Lumina Intersects 730 Meters Grading 0.57% Copper Equivalent in 150 Meter Step Out Hole to the Northeast-Includes 156 Meters Grading 0.90% Copper Equivalent

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VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire -08/03/12)- Lumina Copper Corp. (LCC.V) (the "Company") is pleased to announce results from 15 new core holes, 15 new reverse circulation holes ("RC") and oxide gold assay results from 11 previously drilled holes whose leached cap core material was not assayed. The results are highlighted by hole TT-104, a 150 meter step-out hole to the east from hole TT-79 that previously defined the northeastern boundary of the current National Instrument 43-101 ("NI 43-101") mineral resource estimate. TT-104 intersected 730 meters grading 0.46% copper, 0.08 g/t gold and 0.01% molybdenum (0.57% copper equivalent(1)), including 156 meters grading 0.78% copper, 0.10 g/t gold and 0.01% molybdenum (0.90% copper equivalent).

The assay results from a further 7 step-out holes (TT-99, 100, 102A, 105, 117, 120 and 125) in the northeast zone, in conjunction with hole TT-104, suggest that higher grade mineralization may extend towards the southeast and south while the northern limit of copper mineralization may be defined. Hole TT-120 drilled approximately 350 meters to the southeast of hole TT-100, and approximately 500 meters to the southeast of hole TT-79, intersected two zones of mineralization: the upper zone intersected 162 meters grading 0.43% copper and 0.02 g/t gold (0.44% copper equivalent), including 52 meters grading 0.78% copper and 0.01 g/t gold (0.79% copper equivalent); the lower zone intersected 90 meters grading 0.55% copper and 0.01 g/t gold (0.56% copper equivalent). Hole TT-105, a step-out hole drilled 150 meters to the south of hole TT-59, intersected a number of zones, including the highest grades of oxide gold encountered on the project to date. Hole TT-105 intersected an oxide gold zone of 118 meters grading 0.50 g/t gold including 42 meters grading 0.87 g/t gold, an 18 meter sulphide zone grading 0.63% copper, 0.39 g/t gold and 0.05% molybdenum (1.16% copper equivalent), a lower 68 meter sulphide zone grading 0.63% copper, 0.08 g/t gold and 0.02% molybdenum (0.80% copper equivalent) and a deeper sulphide 50 meter zone grading 0.36% copper, 0.02 g/t gold and 0.01% molybdenum (0.43% copper equivalent), (See attached map for all hole locations).

In contrast, hole TT-125 drilled 300 meters to the east of hole TT-86 that previously defined the northern and northeastern boundary of the current NI 43-101 mineral resource estimate intersected two smaller zones of mineralization, the upper zone comprised 48 meters grading 0.29% copper and 0.01 g/t gold (0.30% copper equivalent) while the lower zone intersected 22 meters grading 0.32% copper.

Results from 11 RC holes and 1 core hole drilled in the recently discovered northwest zone (see June 6, 2012 news release) have been received. The results are highlighted by hole TT-118 that intercepted two zones of mineralization; the upper zone intersected 38 meters grading 0.56% copper, and 0.07 g/t gold (0.60% copper equivalent) while the lower zone intersected 196 meters grading 0.43% copper, 0.03 g/t gold and 0.01% molybdenum (0.51% copper equivalent). Higher-grade mineralization appears to be associated with broad structures within the zone and mineralization has now been defined over an area of 750 meters (north to south) by 450 meters (east to west).

At the start of the drill program at Taca Taca, no leached cap material was assayed. A program to assay and evaluate the oxide gold content was initiated earlier this year and the results from the first 11 holes (TT-4, 5, 7, 8, 9, 13, 14, 16, 17, and geotechnical holes TTGT-1 and 2) have been received. The majority of the assay results are from the leached cap that overlies the northern supergene zone. All of the results received, except TT-5, intersected oxide gold grades that were equal to or higher than the average grade of the current NI 43-101 oxide gold resource estimate. The results were highlighted by hole TT-7 that intersected from surface 58 meters grading 0.58 g/t gold and hole TTGT-2 that intersected 114 meters grading 0.45 g/t gold including 46 meters grading 0.58 g/t gold.

