The First in Flight Centennial commemorative coins are a series of commemorative coins issued by the United States Mint in 2003. The coins, issued in half dollar, dollar, and eagle ($10) denominations, commemorate the 100th anniversary of the first controlled flight of a powered heavier-than-air aircraft.The coins were authorized by Public Law 105-124.
|First in Flight Centennial half dollar|
The First In Flight half dollar was struck in the standard half dollar composition of nickel-clad copper. The obverse of the coin features the Wright Brothers Monument, while the reverse features an image of the Wright Flyer making its historic flight. 750,000 half dollars were authorized, of which 109,710 proof and 57,122 uncirculated coins were minted at the Philadelphia Mint.
|First in Flight Centennial silver dollar|
The First in Flight dollar coin was struck in 90% silver and 10% copper, similar to the standard composition of the dollar coin up until 1935. The obverse features profiles of the Wright brothers, while the reverse features an image of the Wright Flyer over the dunes at Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina. Public Law 105-124 authorized 500,000 silver dollars, of which 190,240 proof and 53,533 uncirculated coins were produced at the Philadelphia Mint.
|First in Flight Centennial gold eagle|
A $10 eagle coin was also produced, with a composition of 90% gold, 6% silver, and 4% copper. This was the first time a commemorative eagle was produced with this composition since 1985, and as of 2019 was the last time a commemorative eagle was produced with this composition. α The obverse features a portrait of Orville and Wilbur Wright, while the reverse features an eagle in flight above an image of the Wright Flyer. 100,000 gold eagles were authorized, of which 21,676 proof and 10,009 uncirculated coins were minted at Philadelphia.
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