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Premier Gold Delivers 2018 Exploration Success

THUNDER BAY, ON , Jan. 21, 2019 /CNW/ - Premier Gold Mines Limited ("Premier" or "the Company") is pleased to provide an update of the Company's 2018 exploration programs and strong results from its multiple projects in Mexico , Nevada and Canada . Premier remains focused on value creation from its asset base with success in exploration being a fundamental driver of this value.

Exploration highlights for 2018 include:

  • Positive expansion of targeted deposits at Mercedes, including 18.3 m of 38.28 g/t Au & 25.98 g/t Ag (Aida Vein) and 22.0 m of 36.65 g/t Au & 171.30 g/t Ag (Rey de Oro ), and underground drilling at Marianas
  • High-grade intercepts at South Arturo including 68.6 m of 15.92 g/t Au at El Niño underground and 35.7 m of 16.54 g/t Au at Phase 3 Pit target
  • Acquisition of Rodeo Creek Property on the Carlin Trend, adjacent to South Arturo Property
  • Joint venture agreement at McCoy-Cove with Barrick Gold , property-wide exploration program and highlight of a high-grade (Alpha Trend) surface rock chip of 105.00 g/t Au & 51.00 g/t Ag
  • Multiple discoveries of high-grade mineralization on the McCoy-Cove Property: The Polymetallic Discovery east of the Cove pit including 2.7 m of 5.00 g/t Au, 410.0 g/t Ag, 5.7% Zn & 5.0% Pb and the Piezo Trend intercepts including 4.6 m of 12.69 g/t Au
  • Option secured to acquire a 100% interest in the Rye Property in Nevada from Barrick Gold
  • Strong results in the delineation of the C-zone at the Hasaga including 39.0 m of 5.69 g/t Au in the final hole of the 2018 program
  • 20,000 m of RC drilling campaign completed and Federal EA approval for Hardrock Project at Greenstone Gold


"Premier has completed a successful 2018 exploration and development campaign" commented Stephen McGibbon , Executive Vice-President of Corporate & Project Development. "Highlights include the initiation of two new mine developments at South Arturo, and a goal to replace mined reserves and grow our mineral resource base with new discoveries that will become our mines of the future."

Mercedes Mine, Sonora State, Mexico

The 2018 exploration program at Mercedes was focused on the expansion of high-grade, near-infrastructure targets that may be upgraded to mineral resources and mineral reserves while also supporting the development of new deposits to increase mining flexibility and productivity. Toward this end, 280 greenfield and brownfield drillholes representing 40,720 m were drilled. The highlights of this exploration campaign include:

  • Definition of the near surface, high grade Aida Vein including 18.3 m of 38.28 g/t Au & 25.98 g/t Ag
  • High grade mineralization at Rey de Oro including 22.0 m of 36.65 g/t Au & 171.30 g/t Ag
  • Initiating of underground drilling at Marianas


The Mercedes gold and silver mine is 100% Premier-owned and located in State of Sonora , Mexico. Operations are exploiting low-sulfidation quartz veins and quartz-veinlet stockworks utilizing underground mining methods at an ore extraction rate of approximately 2,000 tonnes per day. During 2018, the Mercedes team focused on steadily improving operational performance. This resulted in higher production and lower mining costs in the second half of the year.

Figure 1: Mercedes regional geology map showing in red the principal gold-bearing veins. 2018 Target Areas are written in black and main deposits in grey. (CNW Group/Premier Gold Mines Limited)

Testing for mineralization parallel to the Mercedes, Barrancas and Lagunas veins successfully defined the Aida Vein early in the year (Figure 1). The Aida Vein is a near-surface, high-grade vein in the upper part of the main Mercedes vein system. Some of the best intercepts include (Table 1):

  • 18.3 m of 38.28 g/t Au & 25.98 g/t Ag (UG-BH18-065)
  • 12.0 m of 37.29 g/t Au & 32.96 g/t Ag (M18-873D)


Underground drilling has confirmed the expansion of a high-grade vein system at Rey de Oro (Figure 1) in proximity to existing mine infrastructure. The success in drilling the Rey de Oro target impacted minesite grades positively during Q3 and Q4 in 2018 and reflects the substantial prospects that exist to extend the Mercedes mine life. Some of the highlights of exploration at Rey de Oro include (Table 1):

  • 22.0 m of 36.65 g/t Au & 171.30 g/t Ag (UG-RD018-006)
  • 20.5 m of 8.10 g/t Au & 121.32 g/t Ag (UG-RD018-007)


A ramp was advanced from the Lagunas mine workings during the year to provide access for underground drilling at Marianas which started in late Q4-2018. The significant Marianas exploration program, expected to consist of more than 20,000 m of drilling, is aimed at adding mineral reserves and mineral resources. Previous drilling returned multiple intercepts suggesting a zone containing higher than current reserve grades.

Exploration in 2019 will include greater focus on testing these high potential targets for new veins on the property, while also replacing or expanding mineral resources and mineral reserves. During Q1, two principal areas are ranked as highest priority: northwest along the Mercedes Trend at Marianas and along the Diluvio-Lupita corridor. Marianas represents the down-plunge extension of the main Mercedes mine trend (Figure 2) and the highest priority exploration target at Mercedes. The geological and structural understanding of the property supports these high potential areas. Currently 4 drills are active, and one more will be added shortly.

