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 5 Fils (0.005 Dinar) coin is currently the smallest one in circulation, because the 1 Fils coin was only issued in 1965 and 1966 and it no longer circulates.
1965 was the only year when five fils were issued in bronze; in 1991, the metal was changed to brass, and in 2010 to brass-plated steel.
||Mint Mark||No mint mark
||Total Mintage||8,012,000 (8.0 million)
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 (1965 - 1385).
Value in Arabic numeral ٥ (5) at the top. Below, the denomination فلوس (fils). Around below, BAHRAIN.
Remick 1971 lists mintage of 3,000,000.
References to additional information:
[Book] Remick, Jerome. The Guide Book and Catalogue to British Commonwealth Coins, Regency Coins and Stamps Ltd, Winnipeg, Canada, 1971, p61