Timmins Gold Intersects 9.14 Meters of 10.5 gpt Gold in Ongoing Drill Program at San Francisco Gold Mine

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VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Sep 18, 2012) - Timmins Gold Corp. (TMM.TO)(NYSE MKT:TGD)(NYSE Amex:TGD) is pleased to announce that its ongoing drill program continues to extend and expand the mineralization at the San Francisco Gold Mine, located in the State of Sonora, Mexico. The San Francisco Gold Mine is comprised of two pits, the larger San Francisco pit (SF Pit) and the La Chicharra Pit located approximately 1.5 km to the west. A total of 31,680 meters in 166 holes were drilled from February to the end of June, 2012. Timmins Gold is continuing with its ongoing drill program and currently has four reverse circulation rigs and one core drill rig working on site.

San Francisco Drill Results

Highlights of the assays received from the 8,852 meters drilled in 60 holes at the SF Pit include 9.14 meters of 10.5 grams per tonne (gpt or g/t) gold in Hole TF-2001, 12.1 meters of 2.3 gpt gold in Hole TF-2011, 6.1 meters of 3.0 gpt gold in Hole TF-2042 and 6.1 meters of 2.0 gpt gold in Hole TF-2043.

This drilling was performed mainly to the south of the SF Pit and has confirmed the up dip projection of mineralization to a distance of 100 meters from the current pit limits. The drilling is continuing to intercept mineralization and is proceeding toward Hole TFR-16, which was drilled 500 meters to the south of the SF Pit and which returned 21 meters of 1.1 gpt gold. The geologic theory is that mineralization in the SF Pit and La Chicharra Pit is controlled by two parallel shear zones that may link up to the south of the SF Pit. The large number of holes which returned anomalous gold values, when combined with previous drill results indicate the potential for expansion of the SF Pit beyond its current projected limit and indicates that the mineralized system is open toward the South and Southwest.

La Chicharra Drill Results

Highlights of the assays received from the 20,321 meters drilled in 96 holes of reverse circulation drilling at the La Chicharra Pit include 6 meters of 2.6 gpt gold in Hole TF-1825, 4.57 meters of 2.3 gpt gold in Hole TF-1912, 21.3 meters of 1.6 gpt gold in Hole TF-1889 and 13.72 meters of 1.23 gpt gold in Hole TF-1878.

Results from the recent round of drilling at La Chicharra indicate that the mineralization extends both along strike of the current pit and also that there is a new parallel structure approximately 50 meters to the north of the current pit. The multiple shear zones encountered in and around the La Chicharra Pit give no indication that the limits of the mineralization have been reached.

The tables below highlight the better intercepts from the drilling from February to the end of June:

San Francisco
Drill Hole
Number
Depth
(m)
Section
 Line
Drill Intersections
From
 (m)
To
 (m)
True
 Width
 (m)
Au
 g/t
TF-1499 149 1080 W 13.72 15.24 1.524 0.477
    and 92.96 94.49 1.524 0.634
    and 118.87 120.40 1.524 1.182
    and 137.16 140.21 3.048 3.329
    includes 138.68 140.21 1.524 5.444
 TF-2001 149 1100 W 13.72 15.24 1.524 0.529
    and 21.34 30.48 9.144 10.556
    includes 22.86 24.38 1.524 3.712
    includes 25.91 28.96 3.050 29.304
    and 124.97 129.54 4.572 0.470
TF-2003 149 1060 W 27.43 30.48 3.048 1.105
    and 38.10 44.20 6.096 0.931
    and 109.73 115.82 6.096 0.179
    and 137.16 144.78 7.620 1.169
TF-2011 204 1100 W 71.63 94.49 22.860 0.240
    and 120.40 132.59 12.192 2.340
    includes 129.54 131.06 1.524 16.432
TF-2042 152 480 W 13.72 19.81 6.100 3.010
    includes 18.29 19.81 1.522 9.826
TF-2043 152 520 W 15.24 21.34 6.100 1.979
    includes 18.28 21.34 3.060 3.690
    and 33.53 42.67 9.140 0.226
    and 121.92 126.49 4.570 0.401
TF-2045 152 380 W 0.00 13.72 13.720 0.790
    includes 1.52 3.05 1.524 5.411
    and 56.39 59.44 3.050 1.380
    and 80.77 86.87 6.100 0.370
             
