190.5 g/t Au over 0.5 meters, including 311.0 g/t Au over 0.3 meters
Vancouver, BC – December 22, 2020 – HighGold Mining Inc. (TSX-V:HIGH, OTCQX:HGGOF) (“HighGold” or the “Company”) is pleased to report the first round of assay results from the 2020 Fall Drill Program (the “Program”) at its Munro-Croesus project (the “Project”) located in the Timmins gold camp, Ontario, Canada. The Program evaluated targets in the immediate vicinity of the historic Croesus Gold Mine as well as new targets identified in recent trench sample results elsewhere on the property. A total of 31 holes were completed totaling 2,645 meters. Assays have been received for nine (9) holes with significant results reported below and in Table 1.
Highlight Drill Intersections
- 190.5 g/t Au over 0.5 meters (MC20-43) at Croesus Mine target
- includes 311.0 g/t Au over 0.3 meters
- 8.25 g/t Au over 0.4 meters (MC20-42) at Croesus Mine target
- 11.01 g/t Au over 1.1 meters (MC20-46)at#4 Shafttarget
- within a broad alteration & vein zone grading 3.16 g/t Au over 4.2 meters.
“The successful near-surface intersection of a high-grade vein structure overlying the historic Croesus Gold Mine workings highlights the opportunity for additional discoveries in an established bonanza grade gold environment,” commented President and CEO Darwin Green. “Equally significant is the intersection of high-grade gold approximately one kilometer away at the #4 Shaft target, which brings into focus the greater potential of HighGold’s recently consolidated and surprisingly underexplored Munro-Croesus property package.”
“While the Alaska Johnson Tract project remains HighGold’s flagship, with an allocation of up to 80 percent of the company’s annual exploration budget, the Timmins Munro-Croesus project is clearly emerging as an exciting second pillar for the Company and opportunity for creating additional shareholder value. Munros-Croesus is a project that can be effectively explored year-round and is complimentary to Johnson Tract in sharing the key attributes of high gold grades in a top North American mining jurisdiction. The Company has a large number of assay results yet to report for its 2020 drill programs from both Johnson Tract and Munro Croesus. We are currently experiencing faster assay turnaround for Ontario than Alaska, as are our contemporaries, and look forward to providing additional assay result updates for both projects in the coming weeks as data is received.”
Munro-Croesus Drill Program Details
The 2020 Fall Drill program at Munro-Croesus was designed as a first pass orientation program that included targets adjacent to underground workings and at new prospects in outlying areas to the historic mine site. At the outlying prospects, drilling primarily consisted of short holes drilled beneath recently opened historic trenches with the objective of better understanding the geometry, continuity, and geological characteristics of prospects that have seen no work for many decades. In many cases these prospects appear to have not been previously drilled.
Croesus Gold Mine Area
The Company completed eight (8) short holes totalling 288 meters on two drill cross-sections in the immediate vicinity of the historic Croesus inclined shaft to evaluate the shallow hanging wall and footwall lithologic sequences to the historically mined Croesus vein. The last three (3) holes of the Program on the southern of the two cross-sections intersected promising quartz-carbonate veining with associated pyrite and arsenopyrite with highlights listed below:
- 2.3 grams per tonne gold (“g/t Au”) over 2 meters, in hole MC20-41
- 8.25 g/t Au over 0.4 meters, in hole MC20-42
- 190.5 g/t Au over 0.5 meters, including 311.0 g/t Au over 0.3 meters, in hole MC20-43
The high-grade intercept in hole MC20-43 is developed within the upper sulphidic pillow breccia phase of the Croesus basalt flow with 25-40% pyrite and trace arsenian pyrite along pillow selvedges and 15-25% quartz-carbonate veining. The intercept lies approximately 5 meters above the old underground workings and may represent a new vein, or a splay of the historic Croesus vein that tracked up into the hanging wall sequence and was missed in previous mining operations.
The former Croesus Gold Mine is renowned for having produced some of the highest-grade gold mined in Canada. Total historical Croesus mine gold production from milled ore as reported by the Ontario Department of Mines (Reference Ontario Department of Mines Vol. LX, Part VIII, 1951) was 14,854 ounces gold from 5,333 short tons milled for an average grade of 2.78 oz gold per short ton (95.3 g/tonne). Research by a previous owner suggests that the above-reported milled ore production did not include the very high-grade direct shipping gold ore which was shipped directly to the Canadian Mint for processing. Five (5) gold samples purchased by the Ontario Bureau of Mines for exhibition purposes and now in possession of the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto, Ontario weigh 85 pounds collectively and contain 480.7 ounces of gold or 11,310 oz gold per short ton (387,727 g/tonne).
#4 Shaft Area
The #4 Shaft area is located one kilometer from the Croesus Gold Mine area and represents one of the new targets being evaluated by the Company on the greater Munro-Croesus property. The Company recently completed a prospecting and mapping program followed by mechanical stripping, power washing and channel sampling of gold-bearing quartz vein systems in September 2020 (See HighGold Mining press release dated September 22, 2020). One of the new quartz vein prospects, the #4 Shaft Area, returned promising surface channel samples including 11.24 g/t Au over 1.85 meters, 17.05 g/t Au over 0.8 meters, and 8.42 g/t Au over 1.5 meters.
