The 2020 America the Beautiful Quarters Program is kicking off with the National Park of American Samoa quarter rolls and bags, which go on sale Feb. 3 at noon (ET). The Uncirculated 5- ounce silver coin will go on sale Feb. 6.
Located southwest of Hawaii, the National Park of Samoa is one of the most remote national parks and includes sections of three islands –Tutuila, Ta'u, and Ofu. Almost all of the land area of these volcanic islands is tropical rainforest and is 13,500 acres, 4,000 of which are underwater, according to the U.S. Mint’s website.
The National Park of American Samoa’s waters features pristine Indo-Pacific coral reefs with a variety of fish species, sharks, and sea turtles. The park protects hundreds of plant species in five rain forest communities: lowland, montane, coast, ridge, and cloud.
The reverse of the new coin depicts a Samoan fruit bat mother hanging in a tree with her pup. It symbolizes the care and energy that this species puts into its offspring. The design is intended to promote awareness of the species’ threatened status because of habitat loss and commercial hunting. The National Park of American Samoa is the only national park the Samoan fruit bat calls home. The inscriptions are “NATIONAL PARK,” “AMERICAN SAMOA,” “2020,” and “E PLURIBUS UNUM.”
Minted at Philadelphia, Denver, and San Francisco, the National Park of American Samoa rolls and bags cost $36.75. At the time of this writing, there is no mintage limit and no household order limit. The two-roll set minted at Philadelphia and Denver costs $34.50, the 40-coin roll costs $19.75 and the three-roll set costs $49.25. The Uncirculated 5- ounce silver coin is $178.25 and has a mintage limit of 20,000. Orders can be placed at catalog.usmint.gov or by calling 1-800-USA-MINT.