Avino Silver and Gold Mines Ltd. (“Avino” or “the Company”) today announced that it has now drifted along the San Gonzalo vein for over 200 metres to the northwest and 220 metres southeast of the main crosscut across from the ramp on level 5. The San Gonzalo Mine is located on the Avino property 80 km North East of Durango, Mexico.
Avino has taken face samples over 75 metres to the NW and 86 metres to the Southeast along the vein. These samples are assayed in Avino’s own lab and provide a quick and inexpensive guide to vein width, grade and continuity. Before planning stopes between levels 4 and 5, Avino samples the back (roof) of the vein. These samples are sent for independent analysis at Inspectorate Labs in Reno, Nevada.
The first sets of sample results from Inspectorate labs have been received as shown in the table below and can be viewed on the level 5 sampling map on Avino’s website:
|North West of Cross Cut|
|Sampled Length |
Along Vein (m)
|Width (m)||Gold (g/t)||Silver (g/t)||Pb %||Zn %|
|Vein Width (m)||1.30||1.411||111||0.86||0.76|
|Mined Width (m)||2.73||0.760||64||0.61||0.65|
|Vein Width (m)||1.46||7.758||853||0.29||0.45|
|Includes line 6 sample 169502||0.60||3.435||980||0.30||0.33|
|Includes line 7 sample 169506||0.60||5.586||1,183||0.28||0.26|
|Includes line 9 sample 169513||0.55||2.489||886||0.27||0.46|
|Includes line 10 sample 169517||0.65||11.695||1,236||0.09||0.35|
|Includes line 11 sample 169522||0.80||31.844||2,424||0.19||0.53|
|Includes line 11 sample 169524||0.40||14.820||1,120||0.11||0.30|
|Includes line 12 sample 169529||0.45||32.656||2,619||1.59||1.06|
|Includes line 13 sample 169533||0.50||14.017||1,288||0.31||0.63|
|Includes line 14 sample 169538||0.60||43.706||4,698||0.52||0.92|
|Includes line 15 sample 169542||0.60||6.328||986||0.43||0.90|
|Mined Width (m)||2.14||5.341||588||0.24||0.39|
|Vein Width (m)||1.01||1.678||207||0.44||0.59|
|Mined Width (m)||2.49||0.708||88||0.22||0.31|
|Vein Width (m)||1.56||6.187||655||0.17||0.27|
|Mined Width (m)||2.65||3.664||390||0.11||0.23|
|Total Length||40.64 m|
|South East of Cross Cut|
Along Vein (m)
|Width (m)||Gold (g/t)||Silver (g/t)||Pb %||Zn %|
|Vein Width (m)||2.28||3.683||823||1.33||2.09|
|Includes Line 1 sample 169448||0.55||33.465||2,890||0.35||0.45|
|Includes line 2 sample 169455||0.60||12.219||1,323||0.18||0.37|
|Includes line 4 sample 169552||0.70||3.756||2,419||2.16||3.85|
|Includes line 5 sample 169475||0.70||3.000||1,110||0.33||0.26|
|Includes line 5 sample 169478||0.50||2.573||3,453||6.75||6.74|
|Includes line 5 sample 169484||0.65||4.627||1,188||0.40||0.47|
|Includes line 5 sample 169485||0.40||9.022||3,393||1.18||1.81|
|Includes line 5 sample 169486||0.45||6.043||1,876||2.29||3.52|
|Includes line 5 sample 169554||0.40||4.355||1,617||0.27||0.21|
|Includes line 6 sample 169558||0.40||4.062||2,582||0.40||0.28|
|Includes line 6 sample 169559||0.60||4.089||1,186||0.24||0.18|
|Includes line 7 sample 169564||0.50||2.787||810||0.27||0.33|
|Includes line 9 sample 169571||0.35||1.614||1,554||0.64||0.93|
|Mined Width (m)||3.19||2.672||598||1.01||1.58|
|Vein Width (m)||1.82||1.485||142||0.44||0.88|
|Mined Width (m)||2.69||1.042||102||0.31||0.63|
|Vein Width (m)||1.61||0.175||41||0.15||0.30|
|Mined Width (m)||2.55||0.172||31||0.11||0.25|
|Vein Width (m)||1.26||0.957||494||0.19||0.38|
|Includes line 26 sample 169702||0.60||3.388||2,116||0.77||1.21|
|Includes line 27 sample 169710||0.30||1.731||2,365||0.40||0.57|
|Mined Width (m)||3.48||0.514||199||0.14||0.32|
|Vein Width (m)||2.14||3.608||599||0.28||0.56|
|Includes line 29 sample 169726||0.75||1.960||1,495||0.48||0.95|
|Includes line 30 sample 169733||0.60||12.241||1,482||0.64||1.47|
|Includes line 31 sample 169736||0.50||4.497||870||0.39||0.64|
|Includes line 32 sample 169742||0.50||4.973||1,431||0.41||1.41|
|Includes line 33 sample 169746||0.70||3.818||1,574||0.26||0.50|
|Includes line 35 sample 169757||0.50||12.941||2,294||0.59||2.10|
|Includes line 36 sample 169764||0.65||14.439||2,174||0.40||0.76|
