Alan Weinberg reported an article in the Los Angeles Times about a recent theft of a Nobel Prize Medal. I wasn't able to locate that particular story online, but I found this from the BBC News. Be on the lookout!
A £150,000 haul of valuables including a gold Nobel Peace Prize medal have been stolen during a raid at the lord mayor of Newcastle's mansion house.
Police believe the raiders broke in through the cellar of the property in Fernwood Road in Jesmond overnight between Monday and Tuesday.
The medal was awarded to Newcastle's Arthur Henderson in 1934 for his work on international disarmament.
Supt Bruce Storey, of Northumbria Police, said: "Some of the items taken in this burglary are very uncommon and we are asking the public to keep their eyes open for them.
"One of the items is a Nobel Peace Prize, dating back to 1934 when it was awarded to Newcastle's Arthur Henderson for his work on international disarmament - it is extremely rare, recognisable and historically important."
The medal bears the inscription "Parlimentum Norvegial A Munro Henderson" and is with a presentation scroll in a leather case.
Other antique silverware taken includes silver cups dating back to 1919, a set of four Victoria napkin rings embossed with a star from 1875 and a William IV snuff box dating back to 1834.
Other valuables include a George II mustard pot from 1759 and a Queen Anne silver love cup engraved with the Queen Anne coat of arms.
For the sake of history and numismatics let's hope the medal is recovered before it gets melted down for scrap gold. That's a considerable sum, but still pales compared to its value as a medal. The opening bid for Francis Crick's Nobel medal in the April 11, 2013 Heritage auction is $500,000.
To read the complete article, see:
Nobel Peace Prize medal stolen in Newcastle
To read the earlier E-Sylum article, see:
MORE ON NOBEL PRIZE MEDALS
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