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, Edward VII, 25 Cents 1902-1911 mint
Ceylon, Edward VII, 25 Cents 1902-1911 mint
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Ceylon / Sri Lanka 2007 used Rs: 5 stamp Cricket Muthiah Muralidaran
Ceylon / Sri Lanka 2007 used Rs: 5 stamp Cricket Muthiah Muralidaran
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Ceylon, King George V, set of 2, 15 Cents, Green and Blue 1919-1922 used VF
Ceylon, King George V, set of 2, 15 Cents, Green and Blue 1919-1922 used VF
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Ceylon First Stamp as Republic of Sri Lanka 1972 MNH
Ceylon First Stamp as Republic of Sri Lanka 1972 MNH
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Ceylon, King George V, 10c Black and Purple, Hill Paddy fields,  1935, Mounted Mint
Ceylon, King George V, 10c Black and Purple, Hill Paddy fields, 1935, Mounted Mint
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Ceylon, Queen Victoria, postage stamp. Four cents, OVPT Two cents, 1884 unused fine
Ceylon, Queen Victoria, postage stamp. Four cents, OVPT Two cents, 1884 unused fine
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Ceylon, King George V, Sacred Temple of the Tooth, 25 Cents 1935 MINT
Ceylon, King George V, Sacred Temple of the Tooth, 25 Cents 1935 MINT
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Ceylon, KG VI, New Constitution, 1947, Parliament 10C, 15C Temple of the Tooth, MINT set of 2
Ceylon, KG VI, New Constitution, 1947, Parliament 10C, 15C Temple of the Tooth, MINT set of 2
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British Ceylon Queen Victoria slate 28 Cents
British Ceylon Queen Victoria slate 28 Cents
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Ceylon, Wild Life, Elephants, set of 2, 17 & 50 rupees, 1988 used
Ceylon, Wild Life, Elephants, set of 2, 17 & 50 rupees, 1988 used
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Ceylon, Queen Victoria, Four Cents, postage, 1872-1880 MH Set of 2 Stamps,
Ceylon, Queen Victoria, Four Cents, postage, 1872-1880 MH Set of 2 Stamps,
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Ceylon, Edward VII, Set of 3 & 10 Cents 1902-1911 mint
Ceylon, Edward VII, Set of 3 & 10 Cents 1902-1911 mint
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Ceylon Queen Victoria 5 cents dull purple 1880 used hinged
Ceylon Queen Victoria 5 cents dull purple 1880 used hinged
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Ceylon Queen Victoria Brown six penny 1861 - 1870 used SOLD
Ceylon Queen Victoria Brown six penny 1861 - 1870 used SOLD
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Ceylon, George VI, 10c 1938-1949, Sigiriya Rock MINT
Ceylon, George VI, 10c 1938-1949, Sigiriya Rock MINT
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CEYLON, QV, Two Cents, Postage Stamp, Mint 1895
CEYLON, QV, Two Cents, Postage Stamp, Mint 1895
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Ceylon Queen Victoria Rosy Mauve Two on Four overprint surcharge 1884 unused
Ceylon Queen Victoria Rosy Mauve Two on Four overprint surcharge 1884 unused
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Arrival of Vijaya, founding of the Sinhalese race according to Mahavamsa, 1956, block of 4 stamps, mint, 1956
Arrival of Vijaya, founding of the Sinhalese race according to Mahavamsa, 1956, block of 4 stamps, mint, 1956
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Ceylon George VI 15 C New Constitution 1947 pre-independence
Ceylon George VI 15 C New Constitution 1947 pre-independence
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Ceylon, KG VI, New Constitution, 1947, Adam's Peak 10C, Anuradhapura 25C, MINT set of 2
Ceylon, KG VI, New Constitution, 1947, Adam's Peak 10C, Anuradhapura 25C, MINT set of 2
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Ceylon, Queen Victoria, postage stamp. Four cents, OVPT Two cents, 1884 unused fine
Ceylon, Queen Victoria, postage stamp. Four cents, OVPT Two cents, 1884 unused fine
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