American Samoa Bat QuarterThe National Park of American Samoa quarter was the first in 2020 and 51st overall in the America the Beautiful Quarters Program.
The reverse (tails) design depicts a Samoan fruit bat mother hanging in a tree with her pup. The image evokes the remarkable care and energy 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.
Located some 2,600 miles southwest of Hawaii, the National Park of American Samoa is one of the most remote national parks. It includes sections of three islands--Tutuila, Ta'u, and Ofu. Almost all of the land area of these volcanic islands--from the mountaintops to the coast--is tropical rainforest. It totals 13,500 acres, of which 4,000 are under water.
On Tutuila, American Samoa's largest island, lofty volcanic ridges overlook the deep blue waters of Pago Pago Harbor. There is also a scenic drive that skirts the harbor and southern side of the island, while the northern coast remains wild and rugged.
The National Park of American Samoa's waters feature pristine Indo-Pacific coral reefs vibrant with a variety of fish species, sharks, and sea turtles. The park protects hundreds of plant species in five distinct rain forest communities: lowland, montane, coast, ridge, and cloud.
The National Park of American Samoa is the only national park the Samoan fruit bat calls home. Inscriptions are "NATIONAL PARK," "AMERICAN SAMOA," "2020," and "E PLURIBUS UNUM."