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Main Street of America
Imagine packing up the family station wagon and setting off on a cross-country adventure. Looking out at the vast American landscape, you get a truly unrivaled experience. Cars that would eventually become classics – the Chevy Bel-Air or the finned 1950s Cadillac – were commonplace along Route 66, the famous road that became a distinctly American travel trendsetter. On November 11, 1926, a highway opened that would become one of the most famous roads in America – U.S. Route 66. 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 in a time before cell phones.
First in Series: Gemini Giant
Peeking over the lush Illinois landscape, the first Icons of Route 66 release features the recognizable face of the Gemini Giant, which stands outside the Launching Pad restaurant in Wilmington, Illinois. The 30-foot-tall statue is one of many giant “Muffler Man” advertising props found throughout the United States in the 1960s, selling mufflers, hot dogs, axes and more. One of the most photographed attractions along Route 66, the Gemini Giant was named after the Gemini space program and holds a silver rocket ship while wearing a space helmet that resembles a welding mask.
This first release will be offered as a limited-production run, adding even greater collectible appeal on top of the truly one-of-a-kind design and .999 fine Silver content. Buy the limited Gemini Giant Silver Highway Shield today and start your own Icons of Route 66 collection.Buy Now
Regardless of modern-day progress, the Mother Road, a term coined in John Steinbeck’s iconic 1939 novel The Grapes of Wrath, will always be a travel trendsetter. Older generations long for the glory days and younger generations want a taste of the one-of-a-kind journey Route 66 travelers experienced. The nostalgia of these peculiar attractions inspired this similarly unique shield-shaped Silver series.
Each release in the series, from Illinois to California, resembles the iconic and instantly recognizable Route 66 road sign. A different unique landmark is showcased on each release, with the obverse displaying “Route 66” and listing the Silver weight and purity. A custom shield-shaped plastic capsule protects the design and finish of these truly unique products.
Relive the Glory Days
Route 66 was, for many decades, a way to discover the beauty and quirkiness of America. That nostalgia and individualism is brought to life in .999 fine Silver, with the series featuring both the iconic road sign and memorable roadside attractions. This Silver Series is ideal for any collector of Route 66 or Americana items – or those who just want to take a ride down memory lane.
Route 66 was quite literally the framework of America, spurring economic growth and helping isolated communities become bustling roadside stops with flourishing mom-and-pop restaurants and individually owned hotels. 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.
The wonder of Route 66 continues today, with more than 80 percent of the original highway accessible as county roads, service roads, state highways and historic trails. Countless people travel Route 66, seeking their own adventures. These APMEXclusive® Silver Highway Shields bring a bit of that nostalgic adventure and freedom to any collection and make wonderful gifts – for you, a family member or a friend. Shop this limited-production Shield-Shaped Silver series today.Buy Now