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Comstock Mining Announces Additional High-Grade Gold and Silver Intercepts

Figure 1 - Structural Mineralized Corridor: Includes PQ, Woodville, East and Chute Zone TargetsClick here for high-resolution version

VIRGINIA CITY, NV--(Marketwired - January 28, 2016) - Comstock Mining Inc. (the "Company") (NYSE MKT: LODE) is pleased to provide an update on the first phase of the Company's Lucerne underground exploration activities, located in the historic Comstock District in Northern Nevada. The Company continues to define high-grade mineralization in the Quartz Porphyry mineralized mass ("PQ target"), of increasing lengths, positioned in the center of the Lucerne geological corridor and mineral resources (Figure 1 attached).

Corrado De Gasperis, President & CEO, commented: "We are now encountering longer mineralized intercepts as we move northerly toward the Succor intersection and beyond. Hole 22 delivering over 40 feet of both 0.39 opt gold and 1.635 opt silver is one good example. We believe these types of lengths and grade, when combined with the expanded Succor target, could contribute the higher-grade reserves and ultimately, the mine plans we are targeting from this corridor."

The following significant drill intercepts are highlights from the third and fourth drill bay stations (Figure 2 attached) representing the first 14 holes drilled and analyzed through early January of 2016. Additional Lucerne drilling highlights totaling 32 intercepts, including the highlights summarized below, are available in the latter part of this release (Table 1).

Drill Bay Three

  • LUGC15-018 0.479 opt (16.42 g/t) Au and 1.100 opt (37.71 g/t) Ag over 3.5 ft.
  • LUGC15-021 0.346 opt (11.86 g/t) Au and 0.315 opt (10.80 g/t) Ag over 5 ft.
  • LUGC15-034 0.743 opt (25.47 g/t) Au and 2.140 opt (73.35 g/t) Ag over 13 ft.
    • Including 0.977 opt(33.48 g/t) Au and 2.428 opt (83.24 g/t) Ag over 7.5 ft.
  • LUGC15-034 0.441 opt (15.13 g/t) Au and 1.908 opt (65.40 g/t) Ag over 14 ft.
    • Including 0.287 opt(9.84 g/t) Au and 1.212 opt (41.55 g/t) Ag over 6 ft.
    • Including 1.209 opt(41.45 g/t) Au and 3.542 opt (121.43 g/t) Ag over 3 ft.

Drill Bay Four

  • LUGC15-011 0.386 opt (13.23 g/t) Au and 0.320 opt (10.97 g/t) Ag over 5 ft.
  • LUGC15-016 0.162 opt (5.55 g/t) Au and 7.600 opt (260.54 g/t) Ag over 5 ft.
  • LUGC15-019 0.142 opt (4.87 g/t) Au and 4.700 opt (161.12 g/t) Ag over 2 ft.
  • LUGC15-022 0.391 opt (13.39 g/t) Au and 1.635 opt (56.06 g/t) Ag over 40 ft.
    • Including 0.636 opt(21.82 g/t) Au and 2.467 opt (84.58 g/t) Ag over 13 ft.
    • Including 0.475 opt(16.27 g/t) Au and 1.501 opt (51.47 g/t) Ag over 12 ft.
  • LUGC15-024 0.438 opt (15.01 g/t) Au and 2.897 opt (99.32 g/t) Ag over 5.5 ft.
    • Including 0.749 opt(25.68 g/t) Au and 2.522 opt (86.46 g/t) Ag over 2.7 ft.
  • LUGC15-024 0.194 opt (6.63 g/t) Au and 1.199 opt (41.10 g/t) Ag over 2.5 ft.

Mr. De Gasperis continued, "The PQ represents over 600 feet of strike length in a mineralized mass with prior drilling indicating in-situ gold and silver grades of 0.23 and 1.71 ounces per ton, respectively. The expanded Succor target represents over 1,000 feet of strike length with historically superior grade profiles. These drill results add to the known mineralization and support continued high-grade exploration. We look forward to completing this phase of drilling in the next 10-12 days, and analyzing the results by the end of February."

Table 1

Drill Bay     Hole #     From (ft.)     To (ft.)   Length       Au opt(1)   Ag opt(2)     Au Grams     Ag Grams     Au Equivalent Ounces(3)  
3 LUGC15-018   90.0   95.0   5.0   0.092   0.609   3.15   20.88   0.100
3 LUGC15-018   166.5   174.5   8.0   0.096   2.451   3.30   84.02   0.128
3 LUGC15-018   181.5   185.0   3.5   0.479   1.100   16.42   37.71   0.493
3 LUGC15-018   194.0   198.0   4.0   0.092   1.205   3.15   41.31   0.107
3 LUGC15-018   225.0   228.0   3.0   0.094   2.360   3.22   80.91   0.124
3 LUGC15-018   232.5   242.5   10.0   0.094   4.220   3.23   144.67   0.148
3 LUGC15-018   270.0   275.0   5.0   0.131   2.882   4.49   98.80   0.168
                                   
