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2020 'America the Beautiful' quarters feature include a bat for Samoa

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Posted at 9:09 AM, Jan 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-09 09:09:50-05

(WXYZ) — The U.S. Mint has unveiled its designs for the 2020 "America the Beautiful" quarters with the first coming out in February.

According to the U.S. Mint, there are five designs. They each coincide with a state or territory.

This year's quarters are for American Samoa, Connecticut, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Vermont and Kansas.

In 2018, the U.S. Mint revealed a new Michigan quarter with Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore.

Details on each are below.

American Samoa – National Park of American Samoa – Releasing on 2/3/2020

"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 that this species puts into their offspring. 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."

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Connecticut – Weir Farm National Historic Site – Releasing on 4/6/2020

"This reverse (tails) design portrays an artist, wearing a painter’s smock, painting outside Julian Alden Weir’s studio at Weir Farm. It is inspired by various images of the studio and Weir’s paintings created on the property, as well as descriptions of Weir and his fellow artist’s creative inspiration from the rural environment."

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U.S. Virgin Islands – Salt River Bay National Historical Park and Ecological Preserve – Releasing on 6/1/2020

"The reverse (tails) design depicts a red mangrove tree in an early stage of its life cycle, as it evolves from a very small plant to an adult tree. The design brings awareness to the park’s endangered mangrove forests and the unique and delicate nature of how the species reproduces in salt water."

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Vermont – Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historic Park – Releasing on 8/31/2020

"The reverse (tails) design depicts a young girl completing the planting of a Norway spruce seedling near an established tree, continuing the life cycle of the forest. The child represents the conservationist, seeking to maintain a sustainable forest for future enjoyment and education."

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Kansas – Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve – Releasing on 11/16/2020

"The reverse (tails) design depicts a skyward view of a Regal Fritillary butterfly against a backdrop of Big Bluestem and Indian grasses, iconic to Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve."

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