Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A U.S. silver coin worth 50 cents.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A coin worth one half of a dollar.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A silver coin of the United States, of the value of 50 cents.

Etymologies

half- +‎ dollar (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Second graders are forced to solve worksheet problems concerning half-dollar coins even if you can't remember the last time you saw one in circulation and the chincy manipulative kit does not include them.

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  • Matt Roush: Leigh, that was more like a shiny half-dollar.

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  • He looks in good form, has a half-dollar size mark on his cheek with staples and stitches -- all covered with some kind of silver ointment.

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  • At 100 yards, it opened up to the size of an Eisenhower half-dollar and 3 to the right.

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  • Today, many of the items he removed from people's insides are filed away in a metal cabinet at the Mutter Museum in Philadelphia: safety pins, needles, nails, a crucifix with several rosary beads still attached, chicken bones, a half-dollar dated 1892, a bullet and a pin that ironically reads "B-A-2-Way Looker Says Care Fu Lee."

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  • Proudly displayed between them was a mint Kennedy half-dollar in a presentation case.

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  • And each, as she laid her half-dollar down, was distinctly aware of how many pieces of fancy starch were represented by the coin.

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  • By 1866, it found its way on to US nickel, quarter, half-dollar, dollar and on the five -, ten - and twenty - dollar coins.

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  • Its nose was spread to the size of a half-dollar, its butt-end, steel-jacketed, was undamaged.

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  • But not like my first trip 5 years ealier, when you could sell your Levi's for $50, and get a couple bucks for a JFK half-dollar.

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