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 One Cent War Stamp over print on 5 cents purple 1918 MINT
Ceylon One Cent War Stamp over print on 5 cents purple 1918 MINT
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Ceylon KGV 3c Blue Green War Stamp overprint 1918 hinged MINT
Ceylon KGV 3c Blue Green War Stamp overprint 1918 hinged MINT
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Ceylon Queen Victoria Four Cents 1883 Mint
Ceylon Queen Victoria Four Cents 1883 Mint
£12.00
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Ceylon, King George V Colombo 1R 1912
Ceylon, King George V Colombo 1R 1912
£12.00
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Ceylon, Queen Victoria, Two Cents, postage, 1872-1880 MH
Ceylon, Queen Victoria, Two Cents, postage, 1872-1880 MH
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Ceylon, Queen Victoria, One Penny, Blue, 1857, used fine
Ceylon, Queen Victoria, One Penny, Blue, 1857, used fine
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Ceylon 1947 25c Yellow and Green New Constitution Mounted Mint
Ceylon 1947 25c Yellow and Green New Constitution Mounted Mint
£13.00
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Ceylon, King George V, Set of 2, Postage stamps,  25 and 30 cents, 1919 mounted mint
Ceylon, King George V, Set of 2, Postage stamps, 25 and 30 cents, 1919 mounted mint
£14.00
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Ceylon, Centenary of Colombo Medical School (1870-1970), 5 cents and 45 cents issue 1970, Mint,
Ceylon, Centenary of Colombo Medical School (1870-1970), 5 cents and 45 cents issue 1970, Mint,
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Ceylon D.S Senanayake 5 Cents First Prime Minster Independence 1948 scarce
Ceylon D.S Senanayake 5 Cents First Prime Minster Independence 1948 scarce
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CEYLON 1947 King George VI 2r black and violet SG396b MINT Archaeology stamp
CEYLON 1947 King George VI 2r black and violet SG396b MINT Archaeology stamp
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Ceylon Edward VII 30c Violet and green rare 1904-1905 MINT
Ceylon Edward VII 30c Violet and green rare 1904-1905 MINT
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Ceylon King George V Silver Jubilee 1910-1935 set of 4 used
Ceylon King George V Silver Jubilee 1910-1935 set of 4 used
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Ceylon, Queen Victoria, One Penny, Blue, 1857, used fine
Ceylon, Queen Victoria, One Penny, Blue, 1857, used fine
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CEYLON, Queen Victoria, Five Cents, Postage Stamp, 1886 MH
CEYLON, Queen Victoria, Five Cents, Postage Stamp, 1886 MH
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Ceylon Revenue : Queen Victoria,  Stamp Duty 25c on 1c OP VFU
Ceylon Revenue : Queen Victoria, Stamp Duty 25c on 1c OP VFU
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Ceylon Queen Victoria 5 Cents Revenue Stamp MINT
Ceylon Queen Victoria 5 Cents Revenue Stamp MINT
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Ceylon, Queen Victoria, 30 Cents, postage, 1872-1880 MH
Ceylon, Queen Victoria, 30 Cents, postage, 1872-1880 MH
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Ceylon, QV, 25 Cents, postage, Brown-yellow, postage, 1886 MH
Ceylon, QV, 25 Cents, postage, Brown-yellow, postage, 1886 MH
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Ceylon Edward VII  4c Orange Yellow and Blue scarce 1903-1905 MINT
Ceylon Edward VII 4c Orange Yellow and Blue scarce 1903-1905 MINT
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CEYLON 1938 KGVI 3c black and deep blue-green MINT
CEYLON 1938 KGVI 3c black and deep blue-green MINT
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Ceylon George V Windsor Castle 6 Cents 1927-1929 MINT
Ceylon George V Windsor Castle 6 Cents 1927-1929 MINT
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Ceylon Four cents Over print 2 cents mauve 1872-1880 MINT
Ceylon Four cents Over print 2 cents mauve 1872-1880 MINT
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Ceylon D S Senanayake 5 Cents First Prime Minster Independence 1948 Independence Commerative Issue MINT
Ceylon D S Senanayake 5 Cents First Prime Minster Independence 1948 Independence Commerative Issue MINT
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Ceylon Queen Victoria Brown six penny 1862 - 1870 used
Ceylon Queen Victoria Brown six penny 1862 - 1870 used
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Ceylon Queen Elizabeth II Royal Visit MINT 10 cents 1954
Ceylon Queen Elizabeth II Royal Visit MINT 10 cents 1954
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Ceylon George VI coronation 12 May 1937 6 C, 9C 20C set of 3 stamps 9 C has a minor blemish to gum adhesion, MNH
Ceylon George VI coronation 12 May 1937 6 C, 9C 20C set of 3 stamps 9 C has a minor blemish to gum adhesion, MNH
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Ceylon Four cents Over print 2 cents rosy-mauve 1872-1880 MINT
Ceylon Four cents Over print 2 cents rosy-mauve 1872-1880 MINT
£14.00
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Ceylon, King George V, Set of 2, Postage stamps, 50 cents, 1919 mounted mint
Ceylon, King George V, Set of 2, Postage stamps, 50 cents, 1919 mounted mint
£15.00
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Ceylon Queen Victoria 3c Teraccota and Green 1893 - 1899 MINT
Ceylon Queen Victoria 3c Teraccota and Green 1893 - 1899 MINT
£15.00
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Ceylon King George 1919 blue green 3 C MINT
Ceylon King George 1919 blue green 3 C MINT
£15.00
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Ceylon Queen Elizabeth II Coronation 5c Green 1953 MINT
Ceylon Queen Elizabeth II Coronation 5c Green 1953 MINT
£15.00
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Ceylon, King George V, Set of 4, Postage stamps, 1 to 4 cents, 1919 mounted mint
Ceylon, King George V, Set of 4, Postage stamps, 1 to 4 cents, 1919 mounted mint
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CEYLON; 1912 GV issue Crown CA. 2c. Mint MLH CONTROL( 1 ) BLOCK 4
CEYLON; 1912 GV issue Crown CA. 2c. Mint MLH CONTROL( 1 ) BLOCK 4
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Ceylon Edward VII 75 c  Blue and Orange 1903-1905 MINT
Ceylon Edward VII 75 c Blue and Orange 1903-1905 MINT
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CEYLON; 1912 early GEORGE V  issue 1c. Brown Mint hinged MARGINAL CONTROL '1' BLOCK
CEYLON; 1912 early GEORGE V issue 1c. Brown Mint hinged MARGINAL CONTROL '1' BLOCK
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Ceylon 1893 QV 3c Terracotta and Blue Green MINT
Ceylon 1893 QV 3c Terracotta and Blue Green MINT
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Ceylon Queen Victoria Rosy Mauve Two on Four overprint surcharge 1884 MINT
Ceylon Queen Victoria Rosy Mauve Two on Four overprint surcharge 1884 MINT
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Ceylon, King George VI, Archaeology,  Ancient Guard stone, 2 Rupees, 1938 -1948 set of 2 stamps mint
Ceylon, King George VI, Archaeology, Ancient Guard stone, 2 Rupees, 1938 -1948 set of 2 stamps mint
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Ceylon Queen Victoria Mauve Two on Four overprint surcharge 1884 MINT
Ceylon Queen Victoria Mauve Two on Four overprint surcharge 1884 MINT
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