2003-P First Flight Commemorative Proof Clad Half Dollar

The 2003-P First Flight Commemorative Proof Clad Half Dollar was one of six different coins struck by the US Mint in 2003 to celebrate 100 years since man successfully conquered the skies.

Mintage: 750,000 maximum across all product options
Ending Sales Date: 31 Jul 2004
Final Mintage: 109,710
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The magnificent feat of achieving controlled powered flight is most often attributed to Orville and Wilbur Wright from Ohio who attained that goal on December 17, 1903 near Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. While only lasting seconds, the flight was the first major step into the sky that so many take for granted today.

Surcharges placed on these coins was to be forwarded to the First Flight Centennial Foundation.

2003 First Flight Coins

The US Mint struck a total of six coins commemorating the first flight of the Wright Brothers. Those six coins were:

  • 2003-W $10 First Flight Commemorative Proof Gold Coin
  • 2003-W $10 First Flight Commemorative Uncirculated Gold Coin
  • 2003-P First Flight Commemorative Proof Silver Dollar
  • 2003-P First Flight Commemorative Uncirculated Silver Dollar
  • 2003-P First Flight Commemorative Proof Clad Half Dollar
  • 2003-P First Flight Commemorative Uncirculated Clad Half Dollar

Surcharges collected by the Mint for these coins was forwarded to the First Flight Centennial Foundation which was to use the funds for the Wright Monument on the Outer Banks in North Carolina and the Wright Brothers’ National Memorial Park.

Issue Information

Each First Flight Proof Clad Half Dollar was struck to a diameter of 1.205 inches with a weight of 11.34 grams.

Release Date

The US Mint released the First Flight Clad Coin on August 1, 2003.

Issue Price

The Mint released the Clad First Flight Proof Coins for $12.50.

U.S. Mint Production Facility

Each First Flight Half Dollar was struck at the US Mint’s facility in Philadelphia and carry the ‘P’ mintmark.

Designer / Sculptor / Engraver

Designed by John Mercanti, the obverse (heads side) of the First Flight Clad Half Dollar contains an image of the Wright Monument which sits atop Kill Devil Hill near Kitty Hawk, NC.

The reverse (tails side) shows an image of the Wright 1903 Flyer on its historic first flight with Wright Brother Wilbur running along beside it and brother Orville at the helm.

Coin Specifications

Face Value: $.50
Finish: Proof
Composition: 91.67% Copper, 8.33% Nickel
Standard Weight: 11.340 grams
Standard Diameter: 1.205 inches
Edge: Reeded

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