Today, Feb. 3, the United States Mint released the latest 25-cent coin from its America the Beautiful Quarters® Program. The quarter honors National Park of American Samoa.
New U.S. Mint products with the quarter include 40-coin rolls, 2-roll sets, 3-roll sets and 100-coin bags. They contain circulation quality editions taken from production floors at the Philadelphia, Denver, and San Francisco Mints.
National Park of American Samoa was established on October 31, 1988 and encompasses a total of 13,500 acres spread across three islands of American Samoa. Of that total area, approximately 4,500 acres is protected ocean and coral reefs. The park has the distinction of being the only U.S. National Park system unit south of the equator.
National Park of American Samoa Quarter Designs
Richard Masters designed the image found on the quarter’s reverse (tails). It shows a Samoan Fruit Bat mother hanging in a tree with her pup. The design symbolizes the incredible level of care the bats take in raising their young. This national park is the only one in the U.S. system of parks to protect the bat’s habitat.
Inscriptions around the design include "NATIONAL PARK," "AMERICAN SAMOA," "2020," and "E PLURIBUS UNUM." Phebe Hemphill sculpted the design. In the following U.S. Mint video, Hemphill talk briefly about her work on the coin.
All coins in the U.S. Mint’s America the Beautiful series offer the same obverse (heads) portrait of George Washington. The effigy of the first U.S. President was created by John Flanagan and has appeared on the obverse of all circulating quarter dollars since 1932 (with a few alterations).
"UNITED STATES OF AMERICA," "LIBERTY," "IN GOD WE TRUST," and "QUARTER DOLLAR" are inscribed around the portrait. In addition, mintmarks are also found on the obverse including ‘P’ for the Philadelphia Mint, ‘D’ for the Denver Mint and ‘S’ for the San Francisco Mint.
Quarter Roll and Bag Products
Product options for the quarter are:
|Product||US Mint Production Facility||Price|
|40-coin rolls||San Francisco||$19.75|
|Two-roll sets||40 Philadelphia & 40 Denver coins||$34.50|
|Three-roll sets||40 San Francisco, 40 Philadelphia, & 40 Denver||$49.25|
|100-coin bags||San Francisco||$36.75|
For reference, last year’s rolls and bags of quarters are offered for less. Single rolls are sold for $18.95, two-roll sets for $32.95, three-roll sets for $46.95 and 100-coin bags for $34.95.
Rolls have a face value of $10 with the forty included quarters. The bags have a face value of $25.
The U.S. Mint facilities in Philadelphia and Denver also produce the nation’s circulating coinage so American Samoa quarters from these two locations will eventually appear in pocket change, as well as a limited number of specially struck quarters from the West Point Mint. The quarters minted in San Francisco, however, are only produced for numismatic purposes such as these rolls and bags and, as such, are not likely to be found anywhere but in numismatic circles.
Official Release Ceremony, Coin Exchange and Coin Forum
An official release ceremony for the National Park of American Samoa quarter is scheduled for Feb. 13 at 10:00 a.m. (SST). The event will be held at Su’igaula o le Atuvasa, Utulei Beach Park Route 1 — Utulei, AS.
After the ceremony, a coin exchange will be offered allowing attendees to purchase one to ten rolls of the new quarters at face value.
Order quarter rolls and bags from the U.S. Mint’s online store for America the Beautiful products located here, or by calling the Mint’s customer service line at 1-800-USA-MINT (872-6468).
2020 America the Beautiful Quarters
American Samoa quarters are the fifty-first in the America the Beautiful Quarters Program which debuted in 2010. The 2020 quarters mark the last full year of the series.
2020 quarters include:
|Location of Site||Site Honored||Release Date|
|American Samoa||National Park of American Samoa||Feb. 3, 2020|
|Connecticut||Weir Farm National Historic Site||Apr. 6, 2020|
|U.S. Virgin Islands||Salt River Bay National Historical Park and Ecological Preserve||June 1, 2020|
|Vermont||Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park||Aug. 31, 2020|
|Kansas||Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve||Nov. 16, 2020|
2021 will see one release completing the series with a quarter honoring the Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site of Alabama. Upon completion, the program will have honored one national site from each state, the District of Columbia and the five U.S. territories.
America the Beautiful Five Ounce Silver Coins
The U.S. Mint also issues 5 ounce silver coins honoring the same locations as the quarters and showcasing their designs. This includes uncirculated versions meant for collectors that are available directly from the U.S. Mint and bullion coins sold through the Mint’s network of authorized purchasers. Both versions are produced from .999 fine silver to diameters of 3 inches at the U.S. Mint’s facility in Philadelphia.
The 2020 National Park of American Samoa Uncirculated Five Ounce Silver Coin goes on sale on Feb. 6. Pricing of the uncirculated coin will be $178.25.