Bahrain: Coin Ten Dinars 1971 Commemoration of Independence - detailed information

Bahrain: Coin Ten Dinars 1971 Commemoration of Independence
CoinTen Dinars 1971 Commemoration of Independence

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 only been issued as non-circulating legal tender and are struck in precious metals. There have been no coins issued explicitly carrying the denomination of Ten Dinars. However, some gold issues have traditionally been considered (and were initially listed in Remick and Krause catalogues as) such even though the text on them does not call them "ten dinars". Current thinking seems to classify them as medals instead.

This coin was the second in the series. It commemorates the Independence of Bahrain, declared on 14 August 1971.

MintRoyal Mint

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 a wreath, the crowned Coat of Arms of Bahrain; above the Sun; above, البحرين (Bahrain); below, the same in English: BAHRAIN.

Outside the wreath to the left, the Hijri date in Arabic numerals and in small letters: جمادى الثانية ١٣٩١ (month of Jumada al-Thani, 1391); above in larger letters the text: ذكرى الاستقلال ("Commemoration of Independence"). Around below and around right, the same in English: COMMEMORATION OF INDEPENDENCE in large letters and AUGUST 1971 in smaller letters.

There is no denomination or value.

Reverse Inscription البحرين BAHRAIN جمادى الثانية ١٣٩١ ذكرى الاستقلال COMMEMORATION OF INDEPENDENCE AUGUST 1971
Edge InscriptionNone

Krause catalogues listed this coin for a while as KM# 10, then X# M2; now it is not listed.

All (4) Coins of Country: Bahrain, Type: Ten Dinars
Royal Mint Bullion
Royal Mint Bullion
Ten Dinars 1971 Commemoration of Independence: Details
CurrencyBahraini Dinar
Coin TypeTen Dinars
Monarchعيسى بن سلمان آل خليف (Emir Isa bin Salman Al Khalifa)
EffigyEmir Isa bin Salman Al Khalifa of Bahrain
Face Value10 (x Dinar)
DesignerMichael Rizzello
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
OrientationSame (Medal Alignment, Axis 0 / Axis 12)
Size (mm)28.5000
Mass (g)16
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Ten Dinars 1971 Commemoration of Independence: Catalogue Reference IDs
SourceReference ID
Friedberg, Gold Coins of the WorldBahrain Fr# 2