International Postage Meter Stamp Catalog/Sri Lanka

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Sri Lanka[edit]

Sri Lanka was known as Ceylon until 1972. The first meter was installed in 1927 while the country was under British rule. The stamps are grouped by inscription:
A – CEYLON
B – inscription in Sinhala, with no English
C - SRI LANKA

GROUP A: Inscribed “CEYLON”[edit]


Sri Lanka A1.jpg

A1. Universal “NZ” (FV-6), 1927.

Small upright frank with straight, double-line outer border with country name in top panel.
“POSTAGE” in left and “REVENUE’ in right panels.
Denomination, spelled out in bottom panel.
Value figures at top left of center panel with “CTS” at right.
M# within oval and box below value figures.
M#s 1 to 20 and 62 without prefix.
A. TM straight line within 6 wavy lines      [Very scarce]
B. TM: DC or nil
Values:      1, 3, 5, 9, 12, 20
Values:      10, 14      [Rare]
Value:      6      [Very rare]
a. TM inverted (M# 19)



Sri Lanka A2.jpg

A2. Universal “Midget” (FV-3/-5), 1932.      [Very scarce]

Nearly identical to Type A1B but spacing between TM and frank is wider.
M#s from 41 to 46 without prefix.
TM: DC
Values:      1, 2, 3, 6, 9, 10




Sri Lanka A3.jpg

A3. Neopost (FV-3), 1929.      [$100]

Similar to Types A1 and 2, but the meter number is above the value figure which is boxed at bottom center below “CENTS”.
Bottom frame lines unbroken.
M#s N21 and N22 only.
TM: BIC
Values:      1, 2, 5



The image below shows close-ups of Type A3 (at left, without ornament) and Type A4 (at right, with ornament): MeterCat 5 spaces.jpgSri Lanka A3A4.jpg



Sri Lanka A4.jpg

A4. Neopost (LV-6), 1930.

Very similar to Type A3, but with small ornament added between the top panel and the box containing the meter number.
The bottom frame lines often contains two breaks below the value figures but not always.
TM: BIC, SC, DC
A. M# with “N” prefix
B. M# with “No” prefix
C. M# without prefix
Values:      1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 9, 10, 15, 20, 25
Value:      21      [Very scarce]
a. TM: DC
b. Misspelling “REVENUS” (N35)      [Rare]

NOTE: Meter N27 with top panel blank (“CEYLON” removed) and no town mark was used by British military forces in East Africa ca. 1943. This stamp is cataloged as Great Britain Type MM1.




Sri Lanka A5.jpg


A5. Universal “MultiValue” (MV), 1934.      [Rare]

Similar to Types A1 and 2 but larger.
With “CENTS” in bottom panel. M# 51 only.
TM: lowered semi-circle with 4-digit S# above
V/F:      MeterCat 5-point asterisk.jpg000





Sri Lanka A6A.jpg
Sri Lanka A6C.jpg
Sri Lanka A6D.jpg


A6. Universal “MultiValue” (MV), 1939.

As Type A5 but with “RS : CTS” in bottom panel.
“CTS” with or without stop.
A. TM: DC lowered with 4-digit S# above
B. TM: Lowered semi-circle with 4-digit S# above      [Scarce]
C. TM: DC partly lowered with 5-digit S# above      [Scarce]
D. TM: DC not lowered, without S#

F/V:      0000 (O) ,      MeterCat 5-point asterisk.jpg000 (A,O)

a. As D, date figures small      [Scarce]













Sri Lanka A7.jpg


A7. Universal “Automax” (MV).

Similar to type A6D, but frank is smaller.
Value figures are of uniform thickness.
TM: DC
V/F:      =0.oo



Sri Lanka A8.jpg


A8. Francotyp “Cc” (MV).      [Scarce]

Frank as Types A6 and 7 but spacing between TM and frank is very narrow.
M# with “F” prefix.
TM: DC
V/F:      0.00      MeterCat hollow diamond.jpg0.00




Sri Lanka A9.jpg


A9. Universal “MultiValue” (MV), 1950.

Post Office stamp.
Horizontal frank with double-line border, broken at top left for 4-digit S# and at bottom left for date.
“CEYLON / POSTAGE | REVENUE” at left above boxed M#.
Town name across bottom
V/F:      MeterCat 5-point asterisk.jpg000



Sri Lanka A10.jpg

A10. Universal “Simplex” (LV-25), 1953.      [Very scarce]

Frank with simulated perforation border.
M# with “S” prefix in boxes in lower corners.
“CENTS” both above and below value figure.
TM: DC
Values:     1 to 25



Sri Lanka A11.jpg

A11. Postalia (MV), 1963.      [Scarce]

Upright frank with double, straight-line outer frame.
M# with “P” prefix is between the frame lines at bottom.
Without inner panels. “CENTS” above bottom frame lines.
TM: DC
V/F:      000      00.00



Sri Lanka A12.jpg


A12. Postalia (MV).

