Ceylon

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Brief History:

The British initally took control of Ceylon in 1798 from the Dutch. However control of the entire island could not be maintained due to the oppressive King of Kandy who managed to keep control of the centre of the island for a lengthy period of time.

Eventually in 1825 the entire island passed into the hands of the British, and the inhabitants were granted religious and civil liberty.

Half farthings (1828 - 1856) were produced to be used in Ceylon. The reasoning behind the introduction was similar to the Maltese third farthing in that it facilitated local trade, and yet remained in line with the British Currency. Half Farthings actually became legal tender in the UK in 1842 although they were not popular due to the fact they were considered to be a denomination that was too small.

Ceylon was finally granted independence in 1948 and adopted the name Sri Lanka in 1972.

Number of Dates to Collect:

17

Number of Varieties to Collect:

32

Tougher Dates (Hardest First):

1851 QF, 1837 HF & 1854 HF

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