2003-P First Flight Commemorative Proof Silver Dollar

The United States Mint released several commemorative coins in 2003, one of which was the 2003-P First Flight Commemorative Proof Silver Dollar.

Mintage: 500,000 maximum across all product options
Final Mintage: 190,240
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This coin celebrated the centennial of the Wright brothers first successful flight on December 17, 1903. Credited with being the first powered controllable flight, Orville and Wilbur Wright forever changed the future of transportation and warfare with their invention.

An uncirculated version of this Silver Dollar was also struck by the US Mint.

2003 First Flight Coins

Six different coins were struck by the US Mint in 2003 to celebrate the centennial of 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 raised by the sales of the First Flight Coins were forwarded by the US Mint to the First Flight Centennial Foundation. The Foundation 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

Struck from 90% silver, each First Flight Silver Dollar has a diameter of 1.5 inches.

Release Date

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

Issue Price

The initial price charged for the First Flight Proof Coin was $33.00.

U.S. Mint Production Facility

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

Designer / Sculptor / Engraver

Designed by T. James Ferrell, the obverse (heads side) of the First Flight Silver Dollar shows a profile of the two Wright brothers – Orville and Wilbur.

The reverse (tails side) was designed by Norman E. Nemeth and shows the Wright 1903 flyer in the air above the sand banks at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina.

Coin Specifications

Face Value: $1
Finish: Proof
Composition: 90% silver, 10% alloy
Standard Weight: 26.730 g
Standard Diameter: 1.500 inches
Edge: Reeded

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