A long time ago when our country was still young, a dollar was a lot of money, a penny bought a small bag of candy and half cents were given in change. In the early to mid-1800s demand for half cents began to decline. Demand again picked up slightly around 1850, but by 1857 demand waned and the United States eliminated the half cent.
Currently, there is a tremendous amount of discussion regarding the elimination of the Lincoln cent. It currently costs the United States more than a penny to make each penny and it doesn't even by a single piece of candy. Back in the 1800s the United States was facing the same dilemma with the half cent. As you know, nobody misses the coin and life got on without it. In fact, half cents are now highly collectible and most half cents will cost you "a pretty penny." If you would like to learn more about these fascinating coins, I have written a series of articles to help you get started.
All About Half Cents:
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