The U.S. Mint has released the first special 25-minute coin of the new year, featuring an upside-down Samoan fruit bat mother and her cubs, and the new coin will be released on February 3, the Chinese reported. “The design aims to raise awareness that the species is threatened by habitat loss and commercial hunting,” the U.S. Mint said in a statement. “American Samoa National Park is the only park in the United States that is rich in Samoan fruit bats.
Screenshot of the U.S. Mint social account.
Since 2010, the U.S. Mint has issued 56 25-point coins depicting national parks or other national heritage sites as part of its “Beautiful 25 Cent” project.
After the 25-point coin, the U.S. Mint will make four more coins representing parks in other countries.
Coins from the Wells Farm National Historic Site in Connecticut will be unveiled in April, coins from salt river bay national history park and the U.S. Virgin Islands Conservation Area will be released in June, and coins from Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historic Park in Vermont will be released at the end of August. The Targras Prairie National Nature Reserve coin in Kansas will be released in November, making it the last special 25-point coin in 2020.