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6/22/2014 (1 year ago)

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Found in Siberia on Friday the 13th in the light of a full moon, chunk has ominous properties

Finding an enormous chunk of gold in the wilderness would at first seem to be a stroke of momentous good luck. People aren't so sure in Siberia, however, A huge chunk of gold discovered there has been dubbed the "Devil's Ear" because of a lot of eerie coincidences. Discovered on Friday the 13th by the light of the full moon, there are a few things about the unique find that are more than just slightly - diabolical.

The discovery has prompted much excitement, as these finds rarely come singly.

The discovery has prompted much excitement, as these finds rarely come singly.

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By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

6/22/2014 (1 year ago)

Published in Asia Pacific

Keywords: Devil's Ear, gold, Russia, Siberia


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The precious metal find was at first discarded by a sifting machine. It was only after an employee of the Ukhagen mine in the Irkutsk region's Bodaybinsky district saw what was a costly discovery. 

Newspaper reports say that the lump of gold weight seems sinister "- including three sixes - 6.664kg (14.69 pounds)." Depending on its purity, the chunk could be worth as much as $300,000.

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A huge nugget of gold, nicknamed the Devil

A huge nugget of gold, nicknamed the Devil's Ear because of its peculiar shape, was found by miners in Siberia on Friday 13th, as a full moon shone over Russia. Depending on its purity, it may be worth $300,000.


While a substantial find, the "Welcome Stranger Nugget" of Australia is largely thought to be the world's biggest gold nugget ever found. Weighing in at over 158 pounds, it was more than ten times the size of the Devil's Ear nugget. The Welcome Stranger Nugget was discovered near Dunolly, Victoria in Australia on 5 February 1869. The nugget was 24 inches wide, in contrast to the Devil's nugget which is only 8.3 inches wide.

The Welcome Stranger Nugget was melted down into ingots and shipped to the Bank of England.

Miners admitted that their machinery (pictured), meant to identify gold, cast the find aside. Instea

Miners admitted that their machinery (pictured), meant to identify gold, cast the find aside. Instead, a worker, who started to level the pile, found the nugget.


In regards to the devil's Ear nugget, "The nugget was found on Friday 13 June, coinciding with a full moon," a statement by local officials read. "The weight also favors secrecy - there are three sixes - and the shape is very similar to a pointy ear. So miners immediately called the find the Devil's Ear."

Officials admitted with some embarrassment that the mine's machinery, meant to identify gold, cast the find aside. "A worker, who started to level the pile, found the nugget."

The discovery has prompted much excitement, as these finds rarely come singly.

"If there is one, there will be a second and it is possible that very soon the Devil's Ear will have a brother.

Even the giant nugget

Even the giant nugget's weight seems sinister - including three sixes - 14.69 pounds. The largest nugget ever to be found - the Welcome Stranger Nugget - is around ten times larger at 158.78 pounds. Pictured is the Irkutsk region where the Devil's Nugget was discovered.


"The nugget was found in a new mine that according to preliminary estimate doesn't have that much gold," Sergey Kozlov, Ugakhan director, said.

"Now the miners are very hopeful that an old saying 'one nugget never walks alone' will work for them again.

"But first we will have to check the dropouts more carefully - to see what else the clever equipment threw away."

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