Two Hundred and Fifty Fils (Silver), Coin Type from Bahrain - detailed information

Two Hundred and Fifty Fils (Silver), Coin Type from Bahrain (issued 1983 - 1983)
Coin TypeTwo Hundred and Fifty Fils (Silver)

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 250 Fils (0.250 Dinar) coin is the second-largest regular denomination after the 500 fils (one dinar and larger denominations have only been issued as commemoratives and non-circulating legal tender).

However, it has not been used for regular circulating coins - the only issue of a 250 fils coin was a FAO commemorative in 1969, with the same design repeated in 1983 for another commemorative issue. The latter was also issued in silver.


The obverse features a traditional sailing boat moored behind a palm tree. Around above: حكومة البحرين (Government of Bahrain). To the left, the date in Arabic numerals, in Hijri year left and Common era right. To the right, the same but with common numerals. Around below, GOVERNMENT OF BAHRAIN in English.

Obverse Inscription

The logo of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) which is a grain sprig within a three-quarter circle, with the letters FAO within the sprig. The motto FIAT PANIS (let there be bread) completes the circle.

Arabic text around above: لنعمل على توفير الغذاء الجميع (translation: let us work on providing food for all).

Around below, the denomination and value in Arabic (right) and English (left): 250 FILS ٢٥٠ فلس.

Reverse Inscription
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Two Hundred and Fifty Fils (Silver): Details
CurrencyBahraini Dinar
Face Value250 (x Fils)
Material0.925 Silver
DesignerGeoffrey Colley
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)