Other highlights from the recently received assay results include hole TT-93, an infill hole drilled at an minus 70 degree angle to the east, that intersected 708 meters grading 0.57% copper, 0.14 g/t gold and 0.02% molybdenum (0.77% copper equivalent) including 28 meters grading 2.14% copper, 0.22 g/t gold and 0.02% molybdenum (2.39% copper equivalent). TT-93 was drilled to confirm the lateral continuity of the northern supergene zone.

Details of the relevant intercepts from the latest holes are shown in the table below with locations shown on the map attached:

 

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From To Interval Cu Au Mo CuEq(1)
Hole No.     Meters Meters Meters % g/t % %
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TT12-92 170 945 775 0.47 0.08 0.01 0.54
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including 170 330 160 0.95 0.17 0.02 1.08
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Significance: Drilled 150 meters to the east of hole TT-63 that previously
defined the northeastern boundary of the current NI 43-101 mineral resource
estimate.
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TT12-93 296 1004 708 0.57 0.14 0.02 0.77
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including 298 326 28 2.14 0.22 0.02 2.39
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Significance: Infill angled hole drilled to confirm lateral continuity of
northern supergene zone.
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TT11-95 No significant intercepts
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Significance: Drilled 300 meters to the south of the southern boundary of
the current NI 43-101 mineral resource estimate.
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TT12-97 56 196 140 0.39 0.03 0.00 0.41
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and 240 264 24 0.27 0.01 0.00 0.28
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Significance: Drilled 450 meters to the south of the southern boundary of
the current NI 43-101 mineral resource estimate.
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TT12-99 98 106 8 0.31 0.02 0.01 0.38
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and 132 170 38 0.30 0.02 0.00 0.31
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Significance: 150 meter step-out hole drilled to the east of hole TT-86 that
previously defined the northern and northeastern boundary of the current NI
43-101 mineral resource estimate.
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TT12-100 28 158 130 0.48 0.16 0.01 0.63
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including 64 110 46 0.73 0.18 0.01 0.89
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and 242 882 640 0.41 0.06 0.02 0.56
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including 246 316 70 1.08 0.10 0.02 1.26
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Significance: Drilled 150 meters to the east of hole TT-63 that previously
defined the northeastern boundary of the current NI 43-101 mineral resource
estimate.
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TT12-101 164 194 30 0.31 0.02 0.00 0.32
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Significance: Drilled 450 meters to the south of the southern boundary of
the current NI 43-101 mineral resource estimate and 150m to the east of
hole TT-99.
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TT12-102A 80 216 136 0.25 0.02 0.01 0.32
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and 328 398 70 0.22 0.09 0.02 0.39
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Significance: 150 meter step-out hole drilled to the east of hole TT-71 that
previously defined the northeastern boundary of the current NI 43-101
mineral resource estimate.
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TT12-103 6 66 60 0.35
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and 106 140 34 0.28
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and 178 190 12 0.25
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338 486 148 0.28 0.11 0.02 0.46
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and 690 712 22 0.82 0.03 0.03 1.02
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Significance: Infill hole drilled in the south central zone of the current
NI 43-101 mineral resource estimate.
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TT12-104 56 786 730 0.46 0.08 0.01 0.57
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including 76 232 156 0.78 0.10 0.01 0.90
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including 494 540 46 1.03 0.17 0.03 1.31
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Significance: 150 meter step-out hole to the east of hole TT-79 that
previously defined the northeastern boundary of the current NI 43-101
mineral resource estimate.
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TT12-105 0 118 118 0.50
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including 0 42 42 0.87
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118 136 18 0.63 0.39 0.05 1.16
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and 322 390 68 0.63 0.08 0.02 0.80
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and 462 512 50 0.36 0.02 0.01 0.43
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Significance: 150 meter step-out hole to the south of hole TT-59 that
previously defined the southern boundary of the northeastern zone of the
current NI 43-101 mineral resource estimate.
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TT12-106 No significant intercepts
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Significance: Drilled 450 meters to the south of the southern boundary of
the current NI 43-101 mineral resource estimate and 150 meters to the west
of hole TT-97.
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TT12-117 38 64 26 0.30
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248 664 416 0.44 0.07 0.02 0.59
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Significance: Drilled 150 meters to the east of hole TT-105 and 150 meters
to the south of hole TT-63 that previously defined the southern boundary of
the northeastern zone of the current NI 43-101 mineral resource estimate.
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TT12-118 64 102 38 0.56 0.07 0.00 0.60
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and 136 332 196 0.43 0.03 0.01 0.51
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Significance: Drilled within the recently discovered northwest zone.
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TT12-120 98 260 162 0.43 0.02 0.00 0.44
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including 186 238 52 0.78 0.01 0.00 0.79
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and 300 390 90 0.55 0.01 0.00 0.56
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Significance: Drilled approximately 500 meters to the southeast of hole TT-
79 that previously defined the northeastern boundary of the current NI 43-
101 mineral resource estimate.
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TT12-125 96 144 48 0.29 0.01 0.00 0.30
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and 470 492 22 0.32 0.00 0.00 0.32
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Significance: Drilled 300 meters to the east of hole TT-86 that previously
defined the northern and northeastern boundary of the current NI 43-101
mineral resource estimate.
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TT10-04 10 134 124 0.28
