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half cent

a bronze coin of the U.S., equal to one-half cent, issued at various periods between 1793 and 1857.
Origin of half cent
1780-90, Americanism Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Fractions of one-half cent or more will be increased to the next whole cent.
  • Fractions of less than one-half cent will be dropped.
  • The budget calls for a one and half cent increase in the tax rate due mostly to increased pension costs.

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