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Adorable fruit bats to appear on U.S. quarters in February

2020-01-08

These coins are about to get batty.

Quarters are getting turned upside-down, as the U.S. Federal Reserve will release coins with fruit bats on them in February.

The new coins, which will be released Feb. 3, feature a baby Samoan fruit bat — called a “pup" — and its mother hanging upside down. The words “NATIONAL PARK,” and “AMERICAN SAMOA" appear on the outer edge of the backside of the coin, along with an inscription of the year “2020.”

“E PLURIBUS UNUM,” which translates to, “out of many, one,” also appears on the quarter’s outer back edge.

“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 U.S. Mint said in a statement.

Quarters are released as a part of the U.S. Federal Reserve’s “America the Beautiful Quarters Program.”

The “America the Beautiful Quarters Program” was launched in 2009, and depicts different national parks or sites. The fruit bat quarter is representative of the National Park of American Samoa, which is approximately 2,600 miles southwest of Hawaii and includes sections of three different islands: Ofu, Tutuila and TTa’u.