Vancouver, Canada, November 15, 2017, Medgold Resources Corp. (TSX-V: MED) (the “Company” or “Medgold”) is pleased to announce a composite channel sample interval at Barje of 52 metres at 2.20 g/t Au and 88 g/t Ag, (or a gold-equivalent grade of 3.38 ppm using 75:1 Ag to Au price ratio), from a recently re-opened historical Pb-Zn exploration adit, located in the centre of the main Barje occurrence. The assay results from the adit, which is driven into the Barje outcrop perpendicular to the surface (see previous results news releases of January 9th and July 18th, 2017), demonstrate that mineralization is not limited to the outcrop plane but extends into the hillside in the third dimension.
Dan James, President of Medgold, commented: “This is an excellent result and we are very excited by the potential the adit indicates. Similar to the surface sampling, we’re seeing strong consistency in the elevated gold-silver grades, with all samples yielding anomalous values. Our confidence is building in our geological model, which we have been able to test having entered, mapped and sampled the adit, and we can now consistently demonstrate anomalous gold-silver values in all three directions at Barje. Our adit sample is of lower grade, when compared to the earlier surface channels, 2 g/t Au versus 5 g/t Au, and may point towards the surface sampling itself being a high-grade feeder zone, or is reflective that much of the adit follows north-trending ‘gougey’ structures which may be less mineralized than the surrounding rock. Exploration at Tlamino is progressing steadily, despite a delay in the issuance of a land access permit, and we’re aiming for a Q2 2018 start to our planned first-pass of diamond drilling. Barje is proving to be an exciting exploration story, with the identification of three-dimensional gold-silver mineralization and a large geophysical anomaly, and we are excited by the possibilities that Barje presents.”
The Barje Prospect
The adit at Barje was excavated by a Yugoslav state company in the 1950s as part of their regional exploration for Pb-Zn mineralization. From the 1950s to the 1970s, at least two phases of diamond drilling at the nearby Liska prospect (located 1.5 km to the southwest of Barje) were completed, as well as several exploratory adits at both Barje and Liska. The entire surface of the exposed outcrop was channel sampled by Medgold, with results reported in news releases of January 9th and July 18th, 2017.
The adit sampling consisted of contiguous diamond saw-cut channel samples of 1 metre length and approximately 3-5 kg per sample. A total of 298 samples were collected, which includes 41 Quality Assurance samples (blanks, standards and field duplicate). To properly sample a short interval of collapsed material in the adit, the channels were split into three intervals, each contiguous with the others, with the result that the adit was sampled from start to end. The composited grade of the adit was 2.20 g/t Au and 88 g/t Ag, with 36 out of 52 samples assaying greater than 1 g/t Au, a minimum grade of 0.49 g/t Au, and a maximum grade of 25.3 g/t Au. A summary of results is given in the following table:
|Hole||From (m)||To (m)||Au (g/t)||Ag (g/t)||AuEq *(ppm)||Pb (%)||Zn (%)|
*AuEq is calculated from Au & Ag using a price ratio of 75:1
The first two phases of sampling covered the entire face of exposed outcrop, and included a channel running east-west across the outcrop of 84 m at 5.60 g/t Au and 105.2 g/t Ag. The adit sampling reported here is perpendicular to this east-west channel, driven into the hillside, and could represent the up-dip continuation of the mineralization. The adit results support Medgold’s current geological model for Barje, in which shallowly south-dipping stratabound mineralization lies in a north-northeast axis, associated with a regional detachment fault (see www.medgoldresources.com/projects/tlamino for figures and more detailed discussion). These results will assist Medgold in planning a program of diamond drilling, which will be fully-funded by Medgold’s strategic partner, Fortuna Silver Mines, and is due to commence in Q2 2018.
The mineral deposit model for the project continues to be that of intermediate sulphidation epithermal, as suggested by Medgold’s Technical Advisor, Dr. Richard Sillitoe, in September 2016. The principal control upon the mineralization is considered to be the low-angle detachment fault, generated following the uplift of the nearby Crnook Dome, and subsequent extensional faulting in the surrounding country rock. The faulting has created a significant thickness of tectonic breccia which has been favoured by a mineralizing fluid due to its high permeability.
The planned program of drilling will target both the up-dip continuity of the mineralization to the northeast from the Barje outcrop, as well as its along-strike continuity to the west. This latter target has been highlighted by a significant IP-chargeability anomaly extending from the Barje outcrop 1 km to the west and 400 m to the north. Given the favourable geological conditions for the mineralization and the significant IP anomaly, the project is demonstrating significant exploration upside.
Medgold is a European-focused, TSX-V listed, exploration and development company targeting gold properties in Serbia. Run by a highly experienced management team with a successful track record of building value in resource companies, Medgold is aiming to become a leading European gold exploration company.
About Fortuna Silver Mines Inc.
Fortuna is a growth oriented, precious metal producer with its primary assets being the Caylloma silver mine in southern Peru, the San Jose silver-gold mine in Mexico and the Lindero gold Project in Argentina. The company is selectively pursuing acquisition opportunities throughout the Americas and in select other areas. For more information, please visit its website at www.fortunasilver.com.
Mr. David Clark, M.Sc., P.Geo., is a Qualified Person as defined by National Instrument 43-101 – Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects. Mr. Clark prepared the technical information contained in this news release and has approved its disclosure.
Quality Assurance and Quality Control
Medgold follows industry best practices for its prospecting and geochemical sampling campaigns. Samples are delivered by Medgold personnel directly to the assay laboratory facilities in Bor, Serbia. Rock samples are analysed by ALS Chemex using analytical method codes Au-ICP21 and ME-MS61, with overlimits for gold and silver analysed by GRA21, and for Ag, Pb, and Zn by OG62. Medgold routinely inserts appropriate multi-element geochemical standards and blanks into its rock chip sample stream, and inserts regular field duplicate samples into the sample stream.
ON BEHALF OF THE BOARD
Daniel P. James, President & Director
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