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Telegraph stamps

1881 (?) Telegraph stamps of India overprinted 'CEYLON'

  2 a red
  4 a blue
  8 a brown
  1 R grey
  2 R 8 a orange
  5 R brown
  25 R lilac
  50 R red

As for the telegraph stamps of India, used stamps are always cut into two.

1882 Inscription 'GOVERNMENT OF CEYLON TELEGRAPH', Queen Victoria, various frames

  12 c green
  25 c green
  50 c blue
  1 R brown
  2 R 50 brown (?)
  5 R orange
  10 R lilac
  25 R red
  50 R violet

Surcharged


(Reduced sizes)

  12 c on 25 c green
  12 c on 50 c blue
  '20 cents' on 25 c green
  '20' on 50 c blue (2 types?)
  20 on 1 R brown
  25 on 50 c blue
  25 on 1 R brown
  25 on 50 R violet
  40 on 50 c blue
  40 on 1 R brown
  40 on 2 R 50 brown (?)
  60 on 1 R brown
  60 on 2 R 50 brown (?)
  60 on 50 R violet
  80 on 1 R brown (2 types)
  80 on 2 R 50 brown (?)
  80 on 10 R lilac
  80 on 25 R red (2 types?)
  80 on 50 R violet
  5 R on 25 R red
  5 R on 50 R violet
  

As for the telegraph stamps of India, used stamps are always cut into two.

1884 Fiscal stamp overprinted 'TELEGRAPH'

  25 c lilac

1892-1903 Inscription 'TELEGRAPH DEPARTMENT'

Cancel: 'COLOMBO'

  5 c violet
  10 c yellow
  20 c green
  40 c blue
  60 c brown
  80 c green

1903 King Edward, inscription 'GOVERNMENT of CEYLON TELEGRAPH DEPARTMENT'

  5 c lilac and blue
  10 c grey and yellow
  12 c yellow and green
  20 c brown and violet
  25 c green
  40 c lilac and brown
  50 c blue and red
  60 c green and brown
  75 c blue and dark blue
  1 R brown
  2 R 50 c grey and yellow
  5 R orange and red
  10 R lilac and green
  25 R lilac and red
  50 R lilac and blue

 


Official stamps

In 1871 stamps with Queen Victoria, overprinted 'SERVICE' were prepared. However, they were never put into use.

The values 2p yellow, 6 p brown (red overprint), 8 p brown, 1 Sh violet, 2 Sh blue and 1 p blue and 3 p red of the 1868 were prepared.

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 p, 3 p, 6 p, 8 p, 1 Sh and 2 Sh RR- 
1 p***- 

The picture below is probably a forgery of this overprint (it is inverted!).

 

1895 Queen Victoria stamps overprinted 'On Service'

  2 c green
  2 c orange
  3 c orange and green
  3 c green
  5 c lilac
  15 c olive
  15 c blue
  25 c brown
  30 c violet and orange
  75 c black and orange (overprint red)
  1 R 12 c 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
2 p green **** 
2 p orange**** 
3 c orange and green ****** 
3 c green****** 
5 c*** 
15 c olive***** 
15 c blue****** 
25 c****** 
30 c***** 
75 cR*** 
1 R 12 cRRRR 

 

1903 King Edward stamps overprinted 'On Service'

30 c violet and green
(Reduced size)

  2 c orange
  3 c green
  5 c lilac
  15 c blue
  25 c brown
  30 c violet and green

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****** 
3 c****** 
5 c***** 
15 cR*** 
25 cRRRR 
30 cR*** 

The 2 c, 3 c, 5 c and 15 c were forged by Fournier. I presume he applied a forged overprint 'On Service' to genuine stamps. He offers them for 2 Swiss Francs in his Fournier Pricelist of 1914.

 

From 1 October 1903 onwards official stamps were no longer used in Ceylon.


Fiscal stamps

Foreign bill

These stamps exist of three parts with inscriptions: 'FIRST OF EXCHANGE', 'SECOND OF EXCHANGE' and 'THIRD OF EXCHANGE'.

