The coin was minted in copper, and its small size and low denomination made it a convenient form of currency for small transactions, such as purchasing postage stamps, newspapers, and other inexpensive goods. However, due to its small size and low value, it was not widely used in everyday commerce and was often considered an inconvenience by merchants. Over the years, the design of the Half Cent coin underwent several changes. In 1800, a new design was introduced featuring a more prominent bust of Liberty, and in 1809, the design was changed again to depict Liberty facing to the right. The Half Cent coin continued to be minted sporadically until 1857, when it was officially discontinued due to its declining popularity and rising production costs. Throughout its history, the Half Cent coin faced challenges, including issues with counterfeiting and debates over its continued relevance as a form of currency. Nevertheless, it holds a special place in American numismatic history as one of the smallest and shortest-lived denominations of U.S. coinage.