Bahrain: Coin Ten Dinars 1983 Hamad Town - detailed information

Bahrain: Coin Ten Dinars 1983 Hamad Town
CoinTen Dinars 1983 Hamad 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 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 fourth in the series. Similar to an earlier issue commemorating the opening of Isa Town, this one commemorates Hamad Town and was struck in gold in proof quality.

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Bahrain / Ten Dinars 1983 Hamad Town - obverse photo

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)
Bahrain / Ten Dinars 1983 Hamad Town - reverse photo

Within an octagon, the crowned Coat of Arms of Bahrain; above, البحرين (Bahrain); below, the same in English: BAHRAIN.

Outside the octagon, around left, the date in Arabic numerals, in Hijri year then in Common era: ١٤٠٤-١٩٨٣; around right, the same but with common numerals: 1404 - 1983, the town name is in Arabic around above: مدينة حمد and in English around below: HAMAD TOWN.

There is no denomination or value.

Reverse Inscription مدينة حمد البحرين 1404-1983 ١٤٠٤-١٩٨٣ BAHRAIN HAMAD TOWN
Edge InscriptionNone

Krause catalogues listed this coin for a while as KM# 15, then X# M3; now it is not listed.

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Ten Dinars 1983 Hamad Town: 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 1983 Hamad Town: Catalogue Reference IDs
SourceReference ID
Friedberg, Gold Coins of the WorldBahrain Fr# 5