Coinage of Bahrain

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Map of the Arabian peninsula.


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Map of Bahrain.


From Wikipedia:

The Kingdom of Bahrain is a small island country situated near the western shores of the Persian Gulf. It is an archipelago, with Bahrain Island the largest land mass at 55 km (34 mi) long by 18 km (11 mi) wide. Saudi Arabia lies to the west and is connected to Bahrain by the King Fahd Causeway, while Iran lies 200 km (124 mi) to the north across the Persian Gulf. The peninsula of Qatar is to the southeast across the Gulf of Bahrain. The population in 2010 stood at 1,234,571, including 666,172 non-nationals.

Following the withdrawal of the British from the region in the late 1960s, Bahrain declared independence in 1971. Formerly a state, Bahrain was declared a Kingdom in 2002.
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Flag of Bahrain.
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Bahrain 5 fils 1965.JPG


Bahrain obverses  1965.JPG


Bahrain obverses  1965-.JPG


Bahrain introduced its first national coinage in 1965.

The Bahraini dinar is equal to 1000 fils.

It replaced the Gulf rupee at a rate of 10 rupees to 1 dinar.


The coins were in denominations of 1, 5, 10, 25, 50 and 100 fils.

The 1 fils coin was not produced after 1966 and has been demonetised.


The obverse of the coins showed only the denomination and the country name.

The common reverse design of the 1965 coinage featured a date palm.
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Bahrain set.JPG

In 1992 a new design series was introduced.

The reverse of the coins showed the denomination, within a patterned outer circle.
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Bahrain 25 fils 1992.JPG

Here is a closer look at the reverse of the 25 fils.
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Bahrain 10 fils 2000.jpg

The brass 5 and 10 fils coins are respectively 19mm and 21mm in diameter

Since 1992 they have featured a date palm on the obverse.
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Bahrain 25 fils 1992-.JPG

The obverse of the 25 fils coin.

It depicts a seal from the ancient Dilmun civilisation, which was located on Bahrain.
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Bahrain 50 fils 1992.JPG

The obverse of the 50 fils coins features a stylised sailing boat.
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Bahrain 100 fils 1992.JPG


A bimetallic 100 fils coin was introduced in 1991.

The obverse features the Bahraini coat of arms.

A new version was issued in 2002.

This changed the legend from "STATE OF BAHRAIN" to "KINGDOM of BAHRAIN".

This reflected the country's new status.
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Pearl Monument, Manama, Bahrain.


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Bahrain, 500 fils, 2001.


A bimetallic 500 fils coin was introduced in the year 2000.

Above you can see the 2001 issue.

The coin also sports an octogonal inner rim on both sides.


Bahrain 500 fils 2002.jpg

The final version was issued in 2002.

The legend was amended to refer to the Kingdom of Bahrain instead of the State of Bahrain.

The Pearl Monument symbolised the country's natural pearls, an important export product.

After the Bahraini uprising of 2011, the government destroyed the monument.
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Bahrain, 250 fils, 1969.  FAO issue.


Bahrain has issued a small number of collector coins over the years.

British artist and sculptor Geoffrey Colley designed this attractive boat and palm scene.
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Bahrain, 5 dinars, 1995.  United Nations 50th anniversary commemorative.


The obverse design is by Michael Rizzello and the reverse design was created by Avril Vaughan.

Both were British artists and sculptors who produced work for the Royal Mint at various times.
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Quote from: <k> on April 02, 2014, 08:04:59 PMIn 1992 a new design series was introduced. The reverse of the coins showed the denomination, within a patterned outer circle.

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The series was revised in 2009 with rectangular fonts.  This has not been included in either SCWC or WMK.

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Here is the reverse of the 25 fils of 1992.

Yes, the Arabic "fils" within the rectangle is different.
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Click on the link below to see some images of unissued coin designs for Bahrain:

Bahrain: unrealised designs.
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