The Series Continues | Limited-Production Run
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. On November 11, 1926, a highway opened that would become one of the most famous roads in America. U.S. Route 66, 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.
Each release in the Icons of Route 66 Series will be offered as a limited-production run, adding even greater appeal on top of the truly one-of-a-kind designs and .999 fine Silver content. Start building your own Icons of Route 66 collection today and follow APMEX on a nostalgic journey across America.
Fourth in Series: Round Barn
Standing in the distance on this fourth release is the Arcadia Round Barn, built in 1898. Route 66 was built alongside the barn through the then-prosperous town of Arcadia. Over time, the barn became the most photographed landmark on Route 66 and to this day survives as America's only truly round (as opposed to hexagonal or octagonal) barn. The barn, 60 feet in diameter and 45 feet in height, was designed with the notion that being round would help it withstand Oklahoma tornadoes.Buy Now
While each Icons of Route 66 Silver Highway Shield comes in a protective plastic capsule, APMEX introduced a custom gift box perfect for displaying these unique treasures. Each Route 66 Tin includes a foam insert with a shield-shaped cutout, making a perfect display case or gift box for any product in this series. Add this one-of-a-kind tin for each Icons of Route 66 release now.
Relive the Glory Days
While many Route 66 attractions were built after the highway opened, such as the Gemini Giant or Missouri's famous Drive-In Theater, Route 66 also allowed people to discover quirky sites that already existed in America, including the Arcadia Round Barn. 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.
Third in Series: Rainbow Bridge
The third release in the Icons of Route 66 Series displays the Rainbow Arch Bridge, which crosses Brush Creek near Riverton, Kansas. This single-span concrete Marsh arch bridge is the only remaining bridge of this type along Route 66. Although just over 13 miles of Route 66 passed through Kansas, there are numerous attractions. A replacement bridge has since been built to handle road traffic, though the original Rainbow Arch can be crossed just parallel to the new segment of road.Buy Now
Second in Series: Gateway Arch
The second Icons of Route 66 release showcases the Gateway Arch, which stands high above the Mississippi River celebrating the accomplishments of early pioneers. The arch symbolizes a time when St. Louis was the last city before the arduous journey through the American West. At 630 feet, the arch is the world’s tallest arch and the tallest man-made monument in the Western Hemisphere. Visitors can travel to the top and gaze out over Missouri and Illinois, seen from respective sides of the arch.Buy Now
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.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.
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.Shop Now