The North Carolina State Quarter
Wilber Wright was born on April 16, 1867, near Millville, Indiana. His younger brother, Orville, was born four years later on August 19, 1871 in Dayton, Ohio. It was here that Wilbur Wright built his first glider. When it was completed, he contacted the U.S. Weather Bureau for information about windy areas in the country and the rest is history.
After a successful flight of 620 feet in his glider, Wilbur looked for additional challenges and began to design a real flying machine. With a propeller and a custom built four cylinder, 12 horse-power engine, the Wright Brothers completed design and construction of the "Flyer".
The "Flyer" was shipped down to Kitty Hawk and assembled. After an unsuccessful attempt by Wilbur, Orville accomplished the first heavier-than-air, machine-powered flight in history; 120 feet in 12 seconds.
North Carolina commemorates this remarkable achievement on the 12th coin to be released in the U.S. Mint State Commemorative Quarter Program. The North Carolina Quarter is the second quarter released in 2001. The date, 1789, is the year North Carolina was admitted to the Union as the 12th state.
The design is a rendition of the famous photograph taken at Kitty Hawk on December 17, 1903 at 10:30pm. Wilbur stands in the foreground as his younger brother, Orville, makes history.
Source: United States Mint, http://www.usmint.gov, January 17, 2001.
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