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 10 Fils (0.010 Dinar) coin is currently the second smallest one in circulation after the 5 Fils, because the 1 Fils coin was only issued in 1965 and 1966 and it no longer circulates.
1965 was the only year when ten fils were issued in bronze; in 1991, the metal was changed to brass, and in 2010 to brass-plated steel. Some silver ten fils coins were also issued as non-circulating legal tender.