The dinar is the official currency of Bahrain since 1965 when it replaced the Gulf rupee. The Bahrain Currency Board introduced notes in denominations of ¼, ½, 1, 5 and 10 dinars, followed by 100 fils in 1967. In 1973, the Bahrain Monetary Agency was established, and in 1978 the second series of notes was introduced in denominations of ½, 1, 5, 10 and 20 dinars. In 2006, the Bahrain Monetary Agency was renamed the Central Bank of Bahrain and introduced a new series of notes in denominations of ½, 1, 5, 10 and 20 dinars.
The ½ Bahraini dinar note front design features the old Bahrain court in Manama (Capital city). The lettering is presented in the Arabic language. The reverse of the note illustrates a view of the Bahrain International Circuit located in Sakhir and the iconic VIP tower; the complex opened in 2004 is a motorsports track and used for endurance racing, GP2 Series and the annual Bahrain Grand Prix. The lettering is presented in the English language. This note is part of the 2006 – 2016 series, and its color is orange and brown on a multicolor underprint.
Text: Central Bank of Bahrain, An article of a banknote issued in accordance with the law No 7/272, Prime Minister, Half Dinar, ½.