I was surprised by this release; I thought last week's special announcement was the February release.
I liked both silver and gold Pysanka designs.
This year's gold Pysanka is particularly stunning. Only the 2021 gold rooster design can compete with this!
The silver Pysanka features Trypillian art style, which stands out among all silver Pysanka coins in this series. Sadly, the mintage has increased 36%, from 5,500 last year to 7,500.
The 5oz Heavenly Dragon is the downsized version of the 1/2 kilogram dragon series, which RCM produced from 2019 to 2021. I guess it's no longer profitable to produce the 1/2 kilogram coin at $1,288. Nevertheless, the flying dragon design is a bit repetitive.
The annual Maple Leaves in Motion coin isn't as creative as in previous years, although the ultra high relief feature is nice. With an upgraded mintage of 2,000, this series just downgraded itself to a regular 5 oz coin.
yup the "birds in a shadow box" advance notice was sent (in a separate email) along with the 5 ounce silver raised 5 ounce silver leaves coin the very same night I received the advance notice for the legacy of the queen's coins. beautiful but wasn't in my budget at the moment.
I received my 'fine proof set' yesterday. Expecting the same as all other years, I was surprised that the obverse and reverse of the sets were NOT covered with a protective plastic. Was mine 'odd' or did the mint save 2cents by not covering the plastic this year?
Quote: ...I was surprised that the obverse and reverse of the sets were NOT covered with a protective plastic
Mine arrived packaged the same way as the previous 5+ years. Cardboard mailing box --> light-brown paper wrap --> black thick paper box --> white tissue covering --> black 'leather' wallet --> clear plastic 'tomb' --> coins inserted into a black plastic sheet. The clear plastic 'tomb' is attached to the spine of the wallet and can be popped open to get the black sheet (and coins) out. Without the 'tomb', nothing would hold the coins secure in the wallet. Would like to hear more info of how your set arrived.