Avino Completes Level 5 Sampling at San Gonzalo

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VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwired - Nov. 4, 2013) - Avino Silver and Gold Mines Ltd. ("Avino" or "the Company") (TSX VENTURE:ASM) (NYSE MKT:ASM) (GV6.F) is pleased to release further assay results from sampling along level 5 of the San Gonzalo vein. An additional 82 metres to the northwest and 160 metres to the southeast of the main crosscut across from the ramp on level 5 have now been sampled. The San Gonzalo Mine is located on the Avino property 80 km northeast of Durango, Mexico.

The completion of sampling on level 5 compared with level 4 sampling shows:

  • Silver & gold grades increase
  • Continuity of vein improves
  • Mineable length increased, width remains comparable

"With sampling on level 5 now complete, we are pleased to confirm that grades, continuity, and mineable length have all increased over level 4. This data re-enforces the model from the Tetra Tech Report which also suggests this trend will continue as we move to level 6."

- David Wolfin, President, CEO & Director, Avino Silver & Gold Mines Ltd.

  Average Widths and Assay Values Over Total Length (441.23m) Sampled on Level 5
  Width (m ) Gold (g/t ) Silver (g/t ) Pb %   Zn %
Vein 1.79   3.29   556   0.53   1.28
Drift 2.78   2.17   366   0.37   0.67
                   
Comparison of Vein Widths and Grade (Back Samples): 4th& 5th Levels
Width (m) Gold (g/t ) Silver (g/t ) Pb %   Zn %
4thLevel: 334.34m Sampled Length
1.72 2.05   440   0.64   1.16
5th Level: 441.23m Sampled Length
1.79 3.29   556   0.53   1.28

Samples from level 5 are sent for independent analysis at Inspectorate Labs in Reno, Nevada.

Avino has received further sample results from Inspectorate Labs as shown in the table below. These can be viewed on the level 5 sampling map on Avino's website. The new sampled areas are NW (Poniente) and SE (Oriente) of those released in the Oct 1, 2013 news release.

North West of Cross Cut (Poniente Pte)
Sampled Length Along Vein (m) Width (m)   Gold (g/t ) Silver (g/t ) Pb %   Zn %
22.81                    
  Vein Width (m) 1.48   0.126   16   0.04   0.09
  Drift Width (m) 2.42   0.085   11   0.03   0.08
5.88                    
  Vein Width (m) 3.10   1.081   174   0.27   0.23
  Includes line 90 sample 174726 0.50   3.77   1,004   0.33   0.39
  Drift Width (m) 4.89   0.764   118   0.23   0.22
6.21                    
  Vein Width (m) 2.19   5.118   974   1.20   1.62
  Includes line 92 sample 174748 0.20   24.474   5,693   1.02   0.16
  Includes line 93 sample 174755 0.40   9.738   5,021   1.12   1.19
  Includes line 93 sample 174756 0.60   10.546   3,044   0.78   1.41
  Includes line 93 sample 174757 0.50   7,630   2,200   0.86   0.69
  Drift Width (m) 2.91   3.914   738   0.98   1.35
24.38                    
  Vein Width (m) 1.84   1.910   408   0.52   0.92
  Includes line 100 sample 174786 0.70   5.022   1,604   0.63   0.85
  Includes line 100 sample 174789 0.80   5.785   2,074   0.40   1.19
  Includes line 106 sample 174809 0.70   3.957   1,195   0.36   0.79
  Includes line 107 sample 174815 0.50   4.133   1.725   0.45   1.25
  Includes line 109 sample 174824 0.70   3.900   1,138   0.42   0.65
  Includes line 111 sample 174838 0.50   2.636   1,132   0.36   0.62
  Drift Width (m) 2.39   1.492   318   0.43   0.77
4.51                    
  Vein Width (m) 1.60   7.995   830   0.26   0.31
  Includes line 112 sample 174841 0.70   12.383   1,123   0.17   0.33
  Includes line 112 sample 174842 0.65   7.157   1,039   0.23   0.40
  Includes line 113 sample 174844 0.55   8.696   1,260   0.27   0.46
  Includes line 114 sample 174848 0.65   14.806   1,336   0.20   0.43
  Includes line 114 sample 174849 0.50   14.436   1,308   0.22   0.43
  Drift Width (m) 1.80   7.122   740   0.24   0.29
6.06                    
  Vein Width (m) 1.15   1.826   392   0.78   1.71
  Drift Width (m) 2.50   0.925   192   0.41   0.89
4.72                    
  Vein Width (m) 1.97   5.434   684   0.83   2.94
  Includes line 119 sample 174873 0.40   32.098   1,498   0.32   0.47
  Includes line 120 sample 174878 0.60   19.497   2,787   0.49   1.03
  Includes line 120 sample 174877 0.50   3.295   2,634   0.60   1.57
  Includes line 121 sample 174884 0.55   18.090   1,329   0.22   0.63
  Includes line 123 sample 174891 0.50   4.102   1,121   5.86   4.15
  Drift Width (m) 2.63   4.425   559   0.79   2.47
7.06                    
  Vein Width (m) 1.62   3.276   761   2.10   2.64
  Drift Width (m) 2.56   1.960   447   1.24   1.60
81.63 Total Length (m)                  
                     
