLAZED PAPER
CEYLON 1858 QV 1/2d dull mauve mint MH GLAZED PAPER
£88.00
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Ceylon Queen Victoria 6 d purple brown, VFU
Ceylon Queen Victoria 6 d purple brown, VFU
£95.00
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Ceylon, Queen Victoria 1857 Ten Pence dull vermilion imperf used SG 9
Ceylon, Queen Victoria 1857 Ten Pence dull vermilion imperf used SG 9
£95.00
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Ceylon, Queen Victoria, One Shilling, 1857, used, fine
Ceylon, Queen Victoria, One Shilling, 1857, used, fine
£95.00
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Ceylon Queen Victoria Six Pence Brown star watermark 1857
Ceylon Queen Victoria Six Pence Brown star watermark 1857
£98.00
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Ceylon Queen Victoria Nine Pence Brown  watermark type 5 1863
Ceylon Queen Victoria Nine Pence Brown watermark type 5 1863
£98.00
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Ceylon QV 4d rose SG 52b Very fine used
Ceylon QV 4d rose SG 52b Very fine used
£98.00
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Ceylon Queen Victoria Two Pence imperf 1857-1858
Ceylon Queen Victoria Two Pence imperf 1857-1858
£98.00
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Ceylon Queen Victoria 1 Shilling purple 1861
Ceylon Queen Victoria 1 Shilling purple 1861
£99.00
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Ceylon, Queen Victoria 1863-1865 set of 6 used very fine
Ceylon, Queen Victoria 1863-1865 set of 6 used very fine
£105.00
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Ceylon 1857-59 5d chestnut Wmk star one small margin
Ceylon 1857-59 5d chestnut Wmk star one small margin
£108.00
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Ceylon, Queen Victoria, 10 Pence, Chalon, 1857 -1861 used VF
Ceylon, Queen Victoria, 10 Pence, Chalon, 1857 -1861 used VF
£115.00
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Ceylon Queen Victoria 9 d Bistre Brown SG 69b 1859 - 1867
Ceylon Queen Victoria 9 d Bistre Brown SG 69b 1859 - 1867
£123.00
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CEYLON 1862 QV 6d deep brown SG41a CV
CEYLON 1862 QV 6d deep brown SG41a CV
£125.00
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