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Bring back our old coins

Friday, May 28, 2004
So global soul has a post today talking about how all Chinese banknotes have the Arabic script on them, and it got me thinking of our own Bahraini money. Ironically, if you take a close look at any of our coins you will notice that, shamefully, none of them use the Arabic numberals (by which I mean the numbers from the Arabic script rather than from the latin script). In general, I must say that today's Bahraini coins are really really ugly and very boring. The new 500 fils coin has to be the ugliest of them all:


It seems as though someone designed them in a real hurry in an an hour. I guess I feel this way because I'm a traditionalist sometimes and I really miss the old coins, which were much more interesting, and also utilized the Arabic numberals. But, I'll be honest with you and tell you that when the new bi-metallic 100 fils coin came out I was just as fascinated with it as anyone. I remember how they initially had a problem with the centre coming out of the outer ring quite easily. And it soon became a fashion in our school for girls to take out the centre and wear the ring on a chain around your neck. Haha, hilarious... those were the days. If you were around back then, I'm sure you'll remember how that fashion lasted for a whole five seconds or so. Below are the old and new 100 fils coins for you to compare. (Thanks to Don for the images).

Old (1965-1992):


New/ugly (1992-now):


Bring back the old coins!
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1 Responses to 'Bring back our old coins'


Blogger global soul says:

I like the older coins too. I think the palm tree looks nicer than the Bahraini coat of arms.

I agree, bahraini currency is boring... It needs a more artistic touch...    

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