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American Samoa Proposed Designs
Winning design chosen for the American Samoa quarter
Finalist versions designed by The Mint for the American Samoa quarter
Design narratives for the American Samoa quarter
- A man with a traditional Samoan tattoo (soga’imiti) standing tall, holding a dried coconut cup used during the ‘ava ceremony, symbolizing the importance of servitude in Samoan culture. Also pictured are coconut leaves (fronds), leaves of a breadfruit tree (with two breadfruits) and taro leaves signifying the three staples of Samoa.
- Symbols of Samoan life: Fale (guest house); Tuiga (ceremonial headdress); Tanoa (ava [kava] bowl); Fue (orator’s fly whisk); and the To’oto’o (orator’s staff). Also featured is the inscription “Samoa Muamua Le Atua” (the Territory’s motto which means, “Samoa, Let God Be First”).
- The tanoa (ava [kava] bowl) which is used to make Samoa’s special ceremonial drink for chiefs and guests. Also included are the Fue (fly whisk) symbolizing wisdom of the orator, and the To’oto’o (staff) which signifies authority. The inscription “Samoa Muamua Le Atua” (the Territory’s motto which means, “Samoa, Let God Be First”) is also included.
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