This is a new series I saw on Apmex commemorating the Iconic Route 66 highway. This road has been memorialized in such works as “The Grapes of Wrath” and the song “Get Your Kicks on Route 66”by Nat King Cole. The Gemini giant is the 1st of an 8 coin series. The coin is made in the shape of a Route 66 Road sign and comes in an Air-Tite capsule.
Rote 66 History
Route 66 opened to travelers on November 11, 1926. It starts in Chicago, Illinois and travels 2,448-miles across the country to Los Angeles, California. Parts of the highway follow the Trail of Tears used by the Cherokee Indians in the late 1830’s.
This coin depicts the first landmark on your westward journey across Route 66. Just outside of Chicago is a small town called Wilmington, Illinois. This is the home of the Gemini Giant. It has been standing there 30ft tall since 1965. Thousands upon thousands have stopped here to be pictured with the Giant. There is also a “Launch Pad” restaurant that the giant was used as advertising for. In 2007 it closed it’s doors but the giant remained. In 2017 it was purchased by a private party and was scheduled to be reopened the spring of this year.
Thankfully this came with a case because I don’t think it would be an easy one to come by. Here is the 1st coin of Route 66 series. Enjoy!
Real Life Gemini Giant
And here is a real life picture of the Gemini Giant to get some idea of it’s size.
This is the first coin in the Route 66 with 2 more of the set now available. In upcoming articles I’ll be showing the others.
Have you ever seen the Gemini Giant? Have you traveled Route 66? Let me know in the comments below. Thank you for reading and rating this article!