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Ceylon

1869-1880 Telegraph stamps of India used in Ceylon. Watermark W1 of India. Perf. 14
(Numbers in brackets refer to the Indian reference numbers.)

Hisc. Description Mint Used
H1 1A yellow-green (H4) - 8.00
H2 2A maroon (H5) - 2.00
H3 4A pale blue (H6) - 1.50
H4 8A brown (H7) - 1.50
H4a         imperf (Oct. 1878, Colombo, H7c)   - 150.00
H5 1R grey (H8) - 20.00
H6 1R grey (H9) - 1.50
H7 2R 8A orange-yellow (H10) - 2.00
H8 2R 8A orange (H11) - 8.00
H9 5R orange-brown (H12) - 3.00
H10 10R green (H13) - 3.00
H11 10R green (H14) - 20.00
H12 14R 4A lilac (H15) - 20.00
H13 25R violet (H16) - 6.00
H14 25R violet (H17) - 20.00
H15 28R 8A yellow-green (H18) - 30.00
H16 50R rose (H19) - 20.00
H17 50R rose-carmine (H20) - 4.00

Hiscocks added the following 3 notes:

Note 1. Only used stamps can be identified as "used in Ceylon", mint stamps are therefore not priced in this  
                section. The complete list of cancellations which should be found is as follows:-
ANURADHAPURAGAMPOLAMATALLE
BADULLA JAFFNA / JAFFRA (error) NAWALAPITYA
BATTICALOAKALATURANEWERA ELLIA
COLOMBOKANDYPANADURE
GALLEMANAARTRINCOMALLEE
                These cancellations were at that time normally in block capitals, along with the date, such that
                three or, at the most, four letters fell on each stamp. Care is therefore needed in identification
                since some groups of letters occur in both Ceylonese and Indian cancellations. The most common  
                pitfall is "OMB" which may be COLOMBO, but is much more often BOMBAY.
                Pairs of stamps or stamps on piece with complete cancellations command a premium.
                While looking out for cancels, also look for 'GOA', this comes under the heading of
                Portuguese India.
Note 2. The 1A (No. 1) was only used in Ceylon for about 18 months.
Note 3. It was intended that the use of Indian telegraph stamps in Ceylon should begin on 1 February 1869  
                but, due to administrative confusion, use did not apparently begin until around 1 July 1869.
                See also Note 7 of New South Wales.

Indian stamps used in Ceylon
A selection of Indian stamps used in Ceylon, courtesy of Socrates Antypas (storypost) on ebay.

 

1880 (1 July) 'CEYLON' overprint on Indian Telegraph stamps as above. Watermark W1 of India. Perf. 14
India Nos. and quantity in brackets.

Ceylon overprint H18 Ceylon overprint H19 Ceylon overprint H20 Ceylon overprint H21
2 As.   H18 4 As.   H19 8 As.   H20 1 Rp.   H21

 

Ceylon overprint H22 Ceylon overprint H23 Ceylon overprint H24 Ceylon overprint H25
2 Rps.8As.   H22 5 Rps.   H23 10 Rps.   H24 25 Rps.   H25

 

Ceylon overprints
This strip shows the typical cancel used, with location followed by date.
Image courtesy of Socrates Antypas (storypost) on ebay.

 

Hisc. Description Mint Used
H18 2A maroon (H5, 2000) - 30.00
H19 4A blue (H6, 2450) - 24.00
H20 8A brown (H7, 20000) - 12.00
H21 1R grey (H9, 35000) - 10.00
H22 2R 8A orange (H11, 6000) - 20.00
H23 5R brown-orange (H12, 2000)   - 30.00
H24 10R green (H14, 3250) - 20.00
H25 25R violet (H17, 2450) - 35.00
H26 50R rose-carmine (H20, 100)   - 200.00

Hiscocks added the following 3 notes:

Note 1. These stamps are virtually unknown mint, although copies of the 4A and 25R (Nos. 19 & 25),  
                are in the Royal Collection. A few lower halves (also overprinted) are known (Price x 4) and  
                a 2½R (No. 22) is known used whole.
Note 2. Beware of forgeries — especially of No 26.
Note 3. Those on piece command a premium.

 

watermarks

1881 (14 February) Surface printed by de la Rue on white wove paper. Watermark CA / Crown (W1). Perf. 14 (images reduced size)

Ceylon-H27 Ceylon-H28 Ceylon-H30 Ceylon-H31 Ceylon-H32
12c.   H27 25c.   H28 1R.   H30 2R 50c.   H31 5R.   H32
Images courtesy of ibredguy.co.uk Images courtesy of Socrates Antypas (storypost) on ebay.

 

Hisc. Description Mint Used
H27 12c yellow-bistre (shades) 15.00 0.65
H27a         olive bistre 20.00 0.80
H27b         bistre 20.00 0.80
H27c         ochre 25.00 1.00
H27d         on 'semi-laid' paper (1883) 30.00 1.50
H27e         watermark inverted (yellow bistre)   50.00 4.00
H28 25c blue-green 175.00 15.00
H28a         green-blue 175.00 15.00
H29 50c blue 15.00 0.65
H29a         on 'semi-laid' paper (1883) 25.00 1.00
H29b         watermark inverted 50.00 4.00
H30 1R red-brown 75.00 4.00
H30a         imperf. 250.00 60.00
H31 2R 50c slate-grey 30.00 0.70
H31a         blue-grey 30.00 0.70
H31b         on 'semi-laid' paper (1883) 45.00 1.00
H31c         watermark inverted 60.00 4.00
H32 5R orange 45.00 1.00
H32a         brownish orange 50.00 1.20
H32b         on 'semi-laid' paper (1883) 68.00 1.20
H32c         watermark inverted 90.00 4.00
H33 10R reddish lilac 200.00 6.00
H33a         imperf. 500.00 100.00
H34 25R bright rose 500.00 1.50
H34a         carmine 500.00 1.20
H34b         on 'semi-laid' paper (1883) 750.00 3.00
H34c         watermark inverted 1000.00 6.00
H35 50R brown-rose 750.00 4.00
H35a         brown-lilac 750.00 4.00
H35b         on 'semi-laid' paper (1883) 1000.00 8.00

Hiscocks added the following note:

Note. The printing on 'semi-laid' paper, which shows periodic vertical lines in the watermark, was a  
                temporary expedient which affected only one year's supply.

 

1882 (March) New designs — other details as above.
The original 25c, 1R and 10R just had the value in the centre. The new designs had the value at the top and bottom.

