2003-P First Flight Commemorative Uncirculated Clad Half Dollar

The 2003-P First Flight Commemorative Uncirculated Clad Half Dollar was issued by the US Mint as one of six coins to celebrate 100 years since the Wright Brothers first successful flight.

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Mintage: 750,000 maximum across all product options
Ending Sales Date: 31 Jul 2004
Final Mintage: 57,122
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Occurring on December 17, 1903 near Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, Orville and Wilbur Wright managed to get their plane in the air and obtain controlled flight under power. They are commonly attributed with being the first persons in the world able to do so.

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

2003 First Flight Coins

The six coins struck by the US Mint to commemorate the Wright Brothers First Flight 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

The First Flight Centennial Foundation was selected by the authorizing legislation for the coins as the recipient for the surcharges collected by the Mint on each sale.

Issue Information

Each First Flight Uncirculated 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 Uncirculated Coins for $9.75.

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

The obverse (heads side) of the First Flight Clad Half Dollar shows the Wright Monument sitting atop Kill Devil Hill near Kitty Hawk, NC. It was designed by John Mercanti.

The Wright 1903 Flyer is featured on the reverse (tails side) of the coin. It is shown on its historic first flight with Orville Wright at the helm and brother Wilbur running alongside the plane.

Coin Specifications

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

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