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:
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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