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 10 Fils (0.010 Dinar) coin is currently the second smallest one in circulation after the 5 Fils, because the 1 Fils coin was only issued in 1965 and 1966 and it no longer circulates.
1965 was the only year when ten fils were issued in bronze; in 1991, the metal was changed to brass, and in 2010 to brass-plated steel. Some silver ten fils coins were also issued as non-circulating legal tender.
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.
Value in Arabic numerals ١٠ (10) at the top. Below, the denomination فلوس (fils). Around below, BAHRAIN.
Remick 1971 lists mintage of 2,000,000.
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