1874 Head of Queen Victoria

The following values exist: 5 c green and lilac, 10 c grey, 15 c blue and lilac, 20 c violet and blue, 30 c brown, 40 c green and red, 45 c violet, 60 c brown and lilac, 75 c blue, 80 c yellow and black, 1 R red and blue, 1 R 20 c violet and green, 1 R 50 c green, 2 R grey and red, 2 R 25 c violet and 3 R orange. Various overprints exist (about 30), examples:

 

1904 As before, but with head of King Edward

The following values exist: 5 c green and violet, 10 c grey, 20 c violet and blue, 40 c green and red, 60 c brown and violet, 75 c blue, 80 c yellow and black, 1 R red and blue, 1 R red and brown, 1 R 20 c violet and blue, 1 R 20 c violet and green, 2 R grey and red, 3 R brown, 3 R orange and 5 R brown and red.

Stamp duty


(Reduced sizes)

Judicial stamps


(1882 issue and ???, reduced size)

Several stamp duty stamps of Ceylon exist with overprint 'JUDICIAL'.

Postage stamp, overprinted 'Postal Commisson' and surcharged with value:


Postal Stationery

ENVELOPES

1858 Queen Victoria, different designs

  1 p blue
  2 p green
  4 p red
  5 p borwn
  6 p violet
  8 p brown
  9 p violet
  10 p red (1867)
  1 Sh yellow
  1 Sh 9 p green
  2 Sh blue

1872 Queen Victoria, value in 'Cents'


(Reduced size)

  4 c blue (circle)
  4 c blue (square)
  5 c blue (1887)
  10 c red (1893)
  12 c red
  15 c red (1889)

Surcharged
  '2' and bars on 5 c blue
  'FIVE CENTS' (6 types) on 4 c blue
  '5 CENTS' (4 types) on 4 c blue
  'TEN CENTS' on 12 c red
  'TEN CENTS' on 15 c red
  '10 CENTS' on 12 c red
  '10 CENTS' on 15 c red
  'FIFTEEN CENTS' (2 types) on 4 c blue
  '15 CENTS' (4 types) on 4 c blue

1895 Square stamp with Queen Victoria in circle

  5 c blue

 

WRAPPERS

1879 Queen Victoria


(Reduced sizes)

  2 c brown
  2 c lilac
  5 c yellow

Later issues, example:


(Cut from wrapper, reduced size)

 

POSTCARDS

1872 Queen Victoria, inscription 'CEYLON POSTAGE'

  2 c lilac
  2 c blue (1893)
  
Surcharged
  '2 1/2 CENTS' on 2 c lilac (1884)
  '10 cents' on 2 c lilac (1884)

Overprinted 'Naples, Marseilles or Southampton'
  '8 cents' on 2 c lilac
  '12 cents' on 2 c lilac

1880 Queen Victoria, inscription 'CEYLON'

  6 c blue 
  8 c brown

Surcharged
  '2 1/2 cents' on 2 c lilac
  '2 1/2 cents' on 6 c blue
  '2 1/2 cents' on 8 c brown
  '3 CENTS' on 6 c blue
  '5 cents' on 6 c blue
  '5 CENTS' on 6 c blue
  '5 cents' on 8 c brown
  '10 cents' on 6 c blue
  '10 cents' on 8 c brown

1885 Queen Victoria, new design, inscription 'CEYLON POSTAGE'

  3 c lilac
  5 c blue
  5 c violet (1893)
  5 c black (1894)
  10 c brown

Surcharged
  'TWO CENTS' on 3 c lilac (1893)
  '3 CENTS' on 5 c blue
  '3' on 5 c blue
  'THREE CENTS' (black or red) on 5 c blue
  'THREE CENTS' on 10 c brown
  'THREE' on 10 c brown
  '5 CENTS' on 10 c brown

1893 Number, inscription 'CEYLON POSTAGE'


(Reduced size)

  2 c blue

Later issues:

What are these (inscription 'CEYLON STAMP')?:


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