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including 10 48 38 0.45
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Significance: Shallow, long oxide gold intercept within leached cap
overlying northern supergene zone.
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TT10-05 26 36 10 0.25
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Significance: Oxide gold intercept within leached cap overlying northern
supergene zone.
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TT11-07 0 58 58 0.58
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Significance: Shallow oxide gold intercept within leached cap overlying
northern supergene zone.
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TT11-08 0 154 154 0.38
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including 0 94 94 0.46
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Significance: Shallow, long oxide gold intercept within leached cap
overlying northern supergene zone.
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TT11-09 0 152 152 0.29
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including 0 52 52 0.40
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Significance: Shallow, long oxide gold intercept within leached cap
overlying northern supergene zone.
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TT11-13 40 88 48 0.30
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Significance: Oxide gold intercept within leached cap overlying northern
supergene zone.
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TT11-14 0 126 126 0.33
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including 74 118 44 0.45
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Significance: Shallow, long oxide gold intercept within leached cap
overlying northern supergene zone.
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TT11-16 36 152 116 0.32
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Significance: Long oxide gold intercept within leached cap overlying
northern supergene zone.
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TT11-17 42 70 28 0.38
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and 80 92 12 0.27
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and 134 150 16 0.29
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and 168 182 14 0.37
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Significance: Oxide gold intercepts within leached cap overlying northern
supergene zone.
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TTGT11-01 6 22 16 0.33
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Significance: Shallow oxide gold intercept within leached cap overlying
northern supergene zone.
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TTGT11-02 18 132 114 0.45
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including 20 66 46 0.58
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Significance: Shallow, long oxide gold intercept within leached cap
overlying northern supergene zone.
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RC12-22 20 30 10 0.25 0.37 0.02 0.59
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Significance: Mixed zone of mineralization. Drilled within leached cap
overlying barren intrusive.
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RC12-24 144 158 14 0.36 0.09 0.01 0.47
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and 170 192 22 0.27 0.05 0.00 0.30
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and 250 300 50 0.35 0.04 0.00 0.37
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Significance: Drilled within the recently discovered northwest zone.
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RC12-27 32 42 10 0.34 0.10 0.01 0.43
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and 90 120 30 0.29
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Significance: Drilled within leached cap overlying barren intrusive.
Sulphide mineralization overlying deeper zone of oxide gold mineralization.
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RC12-28 32 42 10 0.33 0.10 0.03 0.57
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Significance: Mixed zone of mineralization. Drilled within leached cap
overlying barren intrusive.
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RC12-29 64 74 10 0.24 0.02 0.00 0.25
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and 82 124 42 0.50 0.03 0.00 0.53
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including 86 100 14 1.00 0.08 0.00 1.05
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and 192 224 32 0.32 0.04 0.00 0.34
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Significance: Drilled within the recently discovered northwest zone.
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RC12-35 No significant intercepts
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Significance: Drilled within leached cap overlying barren intrusive.
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RC12-36 60 192 132 0.32 0.03 0.00 0.34
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Significance: Drilled within the recently discovered northwest zone.
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RC12-37 38 52 14 0.40
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66 90 24 0.38 0.04 0.00 0.40
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Significance: Drilled within the recently discovered northwest zone.
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RC12-38 No significant intercepts
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Significance: Drilled within leached cap overlying barren intrusive.
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RC12-43 138 152 14 0.42 0.33 0.00 0.61
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Significance: Drilled within the recently discovered northwest zone.
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RC12-44 92 298 206 0.33 0.05 0.00 0.36
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and 346 380 34 0.26 0.05 0.00 0.29
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Significance: Drilled within the recently discovered northwest zone.
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RC12-45 254 286 32 0.37 0.04 0.00 0.39
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Significance: Drilled within the recently discovered northwest zone.
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RC12-46 66 156 90 0.33 0.08 0.00 0.38
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and 304 326 22 0.28 0.02 0.00 0.29
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Significance: Drilled within the recently discovered northwest zone.
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RC12-47 66 74 8 0.32 0.01 0.00 0.33
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and 140 214 74 0.30 0.05 0.00 0.33
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Significance: Drilled within the recently discovered northwest zone.
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RC12-49 64 122 58 0.41 0.03 0.00 0.43
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Significance: Drilled within the recently discovered northwest zone.
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Copper equivalent calculated using US$2.00/lb Cu, US$800/oz Au and
US$12.00/lb Mo and is not adjusted for metallurgical recoveries as these
remain uncertain. The formula used is as follows: CuEQ = Cu% + (Au g/t x
0.583) + (Mo% x 6).

