- a bronze coin of the U.S., equal to one-half cent, issued at various periods between 1793 and 1857.
Origin of half cent
An Americanism dating back to 1780–90
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Examples from the Web for half cent
Or forty postmarks for a half-cent of any date earlier than 1857.
Only mos' prob'ly Victoria she'd insist on a half-cent limit.The Virginian
"It saves the half-cent charged for service," answered the maid.Abroad with the Jimmies
A professor whom I met in Lausanne informed me that it now cost only a half-cent a pound.The Spell of Switzerland
Nathan Haskell Dole
Since we do not have either a half-cent or a 2-cent coin, it has been necessary to substitute postage stamps.The Measurement of Intelligence
Lewis Madison Terman