Ceylon-H40 Ceylon-H27 Ceylon-H45
25c.   H40 / H40a (going by date) 1R.   H37 / H42 10R.   H38 / H45
Image courtesy Rupert of Strathspey Philatelics. Image courtesy of (Socrates Antypas). Image courtesy of ibredguy.co.uk

 

Hisc. Description Mint Used
H36 25c green (shades) 10.00 0.80
H36a         on 'semi-laid' paper (1883)   15.00 1.00
H37 1R red-brown 15.00 1.00
H37a         on 'semi-laid' paper (1883)   25.00 2.00
H37b         watermark inverted 50.00 10.00
H38 10R rose-lilac 80.00 2.00
H38a         claret (shades) 80.00 2.00
H38b         reddish-purple (shades) 80.00 2.00
H38c         on 'semi-laid' paper (1883)   120.00 6.00

Hiscocks added the following note:

Note. The original designs of the 25c, 1R and 10R were such that the actual value was  
                often lost on half stamps. This made checking difficult and was quickly rectified  
                by the introduction of the new designs.  

 

1894 As above but watermark CA / Crown (W2).

Hisc. Description Mint Used
H39 12c olive bistre 20.00 0.80
H39a         bistre 20.00 0.80
H40 25c green 20.00 0.60
H40a         bluish green 20.00 0.60
H41 50c blue 20.00 0.80
H41a         dark blue 20.00 0.80
H42 1R red-brown (shades)   20.00 0.60
H43 2½R pale slate grey 24.00 0.80
H43a         slate grey 24.00 0.80
H44 5R brown orange 32.00 1.00
H44a         yellow orange 32.00 1.00
H45 10R purple (shades) 96.00 1.50
H45a         claret 96.00 1.50
H45b         dull magenta 96.00 1.50
H46 25R carmine (shades) 360.00 1.50
H47 50R lake (shades) 720.00 10.00

Hiscocks added the following note:

Note. Both the 1881 and 1894 issues are found overprinted 'specimen' or 'cancelled' by hand.  
                Prices roughly as mint.

 

1882 — 94 Provisionals. Surcharged by the Ceylon Government printer on Nos. 27 to 38 (i.e. watermark W1 except where stated to be W2)
in black except where red (R) or vermilion (V) is stated.

 

size-up   I found it a bit of a pain working out which each overprint was,  
so I created this (sortable) table to help.
size-down
 

The arrows at the sides adjust the length of the table.
Sort by columns by clicking on the header (clicking again reverses the direction).
A row can be highlighted by clicking on it (click again to undo). This will also supply an image if available.
This allows you to highlight all the 'possibles' and eliminate one by one.
The button below gives you a 'floating' table.

 

1882 issues.

 

Ceylon-H48 Ceylon-H49 Ceylon-H50 Ceylon-H51
40c on 50c.   H48, Type 14. 60c on 1R.   H49, Type (15). 80c on 1R.   H50, Type 15. 40c on 2½R.   H51, Type (16).

 

Ceylon-H52 Ceylon-H53 Ceylon-H55 Ceylon-H56
50c on 2½R.   H52, Type 17. 60c on 1R.   H53, Type 16. 80c on 1R.   H55, Type 19. 40c on 2½R.   H56, Type 20.

 

Ceylon-H57 Ceylon-H58 Ceylon-H59 Ceylon-H60
60c on 1R.   H57, Type (21). 80c on 1R.   H58, Type 21. 60c on 1R.   H59, Type 22. 80c on 1R.   H60, Type 23.

 

For the moment I am having to take this from page 56/57 of Hiscocks book.


Can anyone provide scans of any of the missing ones?
These type numbers can also have different values of the same style (which is then quoted in brackets).

Ceylon-H54

Type 18 (H54), courtesy of Peter Arnett of
(bygonesofbridlington) on ebay.
Hisc. Type Description Mint Used
H48 14 40c on 50c (No. 29) 23.12.81 (800) 150.00 45.00
H48a           surcharge double 450.00 90.00
H49 (15) 60c on 1R (No. 30) 23.12.81 (6000) 75.00 9.00
H50 15 80c on 1R (No. 30) 10.1.82 (8400) 75.00 7.50
H51 (16) 40c on 2½R (No. 31) 18.1.82 (1200) - 24.00
H52 17 50c on 2½R (No. 31) 16.2.82 (400) - 60.00
H53 16 60c on 2½R (No. 31) 16.2.82 (400) - 60.00
H54 18 25c TELEGRAPH Stamp Duty pair, lilac 7.2.82 (540 pairs)   - 600.00
H55 19 40c on 50c (No. 29) 10.1.82 (4000) 90.00 12.00
H56 20 40c on 50c (No. 29) 6.3.82 & 18.10.82 (4800) 90.00 12.00
H57 (21) 60c on 1R (No. 37) 6.3.82 (3600) 90.00 12.00
H58 21 80c on 1R (No. 37) 6.3.82 (2400) 90.00 15.00
H59 22 60c on 1R (No. 37) 18.10.82 (2400) 90.00 15.00
H60 23 80c on 1R (No. 37) 18.10.82 (2400) 90.00 15.00

Hiscocks added the following 4 notes:

Note 1. No. 48(a) is a true double printing, of equal intensity, and separated by about 3.6mm.
Note 2. No 54 has TELE reading upwards on the lower of the vertical pair and GRAPH on the upper.
                In fact no mint pair or lower half is known to exist. Perf. 14 and watermark narrow CA
                (similar to that in W1) and crown.
Note 3. The dates given above and subsequently are those of printing. Nos. 48 & 49 were issued 1.1.82  
                and the others were normally issued within days of printing.
Note 4. The price quoted for No 54 is roughly the market price but it will be noted below that other  
                provisionals are priced at much less although even less were printed. Presumably this is because  
                No 54 is distinctive and well known to be scarce while the others have not previously been  
                recognised as such.

 

These are reduced size.

Ceylon-H61-type 1 Ceylon-H61-type 2 Ceylon-H62 Ceylon-H63
40c on 50c.   H61   (Hiscocks notes that there are two different spacings.) 60c on 50R.   H62 80c on 25R.   H63
Courtesy of (ye_olde_world) Images courtesy of Socrates Antypas (storypost) on ebay.

 

Ceylon-H68 Ceylon-H83
60c on 2R 50c.   H68
(overprints 29 and 31 are easily confused)
60c on 1R.   H83
Courtesy of (ye_olde_world) Image courtesy of ibredguy.co.uk

 

1883 issues.

Ceylon-H61 Ceylon-H62 Ceylon-H63 Ceylon-H64
40c on 50c.   H61, Type 24. 60c on 50R.   H62, Type 25. 80c on 25R.   H63, Type 23. 40c on 50c.   H64, Type 26.

1883 issues.

Ceylon-H65 Ceylon-H66 Ceylon-H67 Ceylon-H68
60c on 50R.   H65, Type (26). 60c on 1R.   H66, Type 27. 40c on 50c.   H67, Type 28. 60c on 2½R.   H68, Type 29.

1883 issues.

Ceylon-H69 Ceylon-H70
80c on 25R.   H69, Type (30). 80c on 50R.   H70, Type 30.

H61 and H62 are courtesy of Socrates Antypas (storypost) on ebay.
H68 is courtesy of Keith Attwood on ebay.

Can anyone provide any of the missing scans ?
These type numbers can also have different values of the same type (which is then quoted in brackets).

