Vancouver, July 13, 2017 – Leagold Mining Corporation (TSX-V: LMC) ("Leagold" or the "Company") is pleased to report drilling results for the first 20 holes of its infill and step-out exploration program at the Bermejal Underground deposit at the Los Filos Mine. Highlights from this program include 7.2 grams per tonne ("gpt") over 18.8 metres, 6.8 gpt over 13.3 metres and 26.3 gpt over 2.0 metres (all capped grades and true widths; see Table 1) from the oxide zone of the Bermejal Underground deposit.
Neil Woodyer, CEO stated "these drilling results show the consistency of mineralization along the contacts of the Bermejal intrusive and sill. Infill holes are tightening up the drill hole spacing and will enable an upgrade of the resource classification. These holes are also filling in gaps in the resource model which, when combined with the step-out holes, will increase the overall mineral resource. To date, 18 of the 20 holes drilled have intercepted high-grade mineralization – this high success rate also indicates the potential for both the consistency and expansion of the deposit. In addition to the drilling program, Leagold is also progressing with engineering studies in preparation for underground development. Work to date confirms that Bermejal is a valuable mine development project that will enhance production and extend mine life at Los Filos".
Over 12,900 metres (23%) of the 56,000 metre Bermejal Underground program have been completed. A total of eight diamond drill rigs and two reverse circulation drill rigs are on site. The program will be completed within 2017 and these drill hole results will be incorporated in an updated resource estimate.
Assays were also received for a geotechnical hole (BDG-04-16) that was drilled in 2016 into the oxide zone below the intersection between the sill and the Bermejal intrusive contact (a "sub-sill" deposit). The assaying of this hole was delayed until additional geotechnical testwork was completed. Intervals in this hole include 26.3 gpt over 2.0 metres and 10.7 gpt over 7.8 metres (Table 1), providing further confirmation of the high-grade nature of the lower portion of the Bermejal Underground deposit.
Bermejal Underground mineralization extends approximately 1,600 metres along the strike of the intrusive contact and has a vertical depth extent of over 600 metres (Figure 1). The iron-oxide gold skarn mineralization at Bermejal is similar to ore currently being mined at Los Filos Underground. Mineralization is along contacts between the intrusive and carbonate host rock and step-out drilling provides extensive opportunities for identification and delineation of additional resources (Figures 2 and 3). The mineralization in the Bermejal Underground deposit remains open in several directions.
Table 1: Drilling Program Highlights for Bermejal Underground Deposit
NOTES: Intervals in bold are shown on cross sections or mentioned in the text of the news release
Only Intercepts with over 3 gpt when diluted to a minimum true width of 3 metres are shown
UC = Upper Contact of Sill; LC = Lower Contact of Sill; Sill = Oxide within Sill; UI = Intrusive Contact above Junction with Sill; LI = Intrusive Contact below Junction with Sill
Individual assays within the intercepts were capped using 40 gpt limit
Figure 1: Plan View Map of Bermejal Area Showing Geology, Drill Holes Reported and Outline of Bermejal Underground Resource at 1,175 m elevation
Figure 2: Cross Section A-A’ Facing Northwest Showing Step-Out Drilling in Bermejal Underground Deposit
Figure 3: Cross Section B-B’ Facing Northwest Showing Infill and Step-out Drilling in Bermejal Underground Deposit
All holes intersected iron-oxide skarn mineralization as targeted and only two holes were below the 3 gpt over 3 m diluted minimum width threshold for reporting.
Doug Reddy, P.Geo, Leagold’s Senior Vice President – Technical Services, is a Qualified Person under NI 43-101, and has reviewed and approved the technical contents of this news release on behalf of Leagold.
Los Filos Mine employs industry standard drilling and sampling procedures. All exploration samples are sent to an ALS Global facility in Guadalajara for preparation and Vancouver for analyses by fire assay and ICP. A full quality control and assurance program and protocols are in place and are aligned with best practices including regular insertion of certified reference standards, blanks, and duplicates.
About Leagold Mining Corporation
Leagold is building a new mid-tier gold producer with a focus on opportunities in Latin America. Leagold is based in Vancouver, Canada and is listed on the TSX Venture Exchange under the trading symbol "LMC". The recent acquisition of the Los Filos Mine, a low-cost gold producer in Mexico, provides an excellent platform for growth.
On behalf of Leagold Mining Corporation
Neil Woodyer, Chief Executive Officer
For more information on Leagold please visit the Company website at www.leagold.com or contact:
Doug Reddy, SVP Technical Services
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