Bahrain's new currency is now officially all over the place; If you haven't already seen it, go to your nearest ATM and withdraw something, you'll get some.
Besides all the new security features, designs, etc, there are a few things that get me puzzled over this:
- Is it just me or the do the old notes look a lot nicer? Especially the Arabic side; blugh. The colors are also pretty confusing - they're not very defined. Ie, the previous notes were BROWN, BLUE, RED etc.. These new ones are like reddish brown, brownish red, bluish green, greenish blue, etc..
- They put the Bahrain International Circuit on the currency. Goddamit guys, get over it! You're not the only country in the world with a circuit! It's not that big of an achievment (especially considering Dubai already has an Autodrome, Abu Dhabi is getting a circuit next year, etc etc)
- Why were they released now? Two weeks before Formula 1, when floods of people are going to be coming into Bahrain? Is it just to confuse the tourists? I mean, it's bad enough for tourists to meddle with a new currency, but now you have two different versions of our currency, besides the numerous Saudi currency floating around, as well as the Dollar and Euro notes all over the place.
Link to CBB website; New Currency