This year is not off to a great start. We’ve got raging wildfires, a government in turmoil and Megxit to deal with. But all is not lost.
Y’all, we have bat quarters now.
Everyone!! Bat quarter!!! pic.twitter.com/llMESSUWAY
— faun (@faunbutt) January 13, 2020
According to the U.S. Mint:
“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.”
Expect to see this special coin in circulation starting in February.
A new year means new quarters! #DYK that 2020 will be the 11th year of the America the Beautiful Quarters® Program, with 2021 being the final year? Which quarter are you looking forward to? https://t.co/eKrsy3fG9A #AtBFinal6 pic.twitter.com/Cb8Jbe7djc
— United States Mint (@usmint) January 3, 2020
There are 56 coins featuring each state, the District of Columbia and the five U.S. territories–Puerto Rico, Guam, American Samoa, U.S. Virgin Islands and the Northern Mariana Islands.
Social media users went wild over the new design.
– hurts the poor
– puts cart before horse in terms of digital transaction infrastructure
– plot by cryptocurrency nerds?
Keeping physical currency:
– fruit bat quarter
– allows most vulnerable to access goods and services
– fruit bat quarter
– fruit bat quarter pic.twitter.com/sJdFNjhRzf
— Emma Caterine (@EmmaCaterineDSA) January 8, 2020
One user went straight for the Batman jokes–low hanging fruit.
"Holy parking tickets Batman, how did The Penguin get a meter installed way out here in the Southern Andes?"
"It doesn't matter Robin, even if he's a scofflaw, we still have to pay to park the Batmobile legally. Quick, hand me the Bat Quarter!"
— Casey Grimm (@casualle_gaimer) January 8, 2020
Others showed they were pretty batty about the new currency.
I will be conducting all future financial interactions in quarters.https://t.co/RUNtNSM1Jn
— Stephen Fishbach (@stephenfishbach) January 8, 2020
And some took the opportunity to ask for an update on the postponed Harriet Tubman $20 bill.
Man ain’t nobody asked for a bat on a quarter. Y’all need to hurry up with my Harriet Tubman $20 bills aka tha TUBBY DUBBIES https://t.co/74ocPDyHc8
— Jose (@champurrad0papi) January 8, 2020
Other coins to expect are:
- Weir Farm National Historic Site in Connecticut
- Salt River Bay National Historical Park and Ecological Preserve in the U.S. Virgin Islands
- Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park in Vermont
- Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve in Kansas
But the bat quarter is meeting all my currency expectations for this year, so I’m good.
How about you? Love the new bat quarter? Let us know in the comments.