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 Victoria Four Cents Rosy Mauve 1880 MINT
Ceylon Victoria Four Cents Rosy Mauve 1880 MINT
£45.00
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Ceylon, King George V, Sacred Mountain, Adams Peak, 3 cents, green and black, sheet of 18 stamps, mint
Ceylon, King George V, Sacred Mountain, Adams Peak, 3 cents, green and black, sheet of 18 stamps, mint
£48.00
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Ceylon, George III, 2 Stivers, Copper, 1815 EF
Ceylon, George III, 2 Stivers, Copper, 1815 EF
£48.00
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Ceylon QV postage to Aitkens Spence from Colpity to Fort 1893
Ceylon QV postage to Aitkens Spence from Colpity to Fort 1893
£48.00
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Ceylon, Queen Victoria, Thirty Six Cents, surcharge 30 Cents, 1872-1880 MH
Ceylon, Queen Victoria, Thirty Six Cents, surcharge 30 Cents, 1872-1880 MH
£48.00
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Ceylon Queen Victoria 4 cents large right margin used hinged 1872-1880
Ceylon Queen Victoria 4 cents large right margin used hinged 1872-1880
£48.00
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Ceylon, King George V, Wild Elephants, 50 cents, mauve and black, horizontal pair 1935
Ceylon, King George V, Wild Elephants, 50 cents, mauve and black, horizontal pair 1935
£48.00
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Ceylon Queen Victoria 1864 Half Pence reddish lilac p12.5 fresh Mint Hinged SG 48b
Ceylon Queen Victoria 1864 Half Pence reddish lilac p12.5 fresh Mint Hinged SG 48b
£55.00
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CEYLON 1857-9 Queen Victoria 2d Green 4 borders
CEYLON 1857-9 Queen Victoria 2d Green 4 borders
£58.00
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Ceylon, QV, Ninety Six Cents, surcharge 1872-1880 MH
Ceylon, QV, Ninety Six Cents, surcharge 1872-1880 MH
£58.00
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Ceylon Queen Victoria One Penny Prussian Blue 1867 MINT
Ceylon Queen Victoria One Penny Prussian Blue 1867 MINT
£58.00
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Ceylon, Queen Victoria, Ninety Six Cents, surcharge 56 Cents, postage, 1872-1880 MH
Ceylon, Queen Victoria, Ninety Six Cents, surcharge 56 Cents, postage, 1872-1880 MH
£58.00
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Ceylon, King George V, 1927-29, Rupees 5 and 10, fine mint set of 2
Ceylon, King George V, 1927-29, Rupees 5 and 10, fine mint set of 2
£58.00
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Ceylon, Queen Victoria, One Penny, Blue, Bank Draft Order Receipt, 1857 fine
Ceylon, Queen Victoria, One Penny, Blue, Bank Draft Order Receipt, 1857 fine
£62.00
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Ceylon, 3 1d Blue Queen Victoria Used, Water mark Large Star  1857-1858
Ceylon, 3 1d Blue Queen Victoria Used, Water mark Large Star 1857-1858
£68.00
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Ceylon, Queen Victoria, Eight Pence, chocolate brown, used 1859
Ceylon, Queen Victoria, Eight Pence, chocolate brown, used 1859
£75.00
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CEYLON 1857 #3a FINE USED IMPERF CHALON VICTORIA YELLOWISH GREEN STAMP
CEYLON 1857 #3a FINE USED IMPERF CHALON VICTORIA YELLOWISH GREEN STAMP
£88.00
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CEYLON 1857 Queen Victoria 2 Pence FINE USED IMPERF CHALON VICTORIA YELLOWISH GREEN STAMP
CEYLON 1857 Queen Victoria 2 Pence FINE USED IMPERF CHALON VICTORIA YELLOWISH GREEN STAMP
£88.00
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Ceylon, Queen Victoria, Six Pence, dark brown, 1857, used fine
Ceylon, Queen Victoria, Six Pence, dark brown, 1857, used fine
£88.00
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CEYLON 1858 QV 1/2d dull mauve mint MH GLAZED PAPER
CEYLON 1858 QV 1/2d dull mauve mint MH GLAZED PAPER
£88.00
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Ceylon Queen Victoria 6 d purple brown, VFU
Ceylon Queen Victoria 6 d purple brown, VFU
£95.00
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Ceylon, Queen Victoria 1857 Ten Pence dull vermilion imperf used SG 9
Ceylon, Queen Victoria 1857 Ten Pence dull vermilion imperf used SG 9
£95.00
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Ceylon, Queen Victoria, One Shilling, 1857, used, fine
Ceylon, Queen Victoria, One Shilling, 1857, used, fine
£95.00
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Ceylon Queen Victoria Six Pence Brown star watermark 1857
Ceylon Queen Victoria Six Pence Brown star watermark 1857
£98.00
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Ceylon Queen Victoria Nine Pence Brown  watermark type 5 1863
Ceylon Queen Victoria Nine Pence Brown watermark type 5 1863
£98.00
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Ceylon QV 4d rose SG 52b Very fine used
Ceylon QV 4d rose SG 52b Very fine used
£98.00
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Ceylon Queen Victoria Two Pence imperf 1857-1858
Ceylon Queen Victoria Two Pence imperf 1857-1858
£98.00
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Ceylon Queen Victoria 1 Shilling purple 1861
Ceylon Queen Victoria 1 Shilling purple 1861
£99.00
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Ceylon, Queen Victoria 1863-1865 set of 6 used very fine
Ceylon, Queen Victoria 1863-1865 set of 6 used very fine
£105.00
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Ceylon 1857-59 5d chestnut Wmk star one small margin
Ceylon 1857-59 5d chestnut Wmk star one small margin
£108.00
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Ceylon, Queen Victoria, 10 Pence, Chalon, 1857 -1861 used VF
Ceylon, Queen Victoria, 10 Pence, Chalon, 1857 -1861 used VF
£115.00
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Ceylon Queen Victoria 9 d Bistre Brown SG 69b 1859 - 1867
Ceylon Queen Victoria 9 d Bistre Brown SG 69b 1859 - 1867
£123.00
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CEYLON 1862 QV 6d deep brown SG41a CV
CEYLON 1862 QV 6d deep brown SG41a CV
£125.00
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Ceylon QV 1867 SG68 8d Chocolate; CC wmk, fine unused
Ceylon QV 1867 SG68 8d Chocolate; CC wmk, fine unused
£148.00
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Ceylon, QV, Rose Carmine, Four Pence, 1867/1870, MNH
Ceylon, QV, Rose Carmine, Four Pence, 1867/1870, MNH
£168.00
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