On 1852 October 16th British Gold Sovereigns and Half sovereigns were legalised for use in Ceylon by Proclamation of Queen Victoria. It was revoked by proclamation on 1869 June 18th with the introduction of Decimal curreny for Ceylon.
Note Queen Victoria Shield Sovereigns were minted with Mint mark just above the rose at the bottom of reverse.
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Sovereigns minted before 1852 would have been legal tender in Ceylon during the years from 1852 to 1869. Those minted after 1869 would also have been legal tender after the sovereign was relegalised in 1901. Years outside the range 1852 to 1869 would have only come to Ceylon in circulation, not by importation by Government of Ceylon.
In 1851 the Ceylon Government requested the sanction of the Home authorities to a suggestion by the Chamber of Commerce, Colombo, to increase the currency of the Colony by the addition of British gold coins. The Lords Commissioners of the Treasury ruled that a local ordinance was not necessary to give currency within the Island to the gold coins of the Realm which, as being issued from Her Majesty's Mint under Her Royal authority, were a legal discharge for the sums they represented throughout Her Majesty's dominions. This ruling was, however, subsequently considered incorrect, and an Order in Council and a Proclamation, both dated October 16, 1852, were issued declaring that the coins of the United Kingdom (viz., sovereigns, half-sovereigns, &c.) shall pass current in Ceylon, but reducing the legal tender limit of British silver to 40 shillings.
Ref: The Gold Sovereign. by M. A. Marsh.
1999, Cambridge U.K., 2nd ed. 118pp. Illustr. colour
The Sovereign was scanned at 600 dpi and displayed at 300 dpi It was won on eBay in 1999 April.