Beginning in 1831, new coinage equipment and modified dies produced a raised rim on each side of these coins. Proofs and restrikes were made at the Mint for sale to collectors. Restrikes are believed to have been struck circa 1858 through 1861.
No half cents were struck in 1837. Because of the great need for small change, however, a large number of tokens similar in size to current large cents were issued privately by businessmen who needed them in commerce. Additionally, thousands of half cent tokens were issued of the variety listed and illustrated below.