Hisc. Type Description Mint Used
H61 24 40c on 50c (No. 29) (V) 5.2.83 (4000) 45.00 9.00
H61a           on 'semi-laid' paper 45.00 9.00
H62 25 60c on 50R (No. 35) 5.2.83 (3600) 45.00 9.00
H62a           on 'semi-laid' paper 45.00 9.00
H63 23 80c on 25R (No. 34) 5.2.83 (2400) 60.00 15.00
H63a           on 'semi-laid' paper 60.00 9.00
H64 26 40c on 50c (No. 29) (see Note 1 below) - 60.00
H64a           on 'semi-laid' paper - 60.00
H65 (26) 60c on 50R (No. 35) (see Note 1 below) - 60.00
H65a           on 'semi-laid' paper - 60.00
H66 27 60c on 1R (No. 37) (see Note 1 below) - 60.00
H66a           on 'semi-laid' paper - 60.00
H67 28 40c on 50c (No. 29) (V) 20.7.83 (6000) 45.00 6.00
H67a           on 'semi-laid' paper 45.00 6.00
H68 29 60c on 2½R (No. 31) (V) 20.7.83 (6000)   45.00 6.00
H68a           on 'semi-laid' paper 45.00 6.00
H69 (30) 80c on 25R (No. 34) 20.7.83 (2000) 90.00 15.00
H69a           on 'semi-laid' paper 90.00 15.00
H70 30 80c on 50R (No. 35) 20.7.83 (2500) 90.00 13.50
H70a           on 'semi-laid' paper 90.00 13.50

Hiscocks added the following 2 notes:

Note 1. Nos 64, 65 and 66 are unaccounted for in the records and neither the date of printing or the
                numbers surcharged are known. They seem to be related and No 65 is known dated June 1883  
                which is why they are placed here. All are scarce.
Note 2. I have copies of No 61 on two shades of blue with the spacing between the single upper line, and  
                the top of the word 'cents' being nearly 1mm more on the darker. The significance of this is not  
                clear at present and further information is needed.

 

1884 issues.

Ceylon-H71 Ceylon-H72/75 Ceylon-H73 Ceylon-H67/74
40c on 50c.   H71, Type 26. 60c on 2½R.   H72/75 (see Note 2), Type 31. 80c on 25R.   H73, Type (15). 40c on 50c.   H74/67 (see Note 2), Type 28.

 

Ceylon-H76 Ceylon-H77 Ceylon-H78
80c on 5R.   H76, Type 32B.
Courtesy of Keith Attwood
80c on 10R.   H77, Type 32. 80c on 50R.   H78, Type 32A.

These type numbers can also have different values of the same type (which is then quoted in brackets).

Hisc. Type Description Mint Used
H71 26 40c on 50c (No. 29) (R) 23.4.84 (4000) - 12.00
H71a           on 'semi-laid' paper - 12.00
H72 31 60c on 2½R (No. 31) (R) 23.4.84 (5000)   60.00 9.00
H72a           on 'semi-laid' paper 60.00 9.00
H73 (15) 80c on 25R (No. 34) 23.4.84 (2000) 90.00 15.00
H73a           on 'semi-laid' paper 90.00 15.00
H74 28 40c on 50c (No. 29) (R) 3.9.84 (5040) 45.00 6.00
H74a           on 'semi-laid' paper 45.00 6.00
H75 31 60c on 2½R (No. 31) (R) 3.9.84 (4000) 60.00 9.00
H75a           Surcharge misplaced — see Note 1 150.00 120.00
H75b           on 'semi-laid' paper 60.00 12.00
H76 32B 80c on 5R (No. 32) 3.9.84 (1040) - 30.00
H76a           on 'semi-laid' paper - 30.00
H77 32 80c on 10R (No. 38) 3.9.84 (560) - 45.00
H77a           on 'semi-laid' paper - 45.00
H78 32A 80c on 50R (No. 35) 3.9.84 (400) - 60.00
H78a           on 'semi-laid' paper - 60.00

Hiscocks added the following 2 notes:

Note 1. This surcharge is placed so low that on some copies an additional upper bar has been added in ink
                to delete the original value. This would presumably have been necessary only for the top row and
                lower rows should have a double surcharge at the top but these have not been reported.
Note 2. No 74 and No 75 have been listed separately but appear to be reprints of No 67 and No 72  
                respectively. Perhaps someone with dated copies can discover distinguishing features — the shades  
                of Nos 74 and 67 may be different perhaps. There do seem to be two types of Type 31 — one  
                which the distance between the numerals and the top letters is 12mm and where it is 11½mm.  
                The alignment between the two parts of the overprint also differ by about 1mm.
                None of the eight or so copies I have been able to examine has been clearly dated and the sample  
                is too small for relative rarities to help.

 

1885 issues.

Ceylon-H79 Ceylon-H82 Ceylon-H83 Ceylon-H84
40c on 50c.   H79, Type 33 80c on 2½R.   H82, Type 34. 60c on 1R.   H83, Type 35. 80c on 1R.   H84, Type (35).

 

Hisc. Type Description Mint Used
H79 33 40c on 50c (No. 29) (R) 2.3.85 (10000) - 6.00
H80 33 + 37 40c on 50c (No. 29) as No 79(R) + as No 86 in black (see note)   **   - 135.00
H81 (33) 60c on 1R (No. 37) 2.3.85 (1600) - 18.00
H82 34 80c on 2½R (No. 31) 2.3.85 (3600) - 12.00
H83 35 60c on 1R (No. 37) 6.7.85 (8000) 75.00 7.50
H84 (35) 80c on 1R (No. 37) 6.7.85 (8000) 75.00 7.50
H84a           surcharge double (one faint) 150.00 75.00

** Hiscocks lists this as on 50R (No.29) which I think is a typo.

Hiscocks added the following note:

Note. The black surcharge on No 80 is not exactly like that of No 86 below but similar to it (smaller type).  
                It has not in fact been observed on its own.

My comment on this:   Hiscocks description could have been clearer,
I have used the '+' symbol in place of the original to make it clear that
there are two overprints, one red and the other black.
Also Hiscocks originally describes this as "40c on 50R (No 29)",
No 29 is 50c which is what I think he means.

 

1886 issues.

Ceylon-H85 Ceylon-H86 Ceylon-H87 Ceylon-H88
20c on 25c.   H85, Type 36 40c on 50c.   H86, Type 37. 60c on 1R.   H87, Type 38. 80c on 2½R.   H88, Type (38).

 

Hisc. Type Description Mint Used
H85 36 20c on 25c (No. 36) 9.7.86 (7000) 45.00 7.50
H85a           surcharge at marked angle to horizontal 150.00 90.00
H86 37 40c on 50c (No. 29) 9.7.86 (20000) 30.00 4.50
H86a           surcharge double (very slight displacement)   90.00 60.00
H87 38 60c on 1R (No. 37) 9.7.86 (5000) 60.00 10.50
H87a           surcharge double (one faint and inverted) 120.00 90.00
H88 (36) 80c on 2½R (No. 31) 9.7.86 (8000) 60.00 9.00

 

1887 issues.

