The nickname “Little Half-Sister” in the world of coin collecting is directly tied to the half cent coin produced by the United States mint.
This coin first came about with the Coinage Act Of 1792 (this law established the United States mint and regulated the coinage of the United States). The coin was produced from 1793 to 1857 and was made of 100 % copper (there were a few years along the way that a half cent was not produced).
There are no mint marks on any of the half cents that were ever produced, and this is because of the fact that they were made at the Philadelphia mint.
Although half cents were issued for more than 60 years, they remained one America’s unwanted coins. They proved to be of little use, and they were often kept in storage at the Mint. Production of this coin (often stopped for a couple of years) was often interrupted by shortages of copper and lack of demand. After a few years, the mint turned to English based companies to produce the planchet for the coin (the war of 1812 stopped this, and the US went back to producing the planchets for the coins).
This denomination would make a great conversation piece and would be a great way to help introduce people to coin collecting.
Have you run across one of these “little half-sisters” yet?