North Carolina 2001 State Quarter:
Celebrating the Pioneers of Flight and Aviation

The 2001 North Carolina State Quarter is a tribute to the historic first flight that revolutionized aviation. The coin features an image of the Wright Brothers plane soaring through the skies in their pioneering aircraft. This iconic flight took place on December 17, 1903, in Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina, lasting approximately one minute.

The design of the quarter is inspired by a famous photograph capturing this groundbreaking moment. Orville Wright piloted the first plane called the Flyer, achieving a distance of 120 feet. The Wright Brothers, originally from Ohio, are also honored on their State Quarter in 2002.

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50 State Quarters Program

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John Mercanti


March 12, 2001


First in Flight

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11. New York 2001 State Quarter in Coin Carousel
11. New York

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12. North Carolina 2001 State Quarter in Coin Carousel
12. North Carolina

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13. Rhode Island 2001 State Quarter in Coin Carousel
13. Rhode Island

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14. Vermont

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15. Kentucky 2001 State Quarter in Coin Carousel
15. Kentucky

The 50 State Quarters Program was launched in 1999 by the U.S. Mint and was a 10-year initiative that honored each of the 50 states. The U.S. Mint issued five new quarters each year in the order that the states ratified the Constitution or were admitted into the Union.

The coins have a common obverse design of George Washington and a state-specific reverse design. The coins were produced for about 10 weeks each and will never be produced again.

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