There are probably almost as many sample Bahrain plates in collections as there are genuine used ones. There are several reasons for this:
1. Bahrain used to be very good at sending sample plates to collectors although they will give you absolutely nothing nowadays.
2. I am pretty sure some of the 1969 series rejected designs got into collectors’ hands direct from the manufacturer and some of the 1993 rejected designs definitely escaped from the factory.
3. There were two very large batches of 1969 series test designs with the same plate type made in several different colours and these were later given away by Bahrain to collectors. Some of these test designs were for vehicle classes that were never introduced.
The samples illustrated in these photos are just some of the many of each series. Before buying or trading mint looking older Bahrain plates, you should check the lists on the RPWO Bahrain pages where all known colours and vehicle classes of samples and those that were actually issued in the 1969 series are listed.
These are plates for two different vehicle classes but each one is in a choice of colours. These are some of the very, very many similar samples in collections and nearly all have these low 3 digit numbers with 101 to 105 being the most common.