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 Mauve Two on Four overprint surcharge 1884 MINT
Ceylon Queen Victoria Mauve Two on Four overprint surcharge 1884 MINT
£16.00
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Ceylon King George V 3c blue green 1919 MINT
Ceylon King George V 3c blue green 1919 MINT
£16.00
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Ceylon King George VI 15c River Scene 1938
Ceylon King George VI 15c River Scene 1938
£17.00
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Ceylon, King George, 5 Rupees 1912-1922 mint
Ceylon, King George, 5 Rupees 1912-1922 mint
£18.00
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CEYLON 1863 1d Deep Blue. Perf 12.5. SG 49*. Used Pen Cancel
CEYLON 1863 1d Deep Blue. Perf 12.5. SG 49*. Used Pen Cancel
£18.00
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Ceylon, King Edward VII, set of 2 stamps 25 C and 30 C, 1905 mint
Ceylon, King Edward VII, set of 2 stamps 25 C and 30 C, 1905 mint
£18.00
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Ceylon King George IV 5R green and purple 1938 used very fine
Ceylon King George IV 5R green and purple 1938 used very fine
£18.00
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Ceylon, King George V, Set of 4, Postage stamps, 9 to 20  cents, 1919 mounted mint
Ceylon, King George V, Set of 4, Postage stamps, 9 to 20 cents, 1919 mounted mint
£18.00
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Ceylon, Queen Victoria, One Penny, Blue, 1857, used fine
Ceylon, Queen Victoria, One Penny, Blue, 1857, used fine
£18.00
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Ceylon Edward VII 25 cents bistre 1904
Ceylon Edward VII 25 cents bistre 1904
£18.00
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Ceylon, Unused Post Card, Queen Victoria, Three Languages, 1895
Ceylon, Unused Post Card, Queen Victoria, Three Languages, 1895
£18.00
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Ceylon, King George V, House of Windsor, Silver Jubilee Series, Set of 4 Stamps, 1935 unmounted mint
Ceylon, King George V, House of Windsor, Silver Jubilee Series, Set of 4 Stamps, 1935 unmounted mint
£18.00
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Ceylon, KG V, Windsor Castle, Set of Silver Jubilee Issue, 1935 Lightly Mounted Mint,
Ceylon, KG V, Windsor Castle, Set of Silver Jubilee Issue, 1935 Lightly Mounted Mint,
£18.00
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Ceylon, QV, 75 Cents, postage, red and black, postage, 1886 MH
Ceylon, QV, 75 Cents, postage, red and black, postage, 1886 MH
£18.00
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Ceylon Edward VII 15 c Blue, 1903-1905 rare MINT
Ceylon Edward VII 15 c Blue, 1903-1905 rare MINT
£18.00
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Ceylon, King George V, 2 Rupees, Black/ red, yellow paper, 1921 - 1927 Mint LH
Ceylon, King George V, 2 Rupees, Black/ red, yellow paper, 1921 - 1927 Mint LH
£18.00
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Ceylon George VI Victory 2 Set Houses of Parliament 6c Blue 15c Brown 1946 MINT
Ceylon George VI Victory 2 Set Houses of Parliament 6c Blue 15c Brown 1946 MINT
£18.00
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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, 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
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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
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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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