First Flight Centennial Commemorative Coins that were issued in 2003

The United States Mint did not release any commemorative coins in 2003 other than the First Flight Centennial Commemorative Coins. The coins were issued to commemorate the centennial of the first successful flight by the Wright Brothers at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina.

According to the provisions of the First Flight Commemorative Coin Act (Public Law 105-124), each of these three coins was struck to both proof and uncirculated state. This was done in order to comply with the requirements of the law.

According to the provisions of the Act, the designs were required to be "emblematic of the first flight of Orville and Wilbur Wright in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, on December 17, 1903."

As a result, Orville and Wilbur Wright are shown on the obverse of the $10 gold coin. Donna Weaver, a sculptor and engraver for the United States Mint, created its design.

Weaver was also responsible for the creation of the back, which includes a photograph of the Wright 1903 Flyer in flight. With regard to the reverse design, this photo was utilized.

James Ferrell, a sculptor and engraver for the United States Mint, is responsible for designing the profile image of the brothers that is shown on the Silver Dollar. The George T. Morgan design that was utilized on the Congressional Medal that was presented to the brothers in 1909 served as the inspiration for this design.

Norman E. Nemeth, who worked as a sculptor and engraver for the United States Mint, was the one who was responsible for creating the reverse, which also includes the Wright 1903 Flyer.

Finally, US Mint sculptor/engraver John Mercanti's Clad Half Dollar reverse shows the Wright Monument rising on Big Kill Devil Hill. The Wright 1903 Flyer redesign by Donna Weaver appears on the back.

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