Cybercoins' Half Cents

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There was a time in the United States when merchants actually needed to make change for a cent. The cost of some things was very low and standard items like bread were bought in “daily serving” sizes. So Half Cents were struck. It is the lowest face value coin we ever made and it was never greatly popular so they were only made in some years and in low quantities. This makes them a good challenge for serious collectors. The denomination ended in 1857 when the rise in industrialization raised the value of copper and the prices of goods to the point that the coin was no longer needed and no longer profitable for the government to issue. There are several different types of Half Cents; the Liberty Cap Type (1793-97), the Draped Bust Type (1800-08), the Classic Head (1809-36) and the Coronet Type (1840-57).

Good reference works for this type of coin are “The Complete Encyclopedia of U.S. and Colonial Coins” by Walter Breen and “Walter Breen’s Encyclopedia of United States Half Cents 1793-1857” by Walter Breen.

View our current stock of Half Cents.

 
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