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CEYLON (Sri Lanka) 1903-1920

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1903 King Edward VII, Various frames

2 c brown 6 c red

  2 c brown
  2 c orange
  5 (FIVE CENTS) c lilac
  5 (5 CENTS 5) c lilac
  6 (SIX CENTS) c red
  6 (6 CENTS 6) c red

These stamps have perforation 14.

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
2 c brown*cWatermark 'CA crown'
2 c orange*cWatermark 'Multiple CA crown' (1910)
5 (FIVE) c*cWatermark 'CA crown'
5 c*cWatermark 'Multiple CA crown' (1908)
6 (SIX) c*****Watermark 'CA crown'
6 c*cWatermark 'Multiple CA crown' (1908)

 

1903 King Edward VII, new type

3 c green 4 c orange and blue 30 c violet and green 1 R 50 grey 2 R red on yellow 5 R black on green

  3 c green
  4 c orange and blue
  10 c green and lilac
  12 c green and red
  15 c blue
  25 c brown
  25 c grey
  30 c violet and green
  50 c brown
  75 c blue and orange
  1 R brown on yellow
  1 R 50 c grey
  2 R red on yellow
  2 R 25 brown and green
  5 R black on green
  10 R black on red

The 3 c, 4 c, 12 c and 75 c have the value in white on a coloured shield. In the others the value is in colour. All stamps are perforated 14.

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
Watermark 'CA crown' (1903)
3 c** 
4 c****** 
12 c ****** 
15 c***** 
25 c brown****** 
30 c***** 
75 c****** 
1 R 50 cRRRR 
2 R 25 cRRRR 
Watermark 'Multiple CA crown' (1904)
3 c*cTwo types?
4 c**** 
10 c***** 
12 c***** 
15 c**** 
25 c brown****** 
25 c grey****** 
30 c***** 
50 c****** 
75 c****** 
1 R****** 
1 R 50 cRR 
2 RRRRR 
2 R 25 cRR 
5 RRRRR 
10 RRRRR 

 

1912 King George V, small size

1 c brown 3 c green 5 c lilac6 c red 6 c violet 9 c red on yellow 10 c green 25 c yellow and blue 50 c grey and red 2 R grey and red on yellow 5 R grey and black on green 20 R black and red on blue

  1 c brown
  2 c orange
  3 c green
  3 c grey
  5 c lilac
  6 c red
  6 c violet
  9 c red on yellow
  10 c green
  12 c red
  15 c blue
  15 c green on yellow
  20 c blue
  25 c yellow and blue
  30 c green and lilac
  50 c grey and red
  1 R brown on yellow
  2 R grey and red on yellow
  5 R grey and black on green
  10 R lilac and black on red
  20 R black and red on blue

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
Watermark 'Multiple CA crown' (1912)
1 ccvc1920
2 ccvc 
3 c greencvcTwo types 'c' in '3 c' different
5 c cvc 
6 c red cvc 
10 ccc 
15 c blue*c 
25 c*c 
30 c*c 
50 c*c 
1 R*** 
2 R****Fiscally used: *
5 R******Fiscally used: *
10 R******Fiscally used: **
20 RRRFiscally used: ***

Watermark 'Multiple Script CA crown' (1921)

1 cvcvc1927
3 c greencc 
3 c greycvc 
6 c redcvc 
6 c violetcvc 
9 ccc1926
10 ccvc 
12 ccc 
15 c bluecc 
15 c green on yellow cvc 
20 ccvc 
25 ccvc 
30 c*c 
50 c*c 
1 R*** 
2 R**** 
5 R****** 
20 RRRR 
Surcharged

  'ONE CENT' on 5 c lilac
  '2 Cents.' on 3 c grey
  '5 Cents.' on 6 c lilac

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
Watermark 'Multiple CA crown' (1918)
1 c on 5 ccvc 

Watermark 'Multiple Script CA crown' (1926)

2 c on 3 ccc 
5 c on 6 ccc 
Overprinted 'WAR TAX'

'ONE CENT' on 5 c lilac 2 c orange "WAR TAX" 3 c green 5 c lilac

  'ONE CENT' on 5 c lilac
  2 c orange
  3 c green
  5 c lilac

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
Watermark 'Multiple CA crown' (1918)
1 c on 5 ccvc 
2 ccvc 
3 ccc 
5 ccc 

The 'WAR TAX' overprints exist inverted on the 2 c and 5 c and with double overprint on the 2 c, 3 c and 5 c, examples (all very rare).


(Double overprint on a 2 c stamp and inverted overprint on a 5 c stamp)

'ORIENTAL' overprint

I don't know what this overprint 'oriental' was used for.

 

1912 King George V, large size

50 R violet 100 R blue and lilac
(Reduced sizes)

  50 R violet
  100 R black
  100 R blue and lilac
  500 R green
  1000 R violet on red

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks

Watermark 'Multiple CA crown' (1912)

50 RRR? 
100 R black RR? 
500 RRRR? 
1000 RRRR? 
Watermark 'Multiple Script CA crown' (1922)
50 RRRRR 
100 R blackRRRR 
100 R blue and lilac RRRR 
1000 RRRRRRR 

These stamps were mainly used for fiscal purposes.

 

1927 King George V, small size, other design

1 R violet and lilac

  1 R violet and lilac
  2 R red and green
  5 R violet and green
  10 R yellow and green
  20 R blue and lilac

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks

Watermark 'Multiple Script CA crown'

1 R** 
2 R*** 
5 R***** 
10 R****** 
20 R****** 

 

The next stamps to be issued in Ceylon were the jubilee issue of King George V in 1935 (4 values). In 1935 also a new permanent series was issued (pictorial issue with King George V in the corner, 11 values).


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