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Amelia Earhart Commemorative Coin

  • Commemorating the First Lady of Flight
  • The first woman's flight over the Atlantic
  • An outstanding woman of her time
  • Available

Total: $20.00

Born on July 24, 1897, in Atchison, Kansas, Amelia Earhart was encouraged by her parents from a... more
Amelia Earhart Commemorative Coin
Born on July 24, 1897, in Atchison, Kansas, Amelia Earhart was encouraged by her parents from a young age to take part in activities usually left to boys, such as football, baseball, and fishing. In 1920, Amelia had her first plane ride at an air show in California. Afterwards she wrote, "By the time I had gotten two or three hundred feet off the ground, I knew I had to fly.” In 1921, she took flying lessons and in October 1922, received her pilot's license. Soon afterward, Earhart began setting records, starting with the women's altitude record of 14,000 feet. On June 4, 1928, Amelia joinedWilmer L. Stutz and Louis E. Gordon on their 2,000 mile transatlantic trip. Earhart had no part in piloting the plane, but her presence brought her instant fame and recognition. It also introduced toher to publisher George Putnam, the man who would manage her career and become her husband. Earhart continued to set aviation records such as the woman's speed record of 181 m.p.h., the autogiro altitude record of 18,451 feet, the women's nonstop transcontinental speed record and numerous other speed and endurance records. On May 20-21, 1932, she became the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean. This amazing feat, along with her resemblance to Charles Lindbergh, earned her the nickname "Lady Lindy.” What turned out to be the final flight of Earhart's career - and ultimatelyher life - began on June 1, 1937. Earhart and her navigator, Fred Noonan, left for their round-the-world flight in her Lockheed Electra. On July 2, during one of the final legs of her historic adventure, Amelia and her navigator disappeared somewhere over the Pacific Ocean. Amelia regularly sent letters to George at stops along her route. In her final letter home she wrote…"Please know I am quite aware of the hazards…I want to do it because I want to do it. Women must try to do things as men have tried.When they fail their failure must be but a challenge to others.” Her many accomplishments meant a great deal to the entire world, but especially to women, for they demonstrated that women could set their own course in aviation and other fields. In 1937, Amelia Earhart attempted an around-the-world flight in a custombuilt Lockheed Model 10E Electra, equipped with extra-large gas tanks. She made her first attempt in March by flying west, but a crash in Hawaii abruptly ended the attempt. Undeterred, Amelia made a second attempt at her historic flight on June 1. This time, she and her navigator, Fred Noonan, flew east to stay over land as much as possible. Their route took them to Miami, then to Natal, Brazil, for the shortest possible hop over the Atlantic. From there they flew to Senegal,West Africa, eastward across the Sahara to Khartoum and followed the Arabian peninsulato Karachi, India. From India they flew to Rangoon, Bangkok, and the Dutch East Indies. After a stop in Darwin, Australia, they continued eastward to Lae, New Guinea, arriving there on June 29. Her next destination was Howland Island, 2200 miles away, the longest over-water leg of the trip. To aid in radio communications, the U.S. Coast Guard cutter Itasca was stationed off Howland Island. The Lockheed Electra took off from Lae at 0:00 Greenwich Mean Time on July 2. At 19:30, the Itasca received the following: "KHAQQ calling Itasca.We must be on you but cannot see you...gas is running low...”At 20:14, the final message came in: "We are in a line position of 157º- 337º.Will report on 6210 kilocycles. Wait, listen on 6210 kilocycles.We are running North and South.” The Itasca continued to transmit on all frequencies until 21:30, when they determined that Amelia must have ditched at sea. A rescue attempt began immediately and became the most extensive air and sea search in naval historyat the time. On July 19, after spending $4 million and scouring 250,000 square miles of ocean, the United States government reluctantly called off the operation. "Women must pay for everything.They do get more glory than men for comparable feats, but, they also get more notoriety when they crash.” Amelia Earhart
Details
Limitation: 9,999 complete editions
Weight: 32 g (approx.0.97 oz)
Diameter: 40 mm (approx. 1.56 inch)
Obverse: Amelia Earhart
Reverse: History of Aviation
Material: Copper-nickel
Quality: Proof
Issue year: 2007

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