Bahraini Dinar - BHD


Since 1965, the official currency for Bahrain has been the Bahraini Dinar (BHD). The symbol for the Dinar is BD; the Arabic symbol is .د. The Bahrain Dinar is pegged to the US Dollar at a rate of 0.376 Dinar = 1 USD.


  • The Bahrain economy is rated as the 10th freest economy in the world.
  • Top industries are aluminum smelting, petroleum refining and processing, offshore banking coupled with Islamic banking, tourism, iron pelletization, ship repair, and fertilizers.
  • Export products are petroleum, textiles, and aluminum.
  • Petroleum accounts for 60% of export products.
  • Import products are chemicals, machinery, and crude oil.
  • Unemployment rate is estimated at plus or minus 3.8%; however, it is growing rapidly due to the depletion of oil resources.
  • There is almost no agriculture activity in Bahrain; it accounts for only 0.3% of the total GDP.
  • Bahrain has a free trade agreement with the United States of America.
  • The country is working on diversifying its products and has a 15-year plan in place. Currently Bahrain is rated to be the fastest-growing economy of the Arab countries.


  • In 1965, the Bahrain Dinar replaced the Gulf Rupee.
  • In 1980, the dinar was pegged to IMF’s special drawing rights. The fixed US Dollar rate is 0.376 dinar = 1 USD.
  • In 1979, new paper notes were introduced.
  • In 2006, the Bahrain Agency became the Central Bank of Bahrain.
  • In 2008, the Central Bank of Bahrain launched a new group of notes that reflected the old and new development of Bahrain.
  • Bahrain also accepts Saudi Riyal, except for the 500 riyal.

General Information

Symbols and Names

  • Symbols: .د.ب (Arabic), BD (Latin)
  • Nicknames: none

ISO 4217 Code


Currency Subunits

  • Fils = 1/100 of a Dinar


  • Bills: BD ½, BD 1, BD 5, BD 10, BD 20
  • Coins: 5, 10, 25, 50, 100 fils. BD ½

Countries Using This Currency

  • Bahrain

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