Designed by John Mercanti, the North Carolina State quarter was released on March 12, 2001. This coin was the twelth quarter in the series. Original statehood for North Carolina was on November 21, 1789.
The design on the reverse side of the North Carolina State quarter honors the historical flight taken by the Wright Brothers at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. On December 17, 1903 Orville Wright piloted the famous Wright Flyer, while his brother Wilbur looked on in amazement. This quarter depicts that scene, and has the inscription, ” First Flight” above the image of the Wright Flyer.
“E Pluribus Unum”, and the year 2001 are placed underneath the first flight image. The date of statehood, 1789 and the state name are inscribed in the top.
The governor in 2001, James B. Hunt appointed the North Carolina department of Cultural Resources in charge of selecting the design for the state quarter. Design ideas were solicited from the residents of North Carolina, with the governor choosing the final image.
Coin Specifications of the North Carolina State quarter:
- Mintage: 627,600,000 Philadelphia, 427,876,000 Denver, 3,094,140 (San Francisco Clad Proof), 889,697 (San Francisco Silver Proof)
- Coin Composition: 91.67% copper, 8.33% nickel (clad), 90% silver, 10% copper (silver proof)
- Diameter: 24.26 mm
- Weight: 5.67 grams
- Thickness: 1.75 mm
- Edge: Reeded