Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

Over the past year we have seen an increase in violence against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders and people of color who might be categorized as vaguely Asian by ignorant attackers. That’s not okay. Like MLK Jr. said, “The time is always right to do right,” and so this is a perfect time to show our support and celebrate Americans of Asian and Pacific Islander descent. Stop AAPI Hate.

Plus, May is the official Asian American and Pacific Islander National Heritage Month! Our nation is stronger for its diversity and stronger yet, when we work together and embrace our differences.

The long arm of American imperialism reaches far into the South Pacific. In celebration of American Samoa National Park, located on Pago Pago, just North West of Fiji, the US mint produced a stunning 2020 Quarter in the National Park Series.

It was released in February as the first 2020 quarter in the series and it bears the image of a Samoan Fruit Bat mother and pup. The quarter in this example was minted in Denver.

If you are a quarter collector this is a great design. The great depth of field on the reverse is going to resist wear and tear. You can already see how resilient the reverse is when compared to the obverse that features George Washington’s likeness. The details of Washington’s hair are fading but the furry faces of the fruit bats are crisp and clear.

Designed by Richard Masters and engraved by Phebe Hemphill it will be interesting to look at this coin after 20 years of circulation. We are willing to bet the bats will be doing just fine.

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