Stamp Bulletin No. 609 Commemorative Issue

2550 Years of Buddhist Era - 2006


Philatelic Bureau
Department of Posts,
Postal Headquarters, D. R. Wijewardena Mawatha, Colombo 00100, SRI LANKA

Philatelic Bureau of the Department of Posts, issued a set of 50 stamps in the denominations of Rs. 2.50, Rs. 4.50, Rs. 5.00, Rs. 10.00, Rs. 17.00, with 10 stamps each making up the set (10x5), on 5th. May 2006 to commemorate Vesak 2006; the completion of 2550 years of the great demise of Lord Buddha.

This series of stamps describe various aspects of Buddhism with special reference to its practice in Sri Lanka. The series comprises fifty stamps divided into groups that portray ten major themes

07. Buddhism and the superstructure of society

34. Buddhism and the Economy

A painting of the early 19th century CE from Mulgirigala Viharaya and a depiction of an ancient local coin.

Several inscriptions at the Mulgirigala Viharaya suggest that the Buddhist monks occupied the site since 250 BCE. A twelfth century rock inscription at the site describes its name as Muhundgiri Viharaya. The Katagamuva inscription of Manabharana declared a grant to a Buddhist Vihara that bears the same name. The Muhundugiri Viharaya mentioned in those inscriptions is identified with the Samudragiri Viharaya constructed by King Kakavannatissa. The socio-economic interaction between Europeans and the local communities in the southern maritime littoral areas during the period between the eighteenth and twentieth centuries explicitly contrasts with that of the hinterland areas of the country. The events portrayed in the temple paintings of the southern maritime littoral area provide us a substantial set of information pertaining to such interactive realms especially the one, which is associated with economic expectations.

Technical Details

Date of Issue 5th May 2006
Denominations Rs. 10.00
Designer 34. Mevan Fonseka
Stamp Size 60mm x 25mm
Format Horizontal
Printing Process Offset Lithography
Sheet Composition Set I - 50 stamp in a sheet containing 50 different designs
Set III - 10 stamps in a sheet containing 10 different designs
Quantity Set I - 25,000 stamp sheets
Set III - 15,000 sheets containing Rs. 10.00 stamps
Perforations 14 x 13½
Printers Department of Government Printing, Sri Lanka
Colours (used) 4 process colours with one specific background colour in each stamp
Paper 102 gsm security stamp paper
Gum PVA synthetic or particle gum

PBB609g First Day Cover