Ceylon-H89 Ceylon-H90 Ceylon-H91 Ceylon-H92
60c on 2½R.   H89, Type 39 20c on 25c.   H90, Type (40). 20c on 50c.   H91, Type 41. 60c on 1R.   H92, Type 42.

 

Ceylon-H93 Ceylon-H94
80c on 5R.   H93, Type (42) 80c on 10R.   H94, Type (42)

H89 is courtesy of Keith Attwood on ebay.
Can anyone provide more scans of the missing ones ?
These type numbers can also have different values of the same type (which is then quoted in brackets).

Hisc. Type Description Mint Used
H89 39 60c on 2½R (No. 31) 25.2.87 (6000)   60.00 7.50
H90 (40) 20c on 25c (No. 36) 7.4.87 (6000) 90.00 7.50
H91 41 20c on 50c (No. 29) 7.4.87 (6480) 90.00 7.50
H91a           surcharge double - 75.00
H92 42 60c on 1R (No. 37) 7.4.87 (4000) 90.00 9.00
H93 (42) 80c on 5R (No. 32) 7.4.87 (3760) 90.00 9.00
H94 (42) 80c on 10R (No. 38) 7.4.87 (3600) 90.00 9.00
H95 (42) 80c on 50R (No. 35) 7.4.87 (400) 450.00 105.00

 

 

Ceylon-H96 Ceylon-H97
12c on 25c.   H96, Type 40 12c on 50c.   H97, Type 43.

 

Ceylon-H98 Ceylon-H99 Ceylon-H100
60c on 1R.   H98, Type 44 60c on 2½R.   H99, Type 45. 80c on 5R.   H100, Type 46.

For the moment I am having to take most of these from page 60 of Hiscocks book. Can anyone provide scans of any of these ?

Hisc. Type Description Mint Used
H96 40 12c on 25c (No. 36) 20.4.87 (800) 180.00 75.00
H97 43 12c on 50c (No. 29) 20.4.87 (8000) 90.00 7.50
H98 44 60c on 1R (No. 37) 10.8.87 (2000) - 12.00
H99 45 60c on 2½R (No. 31) 10.8.87 (1040)   - 24.00
H100 46 80c on 5R (No. 32) 10.8.87 (1600) - 18.00

 

 

1887 overprints - 3

For the moment I am having to take most of these from page 60 of Hiscocks book. Can anyone provide scans of any of these ?
Type 49 is courtesy of Nicholas Turner (capital-collectables) on ebay.
These type numbers can also have different values of the same type (which is then quoted in brackets).

Hisc. Type Description Mint Used
H101 47 80c on 10R (No. 38) 10.8.87 (1600) - 18.00
H102 (44) 80c on 25R (No. 33) 10.8.87 (1600)   **   - 18.00
H103 48 80c on 10R (No. 38) date? (400?) - 150.00
H104 49 40c on 50c (No. 29) 14.11.87 (30000) 36.00 3.00
H105 50 60c on 1R (No. 37) 21.12.87 (8000) - 7.50
H106 51 80c on 5R (No. 32) 21.12.87 (1600) - 18.00
H107 51 80c on 10R (No. 38) 21.12.87 (2400) - 12.00
H108 51 80c on 25R (No. 34) 21.12.87 (2400) - 12.00
H109 52 80c on 50R (No. 35) 21.12.87 (1600) - 18.00

** No. 33 is 10R ! I do not know if it is the "25R" or the '(No. 33)' that is in error.  

Hiscocks added the following 2 notes:

Note 1. While it is reported that the December issues are all unknown unused, lower halves are known; price x 5.  
Note 2. No 103 is reported in only one case and its type would suggest an 1887 printing. It does not appear
                in the records however (several others are also missing from the records so this is not in itself cause
                for suspicion) and no other details are known. A printing of 400 is suggested as the usual minimum.

 

 

1888 issues. (reduced size)

Ceylon-H110 Ceylon-H112 Ceylon-H113
20c on 25c.   H110 80c on 1R.   H112 12c on 50c.   H113
Images courtesy of Socrates Antypas (storypost) on ebay.

 

Ceylon-H111 Ceylon-H114 Ceylon-H115
60c on 1R.   H111, Type 54 80c on 2½R.   H114, Type 56. 60c on 2½R.   H115, Type 57.

For the moment most of this is taken from page 61 of Hiscocks book. H111 and H115 are courtesy of Keith Attwood on ebay.

Hisc. Type Description Mint Used
H110 53 20c on 25c (No. 36) 13.4.88 (4000) 60.00 9.00
H111 54 60c on 1R (No. 37) 13.4.88 (4000) 60.00 9.00
H112 (54) 80c on 1R (No. 37) 13.4.88 (4000) 60.00 15.00
H112a           surcharge at marked angle to horizontal   450.00 120.00
H113 55 12c on 50c (No. 29) 7.5.88 (4000) 45.00 7.50
H114 56 80c on 2½R (No. 31) 26.9.88 (4000) 90.00 9.00
H114a           word at top above figure (100?) 450.00 240.00
H115 57 60c on 2½R (No. 31) 29.10.88 (3200) 60.00 12.00

Hiscocks added the following note:

Note. The guess at 100 copies of No 114(a) originally printed is based on the supposition that there was  
                one such error in each sheet of 40.

 

1889 issues.

Ceylon-H116 Ceylon-H117 Ceylon-H118 Ceylon-H119
12c on 25c.   H116, Type 58 12c on 25c.   H117, Type 59. 12c on 50c.   H118, Type 60. 12c on 50c.   H119, Type 61.

 

Ceylon-H120 Ceylon-H122 Ceylon-H124 Ceylon-H125
12c on 50c.   H120, Type 62. 60c on 1R.   H122, Type 63. 80c on 1R.   H124, Type 64. 80c on 2½R.   H125, Type 65.

 

Ceylon-H126 Ceylon-H127 Ceylon-H128 Ceylon-H129
40c on 50c.   H126, Type (66). 20c on 50c.   H127, Type 67. 80c on 1R.   H128, Type 68. 60c on 1R.   H129, Type 69.

 

 

Much of this is taken from page 62 of Hiscocks book. H129 is courtesy of Keith Attwood on ebay.
H119 is courtesy of Nicholas Turner (capital-collectables) on ebay.
Martin Robinson of Mareval2 on ebay has also been helpful in the past.
Can anyone provide scans of any of the missing ones ?
These type numbers can also have different values of the same type (which is then quoted in brackets).

