Bahrain: Coins Issued and Used

Showing only circulating coin types (regular coinage plus circulating commemoratives).

Bahrain (1971 - )
Information about what currencies were issued by Bahrain, with lists of coinage, as well as periods when foreign-issued currencies were used.
Currency: Indian Rupee. Used in Bahrain: (1957 - 1959)
CurrencyIndian Rupee
PeriodIndian Rupee
Used1957 - 1959
Description

To the middle of the 20th century, the Indian rupee was used as currency in the countries of the Gulf and Arabian Peninsula. Its popularity strained India's foreign reserves and so the Gulf rupee was created instead. It was introduced by the Indian government in 1959 as a replacement for the Indian rupee for circulation exclusively outside the country. At that time, the Indian rupee was pegged to the British pound at a rate of 13⅓ rupees = 1 pound.

Currency: Gulf Rupee. Used in Bahrain: (1959 - 1965)
CurrencyGulf Rupee
PeriodGulf Rupee
Used1959 - 1965
Description

The Gulf rupee (Arabic: روبيه or روبيه خليجيه), also known as the Persian Gulf rupee, was a currency used in the countries of the Persian Gulf and the Arabian Peninsula between 1959 and 1966. It was issued by the Government of India and the Reserve Bank of India and was equivalent to the Indian rupee.

To the middle of the 20th century, the Indian rupee was used as currency in the countries of the Gulf and Arabian Peninsula. Its popularity strained India's foreign reserves and so the Gulf rupee was created. It was introduced by the Indian government in 1959 as a replacement for the Indian rupee for circulation exclusively outside the country. At the time, the Indian rupee was pegged to the British pound at a rate of 13⅓ rupees = 1 pound.

Two states, Kuwait and Bahrain, replaced the Gulf rupee with their own currencies (the Kuwaiti dinar and the Bahraini dinar) after gaining independence from Britain in 1961 and 1965, respectively. However, even today, in Bahrain, 100 fils (one tenth of a Bahraini dinar) are referred to in Arabic as a "rupee" or "rubiya" (Arabic: ربية‎) in common parlance.

On 6 June 1966, India devalued the rupee. Following this devaluation, several of the states using the rupee adopted their own currencies. Qatar and most of the Trucial States adopted the Qatar and Dubai riyal, while Abu Dhabi adopted the Bahraini dinar. Only Oman continued to use the Gulf rupee, until 1970, with the government backing the currency at its old peg to the pound. Oman replaced the Gulf rupee with its own rial in 1970.

Currency: Bahraini Dinar. Used in Bahrain: (1965 - present)
CurrencyBahraini Dinar
PeriodBahraini Dinar
Used1965 - present
Description

The dinar (Arabic: دينار‎ Dīnār Baḥrēnī) (sign: .د.ب or BD; code: BHD) is the currency of Bahrain. It is divided into 1000 fils (فلس). The name dinar derives from the Roman denarius. The dinar was introduced in 1965, replacing the Gulf rupee at a rate of 10 rupees = 1 dinar. The Bahraini dinar is abbreviated .د.ب (Arabic) or BD (Latin). It is usually represented with three decimal places denoting the fils.

Even though Bahrain only gained independence in 1971, the Bahraini Dinar was introduced earlier, while the country was still a British protectorate.

Five Hundred Fils
3 coins (2000 - 2002)
Coin NameMintage
Five Hundred Fils 2000 unknown
Five Hundred Fils 2001 unknown
Five Hundred Fils 2002 unknown
Two Hundred and Fifty Fils
2 coins (1969 - 1983)
Fifty Fils
13 coins (1965 - 2016)
Coin NameMintage
Fifty Fils 1965 6,921,000
Fifty Fils 1992 unknown
Fifty Fils 2000 unknown
Fifty Fils 2002 unknown
Fifty Fils 2005 unknown
Fifty Fils 2007 unknown
Fifty Fils 2008 unknown
Fifty Fils 2009 unknown
Fifty Fils 2010 unknown
Fifty Fils 2011 unknown
Fifty Fils 2014 unknown
Fifty Fils 2015 unknown
Fifty Fils 2016 unknown
Ten Fils
18 coins (1965 - 2017)
Coin NameMintage
Ten Fils 1965 8,512,000
Ten Fils 1991 (dubious) unknown
Ten Fils 1992 unknown
Ten Fils 2000 unknown
Ten Fils 2002 unknown
Ten Fils 2004 unknown
Ten Fils 2005 unknown
Ten Fils 2007 unknown
Ten Fils 2008 unknown
Ten Fils 2009 unknown
Ten Fils 2010 unknown
Ten Fils 2011 unknown
Ten Fils 2012 unknown
Ten Fils 2013 unknown
Ten Fils 2014 unknown
Ten Fils 2015 unknown
Ten Fils 2016 unknown
Ten Fils 2017 unknown
Five Fils
13 coins (1965 - 2016)
Coin NameMintage
Five Fils 1965 8,012,000
Five Fils 1991 (dubious) unknown
Five Fils 1992 unknown
Five Fils 2005 unknown
Five Fils 2007 unknown
Five Fils 2009 unknown
Five Fils 2010 unknown
Five Fils 2011 unknown
Five Fils 2012 unknown
Five Fils 2013 unknown
Five Fils 2014 unknown
Five Fils 2015 unknown
Five Fils 2016 unknown
One Fils
2 coins (1965 - 1966)
Coin NameMintage
One Fils 1965 1,512,000
One Fils 1966 1,500,000
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