Bahrain is an archipelago (small group of islands) that is located in the Persian Gulf. This Middle Eastern country consists of 70 natural islands and 33 artificial islands. It is one of the richest countries in the middle east with a booming economy focusing around fossil fuels, aluminum and tourism. This week we are taking a look at a note from this wonderful country, Bahrain ½ Dinar p18b 1998.

The front of this note shows a map, coat of arms with a brown shield, and a blind weaver at a loom in Bani Jamra Village Handicraft Center. The coat of arms was created in 1932 by Charles Belgrave. Belgrave was a British governor and advisor to the Sheik at the time. Since the coat of arms creation, it has undergone slight modifications, but the original design is still there. Bahrain’s coat of arms not only acts as a symbol for the country, but as the Emir’s personal arms as well; though, the Emir’s (king or ruler) arms also include a crown. In addition to the coat of arms, the front of the note has a picture of a blind weaver at a loom. Fabric weaving has been very popular in Bahrain; however, the art of fabric weaving is slowly dying. Nevertheless, one area the craft is still being used is in Bani Jamra Village Handicraft Center located in the north-west of Bahrain.

The back of the note depicts an aluminum factory. Aluminum Bahrain B.S.C. or Alba is one of the leading aluminum smelters in the world. It is also one of the largest smelters in the world, coming in second to China. Opening in 1971, it has won awards for both its safety and environmental practices. Headquarters for the company is in Bahrain, with 84% of its 3,180 employees being Bahraini.

This note has bright colors, intricate designs and beautiful pictures that give you a glimpse of the lovely country. I appreciate the focus on culture, and how the note displays past and present drivers to the Bahrain economy. This note is our current featured note and will be offered at a discounted price for a limited time.

Country: Bahrain
Denomination: 1/2 Dinar
Pick #: 18b
Year: 1998
Grade: UNC
Other Info: Asian Currency
Coloration: Orange
Depictions: Man weaving; Crest; Aluminium Factory
Note Size: 5 1/2″ x 2 3/4 “
Continent: Asia and the Middle East
Watermark: Head of Antelope