New U.S. Quarter Features Mother Fruit Bat Hanging Upside Down With Her Baby

New U.S. Quarter Features Mother Fruit Bat Hanging Upside Down With Her Baby

As part of the U.S. Mint's America the Beautiful Quarters Program, the new quarter-dollar features the National Park of American Samoa and the fruit bats that are unique to this region.

New Year, new change. The US Mint has revealed new quarters with a new design. As part of it's "America the Beautiful Quarters Program," the quarters feature the Samoan fruit bat in honor of the National Park of American Samoa. The design gives the quarter a gothic appearance making your pocket change seem a little more precious than you thought of them in the past.  



The reverse side of the coin depicts a Samoan fruit bat mother hanging upside down in a tree with her baby snuggled under her wing. According to the US Mint, "The image evokes the remarkable care and energy that this species puts into their offspring. The design is intended to promote awareness to the species’ threatened status due to habitat loss and commercial hunting. The National Park of American Samoa is the only park in the United States that is home to the Samoan fruit bat." The raised image of the bats was designed by Richard Masters and sculpted by Phebe Hemphill. 



According to the National Park Service, fruit bats are one of the more unusual animals in American Samoa and there are three species of bats that occupy the region. Two large fruit bats and a small insect-eating bat species. The National Park of American Samoa is located some 2,600 miles southwest of Hawaii and is one of the most remote in the U.S. National Park System.  The park's area covers 13,500 acres and 4,000 of it is underwater. Three islands come under the area included in the National Park and although most of it is volcanic islands, rainforests cover the entire region. 



The America the Beautiful Quarters Program was launched in 2010 and is a multi-year program that aims to honor the 56 national parks among other national sites. According to the official statement, "Under this program, five new reverse designs will appear on the quarter-dollar each year beginning in 2010 and through 2021." The other coins released this year include Weir Farm National Historic Site in Connecticut, Salt River Bay National Historical Park and Ecological Preserve in U.S. Virgin Islands, Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park in Vermont, and Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve in Kansas. 



The 25-cent coins will be inscribed with the words “National Park American Samoa 2020.” It will also include the traditional motto of the United States, “E pluribus unum,” which means “out of many, one” in Latin and is something that appears on all U.S. coins. The obverse inscriptions include, George Washington surrounded by the text "United States of America Quarter Dollar." On either side of George Washington's portrait will be the words, "Liberty" and "In God We Trust." 

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