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.
|Global Exchange||Your high-street bank|
|Variety of currencies||We have more than 70 currencies. We are specialists.||Only major currencies. Travel money is just a secondary business for banks.|
|Availability of currencies||Immediate availability of currencies in our branches. Click and collect or walk in to our stores.||The branch requests it from the head office and they can take a long time for having the currency available, or even not at all.|
|Expenses||Only the exchange rate, no commission, and if you book online you are guaranteed the best price.||The bank sets its own margin plus a commission.|
|Different denominations available||At Global Exchange, you’ll get a variety of banknotes with different values, adapted to all your payment needs.||No. Prepare for refusals and complaints in foreign languages when paying with «big» banknotes.|
|Delivery options||Order online to benefit from a price reduction and collect at the branch of your choice.||You’ll have to go first to your bank to order the currency you need, then wait for it to come and go back again to collect it.|
|Timetables||We are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.||Monday to Friday, from 8:30 am to 2:30 pm.|
|Anything else?||Airport collection on the day of your trip. All comfort.||Air-what? What miles are you talking about? No, sir. This is a bank, not an airline.|