Bahrain / عيسى بن سلمان آل خليف (Emir Isa bin Salman Al Khalifa)

Bahrain - عيسى بن سلمان آل خليف (Emir Isa bin Salman Al Khalifa) (16 August 1971 - 6 March 1999)

Isa bin Salman Al Khalifa (Arabic: عيسى بن سلمان آل خليفة‎) was the first emir of Bahrain from 1961 until his death. Born in Jasra, he became emir upon the death of his father, Salman ibn Hamad.

His reign began in December 1961 when his father Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa died in November. His term saw Bahrain gain its independence from the United Kingdom in 1971.

While the government initially considered joining the United Arab Emirates, Isa had his country withdraw (along with Qatar) over his dissatisfaction with the proposed constitution. He then attempted to introduce a moderate form of parliamentary democracy, and men (though not women) were given the vote in parliamentary elections in 1973. In August 1975, however, he dissolved Parliament because it refused to pass the government-sponsored State Security Law of 1974. The parliamentary system was never restored.

During his 38 years as Emir, the economic transformation of Bahrain into a modern nation and a key financial center in the Persian Gulf area took place.

Note: on commemorative coins, his titles and names are rendered in English as His Highness the Amir of the State of Bahrain Shaikh Isa bin Sulman Al-Khalifa.

He was succeeded by his eldest son, Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa.

Bahrain - عيسى بن سلمان آل خليف (Emir Isa bin Salman Al Khalifa): Coins Issued (37)
NameMintageEffigyLegend
Ten Fils 1965 8,512,000 حُكُومَة البَحرَين ١٣٨٥ - ١٩٦٥
Fifty Fils 1965 6,921,000 حُكُومَة البَحرَين ١٣٨٥ - ١٩٦٥
One Hundred Fils 1965 8,312,000 حُكُومَة البَحرَين ١٣٨٥ - ١٩٦٥
Twenty Five Fils 1965 11,262,000 حُكُومَة البَحرَين ١٣٨٥ - ١٩٦٥
One Fils 1965 1,512,000 حُكُومَة البَحرَي ١٣٨٥ - ١٩٦٥
Five Fils 1965 8,012,000 حُكُومَة البَحرَي ١٣٨٥ - ١٩٦٥
One Fils 1966 1,500,000 حُكُومَة البَحرَي ١٣٨٦ - ١٩٦٦
Five Hundred Fils 1968 Isa Town 70,000 Emir Isa bin Salman Al Khalifa of Bahrain (none)
Ten Dinars 1968 Isa Town 3,000 Emir Isa bin Salman Al Khalifa of Bahrain (none)
Two Hundred and Fifty Fils 1969 70,000 حكومة البحرين ١٩٦٩-١٣٨٩ 1969-1389 GOVERNMENT OF BAHRAIN
Ten Dinars 1971 Commemoration of Independence 3,000 Emir Isa bin Salman Al Khalifa of Bahrain (none)
One Hundred Dinars 1978 5,000 Emir Isa bin Salman Al Khalifa of Bahrain (none)
Fifty Dinars 1978 5,000 Emir Isa bin Salman Al Khalifa of Bahrain (none)
Ten Dinars 1983 Bahrain Through the Ages unknown Emir Isa bin Salman Al Khalifa of Bahrain (none)
Ten Fils 1983 (Silver Proof) 15,000 حُكُومَة البَحرَين ١٤٠٣ - ١٩٨٣
Five Hundred Fils 1983 Isa Town 15,000 Emir Isa bin Salman Al Khalifa of Bahrain (none)
One Hundred Fils 1983 (Silver Proof) 15,000 حُكُومَة البَحرَين ١٤٠٣ - ١٩٨٣
Two Hundred and Fifty Fils 1983 (Silver Proof) 15,000 ١٩٨٣-١٤٠٣ 1983-1403 حكومة البحرين GOVERNMENT OF BAHRAIN
Twenty Five Fils 1983 (Silver Proof) 15,000 حُكُومَة البَحرَين ١٤٠٣ - ١٩٨٣
Five Fils 1983 (Silver Proof) 15,000 حُكُومَة البَحرَين ١٤٠٣ - ١٩٨٣
One Fils 1983 (Silver Proof) 15,000 حُكُومَة البَحرَين ١٤٠٣ - ١٩٨٣
Fifty Fils 1983 (Silver Proof) 15,000 حُكُومَة البَحرَين ١٤٠٣ - ١٩٨٣
Ten Dinars 1983 Hamad Town unknown Emir Isa bin Salman Al Khalifa of Bahrain (none)
Two Hundred and Fifty Fils 1983 3,000 ١٩٨٣-١٤٠٣ 1983-1403 حكومة البحرين GOVERNMENT OF BAHRAIN
Five Dinars 1986 (Silver Proof) 25,000 Emir Isa bin Salman Al Khalifa of Bahrain (none)
Five Dinars 1990 (Silver Proof) 20,000 Emir Isa bin Salman Al Khalifa of Bahrain (none)
Ten Fils 1991 (dubious) unknown STATE OF BAHRAIN دولة البحرين مـ 1991 هـ 1412
Five Fils 1991 (dubious) unknown STATE OF BAHRAIN دولة البحرين مـ 1991 هـ 1412
Five Fils 1992 unknown STATE OF BAHRAIN دولة البحرين مـ 1992 هـ 1412
Fifty Fils 1992 unknown STATE OF BAHRAIN دولة البحرين مـ 1992 هـ 1412
One Hundred Fils 1992 unknown STATE OF BAHRAIN دولة البحرين مـ 1992 هـ 1412
Ten Fils 1992 unknown STATE OF BAHRAIN دولة البحرين مـ 1992 هـ 1412
Twenty Five Fils 1992 unknown STATE OF BAHRAIN دولة البحرين مـ 1992 هـ 1412
Five Dinars 1995 (Silver Proof) 100,000 Emir Isa bin Salman Al Khalifa of Bahrain حضرة صاحب السمو الشيخ عيسى بس سلمان آل خليفة - أمير دولة البحرين HH THE AMIR OF THE STATE OF BAHRAIN
One Hundred Fils 1995 unknown STATE OF BAHRAIN دولة البحرين مـ 1995 هـ 1415
One Hundred Fils 1997 unknown STATE OF BAHRAIN دولة البحرين مـ 1997 هـ 1417
Five Dinars 1998 (Silver Proof) 25,000 Emir Isa bin Salman Al Khalifa of Bahrain حضرة صاحب السمو الشيخ عيسى بس سلمان آل خليفة - أمير دولة البحرين HH THE AMIR OF THE STATE OF BAHRAIN
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From16 August 1971
To6 March 1999
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