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U.S. Quarters Will Soon Feature Upside Down Bats To Promote Species Awareness

If you've ever taken a handful of change out of your pocket and felt like the coins could look just a little bit cuter, then I've got fantastic news for you: Now you can pay for your laundry and vending machine candy with baby bat quarters.

According to Huffington Post, the U.S. Mint has recently revealed the latest design that will grace American quarters this year: the Samoan fruit bat. And yes, he's hanging upside down on the coin.

The new design is all part of the U.S. Mint's America the Beautiful Quarters Program.

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Since first launching in 2010, the program sees the Mint release five new quarter designs every year, each one depicting national parks and sites.

Past coins include 2016's Theodore Roosevelt National Park quarter, and 2013's Mount Rushmore coin.

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2020's coin features a mother and baby bat hanging upside down on one side, and George Washington on the reverse.

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This design is meant to highlight the National Park of American Samoa, which is the only U.S. park home to the Samoan fruit bat.

Richard Masters, the man behind the adorable new coin, said he crafted the design in an effort to "promote awareness of the species' threatened status due to habitat loss and commercial hunting."

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Suffice it to say, people are pretty excited about this batty new design coming to their pocket change.

"Finally I can pay gothly," this user wrote, while another quipped, "If you see a Bat Quarter in the Bram Stoker's Dracula pinball machine you get a free game."

Someone else brought up the fact that we still haven't gotten Harriet Tubman printed on the U.S. $20 bill, but admitted, "I admit, the Bat Quarter brings me joy."

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The quarter is set to be released into circulation on February 3.

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Other new quarter designs you can expect to see released in 2020 include the Weir Farm National Historic site in Conneticut, the Salt River Bay National Historical Prk and Ecological Preserve in the U.S. Virgin Islands, the Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historic Park in Vermont, and the Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve in Kansas.

For a full list of parks and their coin designs, check out the U.S. Mint America the Beautiful Quarters Program page.

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