Okay, you’re probably reading this because you freaked out like I did. You were more than likely just handed one of the new 2020 bat quarter.

Strange, right? Yes. But… No, this bat quarter wasn’t released because of the Coronavirus, although this is very weird.

In the first place, why would the US ever print a coin with a bat on it? Does anyone like bats?

So why a bat?

According to USA Today: This quarter honors the National Park of American Samoa. The park is the only one in the U.S. that is home to the Samoan fruit bat, 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,” said the U.S. Mint. “The design is intended to promote awareness to the species’ threatened status due to habitat loss and commercial hunting.”

The 56 coin designs feature a site in each state, District of Columbia and five U.S. territories — Puerto Rico, Guam, American Samoa, U.S. Virgin Islands and the Northern Mariana Islands.