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 George VI coronation 12 May 1937 6 C MINT
Ceylon George VI coronation 12 May 1937 6 C MINT
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Ceylon, King George VI, Adam's Peak, 3 Cents, Postage Stamp, 1938 MINT
Ceylon, King George VI, Adam's Peak, 3 Cents, Postage Stamp, 1938 MINT
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Ceylon, 1947, Adam's Peak, New Constitution, Mint
Ceylon, 1947, Adam's Peak, New Constitution, Mint
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Ceylon Independence Day 4th October 1948 first anniversary commemoration Set of 2 Stamps used
Ceylon Independence Day 4th October 1948 first anniversary commemoration Set of 2 Stamps used
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Ceylon, King Edward VII, 1902 & 1903, used set of 2 stamps
Ceylon, King Edward VII, 1902 & 1903, used set of 2 stamps
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Ceylon, King Edward VII, 25 & 15 Cents, 1902-1910 used
Ceylon, King Edward VII, 25 & 15 Cents, 1902-1910 used
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Ceylon, King George VI, Sacred Temple of the Tooth, 25 Cents 1938 MINT
Ceylon, King George VI, Sacred Temple of the Tooth, 25 Cents 1938 MINT
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Ceylon, Queen Victoria, Two Cents, postage, 1872-1880 Set of 2 stamps
Ceylon, Queen Victoria, Two Cents, postage, 1872-1880 Set of 2 stamps
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Ceylon, King Edward VII, 3 Cents, 1902-1910 used fine
Ceylon, King Edward VII, 3 Cents, 1902-1910 used fine
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CEYLON 1938 KGV, Adam's Peak, 3c black and deep blue-green MINT
CEYLON 1938 KGV, Adam's Peak, 3c black and deep blue-green MINT
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CEYLON, 1895, Queen Victoria, 2 Cents, Carmine, MH
CEYLON, 1895, Queen Victoria, 2 Cents, Carmine, MH
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Ceylon, George V, Colombo Harbour,  6 Cents, Black and Blue 1937 MINT
Ceylon, George V, Colombo Harbour, 6 Cents, Black and Blue 1937 MINT
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Ceylon Arrival of Vijaya 2500 years commemoration MINT
Ceylon Arrival of Vijaya 2500 years commemoration MINT
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Sri Lanka Rock and Temple Paintings at Sigiriya issue 3 September 1973 used fine
Sri Lanka Rock and Temple Paintings at Sigiriya issue 3 September 1973 used fine
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Ceylon Sigiriya Rock Carmine and Yellow 30 cents 1950 MINT
Ceylon Sigiriya Rock Carmine and Yellow 30 cents 1950 MINT
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Ceylon 1887 one rupee & twelve cents dull rose used
Ceylon 1887 one rupee & twelve cents dull rose used
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Ceylon King George V 20 cents, black and grey blue, Coconut Palm Trees 1935 MINT
Ceylon King George V 20 cents, black and grey blue, Coconut Palm Trees 1935 MINT
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Ceylon, King Edward VII, Two Cents, red, 1903 red
Ceylon, King Edward VII, Two Cents, red, 1903 red
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Ceylon, Queen Victoria, 24 Cents, blue 1880 MH
Ceylon, Queen Victoria, 24 Cents, blue 1880 MH
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CEYLON 1895 QV 2 Cents, Brown, MH
CEYLON 1895 QV 2 Cents, Brown, MH
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Ceylon Queen Victoria 4 cents, hand cancelled, 1880  hinged
Ceylon Queen Victoria 4 cents, hand cancelled, 1880 hinged
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