South East of Cross Cut (Oriente Ote)
Sampled Length Along Vein (m) Width (m)   Gold (g/t ) Silver (g/t ) Pb %   Zn %
10.9                    
  Vein Width (m) 1.86   1.603   367   0.29   0.38
  Includes line 67 sample 174909 0.80   1.988   1,454   0.56   0.86
  Includes line 68 sample 174914 0.60   7.200   1,392   0.36   0.83
  Drift Width (m) 2.40   1.263   290   0.23   0.32
12.34                    
  Vein Width (m) 1.26   0.687   164   0.14   0.19
  Drift Width (m) 2.79   0.370   83   0.09   0.15
14.08                    
  Vein Width (m) 1.78   2.829   609   0.47   0.30
  Includes line 79 sample 174966 0.55   8.880   1,766   0.76   1.19
  Includes line 80 sample 174976 0.30   17.264   4,371   4.04   0.58
  Drift Width (m) 2.53   2.038   436   0.35   0.27
4.73                    
  Vein Width (m) 1.38   1.418   147   0.06   0.07
  Drift Width (m) 2.83   0.748   84   0.04   0.09
10.84                    
  Vein Width (m) 1.36   0.200   34   0.04   0.08
  Drift Width (m) 2.29   0.139   26   0.03   0.09
11.55                    
  Vein Width (m) 1.29   0.370   74   0.08   0.22
  Drift Width (m) 2.53   0.205   40   0.04   0.20
23.07                    
  Vein Width (m) 1.61   2.963   578   0.27   0.47
  Includes line 102 sample 175077 0.45   5.661   1,173   1.00   1.14
  Includes line 103 sample 175083 0.50   3.830   1,181   0.33   0.76
  Includes line 104 sample 175087 0.55   6.794   2,068   0.51   1.06
  Includes line 104 sample 175088 0.80   2.254   1181   0.13   0.54
  Includes line 105 sample 175094 0.45   15.450   4,791   2.36   2.75
  Includes line 108 sample 175109 0.75   3.669   1,219   0.52   1.22
  Includes line 112 sample 175128 0.70   6.281   1,820   0.70   1.54
  Includes line 133 sample 175133 0.40   17.184   3,005   1.89   2.64
  Drift Width (m) 3.17   1.549   303   0.15   0.30
4.64                    
  Vein Width (m) 1.52   0.730   47   0.03   0.13
  Drift Width (m) 2.53   0.482   34   0.02   0.09
18.43                    
  Vein Width (m) 1.96   6.528   1,547   0.70   1.53
  Includes line 118 sample 175157 0.50   15.013   3,754   1.30   5.07
  Includes line 119 sample 175162 0.70   11.283   2,949   0.97   2.96
  Includes line 121 sample 175172 0.70   14.300   3,583   1.41   3.81
  Includes line 122 sample 175178 0.40   14.215   6,823   2.29   6.90
  Includes line 123 sample 175187 0.45   13.609   4,222   1.59   3.96
  Includes line 123 sample 175189 0.60   23.512   3,674   3.37   3.05
  Includes line 124 sample 175193 0.70   15.753   4,131   1.33   3.88
  Includes line 124 sample 175195 0.45   8.917   2,498   0.93   1.85
  Includes line 125 sample 175197 0.50   7.485   1,671   0.81   1.58
  Includes line 126 sample 175202 0.85   4.668   1,698   0.65   1.45
  Includes line 126 sample 175203 0.70   19.17   6,078   3.49   5.98
  Includes line 126 sample 175205 0.30   7.723   3,953   2.30   4.90
  Includes line 128 sample 175212 0.40   3.853   2,654   1.06   2.24
  Includes line 128 sample 175213 0.70   8.143   2,339   1.00   3.30
  Drift Width (m) 2.84   4.573   1,078   0.50   1.10
16.72                    
  Vein Width (m) 2.87   1.666   309   0.26   0.37
  Includes line 129 sample 175217 0.70   4.66   1,164   0.98   1.41
  Includes line 131 sample 175233 0.70   5.512   2,016   0.81   1.65
  Includes line 134 sample 175259 0.50   5.16   1,357   0.43   0.61
  Drift Width (m) 3.91   1.275   235   0.21   0.33
18.95                    
  Vein Width (m) 2.70   1.393   117   0.11   0.16
  Drift Width (m) 4.06   1.020   89   0.09   0.14
8.8                    
  Vein Width (m) 1.85   1.523   182   0.11   0.33
  Drift Width (m) 3.16   0.937   116   0.07   0.22
5.19                    
  Vein Width (m) 2.70   3.923   621   0.31   0.55
  Drift Width (m) 3.45   3.121   492   0.26   0.48
160.24 Total Length (m)                  

