I just do not understand why so many people call halves "fifty-cent pieces" or fifty-cent coins" or even, "half-dollars" I don't ever hear anyone going around, calling dollar coins "one hundred cent coins" or "one hundred cent pieces", (athough I have head "one-dollar "piece" or just "dollar piece" at times and Canada's $2 coin as a "two-dollar piece") and we don't call quarters "twenty-five cent pieces" or or twenty-five cent coins" or "quarter-DOLLARS" very often. And I don't hear people calling dimes "ten cent pieces" or "ten cent coins" or calling nickels "five cent coins" or five cent pieces", or pennies "one cent coins" or "one cent pieces" (although "cent" is the proper term for the "penny" isn't it?)
The point of this topic is, since we all recognize our lower coinage as "Penny/Pennies, Nickel/Nickels, Dime/Dimes, Quarter/Quarters, why do we not think of the other two denominations as Half/Halves Dollar/Dollars?
I guess the main purpose for calling halves a half "dollar", is because, unlike quarter, which is a denomination we are all acustomed to, we would not say "A quarter what?" if someone asks you, "Can I borrow a quarter?" But if you say, "Can I borrow a "half"? Someone may be more likely to say "A half, what?" And I guess for the "whole" dollar coin (Guess you couldn't call dollar coins "Wholes" and I have never seen or heard that one before but I guess if you wanted to call them Wholes, you could ) , people just call it a one dollar piece going back from the the Old West, where cowboys would call their gold coins a $20 gold piece or a $10 gold piece, and so on.
Sorry. Just worthless ranting. But I do hope that, if I ever do by some one in a million chance, succeed in getting $2 bills and halves circulating widely again, I was hoping people would start addressing them as a half, or halves, because "fifty cent piece" or "fifty cent coin" sounds too old for these new modern day times, while half and halves have more of a modern slang to them.