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half dollar

a silver or cupronickel coin of the U.S., equal to 50 cents.
a silver or nickel coin of Canada, equal to 50 cents.
Origin of half dollar
First recorded in 1755-65 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • When silver small-change lately came into use again, there were many boys and girls who had never seen a quarter or a half dollar.

  • The broker handed a half dollar to Felix, which he accepted joyfully.

    Chester Rand Horatio Alger, Jr
  • When she was finally ready, she took a bead purse from somewhere about her waist and took out a half dollar.

    When a Man Marries Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • There were two quarters and a half dollar, and he paid them over.

    Goodbye, Dead Man! Tom W. Harris
  • So long as they brought home a half dollar for each day, what mattered it when they brought it?

    The Jungle Upton Sinclair
  • First there were only a few large drops, each the size of a half dollar.

    Two Boy Gold Miners Frank V. Webster
  • In other words there are a thousand persons occupying fifty cent seats that haven't paid their half dollar.

  • To him quarters are still chicken-feed and a half dollar is small change.

    Roughing it De Luxe Irvin S. Cobb
  • Had no money for the plate, and mother attempted to smuggle a half dollar to me.

    Bab: A Sub-Deb Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • He felt that to keep a half dollar would be a dishonest act.

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