Hisc. Type Description Mint Used
H116 58 12c on 25c (No. 36) 16.1.89 (1800?) 60.00 12.00
H117 59 12c on 25c (No. 36) 16.1.89 (600?) 120.00 36.00
H118 60 12c on 50c (No. 29) 16.1.89 (1200?) 75.00 18.00
H119 61 12c on 50c (No. 29) 16.1.89 (400?) 150.00 60.00
H120 62 20c on 50c (No. 31) 16.1.89 (8000) 54.00 6.00
H121 (62) 40c on 50c (No. 31) 16.1.89 (20000) 45.00 3.00
H122 63 60c on 1R (No. 37) 16.1.89 (13600) 45.00 4.50
H123 (63) 80c on 1R (No. 37) 16.1.89 (8000) 54.00 7.50
H124 64 80c on 1R (No. 37) 16.1.89 (2400) 75.00 12.00
H124a           19mm gap between letters and upper line   75.00 12.00
H125 65 80c on 2½R (No. 31) 16.1.89 (4000) 75.00 9.00
H126 (66) 40c on 50c (No. 29) 23.7.89 (16000) 45.00 4.50
H127 67 20c on 50c (No. 29) 2.8.89 (8000) 60.00 7.50
H128 68 80c on 1R (No. 37) 2.8.89 (4000) 90.00 12.00
H129 69 60c on 1R (No. 37) 12.12.89 (14400) 45.00 6.00

Hiscocks added the following 5 notes:

Note 1. It seems likely that Nos. 116 & 117 and Nos. 118 & 119 represent cases where two types were
                printed on the same sheet with the straight based '2' occuring in one row and the curly based '2'
                in the other three rows in each case. The printings of each type are therefore queried although the
                total printings, 2400 and 1600, are known.
Note 2. No. 124 seems to exist in two forms. In one the space between the upper line and the letters is 19mm  
                and in the other it is 18mm. The latter spacing is the same as that between letters and upper line
                in No. 125.
Note 3. No. 126 is very similar in its upper half to No. 134 of 1890. No. 126 is on a lighter blue 50c base
                stamp than 134, and this is the only distinguishing mark on half stamps unless the cancellation date
                can be read. Whole stamps are easily distinguishable in that No. 134 has words on the lower half
                while No. 126 has only a number '40'.
Note 4. No. 128 shows a slight variation in the letter to line distance — 25¾mm and 25¼mm.
Note 5. No. 129 was printed with a very greasy ink which tended to smudge somewhat giving in some cases
                the (erronious) impression of a double printing. There is again a slight variation in the distance
                between the two lines — 25¾mm and 25¼mm.

 

1890 issues.

Ceylon-H130/142 Ceylon-H132/145 Ceylon-H135 Ceylon-H138
20c on 50c.   H130 or H142 ?  type 70. 80c on 1R.   H132 or H145 ?   type 71. 12c on 2R.50c.   H135   type 73. 60c on 1R.   H138
Images courtesy of Socrates Antypas (storypost) on ebay.

 

Ceylon-H133 Ceylon-H136 Ceylon-H141
80c on 2½R.   H133, Type 72. 20c on 50c.   H136, Type 66. 80c on 25R.   H141, Type 74.

 

Hisc. Type Description Mint Used
H130 70 20c on 50c (No. 29) 18.1.90 (6400) 60.00 9.00
H131 (70) 40c on 50c (No. 29) 18.1.90 (19200)   36.00 4.50
H132 71 80c on 1R (No. 37) 18.1.90 (8000) 54.00 9.00
H133 72 80c on 2½R (No. 31) 18.1.90 (5600) 60.00 12.00
H134 (66) 40c on 50c (No. 29) 26.8.90 (24000) 30.00 3.00
H135 73 80c on 2½R (No. 31) 16.9.90 (8000) 54.00 9.00
H136 66 20c on 50c (No. 29) 26.9.90 (16000) 36.00 6.00
H137 (66) 40c on 1R (No. 37) 26.9.90 (20000) 30.00 4.50
H138 (66) 60c on 1R (No. 37) 26.9.90 (12000) 45.00 6.00
H139 (66) 80c on 5R (No. 32) 26.9.90 (4000) 75.00 12.00
H139a           '00' in place of '80' (100?) 450.00 150.00
H140 (66) 80c on 10R (No. 38) 26.9.90 (4000) 75.00 12.00
H140a          '00' in place of '80' (100?) 450.00 150.00
H141 74 80c on 25R (No. 34) 26.9.90 (4000) 75.00 12.00

Hiscocks added the following 3 notes:

Note 1. No. 134 is very similar in its upper half to No. 126 — see Note 3 for 1889 issues.
Note 2. The spacing between bar and numeral on No. 136 varies by about ½mm.
Note 3. The numbers of '00' errors of Nos 139 and 140 are estimated on the basis of one per sheet.
                A mint strip of these — two No.139 with No.139(a) between them — was exhibited in June 1901.  

 

1891 issues.

Hisc. Type Description Mint Used
H142 70 20c on 50c (No. 29) 24.6.91 & 23.12.91 (11200)   45.00 6.00
H143 (71) 40c on 50c (No. 29) 24.6.91 & 23.12.91 (22400) 36.00 4.50
H144 (71) 60c on 1R (No. 37) 24.6.91 & 23.12.91 (12800) 45.00 6.00
H145 71 80c on 1R (No. 37) 24.6.91 & 23.12.91 (12400) 45.00 6.00

Hiscocks added the following 3 notes:

Note 1. For all four values the same setting was used for both printings which are therefore indistinguishable.
Note 2. No. 143 is similar to No. 131, but in the latter case the separation between the words at the top and
                the large 40 is 18mm and in the former 14½mm.
Note 3. Nos. 142 & 145 are similarly almost the same as Nos. 130 & 132. In this case the printings may be
                distinguished by the separation between the top words and the large number which is about 1mm
                less in 142 & 145 (both 18mm) than in 130 & 132 (both 19mm) respectively.
                The blue of No. 142 is also consistently darker than in No 130. The spacing between the two words  
                at the top is also about 1mm wider in No 145 than in No 132, but there is some confusion in
                Crofton over which is properly allocated to which date — perhaps some reader has one clearly
                dated before 24.6.91.

 

1892 issues.

Ceylon-H146 Ceylon-H148 Ceylon-H150
25c on 50c.   H146, Type 75. 80c on 2½R.   H148, Type (76). 20c on 1R.   H150, Type (75).

 

Ceylon-H155 Ceylon-H156 Ceylon-H158
80c on 50R.   H155, Type 77. 20c on 25c.   H156, Type 76. 5R on 25R.   H158, Type 78.

For the moment some of this is taken from page 62 of Hiscocks book.
Can anyone provide scans of missing ones ?
These type numbers can also have different values of the same type (which is then quoted in brackets).

