Half cent (United States coin)

The half cent was the smallest denomination of United States coin ever minted. It was first minted in 1793 and last minted in 1857. It was minted with five different designs.

Half cent
United States
Value5 milles (0.5 cents or 0.005 US dollars)
Diameter23.5 mm
Thickness2 mm
Edge
  • lettered (1793, 1797)
  • plain (1794–1857)
  • gripped (1797)
Composition100% copper
Years of minting1793–1857
Obverse
DesignLiberty with braided hair
DesignerChristian Gobrecht
Design date1840
Reverse
DesignDenomination surrounded by a wreath
Design date1840
Design discontinued1857

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