|Coin||Two Hundred and Fifty Fils 1969|
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 250 Fils (0.250 Dinar) coin is the second-largest regular denomination after the 500 fils (one dinar and larger denominations have only been issued as commemoratives and non-circulating legal tender).
However, it has not been used for regular circulating coins - the only issue of a 250 fils coin was a FAO commemorative in 1969, with the same design repeated in 1983 for another commemorative issue.
The obverse features a traditional sailing boat moored behind a palm tree. Around above: حكومة البحرين (Government of Bahrain). To the left, the date in Arabic numerals, in Hijri year left and Common era right: ١٩٦٩-١٣٨٩. To the right, the same but with common numerals: 1969-1389. Around below, GOVERNMENT OF BAHRAIN in English.
||حكومة البحرين ١٩٦٩-١٣٨٩ 1969-1389 GOVERNMENT OF BAHRAIN
The logo of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) which is a grain sprig within a three-quarter circle, with the letters FAO within the sprig. The motto FIAT PANIS (let there be bread) completes the circle.
Arabic text around above: لنعمل على توفير الغذاء الجميع (translation: let us work on providing food for all).
Around below, the denomination and value in Arabic (right) and English (left): 250 FILS ٢٥٠ فلس.
||لنعمل على توفير الغذاء الجميع FAO FIAT PANIS 250 FILS ٢٥٠
Remick 1971 lists circulation mintage of 40,000 and does not list proofs.
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