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 Queen Victoria 30c 1895 official
Ceylon Queen Victoria 30c 1895 official
£6.00
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Ceylon, Madirigirya, Ancient Ruins, 1 Rupee, 1950 MINT
Ceylon, Madirigirya, Ancient Ruins, 1 Rupee, 1950 MINT
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Ceylon Queen Victoria 15 cents Olive Green 1886 used hinged
Ceylon Queen Victoria 15 cents Olive Green 1886 used hinged
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Ceylon King George V 1c brown 1919 used fine
Ceylon King George V 1c brown 1919 used fine
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Ceylon, King George V, 2 Cents, War Stamp.1917 MNH
Ceylon, King George V, 2 Cents, War Stamp.1917 MNH
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Ceylon, Post-independence, postage stamp, Plane over Dalada Maligawa on the Kandy Lake, 75 Cents, 1950 MINT
Ceylon, Post-independence, postage stamp, Plane over Dalada Maligawa on the Kandy Lake, 75 Cents, 1950 MINT
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Ceylon, King George V, set ofF 2 5 cents, war stamp, surcharge,  1911 - 1925 mint
Ceylon, King George V, set ofF 2 5 cents, war stamp, surcharge, 1911 - 1925 mint
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British Ceylon George VI coronation 12 May 1937 20 C MINT
British Ceylon George VI coronation 12 May 1937 20 C MINT
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Ceylon, King George V, Tea Plucking, 9 Cents, 1935, Carmine and Black, MINT
Ceylon, King George V, Tea Plucking, 9 Cents, 1935, Carmine and Black, MINT
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1935 Ceylon 10c Black and Purple Hill Paddy Mounted Mint
1935 Ceylon 10c Black and Purple Hill Paddy Mounted Mint
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Ceylon, King George, set of 2 stamps, 5 & 6 Cents, 1919, used fine
Ceylon, King George, set of 2 stamps, 5 & 6 Cents, 1919, used fine
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Ceylon,  King George V, Colombo Harbor, 6 cents, Mint block of 4 stamps, 1936
Ceylon, King George V, Colombo Harbor, 6 cents, Mint block of 4 stamps, 1936
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Ceylon, Queen Victoria, 5 Cents, 1890 MH
Ceylon, Queen Victoria, 5 Cents, 1890 MH
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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
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Ceylon, QV, Five Cents, postage,Purple, 1886 MH
Ceylon, QV, Five Cents, postage,Purple, 1886 MH
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Ceylon, Queen Victoria, One Penny, Blue, imperforate, 1857 fine
Ceylon, Queen Victoria, One Penny, Blue, imperforate, 1857 fine
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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
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Ceylon Queen Victoria 4 cents rosy mauve 1880 used hinged
Ceylon Queen Victoria 4 cents rosy mauve 1880 used hinged
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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,
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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
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Ceylon King George V 2 Rupees 1912 MINT
Ceylon King George V 2 Rupees 1912 MINT
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