Bahrain: Coin Type Fifty Fils - detailed information

Bahrain: Coin Type Fifty Fils (issued 1965 - )
Coin TypeFifty Fils

The Bahraini Dinar was introduced as a currency in 1965, six years before Bahrain gained full independence; it replaced the Gulf Rupee at a rate of 10 rupees = 1 dinar. The Dinar is subdivided into 1,000 Fils (the singular form is also Fils); hence it is usually represented with three decimal places denoting the Fils. The 50 Fils (0.050 Dinar) coin is a relatively small denomination.

The 1965 issue (and a 1983 commemorative silver) were smaller in diameter, while later coins were made larger. Ever since their first issue, 50 fils coins have been made from cupronickel (copper-nickel alloy). Some silver 50 fils coins have also been issued as non-circulating legal tender.

Obverse

First type (1965 only):

Within a circle in the middle, a palm tree. Around above, حُكُومَة البَحرَي (Government of Bahrain). Below, the date in Arabic numerals in Common Era (to the left) and Hijri year (to the right) divided by a dash: ١٣٨٥ - ١٩٦٥.

Second type:

Within a circle, a sailing boat (dhow) over sea waves. Around above, دولة البحرين (State of Bahrain, 1992, 2000) or مملكة البحرين (Kingdom of Bahrain, 2002 and later). On the two sides, the date in Common Era (to the left) and Hijri year (to the right). Around below, STATE OF BAHRAIN (1992, 2000) or KINGDOM OF BAHRAIN (2002 and later).

Obverse Inscription
Reverse

First type (1965 only):

Value in Arabic numerals ٥٠ (50) at the top. Below, the denomination فلساً (fils). Around below, BAHRAIN.

Second type (1992 and later):

At centre of a circle surrounded by a chain link border, the value 50 partly obscured by the boxed denomination: فلس (fils).

Reverse Inscription
EdgeMillled
Edge InscriptionNone
Fifty Fils: Details
CountryBahrain
CurrencyBahraini Dinar
Sub-types Fifty Fils (small)
Fifty Fils (large)
From1965
Face Value50 (x Fils)
CurrentYes
MaterialCuproNickel
Designer
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationSame (Medal Alignment, Axis 0 / Axis 12)
Size (mm)
Mass (g)