The National Park of American Samoa Quarter will be the first of five 2020-dated releases of the US Mint’s America the Beautiful Quarters® Program. It honors the National Park of American Samoa with a design located on its reverse.
This specific strike numbers fifty-one out of fifty-six quarters to be be released by the Mint in the program. The first coin in the series appeared in 2010 and was the Hot Springs National Park Quarter. Four more quarters appeared that year in the series following the five annual coins required by the authorizing law.
The obverse of each strike in the program, including this National Park of American Samoa Quarter, contains a portrait of George Washington on their obverse. The image of the first President of the United States was designed by John Flanagan and first appeared on the 1932 circulating quarter dollar.
Following the National Park of American Samoa Quarter in 2020 will be the Weir Farm National Historic Site Quarter, the Salt River Bay National Historical Park and Ecological Preserve Quarter, the Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park Quarter and the Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve.
National Park of American Samoa information
The National Park of American Samoa is found on three separate islands of the American territory of American Samoa – Tutuila, Ofu-Olosega and Ta‘ū. It encompasses 10,500 acres on the islands.
This park was established on October 31, 1988 after some interesting negotiations between the federal government and the Samoan Village Councils. This is because the National Park Service could not buy any land on the islands as it is all a part of the traditional communal land system. As such, the Councils agreed to provide the Park Service with a 50-year lease for the land.
This allowed the Park Service to create the park with the intent of preservation of the resources found there.