|Includes line 37 sample 169768||0.50||7.290||1,101||0.37||0.88|
|Includes line 38 sample 169773||0.45||20.046||2,846||0.45||0.71|
|Includes line 38 sample 169774||0.65||4.271||949||0.74||1.58|
|Includes line 40 sample 169784||0.65||22.818||1,670||0.13||0.17|
|Includes line 40 sample 169785||4.421||1,395||0.42||1.36|
|Mined Width (m)||2.78||2.802||467||0.24||0.48|
|Vein Width (m)||1.37||0.485||71||0.03||0.10|
|Mined Width (m)||2.97||0.315||52||0.04||0.12|
|Vein Width (m)||1.82||2.443||535||0.29||0.56|
|Mined Width (m)||2.88||1.586||345||0.20||0.38|
|Total Length||83.15 m|
Sampling lengths along the vein are continuous as shown on the sample plan map available on Avino’s website.
The San Gonzalo vein usually contains the highest gold and silver values but we drift wider along the vein and sample the country rock on both sides of the vein. The wall rocks usually contain metal values which decrease with distance from the SG vein. Thus we can plan mining over wider widths which provides more tonnage and wider stopes permitting easier operation using shrinkage methods yet still provides feed grade to our mill well above cut-off.
Avino is very fortunate that at San Gonzalo we can mine wider than the actual vein without serious dilution of the grade.
“We are very pleased to see that the vein retains the same width, high grades and continuity as we develop level 5. These sampling results are consistent with our expectations stemming from the July 2013 Technical Report on the Avino Property by Tetra Tech”
Samples from level 5 underground channel sampling of the San Gonzalo vein are shipped to Inspectorate Labs for analysis for gold, silver, arsenic, bismuth, copper, molybdenum, lead, antimony, zinc, and mercury. Samples are crushed and ground in Durango with pulps assayed in Reno, Nevada using fire assay and AA finish for gold, four acid digestion and AA for most silver with fire assay and gravimetric finish for very high silver, and aqua regia digestion and ICP-MS for base metals. Inspectorate Labs in Nevada and British Columbia are ISO 9001:2008 certified, full service laboratories that are independent of Avino. Sample QA/QC procedures are as described in Section 11.5 of the July 2013 Technical Report on the Avino Property by Tetra Tech. Avino uses a series of standard reference materials (SRMs), blank reference materials (blanks) and duplicates as part of their QA/QC program during analysis of assays from level 5 sampling at San Gonzalo.
Avino’s projects are under the supervision of Chris Sampson, P.Eng, BSc, ARSM Avino Consultant and Jasman Yee P.Eng, Avino director, who are both qualified persons within the context of National Instrument 43-101. Both have reviewed and approved the technical data in this news release
TSX Venture Exchange – Tier One Listing
In accordance with Policy 2.5, the Company has met the requirements for a Tier 1 company. Therefore, effective at market open, Friday, September 13, 2013, the Company’s Tier classification changed from Tier 2 to: Classification Tier 1 – Mining Issuer
Avino’s mission is to create shareholder value through profitable organic growth at the Avino property. We are committed to managing all business activities in an environmentally responsible and cost-effective manner while contributing to the well-being of the community in which we operate.
Management remains focused on the following key objectives:
- Maintain profitable mining operations at San Gonzalo while decreasing operating costs and improving efficiency;
- Increase mill throughput using the new circuit (“Circuit 2”) that went online in April 2013;
- Develop the Avino mine for commercial production commencing in 2014;
- Continue to review and develop plans to process the oxide tailings resource from previous milling operations (PEA issued in 2012);
- Continue to explore regional targets on the property and consider acquisition opportunities.
ON BEHALF OF THE BOARD
President & CEO
Avino Silver & Gold Mines Ltd.
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