The Company conducted follow-up diamond drilling in October 2020 with the first hole, MC20-46, returning encouraging values a short distance underneath the exposed quartz veining, including:
- 3.16 g/t Au over 4.2 meters, including 11.01 g/t Au over 1.1 meters, in hole MC20-46
The historic #4 Shaft area was developed during the 1916-1919 era with an inclined shaft to a reported depth of 100 feet. The quartz vein structure is exposed in a single trench and test pit and historic channel sampling from 1929 returned 5.14 g/t Au over 4.78 meters, including 10.62 g/t Au over 1.12 meters.
Table 1 Significant Assay Results
|MC20-36||-||-||-||nsv||Croesus Mine Area|
|MC20-37||-||-||-||nsv||Croesus Mine Area|
|MC20-38||-||-||-||nsv||Croesus Mine Area|
|MC20-39||-||-||-||nsv||Croesus Mine Area|
|MC20-40||-||-||-||nsv||Croesus Mine Area|
|MC20-41||4.5||6.5||2.0||2.26||Croesus Mine Area|
|MC20-42||3.1||3.5||0.4||8.25||Croesus Mine Area|
|MC20-43||3.3||3.8||0.5||190.51||Croesus Mine Area|
|Including||3.5||3.8||0.3||311.00||Croesus Mine Area|
|MC20-46||3.4||7.6||4.2||3.16||#4 Shaft Target|
|Including||5.9||7.0||1.1||11.01||#4 Shaft Target|
Drill intercepts reported as core lengths are estimated to be 70‐100% true width. nsv = no significant values. Averages are length weighted. Ian Cunningham-Dunlop, P.Eng., VP Exploration for HighGold Mining Inc. and a qualified person as defined by Canadian National Instrument 43-101, has reviewed and verified the information within this table.
Participation Right Exercise
In connection with the Company's recently announced C$3,000,000 non-brokered private placement (the “FT Private Placement”) (see HighGold Mining news release dated December 15, 2020), the Company is pleased to announce that it expects to issue an additional 350,000 flow-through common shares of the Company (the “Participation Shares”) pursuant to an existing shareholder's election to exercise its participation right granted under an investor rights agreement (the “Participation Right Exercise”; together with the FT Private Placement, the “Offering”). The Participation Shares will be issued at a price of C$2.00 per Participation Share for additional gross proceeds of C$700,000, for aggregate gross proceeds from the Offering of C$3,700,000. Following the completion of this financing, it is anticipated that HighGold will have more than C$18 million in working capital.
The gross proceeds from the Offering are intended to be used to incur Canadian Exploration Expenses that are “flow-through mining expenditures” (as such terms are defined in the Income Tax Act (Canada)) on the Company’s Ontario gold projects located in the greater Timmins region, Ontario.
The closing of the Offering is subject to certain conditions including, but not limited to, the receipt of all necessary approvals including the acceptance for filing of the TSX Venture Exchange (the “TSXV”) and any applicable securities regulatory authorities. All securities issued in connection with the Offering, including the Participation Shares, will be subject to a four-month and one day hold period in Canada.
HighGold is a well-funded mineral exploration company focused on high-grade gold projects located in North America. HighGold’s flagship asset is the high-grade Johnson Tract Gold (Zn-Cu) Project located in Southcentral Alaska, USA. The Company also controls a portfolio of quality gold projects in the greater Timmins gold camp, Ontario, Canada that includes the Munro-Croesus Gold property, which is renowned for its high-grade mineralization, and the large Golden Mile and Golden Perimeter properties. HighGold’s experienced Board and senior management team, are committed to creating shareholder value through the discovery process, careful allocation of capital, and environmentally/socially responsible mineral exploration.
On Behalf of HighGold Mining Inc.
President & CEO
Qualified Person and Quality Assurance
Ian Cunningham-Dunlop, P.Eng., VP Exploration for HighGold Mining Inc. and a qualified person (“QP”) as defined by Canadian National Instrument 43-101, has reviewed and approved the technical information contained in this release.
Samples of drill core were cut by a diamond blade rock saw, with half of the cut core placed in individual sealed polyurethane bags and half placed back in the original core box for permanent storage. Sample lengths typically vary from a minimum 0.2-meter interval to a maximum 1.5-meter interval, with an average 0.5 to 1.0-meter sample length. Drill core samples were delivered by truck in sealed woven plastic bags to ALS Geochemistry laboratory facility in Timmins, Ontario for sample preparation with final analysis at ALS Geochemistry Analytical Lab facility in North Vancouver, BC. ALS Geochemistry operate meeting all requirements of International Standards ISO/IEC 17025:2017 and ISO 9001:2015. Gold was determined by fire-assay fusion of a 50 g sub-sample with atomic absorption spectroscopy (AAS). Samples that returned values >100 ppm gold from fire assay and AAS were determined by using fire assay and a gravimetric finish. Various metals including silver, gold, copper, lead and zinc were analyzed by inductively-coupled plasma (ICP) atomic emission spectroscopy, following multi-acid digestion. The elements copper, lead and zinc were determined by ore grade assay for samples that returned values >10,000 ppm by ICP analysis. Silver was determined by ore grade assay for samples that returned >100 ppm.
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Darwin Green, President & CEO or Naomi Nemeth, VP Investor Relations
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