Frank as Type A11 but with “RS : CTS” replacing “CENTS”.
Spacing between TM and frank narrow.
TM: DC
V/F:      00.00



Sri Lanka A13.jpg

A13. Neopost “205” (MV).

Small, square frank with double, straight-line border.
Panels at top, bottom and sides.
Tiny “Rts. Cts” above M# with “RN” prefix in bottom panel.
TM: BIC
V/F:      0.00



Sri Lanka A14.jpg


A14. Neopost “Frankmaster 305” (MV).      [Scarce]

As Type A11 but larger, and taller than wide.
M# with “EN prefix.
TM: DC
V/F:      00•00



Sri Lanka A15.jpg


A15. Pitney Bowes “Automax” (MV), 1964.

Large horizontal frank open at the sides.
M# with “P.B.” prefix in boxed oval at lower left.
TM: DC
V/F:      =0.oo      =00.oo



Sri Lanka A16.jpg

A16. Francotyp “Cc” (MV).      [Scarce]

Upright frank with single straight-line frame.
“CEYLON” stacked along right side.
Tamil lion in lower left corner.
“RS. CTS” very small at bottom center.
M# with “F” prefix in oval below value figures.
TM: DC
V/F:      0.00      00.00





GROUP B: Inscribed in Sinhala only, without English[edit]


Sri Lanka B1.jpg


B1. Universal “MultiValue” (MV).      [Very scarce]

Upright frank similar to Types A5 and 6 but with all inscriptions in Sinhala script.
M# without prefix.
TM: DC lowered with 4-digit S# above
V/F:      0000









GROUP C: Inscribed “SRI LANKA”[edit]


Sri Lanka C1.jpg

C1. Neopost “205” (MV).

As Type A13 but with new country name.
M# with “RN” prefix.
TM: BIC
V/F:      0.00



Sri Lanka C2.jpg

C2. Satas “Baby” (MV).

Small frank similar to Type C1 but without panel at left of frank.
Panel at right contains “POSTAGE” reading down.
“Rs CTs” above M# with what appears to be an “S” prefix at bottom.
Tall date as with type C1 but spacing between TM and frank is wider.
TM: BIC
V/F:      0.00



Sri Lanka C3.jpg

C3. Neopost “405/505” (MV).

As Type B2 but wide design.
M# with “VN” prefix.
TM: DC
V/F:      00•00



Sri Lanka C4.jpg

C4. Neopost “Electronic” (MV).

Very similar to Type C1 but slightly larger, and “Rs Cts” above the bottom panel rather than within it.
With “RN” alone in bottom panel. Only one seen.
TM: DC
V/F:      0000



Sri Lanka C5.jpg


C5. Neopost “Electronic” (MV).

Frank as Type C3 but not as wide.
M# with “EF” prefix.
TM: DC
V/F:      00.00



Sri Lanka C6.jpg

C6. Pitney Bowes/GB “5000” (MV).      [Scarce]

Wide frank similar to Type A15 but not as tall and with revised country name.
Date figures are raised in relation to value figures.
M# with “P.B.” prefix.
TM: DC
V/F:      ≋00.oo


Sri Lanka C7.jpg


C7. Pitney Bowes/GB “6300” series (MV).

As Type C6 but date and value figures are on the same level.
TM: DC
V/F:      ≋0.00 ,     00 00 (no decimal)




Sri Lanka C8.jpg

C8. Francotyp “Cc” (MV).

Very similar to Type A16 but with “SRI LANKA” stacked at right.
Value figures large but thin.
M# with “F” prefix in oval below value figures.
TM: DC
V/F:      0.00



Sri Lanka C9.jpg

C9. Francotyp “A9000” (MV).

Very similar to Type C8 but the value figures are thicker,
and the date figures are more spread out, especially between M and Y.
M# with “F” prefix.
TM: DC
V/F:      MeterCat solid diamond.jpg00.00



Sri Lanka C10.jpg

C10. Francotyp-Postalia “MS5” (MV).

Similar to Types C8 and 9 but smaller.
Value figures are smaller and narrow.
M# with “F” prefix.
TM: DC
V/F:      00.00



Sri Lanka C11.jpg


C11. Frama (MV).

Similar to Types C8-10 but frank is wider than tall, and M# is not in oval.
Value figures thick.
M# with “FR” prefix.
TM: DC
V/F:      000.00



Sri Lanka stamp type C12.jpg


C12. Satas “RF” (MV).

Square frank with single-line border.
M# with “S” prefix boxed in lower left corner.
TM: SC
V/F:      00.oo      000.oo



Sri Lanka C13.jpg

C13. Frama “EPS” (MV).

Square frank with double, straight-line border and panels at top and bottom.
M# in bottom panel preceded by “POST CODE”.
TM: DC
V/F:      00000




Sri Lanka stamp type C14.jpg

C14. Pitney Bowes “Personal Post” (digital).

Horizontal frank with exterior border along top and bottom only.
SRILANKA in large letters at upper right above the value figures
M# in oval at lower left.
Two columns of numbers left of the town mark.
TM: DC
V/F:      00.00








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