Heads or bats? That will be the choice when the new 2020 fruit bat quarter is flipped.
The quarter’s reverse (tails) design depicts a Samoan fruit bat mother hanging in a tree with her pup ss part of the U.S. Mint’s “America the Beautiful” program featuring designs depicting national parks and other national sites.
As always since 1932, George Washington will grace the obverse (heads) side of the quarter.
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 design is intended to promote awareness of 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 quarters will be released on February 3, 2020, according to the U.S. Mint.
The design depicts a Samoan fruit bat mother hanging in a tree with her pup. It evokes the remarkable care and energy that this species puts into their offspring. The design promotes awareness to the species’ threatened status. https://t.co/FZr4GxX4vV #AtBFinal6 @NPamericansamoa pic.twitter.com/pAru63HR02
— United States Mint (@usmint) August 13, 2019