Hisc. Type Description Mint Used
H146 75 25c on 50c (No. 29) 20.1.92 (1200) - 24.00
H147 75 25c on 1R (No. 37) 3.2.92 (800) - 60.00
H148 (76) 80c on 2½R (No. 31) 3.2.92 (3000) - 15.00
H149 (77) 25c on 50R (No. 35) 26.2.92 (800) - 60.00
H150 (75) 20c on 1R (No. 37) Feb & March 1892 (5200) - 9.00
H151 (75) 40c on 1R (No. 37) Feb & March 1892 (14000)   - 6.00
H152 (75) 60c on 1R (No. 37) Feb & March 1892 (7200) - 7.50
H153 (75) 80c on 1R (No. 37) March 1892 (3600) - 15.00
H154 (77) 80c on 25R (No. 34) March 1892 (1000) - 30.00
H155 77 80c on 50R (No. 35) March 1892 (1000) - 45.00
H156 76 20c on 25c (No. 36) 1.4.92 (2400) - 12.00
H157 (75) 40c on 50c (No. 29) 1.4.92 (2400) - 12.00
H158 78 5R on 25R (No. 34) 1.4.92 (5200) 30.00 9.00
H158a          lower case 's' in 'RUPEEs' (130?) 50.00 60.00

Hiscocks added the following 2 notes:

Note 1. The number guessed at for No 158(a) is again assuming one in each sheet of 40.
Note 2. I have specimens of No 157 with both 20mm and 21mm between centre number and bar.  

 

Ceylon-H159
40c on 1R.   H159 (made from 2 halves)
Image courtesy of ibredguy.co.uk

1894 issues.

1890 overprints

For the moment I am having to take this from page 64 of Hiscocks book. Can anyone provide scans of any of these ?
These type numbers can also have different values of the same type (which is then quoted in brackets).

Hisc. Type Description Mint Used
H159 (75) 40c on 1R (No. 37) 12.1.94 (4000) 54.00 10.50
H160 (75) 20c on 1R (No. 37) 20.3.94 (2400) 60.00 12.00
H161 79 5R on 50R (No. 35) 13.8.94 H161/2 qty 120.00 36.00
H162 79 5R on 50R (No. 47) 13.8.94 75.00 24.00
H163 80 5R on 25R (No. 46) 26.11.94 (1200) 105.00 30.00

Hiscocks added the following 3 notes:

Note 1. Lower halves of all 1894 issues are fairly common since there was considerable leakage from the
                checking office around that time.
Note 2. The upper words to large figure separation for Nos 159 & 160 was 19mm, while those for Nos 150  
                and 151 (otherwise very similar) was 18mm.
Note 3. Nos. 162 & 163 are on stamps of Watermark W2. The split of the 2500 Nos 161 & 162 between
                the two watermarks is not known but in my experience No 162 (wide CA) is the more common
                and I have priced accordingly.

 

1892-1903 Type-set provisionals. White wove paper. No watermark. Line-Perf. 14
Dates and Controls in black.

1892 New type 20c 1892 New type 60c Proofs
H169 and H171 - courtesy of (Socrates Antypas). Three proofs from Wikimedia Commons

 

Ceylon-H173 Ceylon-H174 Ceylon-H171 Ceylon-H180
20c.   H173 40c.   H174 60c.   H171 80c.   H180
These images courtesy of Keith Attwood on ebay.

 

1 April 1892

Hisc. Type Description Mint Used
H164 81 20c (10500) (large control figures) green 30.00 3.00
H164a          small control figures 30.00 3.00
H164b          as 164(a) but upper bar extends only over '1/4' (see note)   - 20.00
H165 82 40c (24000) (large control figures) blue 24.00 2.00
H165a          small control figures 24.00 2.00
H166 83 60c (10000) (large control figures) dark brown 30.00 3.00
H166a          small control figures 30.00 3.00
H167 84 80c (12000) (large control figures) olive 30.00 3.00
H167a          imperf. 80.00 40.00
H167b          small control figures 30.00 3.00

Hiscocks added the following note:

Note. This issue alone had its date figures separated by oblique lines thus 1/4/92.  
                Later dates (except the rare 1.5.92) are hyphenated thus 1-9-92.
  Ceylon-H180
Courtesy of ibredguy.co.uk

 

1 May 1892

Hisc. Type Description Mint Used
H168 84 80c olive, imperf. (not issued)   100.00 -

 

1 September 1892. As above. Small control and small date.

Hisc. Type Description Mint Used
H169 81 20c (14300) green 30.00 3.00
H170 82 40c (24000) blue 24.00 2.00
H171 83 60c (12800) dark brown   30.00 3.00
H172 84 80c (12800) olive 30.00 3.00

 

9 January 1893. As above. Small control and small date.

Hisc. Type Description Mint Used
H173 81 20c (28000) green 24.00 2.00
H174 82 40c (94000) blue 16.00 1.50
H175 83 60c (22000) dark brown   24.00 2.00
H176 84 80c (13000) olive 24.00 2.00

 

1 May 1894. As above. Mixed large and small controls and small date.

Hisc. Type Description Mint Used
H177 81 20c (27000) green 24.00 2.00
H178 82 40c (57000) blue 20.00 1.50
H179 83 60c (5950) dark brown   50.00 5.00
H180 84 80c (18000) olive 24.00 2.00

 

1 November 1894. As above.

Hisc. Type Description Mint Used
H181 81 20c (33000) green 20.00 2.00
H182 82 40c (104000) blue 16.00 1.00
H183 83 60c (14000) dark brown   24.00 2.00
H184 84 80c (21000) olive 20.00 2.00

 

1 November 1895. As above.

Hisc. Type Description Mint Used
H185 81 20c (16000) green 24.00 2.00
H186 82 40c (69000) blue 16.00 1.50
H187 83 60c (13000) dark brown   24.00 2.00
H188 84 80c (25000) olive 20.00 2.00

Hiscocks added the following note:

Note. Numbers printed from 1892 to 1895 are from official records.
                Those from 1896 to 1901 inclusive are estimated from highest control numbers  
                observed and may therefore be on the low side. Information on higher control
                numbers would be welcome.

 

1892 New type 40c 1892 New type 5c 1892 New type 5c
40c.   H190 5c. Die II   H195a 5c. Die II   H213a
Images courtesy of Socrates Antypas (storypost) on ebay.

 

1 September 1896. As above.

Hisc. Type Description Mint Used
H189 81 20c (31000) green 20.00 2.00
H190 82 40c (150000) blue 12.00 1.00
H191 83 60c (30000) dark brown   20.00 2.00
H192 84 80c (45000) olive 20.00 2.00

1 April 1897. As above but new values.

Ceylon-5c-die-I Ceylon-5c-die-II Ceylon-10c-die-I Ceylon-10c-die-II
5c die I   (¾mm space above 'CENTS')   (85) 5c die II   (1¼mm space above 'CENTS')   (85) 10c die I   -   (86) 10c die II   -   (86)
Images courtesy of cg.stamps Image courtesy of ibredguy.co.uk Image courtesy of cg.stamps

 

Ceylon-5c-deep purple Ceylon-20c-1897 Ceylon-20c-1901
5c deep purple from 1900 20c green ?
Images courtesy of cg.stamps

The 20c is supposed to be green! This looks more like a light blue to me, perhaps a fugitive ink was used.

