The first non-European to have won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1913, India’s Rabindranath Tagore's Nobel medal was stolen from Visva-Bharati in Santiniketan, India ten years ago.
And when the Nobel Foundation replaced the stolen medal with a new copy, Tagore (1861-1941) further made history as, perhaps, the only one whose medal was replaced with a duplicate.
Currently, the centenary celebration of Tagore’s Nobel Prize feat is in top gear in India just as the Nobel Foundation is also planning to mark same before the end of the year.
Swedish Ambassador to India, Harald Sandberg was recently quoted by Times of India: “There are other copies of Nobel in the Nobel museum in Sweden. However, the case with a replacement by the Nobel Foundation, replacing the original medal with a new copy is the only one I know of. Providing a copy to Santiniketan was important”.
Non-Literature Nobel medals stolen included a1985 theft of Kay Miller’s Nobel medal for Science and.Nobel Peace Prize won by one of the founding fathers of the U.K's modern Labour Party, Arthur Henderson, stolen in at the Lord Mayor’s office in Newcastle on 3rd April, 2013.