Ten Dinars 1983 Bahrain Through the Ages, Coin from Bahrain - detailed information

Ten Dinars 1983 Bahrain Through the Ages, Coin from Bahrain
CoinTen Dinars 1983 Bahrain Through the Ages

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 third in the series. It commemorates 200 years of Al Khalifa rule and was struck in gold in proof quality.

Bahrain was a dependency of the Persian Empire when in 1783, the Bani Utbah tribe led by Al Khalifa invaded it from their base in Al Zubarah (Qatar). The ruler of Al Khalifa was Ahmed bin Muhammad who became known as the conqueror and whose descendants still rule the country.

MintRoyal Mint Mintageunknown
Obverse

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)
Reverse

Within a circle, a mosque and two minarets. Under that, in decorative script on two lines, أحمد في خليفة صار أوال (Ahmed of Khalifa was first). Outside the circle, around above: البَحرين عَبر التاريخ ١٧٨٣ ~ ١٩٨٣; around below, the same in English: BAHRAIN THROUGH THE AGES 1783-1983.

There is no denomination or value.

Reverse Inscription أحمد في خليفة صار أوال BAHRAIN THROUGH THE AGES 1783-1983 البَحرين عَبر التاريخ ١٧٨٣ ~ ١٩٨٣
EdgeEdge Inscription
Notes

Krause catalogues listed this coin for a while as KM# 15; now it is not listed.

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Ten Dinars 1983 Bahrain Through the Ages: Details
CountryBahrain
CurrencyBahraini Dinar
Coin TypeTen Dinars
Issued1983
Monarchعيسى بن سلمان آل خليف (Emir Isa bin Salman Al Khalifa)
EffigyEmir Isa bin Salman Al Khalifa of Bahrain
Face Value10 (x Dinar)
Mintageunknown
CurrentYes
MaterialGold
Designer
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size (mm)28.5000
Mass (g)16
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