 

Hisc. Type 1/4/97 Description Mint Used
H193 85 5c Die I } (49000) lilac-rose 24.00 2.00
H193a      5c Die II 24.00 2.00
H193b      se-tenant pair 70.00 8.00
H194 86 10c Die I } (36000) yellow 24.00 2.00
H194a      10c Die II 24.00 2.00
H194b      se-tenant pair 70.00 8.00

Hiscocks added the following 2 notes:

Note 1. The basic set was extended to include the two new values above to meet a
                new inland tariff which also necessitated the provisional
                25c (No. 198) listed below.
Note 2. Both the 5c and 10c exhibit the use of two dies within each sheet in roughly
                equal quantities. The points to note are:-
5 Cents
Die IDie II
1. Separation of upper 'cents' and
'Department' is ¾mm.
5c-die I 5c-die II 1. Separation 1¼mm.
2. Upper-right petals of 6th & 11th
flowers of right border missing.
2. Not so.
3. Row of diamonds under upper value
meets flower above centre at right.
3. Meets flower below centre.  

10 Cents
Die IDie II
1. Top but one 'leaf' in right
border filled in.
10c-die I 10c-die II 1. Not so.
2. Line of ornaments below lower
date ends opposite two pearls at right.
2. Ends opposite one pearl.
3. Space above bottom right
ornament.
3. No such space.

1 November 1897.

Hisc. Type Description Mint Used
H195 85 5c Die I } (58000) lilac-rose 20.00 2.00
H195a      5c Die II 20.00 2.00
H195b      se-tenant pair 60.00 8.00
H196 86 10c Die I } (50000) yellow 20.00 2.00
H196a      10c Die II 20.00 2.00
H196b      se-tenant pair 60.00 8.00
H197 81 20c (58000) green 20.00 2.00

 

1 December 1897 - Date only, no control number.

1890 overprints

For the moment I am having to take this from page 68 of Hiscocks book. Can anyone provide a scan of this ?

Hisc. Type Description Mint Used
H198 87 25c (46700) deep olive, No controls (date figures in blue)   50.00 3.00

 

1 July 1898.

Hisc. Type Description Mint Used
H199 85 5c Die I } (16000) lilac-rose 30.00 4.00
H199a      5c Die II 30.00 4.00
H199b      se-tenant pair 80.00 10.00
H200 83 60c (58000) dark brown 20.00 2.00
H201 84 80c (16000) olive 24.00 2.00

 

1 December 1898.

Hisc. Type Description Mint Used
H202 85 5c Die I } (40000) lilac-rose 20.00 2.00
H202a      5c Die II 20.00 2.00
H202b      se-tenant pair 60.00 8.00
H203 86 10c Die I } (47000) yellow 20.00 2.00
H203a      10c Die II 20.00 2.00
H203b      se-tenant pair 60.00 8.00
H204 81 20c (38000) green 20.00 2.00
H205 83 60c (10000) dark brown 36.00 6.00
H206 84 80c (2900) olive 40.00 8.00

 

1 December 1899.

Hisc. Type Description Mint Used
H207 85 5c Die I } (60000) lilac-rose 16.00 1.50
H207a      5c Die II 16.00 1.50
H207b      se-tenant pair 40.00 5.00
H208 86 10c Die I } (57000) yellow 16.00 1.50
H208a      10c Die II 16.00 1.50
H208b      se-tenant pair 40.00 5.00
H209 81 20c (29000) green 20.00 2.00
H210 82 40c (10100) blue 30.00 4.00
H211 83 60c (9500) dark brown 30.00 4.00
H212 84 80c (10100) olive 30.00 4.00

 

1 December 1900 (new colour for 5c).

Hisc. Type Description Mint Used
H213 85 5c Die I } (58100) deep purple 8.00 1.50
H213a      5c Die II 8.00 1.50
H213b      se-tenant pair 20.00 5.00
H214 86 10c Die I } (5000) yellow 20.00 6.00
H214a      10c Die II 20.00 6.00
H214b      se-tenant pair 50.00 20.00
H215 81 20c (10000) green 18.00 3.00
H216 82 40c (18000) blue 15.00 3.00
H217 83 60c (14500) dark brown 18.00 3.00
H218 84 80c (13000) olive 15.00 3.00

 

1 December 1901.

Hisc. Type Description Mint Used
H219 85 5c Die I } (60000) deep purple 20.00 2.00
H219a      5c Die II 20.00 2.00
H219b      se-tenant pair 60.00 8.00
H220 86 10c Die I } (51000) yellow 16.00 2.00
H220a      10c Die II 16.00 2.00
H220b      se-tenant pair 40.00 8.00
H221 81 20c (33000) green 24.00 3.00
H222 82 40c (16000) blue 30.00 4.00
H223 83 60c (16000) dark brown 30.00 4.00
H224 84 80c (16500) olive 30.00 4.00

 

1 December 1902.

Hisc. Type Description Mint Used
H225 85 5c Die I } (29000) deep purple 20.00 2.00
H225a      5c Die II 20.00 2.00
H225b      se-tenant pair 60.00 8.00
H226 83 60c (9000) dark brown 36.00 4.00
H227 84 80c (10000) olive 30.00 4.00

Hiscocks added the following note:

Note. This printing was on very thin paper.

 

18 May 1903. Printed on bluish paper.

Hisc. Type Description Mint Used
H228 85 5c Die I } (5450) deep purple 40.00 6.00
H228a      5c Die II 40.00 6.00
H228b      se-tenant pair 100.00 20.00
H229 86 10c Die I } (5100) yellow 40.00 6.00
H229a      10c Die II 40.00 6.00
H229b      se-tenant pair 100.00 20.00
H230 81 20c (5400) green 40.00 6.00
H231 82 40c (5800) blue 40.00 6.00
H232 83 60c (5100) dark brown 40.00 6.00
H233 84 80c (5200) olive 40.00 6.00

 

1903. New design. King Edward VII. Watermark W2. Perf. 14
Main colour given first, tablet colour second.

Ceylon-H249 Ceylon-H250 Ceylon-H251 Ceylon-H252
5c.   H234 (H249)   -   Type 88 10c.   H235 (H250)   -   Type 88 12c.   H236 (H251)   -   Type 88 20c.   H237 (H252)   -   Type 88

 

Ceylon-H253 Ceylon-H254 Ceylon-H255 Ceylon-H256
25c.   H238 (H253)   -   Type 88 40c.   H239 (H254)   -   Type 88 50c.   H240 (H255)   -   Type 88 60c.   H241 (H256)   -   Type 88

 

Ceylon-H258 Ceylon-H259 Ceylon-H260
1R.   H243 (H258)   -   Type 88 2R50c.   H244 (H259)   -   Type 88 5R.   H245 (H260)   -   Type 88

 

