The Icons of Route 66 Series Shifts West for the Missouri Gateway Arch
On November 11, 1926, U.S. Route 66 paved the way for Americans who loved adventure and craved discovery. This 2,448-mile road, winding its way from Chicago to Santa Monica, was the backdrop for numerous family road trips in the first half of the 20th century, providing miles of entertainment and peculiar attractions in a time before cell phones and social media.
In early 2018, APMEX introduced the Icons of Route 66 Series to celebrate this Main Street of America and the unique roadside landmarks along the way with .999 fine Silver shields designed to match the instantly recognizable Route 66 road sign. As the series starts in Illinois with the Silver Gemini Giant and continues to California, each release will feature an iconic Route 66 attraction from that state.
This second release directs the series farther west into Missouri. Standing high above the Mississippi River stands one of the most iconic structures in America, the Gateway Arch. At 630 feet, the world’s tallest arch and man-made monument in the Western Hemisphere symbolizes a time when St. Louis was the last city before the laborious journey through the American West. Here, in .999 fine Silver, the arch is shown spanning Route 66 in the distance.
The Gateway Arch opened to the public on June 10, 1967, and is located on the west bank of the Mississippi River. This modernized representation of history personifies the pioneer spirit of those who conquered the West. Tourists from around the world visit the arch for its 70,000-square-foot visitor center, the observation deck located at the top of the arch and all-around architectural excellence.
The Gateway Arch, similar to all releases in this spectacular series, is designed to be reminiscent of the iconic Route 66 road sign itself. Each Silver highway shield comes in a custom shield-shaped capsule, protecting the .999 fine Silver content and the classic yet contemporary design. The limited-production run of the Gateway Arch is sure to add collectible appeal to the Silver content and inherent nostalgic value.
The passage of the Interstate Highway Act of 1956 meant Route 66’s days were numbered. Within 20 years, the historic and landmark-laden highway was replaced with bigger interstates. However, more than 80 percent of Route 66 remains accessible today as county roads, service roads, state highways and historic trails.
Regardless of modern-day progress, this “Main Street of America” will always be a travel trendsetter, with older generations longing for the glory days and younger generations wanting a taste of the one-of-a-kind journey Route 66 travelers experienced. Keep the adventure going with this second release of the Icons of Route 66 Highway series today.