Five Hundred Fils 1983 Isa Town, Coin from Bahrain - detailed information

Five Hundred Fils 1983 Isa Town, Coin from Bahrain
CoinFive Hundred Fils 1983 Isa Town

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 500 Fils (0.500 Dinar) coin is the largest circulating denomination (larger denominations have been issued as non-circulating legal tender only).

The first use of the denomination was for this silver non-circulating commemorative in 1968. Designed by the Royal Mint's Michael Rizzello, it features an effigy of the first Emir of the country on the obverse and the Coat of Arms on the reverse, with a text commemorating the opening of Isa Town - an affluent town named after the Emir. This was re-issued in 1983 for a special silver set.

MintRoyal Mint Mint MarkNo mint mark Total Mintage15,000
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Bust of the Emir, Sheikh Isa bin Salman Al Khalifa facing left, wearing a keffiyeh (traditional Arab headdress). There is no legend or other text.

Obverse Inscription (none)

Within an octagon, the crowned Coat of Arms of Bahrain; above, البحرين (Bahrain); below, the same in English: BAHRAIN; to the left (vertically), the date in common numerals, in Hijri year then in Common era: 1403-1983; to the right (vertically), the same but with Arabic numerals: ١٤٠٣-١٩٨٣.

Outside the octagon, the town name is in Arabic around above: مدينة عيسى and in English around below: ISA TOWN. The denomination and value are in Arabic around left: ٥٠٠ فلس and in English around right: 500 FILS.

Reverse Inscription مدينة عيسى البحرين 1403-1983 ١٤٠٣-١٩٨٣ ٥٠٠ فلس BAHRAIN 500 FILS ISA TOWN
EdgeMilledEdge InscriptionNone
Five Hundred Fils 1983 Isa Town: References to Information Used
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Five Hundred Fils 1983 Isa Town: Details
CurrencyBahraini Dinar
Coin TypeFive Hundred Fils (Silver)
Monarchعيسى بن سلمان آل خليف (Emir Isa bin Salman Al Khalifa)
EffigyEmir Isa bin Salman Al Khalifa of Bahrain
Face Value500 (x Fils)
Total Mintage15,000
DesignerMichael Rizzello
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size34.500 mm
Mass18.060 g
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Five Hundred Fils 1983 Isa Town: Catalogue Reference IDs
SourceReference ID
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsBahrain KM# 8a