Hisc. Type Description Mint Used
H234 88 5c brown & green (1903) (122720) 25.00 4.00
H235 88 10c bluish green & ochre (1903) (80480) 30.00 4.00
H236 88 12c olive-bistre & green (1904) (12160) 100.00 12.00
H237 88 20c drab & purple (1903) (122720) 75.00 6.00
H238 89 25c green (1904) (329120) 40.00 3.00
H239 88 40c purple & brown (1903) (40400) 75.00 6.00
H240 88 50c blue & purple (1904) (48000) 75.00 6.00
H241 88 60c olive & ochre (1903) (32160) 90.00 6.00
H242 88 75c pale blue & blue (1903) (39040) 90.00 6.00
H243 88 1R red-brown (1904) (73120) 60.00 5.00
H244 88 2½R slate & ochre (1904) (24320) 90.00 6.00
H245 88 5R orange & carmine (1904) (20160) 90.00 6.00
H246 88 10R reddish purple & green (1904) (16000)   200.00 12.00
H247 88 25R carmine & scarlet (1904) (3200) 900.00 32.00
H248 88 50R claret & blue (1904) (1200) 1200.00 60.00

Hiscocks added the following 3 notes:

Note 1. There were two main dies — 25c and the rest. In all cases above the second colour given is that of
                the value tablet.
Note 2. Those given as 1903 were received in Ceylon in June of that year and presumably released soon after.
                Those given as 1904 were received in December 1903 but it has been assumed that the usual
                practice was followed and that these were therefore issued early in 1904.
Note 3. The direct sale of mint telegraph stamps to the public was not allowed at this time, which accounts for  
                their rarity. It is not known when this rule came into effect but it was apparently allowed to lapse  
                before the termination of the next and last issue in 1910. There was however some leakage of bottom  
                halves, cancelled by the punching of two or three holes, from the checking office — price 2-3 times
                used. The occasional whole used stamp is met with — usually a case of late use: price as for mint.

 

1905. As above but watermark Multiple CA and Crown (W3).

Hisc. Type Description Mint Whole
Used
Half
Used
H249 88 5c brown & green 15.00 5.00 1.25
H250 88 10c bluish green & ochre 15.00 5.00 1.25
H251 88 12c olive-bistre & green 20.00 7.50 1.50
H252 88 20c drab & purple 25.00 12.50 2.50
H253 89 25c green 15.00 5.00 1.25
H254 88 40c purple & brown 20.00 12.50 2.00
H255 88 50c blue & purple 25.00 10.00 2.00
H256 88 60c olive & ochre 20.00 7.50 1.50
H257 88 75c pale blue & blue 25.00 10.00 2.50
H258 88 1R red-brown 20.00 7.50 1.25
H259 88 2½R slate & ochre 30.00 12.50 2.50
H260 88 5R orange & carmine 40.00 15.00 3.00
H261 88 10R reddish purple & green   50.00 25.00 3.75
H262 88 25R carmine & scarlet 200.00 75.00 10.00
H263 88 50R claret & blue 350.00 125.00 30.00
 watermark W3

Hiscocks added the following 2 notes:

Note 1. In their later years these stamps were quite commonly used whole and the centre column of prices
                above refers to them so used.
Note 2. No printings are available for the 1905 issue but from the large numbers I have examined it seems likely  
                that printings of Nos. 262 and 263 were, as usual, much lower than for lower values.

 

1910. Provisional issue. Surcharges on Nos. 251, 253 and 258.

1910 provisional overprints Type 90
Stated to be genuine copies of H267 and H268 courtesy of Peter Singer.

 

1910 provisional overprints Type 91
Specimen of H265 from page 71 of Hiscocks book on the left,
together with an example in the center of the type described in Note 3(c) below, courtesy of Nicholas Turner (capital-collectables) on ebay.
and a mint example courtesy of Paul & Les Bottomley on the right.
I see differences in the lettering of 'TWENTY CENTS', particularly the 'W', 'Y' and 'S'.
I would say the stamp on the right is genuine.

 

Hisc. Type Description Mint Used
H264 90 'CENTS TWENTY' on 12c (No. 251) (4000) May 1910   150.00 -
H265 91 'CENTS TWENTY' on 25c (No. 253) (4000) July 1910 150.00 -
H266 90 'CENTS FORTY' on 12c (No. 251) (9600) May 1910 150.00 -
H267 90 'CENTS FORTY' on 1R (No. 258) (3000) July 1910 150.00 -
H268 90 'CENTS SIXTY' on 12c (No. 251) (3200) May 1910 150.00 -
H269 90 'RUPEES FIVE' on 12c (No. 251) (3600) May 1910 600.00 -
H270 90 'RUPEES FIVE' on 1R (No. 258) (2000) July 1910 600.00 -
H271 90 'RUPEES TEN' on 12c (No. 251) (3000) May 1910 600.00 -

Hiscocks added the following 3 notes:

Note 1. 'Specimens' sell at mint prices or a little less.
Note 2. It is not clear why these were prepared but it is known that the date on which use of Telegraph stamps
                would cease (1.8.10) was announced well in advance so it seems likely that this issue represents an
                attempt to convert values for which stocks were large to values which might be expected to run out
                before that date. I know of no proof of their actual use so perhaps normal stocks did in fact hold out.  
                It seems probable that all outstanding stock, both of provisionals and normals, was destroyed after
                1 August 1910: there was certainly no flood of remainders on the market.
Note 3. Forgeries of these stamps have not been reported but a recently acquired accumulation of Ceylon
                telegraph stamps, which has every appearance of not having been added to since formed by a dealer
                in Ceylon in the 1900-25 period, contains some interesting examples of this type:-

(a)            Apparently genuine mint copies of the lower values (Nos 264 - 268) which compare well with a
                'SPECIMEN' set (certainly genuine) in my possession.
(b)            Very similar high values (Nos 269 and 271) but showing slight differences — less well formed
                letters, more tendency to partial inking, less sharply defined 'diamonds' across old values with a
                slightly greater space between them and measuring 10mm across four (centre to centre) as distinct
                from 9.75mm in the genuine.
(c)            Copies of No 265 both mint and apparently used whole with surcharges analogous to those under
                (b) above.
                The only readable date is 2 May 1910 some two months before their reported appearance.
(d)            Copies of Nos 266 - 271 apparently used whole in Colombo in February or March 1909.
                The printing is rough and the 'diamonds' over the values measure 3½mm vertically (compared with
                3mm on genuine) and about 10½mm across four of them (centre to centre).
                While second opinions are required on type (b) we would certainly seem to have one,
                and possibly two, types of early forgeries.

 

Here are examples of the forgeries mentioned in Hiscocks Note 3(d) above:
Courtesy of Gerard Bissett.
1910 forged overprints - 1
1910 forged overprints - 2

Here is a comparison with a (stated to be) genuine overprint second from the top.
1910 forged overprint - comparisons

The forged H269 (5R on 12c) is shown above and a different forgery I have of H267 (40c on 1R) is shown below.
The one below has very rounded 'C' of 'CENTS and 'O' of 'FORTY'. Diamond sizes: 3mm x 10mm (Note.3b ?).
I have added an example of the H265 forgery (Note 3c) at the bottom.

 

 

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