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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. 2018.
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  • There were two quarters and a half dollar, and he paid them over.

    Goodbye, Dead Man! Tom W. Harris
  • Upon his return, Colonel Boone had just one half dollar in his pocket.

    Daniel Boone John S. C. Abbott
  • The broker handed a half dollar to Felix, which he accepted joyfully.

    Chester Rand Horatio Alger, Jr
  • Purt could well afford the half dollar, and after a minute he, too, laughed.

    The Girls of Central High in Camp Gertrude W. Morrison
  • The amount poured on the brick should be about the size of a half dollar.

    Elements of Plumbing Samuel Dibble
  • Jerry stepped forward and placed a half dollar on the counter.

  • But it was a half dollar that he tossed into the waiting hands.

    The Road Builders Samuel Merwin
  • First there were only a few large drops, each the size of a half dollar.

    Two Boy Gold Miners Frank V. Webster
  • “I will give you one and a half dollar,” urges the merchant.

    Japan Dorothy Menpes
  • Had no money for the plate, and mother attempted to smuggle a half dollar to me.

    Bab: A Sub-Deb Mary Roberts Rinehart

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