The first United States Mint America the Beautiful Quarters™ Program strike for the year 2020 will be the 2020 National Park of American Samoa Quarter. It numbers 51 out of 56 new quarter dollars to be struck under the program which launched in 2010.
The final design of the National Park of American Samoa Quarter will probably not be known until shortly before the coin appears in circulation. Design candidates, however, should be released by the Mint early in 2019 to allow time for review and comment by the appropriate organizations and individuals including the Citizen’s Coinage Advisory Committee and the Commission of Fine Arts.
As the first America the Beautiful Quarter to be issued in the year, the National Park of America Samoa Quarter should enter into circulation sometime in the first quarter of 2020.
Additional 2020 America the Beautiful Quarter releases for the year include:
- Weir Farm National Historic Site Quarter
- Salt River Bay National Historical Park Quarter
- Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park Quarter
- Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve Quarter
National Park of American Samoa
The only American National Park south of the equator, the National Park of American Samoa was created in 1988. Unfortunately, due to the traditional communal land system in place on American Samoa, the Park Service could not purchase any land. With the aid of the Samoan village councils, the service was able to obtain 50-year leases on several land areas in 1993.
Typical of a tropical environment, American Samoa boasts some of the best coral reefs and rain forests on planet Earth. It is estimated that as many as 200 coral species and 890 species of fish can be found in the waters of the park. In the forests, many birds and other animals are also present.
The park today consists of 10,500 acres and sees only an estimated 4,000 annual visitors owing mostly to its remote location and its infant status as a park.
Whale lovers may be interested to know that Humpbacks are often found in the area during the southern hemisphere’s winter months. During the summer, these same whales migrate 3,200 miles to the waters off of Antarctica to feed.