500 Fils - Isa Isa Town

500 Fils - Isa (Isa Town) -  obverse500 Fils - Isa (Isa Town) -  reverse



Issuer Bahrain
Emir Isa bin Salman Al Khalifa (1961-1999)
Type Non-circulating coin
Year 1388 (1968)
Calendar Islamic (Hijri)
Value 500 Fils
0.5 BHD = USD 1.33
Currency Dinar (1965-date)
Composition Silver (.800)
Weight 18.3 g
Diameter 34.5 mm
Shape Round
Technique Milled
Orientation Medal alignment ↑↑
Number N# 17146
Numista type number (https://en.numista.com/help/what-is-the-n-number-visible-in-the-catalogue-33.html)
References KM# 8,
Tracy L. Schmidt (editor); 2019. Standard Catalog of World Coins / 2001-Date (14th edition). Krause Publications, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, USA.
And 5 more volumes.
Schön# 8
Gerhard Schön; 2018. Weltmünzkatalog / 20. Jahrhundert: 1901-2000 (46. Auflage). Battenberg Gietl Verlag, Regenstauf, Germany.
And 2 more volumes.

Commemorative issue

Opening of Isa Town (1968)


Bust of Sheikh Isa bin Salman Al Khalifa facing left.

Engraver: Michael Rizzello

Michael Gaspard Rizzello OBE was a sculptor and designer. Rizzello was born in London of Italian parents. His father was a tailor. He attended the London Oratory School and did not want to follow his father's profession. He enlisted in the army in 1944, and was demobbed in 1948. He was a good baritone singer and had to choose between music and drawing; he chose the latter. He attended the Royal College of Art winning both the Drawing Prize and Travelling Scholarship in Sculpture. This led to study in Italy, sculpture in Rome for two years, and he was awarded the Prix de Rome 1951 for Sculpture. He began his career making wax heads for Madame Tussauds. He served an unprecedented term of two 5-year periods as President of the Royal Society of British Sculptors. His public statuary includes Dancer with Ribbon in Oxford Street, London. His David Lloyd George stands in Cathays Park, Cardiff, and other portrait busts include Nelson Mandela.


Crowned coat of arms in the center of the octagon.
Town name, state name, dates, and denomination in both Arabic and English.

Scripts: Arabic, Latin

مدينة عيسى
1388-1968 ١٣٨٨-١٩٦٨
٥٠٠ فلس
500 FILS




Royal Mint (Tower Hill), London, United Kingdom (1810-1975)


Proof Set (KM#PS2):

© Zameer Abubakar

Note: According to Krause, the proof issue of this coin is also part of another proof set (KM#PS1), however, the existence of that set is not confirmed.
Total mintage of the proof issue is not mentioned on Krause, and the mintage listed below is only for the proof set (KM#PS2)

Isa Town (Arabic: مدينة عيسى‎‎) is a high class town located in Bahrain in the north central part of the country. The name Isa refers to Isa ibn Salman Al Khalifah, the ruler of Bahrain from 1961 to 1999.

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Date Mintage VG F VF XF AU UNC Frequency
1388 (1968)  50 000 $ 17 $ 17 $ 17 94%
1388 (1968)  20 000 10% Proof Sets (KM#PS2)

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