Bahrain

Bahrain new 20-dinar note (B310) confirmed

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B310 (PNL): 20 dinars (US$53)
Brown and light blue. Front: SPARK Live Truspin; King Hamad Bin Isa Al Khalifa. Back: Al Fateh Islamic Center in Juffair. Rapid Motion windowed security thread with demetalized ٢٠ / 20. Watermark: King Hamad Bin Isa Al Khalifa with electrotype TWENTY and denomination in Arabic text. Printer: (TDLR). 154 x 74 mm.
a. ٢٠٠٦ (2006). Signature 1. Intro: 04.09.2016.

Courtesy of Paul Mclean.


Bahrain new 10- and 20-dinar notes (B309, B310) reported

According to a press release dated 4 September 2016, the Central Bank of Bahrain has introduced these notes which are like the preceding issues, but with enhanced security features (SPARK and Motion thread) and tactile lines added at center right front for the visually impaired.

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Courtesy of yaqoob AlShaer.

Bahrain revised 10- and 20-dinar notes reported

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According to unattributed images circulating online, the Central Bank of Bahrain is apparently planning to introduce 10- and 20-dinar banknotes like the current issues (B304 and B305), but with enhanced security features (Orbital SPARK instead of holographic patch on front, and possibly Motion threads on back) and slight redesigns. It's unclear if the other denominations issued in March 2008 will also be revised, or when the new notes will be issued.

Courtesy of Yaqoob AlShaer.

Bahrain chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

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The Bahrain chapter of The Banknote Book is now available for individual sale at US$4.99, and as a free download to subscribers.

This 9-page catalog covers notes issued by the Bahrain Currency Board in 1964, the Bahrain Monetary Agency from 1973 to 2001, and the Central Bank of Bahrain from 2006 to present. Revised 24 July 2016.

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  • Specific identification of all vignette elements
  • Security features described in full
  • Printer imprint reproduced exactly as on note
  • Each date/signature variety assigned an individual letter
  • Variety checkboxes for tracking your collection and want list
  • Red stars highlight the many notes missing from the SCWPM
  • Date reproduced exactly as on note
  • Precise date of introduction noted when known
  • Replacement note information
  • Signature tables, often with names and terms of service
  • Background information for historical and cultural context
  • Details magnified to distinguish between note varieties
  • Bibliographic sources listed for further research

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Bahrain new variety 1/2-dinar note confirmed


1/2 dinar (US$1.30), ١٩٧٣ (1973). Like P18a (top), but the security thread has six, not five, “windows” that are 4.0-mm long, not 5.5-mm long. Also, the prefix font is different.

Courtesy of Sejin Ahn.

Gulf Cooperation Council agrees to single currency

According to a Gulf News article dated 16 December 2009, Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) leaders concluded their annual two-day summit with an agreement to form a monetary union, paving the way for a single currency for Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar, and Saudi Arabia; Oman and the United Arab Emirates opted out. A monetary council is to be established in early 2010, and will transition into a central bank, which will eventually issue a single currency, though no timeline was announced.

Courtesy of Amirali Somji.

Bahrain issues new note series

All of the new notes measure 154 x 74 mm and are presumably printed by De La Rue (based upon their inclusion of StarChrome security threads and an unique screen trap pattern on the back). All of the notes have the following security features: King Hamad Bin Isa Al Khalifa as watermark with electrotype denomination, intaglio printing, windowed green-to-red StarChrome security thread with CBB repeating, gold iridescent stripe with denomination in Arabic and English, registration device, denomination as latent image, CENTRALBANKOFBAHRAIN microprinting, novel serial number fluoresces under UV light. Additionally, the 5-, 10-, and 20-dinar notes also include a hologram on the front.

In addition to the security features, the new banknotes also incorporate, for the first time, a feature to enable the visually-impaired to easily recognize the value of each note. The feature—which has erroneously been called braille by some media outlets—comprises a series of short, raised lines, which appear at the top right on the front face of the note. The BD1/2 has one line; BD1 has two lines and so on, up to BD20, with five lines.


1/2 dinar (US$1.30), ٢٠٠٦ (2006). Issued March 17, 2008. Orange and brown. Front: Old Bahrain Court. Back: Bahrain International Circuit (motorsport facility) in Sakhir. Windowed green-to-red StarChrome security thread with demetalized CBB. Watermark: King Hamad Bin Isa Al Khalifa with electrotype HALF. Printer: (TDLR). 154 x 74 mm.


1 dinar (US$2.65), ٢٠٠٦ (2006). Issued March 17, 2008. Red. Front: Al Hedaya Al Khalifiya school building (Bahrain’s first school). Back: Sail monument in Manama City; five galloping Arabian horses. Windowed green-to-red StarChrome security thread with demetalized CBB. Watermark: King Hamad Bin Isa Al Khalifa with electrotype ONE. Printer: (TDLR). 154 x 74 mm.


5 dinars (US$13.25), ٢٠٠٦ (2006). Issued March 17, 2008. Blue. Shaikh Isa House in Muharraq; Riffa Fort. Back: Aluminium Bahrain (Alba) smelter building; first oil well in Bahrain near Jebel Dukhan mountain. Windowed green-to-red StarChrome security thread with demetalized CBB. Watermark: King Hamad Bin Isa Al Khalifa with electrotype FIVE. Printer: (TDLR). 154 x 74 mm.


10 dinars (US$26.50), ٢٠٠٦ (2006). Issued March 17, 2008. Green. King Hamad Bin Isa Al Khalifa. Back: Shaikh Isa Bin Salman Al Khalifa Causeway bridge. Windowed green-to-red StarChrome security thread with demetalized CBB. Watermark: King Hamad Bin Isa Al Khalifa as with electrotype TEN. Printer: (TDLR). 154 x 74 mm.


20 dinars (US$53.05), ٢٠٠٦ (2006). Issued March 17, 2008. Brown and light blue. Front: King Hamad Bin Isa Al Khalifa. Back: Al Fateh Islamic Center in Juffair. Windowed green-to-red StarChrome security thread with demetalized CBB. Watermark: King Hamad Bin Isa Al Khalifa with electrotype TWENTY. Printer: (TDLR). 154 x 74 mm.

Six Arab states plan to issue unified currency in 2010

The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), consisting of six Arab states — Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and United Arab Emirates — plans to issue a unified currency in 2010.