Vancouver, British Columbia (July 15, 2021) – Vizsla Silver Corp. (TSX-V: VZLA) (OTCQB: VIZSF) (Frankfurt: 0G3) (“Vizsla” or the “Company”) is pleased to provide the results from the first four holes at the Josephine vein at the Panuco silver-gold project (“Panuco” or the “Project“) in Mexico. The vein was discovered parallel to the Napoleon vein using ground electromagnetics (“EM”) and remains open in all directions.
- Hole NP-21-132 returns 797 g/t silver equivalent (AgEq) over 2.5 metres downhole from 178.1 metres (m) including;
- 4,431 g/t silver equivalent over 0.30 m downhole from 179.2
- Hole NP-21-139 returns 869 g/t silver equivalent over 1.45 metres downhole from 197.55m
- Drilling intersected veining of 90m strike, 190m depth where it remains open. EM has mapped the vein over 1.7 kilometres
Vizsla President and CEO, Michael Konnert, commented: “The fact that we have confirmed successful electromagnetic targeting of the high-grade veins in the district, is ground-breaking for Vizsla and the Panuco district. This successful EM survey is a testament to the high-grade nature of the district which features massive to semi-massive sulphide mineralization which is typically uncommon in Mexican vein fields. We have been successful in drilling the very first EM target in the district resulting in a brand-new discovery of a potentially 1.7km long vein parallel to Napoleon, which may have otherwise remained undiscovered. This tool grows our discovery potential and give us the ability to target high-grade, previously undiscovered veins in the district, growing the over 80 kms of cumulative vein extent. In addition to this newly discovered zone, only 200m from Napoleon, we have commenced drilling multiple new untested EM targets identified from the trial survey. Vizsla is drilling aggressively to define the Company’s maiden resource estimate and demonstrate that Panuco can host a globally significant silver resource.”
Josephine Drilling Details
The Josephine vein was discovered during a trial fixed loop ground EM survey completed along the Napoleon Vein Corridor. The vein runs subparallel, approximately 200m to the west of the Napoleon vein and was not known prior to the EM survey.
The vein is defined with three separated EM plate targets however the vein is likely to be a continuous vein over 1,700 metres of strike. The separated targets either reflect zones of increased massive sulphide along the vein or more likely limitations in the survey design due to the overlap of the transmitter loop and receiver lines.
The vein mineralogy, textures and style of mineralization are very similar to the main Napoleon zone with multiple episodes of vein formation. Quartz varies from massive, banded to brecciated and has white to grey coloured phases. Mineralization varies from disseminated to massive and is composed of galena, sphalerite, argentite/acanthite and pyrite. All three holes have subzones of massive sulphide believed to define the EM anomaly and in hole NP-21-132 this sub-interval contains very high grades of silver and gold (0.3m at 3,320g/t silver, 12.4g/t gold) with base metals (1.77% lead and 4.9% zinc).
The Company is presently drilling at the northern end of the Napoleon vein corridor (1,540m along strike from the discovery holes) where the projected Josephine vein and Napoleon veins are close enough to intersect with a single hole (Figure 1). This drilling has successfully intersected both veins with the Josephine vein occurring within metres of the modelled EM plate target. Drilling is ongoing and assays are pending.
Drilling has also commenced on combined EM and mapping targets in the La Colorada area, the northern portion of the Cinco Senores vein corridor (Figure 1). The area is host to a historic resource within a flat- lying vein and EM anomalies have been defined to the north and south. High grade samples have been returned from surface and, underground sampling of historic workings. A new geological interpretation suggesting the northwest corridor as the dominant control on the flat-lying veins makes this area a very high priority target for the Company.
Complete table of Josephine drill hole intersections
Note: All numbers are rounded. True widths are estimated to be 45% of downhole widths. Silver equivalent is calculated using the following formula: Silver-equivalent = ((Au_g/t x 52.48) + (Ag_g/t x 0.5289) + (Pb_ppm x 0.0013) + (Zn_ppm x 0.0013)) / 0.5627. Metal price assumptions are $17.50 oz silver, $1,700 oz gold, $0.75 pound lead and $0.85 pound zinc, recoveries assumptions are 96% gold, 94% silver, 78% lead and 70% zinc based on similar deposit types.
Drill Collar Information
About the Panuco project
Vizsla has an option to acquire 100% of the newly consolidated 9,386.5-hectare Panuco district in southern Sinaloa, Mexico, near the city of Mazatlán. The option allows for the acquisition of over 75 kilometres of total vein extent, a 500 ton per day mill, 35 kilometres of underground mines, tailings facilities, roads, power and permits.
The district contains intermediate to low sulfidation epithermal silver and gold deposits related to siliceous volcanism and crustal extension in the Oligocene and Miocene. Host rocks are mainly continental volcanic rocks correlated to the Tarahumara Formation.
Quality Assurance / Quality Control
Drill core and rock samples were shipped to ALS Limited in Zacatecas, Zacatecas, Mexico and in North Vancouver, Canada for sample preparation and for analysis at the ALS laboratory in North Vancouver. The ALS Zacatecas and North Vancouver facilities are ISO 9001 and ISO/IEC 17025 certified. Silver and base metals were analyzed using a four-acid digestion with an ICP finish and gold was assayed by 30-gram fire
assay with atomic absorption (“AA”) spectroscopy finish. Over limit analyses for silver, lead and zinc were re-assayed using an ore-grade four-acid digestion with AA finish.
Control samples comprising certified reference samples, duplicates and blank samples were systematically inserted into the sample stream and analyzed as part of the Company’s quality assurance / quality control protocol.
The Company’s disclosure of technical or scientific information in this press release has been reviewed and approved by Martin Dupuis, P.Geo., Vice President of Technical Services for Vizsla Silver. Mr. Dupuis is a Qualified Person as defined under the terms of National Instrument 43-101.
The Company would like to announce that it has granted a total 220,000 options to an officer at a strike price of $2.44. They are exercisable for a period of five years and they will vest over the next two years. They are subject to the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange.
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