Four different official seals are known from Ceylon. The first three are British types with English text. All are scarce on cover. Ceylon gained its independence from Great Britain in 1948 and became the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka in May, 1972.

Catalog: Drummond OS1

Date issued: 1925, EKU June 15, 1933

Printing: Black on pink

Perforation: 11

Inscription: "G. (crown) R. / FOUND / OPEN / (OR TORN) / AND / OFFICIALLY / SECURED"

Control Number: "P. O. I 23 / (R 2 Pink) 12/25" at upper right

Description: Sent from India in 1933 to Colombo, this cover was sealed along the top edge with two 1st issue British design official seals in Ceylon.

The only reported usage of this seal to date.

Courtesy of Jim Kotanchik by permission.

Catalog: Drummond OS4

Date issued: 1956, EKU December 28, 1962

Printing: Black on dull pink

Perforation: Rouletted 7 1/2

Inscription: Singhalese (likely translates as: "FOUND OPEN (OR TORN) AND OFFICIALLY SECURED")

Control Number: "P.O. I 23 / (R 2 Pink)Sin.10/56" at upper right, "36661" at bottom center

Description: 1962 cover from Colombo, Ceylon to Vijayawada, India with single Singhalese language official seal of Ceylon affixed around bottom edge.

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