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SOPHIA LOREN Hollywood Legends Silver Coin 5$ Cook Islands 2011


Celebrate one of Hollywood's most enduring legend with this 2010 $5 Proof coin honoring the Italian actress Sophia Loren. Here's your chance to recapture an enduring piece of the classic movie era. Get your Hollywood Legends coin now, before every seat in the theater is sold out!

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Sophia Loren was born as Sofia Scicolone at the Clinica Regina Margherita in Rome, Italy, on September 20, 1934. Growing up in the slums of Pozzuoli during the second World War without any support from her father, she experienced much sadness in her childhood. Her life took an unexpected turn for the best when, at age 14, she entered into a beauty contest where she placed as one of the finalists. It was there that Sophia caught the attention of film producer Carlo Ponti, some 22 years her senior, whom she eventually married. Sophia immediately enrolled in acting classes and was soon playing bit parts in several films per year.
After starring in a string Italian features such as La favorita (1953) and Aida (1953), she embarked on a successful acting career in the United States, starting with her debut in Orgoglio e passione (1957) with Cary Grant. They were paired together a second time in the family-friendly romantic comedy Un marito per cinzia (1958), before Sophia returned to Europe to star in La ciociara (1960). The film was a period piece about a woman living in war-torn Italy who is raped while trying to protect her young daughter. Originally cast in the role of the daughter, Sophia fought against type and was re-cast as the mother, proving herself as a genuine actress and displaying her lack of vanity. This performance received international acclaim and was honored with an Academy Award for Best Actress.
In the sixties and seventies, Sophia was a bona fide international movie star, and she continued to make films in both the U.S. and Europe, starring opposite leading men such as Paul Newman, Marlon Brando, Gregory Peck, and Charlton Heston. During these years she received a second Oscar nomination and won five Golden Globe Awards.
In 1991 Sophia received an Honorary Academy Award for her body of work, and was declared "one of world cinema's greatest treasures."

In the early 1940s Bernard quickly gained a reputation as the "King" of Hollywood glamor. He was the first still photographer to receive an Oscar. The first three coins in the set honor these three famous celebs: John Wayne—"The Duke." His acting career established the tough guy image that he lived in real life.

  • CountryCook Islands
  • Year2011
  • Face Value5 Dollars
  • MetalSilver
  • Fineness (purity)925/1000
  • Weight (g)25
  • Diameter (mm)38.61
  • QualityProof
  • Mintage (pcs)2.500
  • Certificate (COA)Yes
  • Presentation case (box)No
The coin obverse features a Sophia's photograph snapped by Bruno Bernard, known to classic movie aficionados as "Bernard of Hollywood". On top edge the legend "Hollywood Legends", on bottom the actress's name and the autograph "Bernard of Hollywood".

The reverse depicts Queen Elizabeth II profile.