The Bahraini dinar
The Dinar (in Arabic: دينار) is Bahrain's legal tender. It is divided into 1,000 fils and its ISO 4217 code is BHD. The word "dinar" derives from the Latin term "denarius". In 1965 the dinar was introduced for the first time to replace the Gulf rupee, with an exchange rate of 10 rupees for dinar.
In 1965 the first coins were minted in denominations of 1, 5, 10, 25, 50 and 100 fils. In 1992 a new series of coins was minted, removing the 1 fils denomination and adding the 500 fils denomination. There are also two versions of this series, one prior to 2001 in which the official name of the country is 'State of Bahrain', and another later in which the official name is 'Kingdom of Bahrain'.
Currently, ½, 1, 5, 10, 20 dinar bills are in circulation.
As for coins, there are 5, 10, 25, 50, 100, 500 fils.
Date of issue:
Central Bank of Bahrain
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