 
La Chicharra
Drill Hole
Number
Depth
 (m)
Section
 Line
Drill Intersections
From
 (m)
To
 (m)
True
 Width
 (m)
Au
 g/t
TF-1825 186 3280W 42.56 45.60 3.04 1.737
    includes 44.08 45.60 1.52 3.230
    and 107.92 112.48 4.56 0.285
    and 118.56 124.64 6.08 2.594
    includes 118.56 121.08 3.04 5.075
    includes 118.56 120.08 1.52 8.289
TF-1863 232 and 25.91 35.05 9.14 0.339
    and 38.10 44.20 6.10 0.285
    and 155.45 161.54 6.09 0.371
    and 166.12 173.74 7.62 0.429
    and 192.02 231.65 39.63 0.577
    includes 204.22 208.79 4.57 1.947
    includes 214.88 217.93 3.05 1.097
TF-1866 219 2560W 1.52 19.81 18.29 0.557
    includes 6.10 9.14 1.52 1.859
    and 21.34 27.43 6.09 0.277
    and 32.00 33.53 1.52 1.443
    and 134.11 138.68 4.57 0.365
    and 164.59 182.88 18.29 0.926
    includes 164.59 169.16 4.57 1.724
    includes 176.78 178.31 1.52 1.316
TF-1878 210 2560W 0.00 4.57 4.57 0.412
    and 39.62 41.15 1.52 0.652
    and 126.49 140.21 13.72 1.234
    includes 129.54 134.11 4.57 2.480
    includes 135.64 137.16 1.52 1.405
    and 176.78 181.36 4.57 0.315
TF-1889 219 2500W 45.72 50.29 4.57 0.977
    includes 45.72 47.24 1.52 1.948
    and 158.50 161.54 3.05 1.173
    and 173.74 195.07 21.33 1.602
    includes 182.88 184.40 1.52 2.784
    includes 187.45 188.98 1.52 16.574
TF-1898 250 2500W 3.05 6.10 3.05 0.333
    and 21.34 33.53 12.19 0.420
    includes 27.43 28.96 1.52 1.354
    and 216.41 225.55 9.14 1.099
    includes 216.41 220.98 4.57 1.744
TF-1912 250 2520W 15.24 24.38 9.14 1.018
    includes 22.38 24.38 1.52 4.680
    and 44.20 48.77 4.57 0.400
    and 56.39 80.77 24.38 0.900
    includes 56.39 57.91 1.52 4.055
    includes 64.01 68.58 4.57 2.277
    includes 76.20 77.72 1.52 1.197
    and 94.49 103.63 9.14 0.432

The size of the gold mineralization zone, its presence within large shear zones and the continuous nature of the gold within these zones form the basis of management''s belief that the ongoing drill program could lead to a significant increase in the mineral resources at the San Francisco mine and could potentially also lead to the discovery of additional satellite deposits within Timmins Gold''s existing land package.

Strict sampling and QA-QC protocol were followed to ensure the best practices in sampling and analysis of the drill samples. Duplicates, standards and blanks were inserted into the sampling stream at intervals of 25 samples. All assays were performed by Inspectorate Lab and a minimum of ten per cent of the original samples assayed by Inspectorate were sent to other independent labs for check assays. The check assays were cross-referenced and the results verified.

This press release was reviewed and prepared by Lawrence A. Dick, Ph.D., P.Geo, who is a consultant to the Company and is recognized as a Qualified Person under the guidelines of National Instrument 43-101 and by Miguel Soto, P. Geo., a director and the Vice-President of Operations of the Company. For further information contact Timmins Gold Corp. at 604-682-4002 or go to the website at www.timminsgold.com.

On behalf of the Board:

Bruce Bragagnolo, LLB, Chief Executive Officer

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Contact:
Timmins Gold Corp.
Bruce Bragagnolo, LLB
Chief Executive Officer
604-638-8980
bruce@timminsgold.com
www.timminsgold.com

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