To date, 162 core holes totalling 91,269 meters and 163 reverse circulation ("RC") holes totalling 36,238 meters have been completed at Taca Taca.

The Taca Taca copper/gold/molybdenum project, comprising approximately 2,500 hectares, is located in the Puna region of northwestern Argentina in Salta province, approximately 230 kilometres west of the provincial capital of Salta and 120 kilometres east of the world's largest copper mine, Escondida.

On May 7, 2012, the Company announced that it had received an independent, updated NI 43-101 compliant mineral resource estimate for the project. At a 0.4% copper equivalent cut-off indicated sulphide resources are 824 million tonnes grading 0.59% copper, 0.12 g/t gold and 0.018% molybdenum (0.75% copper equivalent(2)) containing 10.7 billion pounds of copper, 3.1 million ounces of gold and 320 million pounds of molybdenum and inferred sulphide resources are 938 million tonnes grading 0.48% copper, 0.08 g/t gold and 0.014% molybdenum (0.60% copper equivalent(2)), containing 9.8 billion pounds of copper, 2.4 million ounces of gold and 283 million pounds of molybdenum. In addition, an oxide gold resource was also defined within the leached cap. At a 0.2 g/t gold cut-off indicated resources are 198 million tonnes grading 0.27 g/t gold containing 1.7 million ounces of gold and inferred resources are 81 million tonnes grading 0.26 g/t gold containing 0.7 million ounces of gold. This mineral resource estimate does not incorporate the drilling results described above.

The updated NI 43-101 technical report detailing the mineral resource estimate can be found on SEDAR (www.sedar.com) and the Company's website (www.luminacopper.com).

Andrew Carstensen, CPG, Vice President, Exploration and the Qualified Person as defined by NI 43-101 for the Taca Taca project has reviewed and approved the content of this press release.

(2) The copper equivalent cut-off grade used in the calculation of the mineral resource estimate was determined using US$2.00 / lb copper, US$800 / oz gold and US$12.00 / lb molybdenum and was not adjusted for metallurgical recoveries as these remain uncertain. The formula used in the calculation was as follows: CuEQ = Cu% + (Au g/t x 0.583) + (Mo% x 6).

LUMINA COPPER CORP.

David Strang, President & CEO

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Contact:

Lumina Copper Corp.
David Strang
President & CEO
+ 604-646-1880
+ 604-687-7041 (FAX)
dstrang@luminacopper.com
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