3 LUGC15-021   173.0   182.5   9.5   0.159   1.188   5.43   40.74   0.174
3 LUGC15-021   203.0   204.0   1.0   0.344   1.080   11.79   37.02   0.358
3 LUGC15-021   217.0   218.0   1.0   0.347   1.755   11.90   60.16   0.370
3 LUGC15-021   238.0   243.0   5.0   0.160   0.508   5.47   17.42   0.166
3 LUGC15-021   258.0   263.0   5.0   0.346   0.315   11.86   10.80   0.350
3 LUGC15-021   306.5   311.0   4.5   0.112   0.223   3.84   7.64   0.115
                                   
3 LUGC15-025   77.0   87.0   10.0   0.143   1.564   4.90   53.60   0.163
3 LUGC15-025   102.0   107.0   5.0   0.110   0.356   3.77   12.20   0.115
                                   
3 LUGC15-028   120.0   128.0   8.0   0.109   2.790   3.72   95.63   0.144
                                   
3 LUGC15-034   85.5   98.5   13.0   0.743   2.140   25.47   73.35   0.770
3 Including   85.5   93.0   7.5   0.977   2.428   33.48   83.24   1.008
3 LUGC15-034   104.0   113.0   9.0   0.148   1.663   5.06   57.00   0.169
3 LUGC15-034   138.0   152.0   14.0   0.441   1.908   15.13   65.40   0.466
3 Including   138.0   144.0   6.0   0.287   1.212   9.84   41.55   0.303
3 Including   149.0   152.0   3.0   1.209   3.542   41.45   121.43   1.254
                                   
4 LUGC15-011   53.0   58.0   5.0   0.386   0.320   13.23   10.97   0.390
4 LUGC15-011   217.0   220.0   3.0   0.158   2.615   5.42   89.65   0.192
4 LUGC15-011   249.0   251.5   2.5   0.137   1.939   4.70   66.47   0.162
                                   
4 LUGC15-014   99.0   102.5   3.5   0.155   0.443   5.31   15.19   0.161
4 LUGC15-014   287.0   292.5   5.5   0.162   0.384   5.55   13.16   0.167
                                   
4 LUGC15-016   134.0   139.0   5.0   0.162   7.600   5.55   260.54   0.259
4 LUGC15-016   213.0   219.0   6.0   0.146   0.805   5.01   27.60   0.156
4 LUGC15-016   339.0   343.0   4.0   0.124   0.076   4.25   2.61   0.125
                                   
4 LUGC15-019   115.0   117.0   2.0   0.142   4.700   4.87   161.12   0.202
                                   
4 LUGC15-022   138.0   178.0   40.0   0.391   1.635   13.39   56.06   0.412
4 Including   138.0   150.0   12.0   0.475   1.501   16.27   51.47   0.494
4 Including   165.0   178.0   13.0   0.636   2.467   21.82   84.58   0.668
                                   
4 LUGC15-024   112.0   117.5   5.5   0.438   2.897   15.01   99.32   0.475
4 Including   112.0   114.7   2.7   0.749   2.522   25.68   86.46   0.781
4 LUGC15-024   217.5   220.0   2.5   0.194   1.199   6.63   41.10   0.209
4 LUGC15-024   250.0   255.0   5.0   0.093   0.085   3.19   2.91   0.094
                                   

Reported values are from American Assay Labs (AAL) and Inspectorate American Corporation (Inspectorate) in Reno, NV

AAL and Inspectorate lab methods include standard fire assay with ICP finish and gravimetric finish per each labs internal protocols

(1) Au opt - Gold ounces per ton
(2) Ag opt - Silver ounces per ton
(3) Gold Equivalent ratio based on gold to silver price ratio of 78:1 Ag:Au
(4) Value reported is average of original and check assay
(5) Pending additional total digestion assay on a portion of the interval

About Comstock Mining Inc.

Comstock Mining Inc. is a producing, Nevada-based, gold and silver mining company with extensive, contiguous property in the Comstock District and is an emerging leader in sustainable, responsible mining, including concurrent and accelerated reclamations, soil sampling, voluntary air monitoring, cultural asset protection and historical restorations. The Company began acquiring properties in the Comstock District in 2003. Since then, the Company has consolidated a significant portion of the Comstock District, amassed the single largest known repository of historical and current geological data on the Comstock region, secured permits, built an infrastructure and commenced production in 2012. The Company continues acquiring additional properties in the district, expanding its footprint and creating opportunities for further exploration, development and mining. The near-term goal of our business plan is to maximize intrinsic stockholder value realized, per share, by validating qualified resources and reserves (proven and probable) from our first two resource areas, Lucerne and Dayton, and significantly grow the commercial development of our operations through extended, long-lived mine plans that are economically feasible and socially responsible.

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