Sampling lengths along the vein are continuous as shown on the sample plan map available on Avino's website.

Individual samples that assayed above 1 kilogram silver per tonne are shown. These high values have been re-assayed by Inspectorate Labs. Values shown are averages.

In the July 2013 Technical Report on the Avino Property by Tetra Tech, assay values used to calculate the resource at San Gonzalo were plotted on histograms and capped at 6,000 g/t silver and 17 g/t gold. (Table 14.9 of report)

If in the future Avino recalculates the resource at San Gonzalo, high-grade gold and silver values will be capped using new histograms; however, we prefer to put this material through our mill and sell the concentrate.

When the high-grade material was first sampled on level 4 in April 2013, Avino commissioned a petrographic report which identified native silver and gold electrum and high silver sulfosalts such as argentite. We are currently investigating modifying our current mill circuit to recover these separately from the concentrate. This could potentially allow us to produce doré bars and concentrate on-site.

The San Gonzalo vein usually contains the highest gold and silver values, but we also drift wider, sampling the country rock on both sides of the vein. The metal values contained in the wall rocks typically decrease with distance from the SG vein. Consequently, we can plan on mining over wider widths in order to provide more tonnage and wider stopes; thus, permitting easier operation using shrinkage methods, yet still providing feed grade to our mill well above cut-off.

Assay Methods

Samples from the 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 with 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 the level 5 sampling conducted at San Gonzalo.

Qualified Person(s)

Avino's projects are under the supervision of Chris Sampson, P.Eng, 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.

About Avino

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:

  1. Maintain profitable mining operations at San Gonzalo while decreasing operating costs and improving efficiency;
  2. Develop the Avino mine for mineral production, expand mill output from 500 to 1,500 tpd;
  3. Continue to review and develop plans to process the oxide tailings resource from previous milling operations (PEA issued in 2012);
  4. Continue to explore regional targets on the property followed by other properties in our portfolio.

ON BEHALF OF THE BOARD

David Wolfin, President & CEO

Avino Silver & Gold Mines Ltd.

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Contact:
Avino Silver & Gold Mines Ltd.
David Wolfin
President & CEO
604.682.3600
604.682.3701
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