In Hard Times, Opulent Beauty Wins 2009 DOTY® Industry Choice Award

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The Franklin Mint, the world's leading private mint and most trusted name in collectibles, has been awarded the 2009 DOTY® Industry Choice Award for exceptional design and manufacture for its FABERGÉ Princess Sofia Imperial Debutante Porcelain Doll. The Doll of the Year® (DOTY®) Awards Program is designed to celebrate excellence in doll creation, and is the most coveted award in the doll industry. Officially licensed by the House of FABERGE', the Princess Sofia doll is exquisitely designed and sculptured by award winning American artists.

The Franklin Mint, the world's leading private mint and most trusted name in collectibles, has been awarded the 2009 DOTY® Industry Choice Award for exceptional design and manufacture for its FABERGÉ Princess Sofia Imperial Debutante Porcelain Doll. The awards were announced on January 29th, 2009, at IDEX Premiere in Orlando, Florida.

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The Franklin Mint's winning doll Princess Sofia the Imperial Debutante was selected in the Collectible Porcelain Doll category. Sofia is an enchanting 17.5-inches doll adorned by an exquisite chiffon and charmeuse gown enhanced with over 230 hand-applied jewel stones. Her jewelry glitters with genuine Swarovski crystals and she holds a FABERGE' egg in her delicate hands.

The Doll of the Year® (DOTY®) Awards Program, sponsored by Doll Reader Magazine, is designed to celebrate excellence in doll creation and is the most coveted award in the doll industry. Every year, artists, collectors and manufacturers alike come together to recognize superior achievement in doll artistry.

Crafted as a tribute to the priceless creations of Peter Carl Fabergé, Sofia is officially licensed by the House of FABERGE'. Sofia captures the excitement and romance of a debutante ball from the era of the czars and is exquisitely sculptured in fine porcelain with each delicate feature painted by hand. Award winning American artist Eileen R. Miller illustrated Sofia and award winning sculptor Ralph Beinhart brought Sofia to life. Princess Sofia the Imperial Debutante is available in a strictly Limited Edition of just 1,000 dolls worldwide. Sofia will go on to compete for the DOTY Public's Choice awards later this year.

The FABERGÉ Princess Sofia Imperial Debutante Porcelain Doll is available for purchase at http://www.franklinmint.com.

About The Franklin Mint

An American institution founded in 1964, The Franklin Mint is known worldwide for its innovative design, meticulous attention to detail, and creating some of the highest-quality collectible products in the world. The Franklin Mint's peerless archives includes over 12,000 product lines, including "limited edition" fine art sculptures, heirloom collectible dolls, commemorative coins, designer jewelry, precision die-cast models and historic reproductions, as well as collections honoring some of the world's most revered individuals and institutions.

As one of the originators of many direct marketing techniques still used today, The Franklin Mint has brought collectibles to tens of millions of people around the world for over four decades. The Franklin Mint's product lines have included some of the all time, best-selling collectible products including Monopoly - The Collector's Edition, the original Civil War Chess Set and numerous successful licensed programs with Chevrolet, Elvis Presley Enterprises, Ford, General Motors, Harley-Davidson Motorcycles, John Wayne, Marilyn Monroe, The Smithsonian Institute and Paramount Studios, just to name a few. The Franklin Mint is privately held, with ownership whose holdings also include The Morgan Mint.

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