Table 1: Highlighted intercepts from the 2018 exploration program at Mercedes Mine.

Hole ID

Target

From
m

To
m

Length
m

True
Width

m

Au
g/t

Ag

g/t

UG-BH18-065

Aida Vein

108.0

126.3

18.3

12.1

38.28

25.98

including

Aida Vein

108.0

120.2

12.2

8.1

55.10

30.47

M18-873D

Aida Vein

176.1

188.1

12.0

7.4

37.29

32.96

including

Aida Vein

179.9

185.1

5.2

3.1

75.35

50.31

M18-864D

Aida Vein

135.5

141.5

6.0

4.1

12.04

8.91

including

Aida Vein

137.0

138.0

1.0

0.9

52.50

13.00


Aida Vein

167.0

170.0

3.0

2.5

4.84

38.50

UG-RDO18-002

Rey de Oro

77.8

86.9

9.1

7.2

8.77

259.46


Rey de Oro

94.0

110.6

16.6

11.5

6.21

101.83

including

Rey de Oro

103.4

106.8

3.4

2.6

20.10

82.08

UG-RDO18-006

Rey de Oro

89.2

111.1

22.0

15.5

36.65

171.30

including

Rey de Oro

89.2

105.7

16.6

11.1

47.94

200.16

UG-RDO18-007

Rey de Oro

62.5

83.1

20.5

18.6

8.10

121.32

including

Rey de Oro

70.2

73.2

3.1

2.9

14.91

107.87

including

Rey de Oro

79.3

81.8

2.5

2.4

30.70

165.50

UG-RDO18-008

Rey de Oro

91.4

100.6

9.2

6.8

8.33

67.66

including

Rey de Oro

94.6

97.6

3.1

2.8

16.10

113.45

UG-RDO18-012

Rey de Oro

71.9

73.0

1.1

0.8

17.00

321.00


Rey de Oro

76.0

84.3

8.3

6.1

4.47

138.47

UG-RDO18-013

Rey de Oro

84.7

114.4

29.7

13.5

12.64

240.06

UG-RDO18-015

Rey de Oro

119.0

119.6

0.6

0.4

3.85

42.00

including

Rey de Oro

128.1

129.6

1.5

1.1

6.56

48.00

All composites are previously released by the Company. Collar coordinates and drill orientations are provided at the end of this release.

 

Figure 2: Isometric view of the Mercedes trend showing the grade thickness map for Marianas Veins and the location of the planned ramp and planned drill holes (red). (CNW Group/Premier Gold Mines Limited)

South Arturo, Nevada, USA

The South Arturo Project, located in the Carlin Trend of Nevada , is a joint venture between Premier (40%) and Barrick Gold (60%). The South Arturo Phase 2 pit was one of the lowest cost mining operations in the world with 2017 AISC of US$351 /oz. In 2018, the principal activities included the initial construction of Phase 1 open pit and the El Niño underground development and drilling (2018 assay results remain pending). The highlights of 2018 exploration program at South Arturo include:

  • Exploration program led to expand the potential heap leach mineralization
  • Drill testing of the highly prospective target, East Dee Target, located near the P1 pit


Barrick processes ore from South Arturo at the Goldstrike facility located approximately 5 km to the south.   

Figure 3: (Left) Plan view of the South Arturo area showing the position of the Phase 2 Pit and the proposed Phases 1 and 3 (right) Isometric view showing the underground El Niño proposed development. (CNW Group/Premier Gold Mines Limited)

The construction of Phase 1 Open Pit was initiated mid-year with material being stockpiled for a potential heap leach project (Figure 3). Drilling in 2018 (results pending) has been focused on expanding near-pit mineralization and testing the nearby East Dee target that has the potential to represent an additional mining opportunity on the property. Potential future Phase 3 Open Pit development is supported by the 2017 drilling including high-grade intercepts (Table 2). The zone remains open down-plunge. Results include:

  • 36.2 m of 7.95 g/t Au (ART17-01C)
  • 35.7 m of 16.54 g/t Au (ART17-10C)


The ramp for the El Niño Underground Project is under construction with planned gold production in late 2019. El Niño is the down-plunge extension of the Phase 2 pit. There are still areas along strike and at depth that remain open. Several highly prospective targets in and around the mine are being evaluated with the intent of extending the mine life through drilling, including:

  • 68.6 m of 15.92 g/t Au (EL17-10)
  • 45.7 m of 21.68 g/t Au (EL17-12)


The 2017 exploration results will support mine development in four principal zones: El Niño – Near Pit, El Niño – Upper Zone, Phase 3 Pit and South Hinge Target. Several high-grade intercepts results are shown Table 2. Another highly prospective target is East Dee, located near the P1 pit, was the focus of further exploration during 2018.

Table 2: Highlights intercepts at South Arturo from Phase 3 Pit, El Nino near pit and Upper zone areas, and South Hinge.

Hole ID

Target

From
m

To
m

Length
m

True
Width

m

Au

g/t

Au

oz/ton

ART17-01C

Phase 3 Pit

204.3

240.5

36.2

30.8

7.95

0.23

including

Phase 3 Pit

212.2

218.2

6.0

5.1

11.31

0.33

ART17-04C

Phase 3 Pit

223.8

303.6

79.7

67.8

5.21

0.15

Including

Phase 3 Pit

223.8

267.3

43.5

36.9

6.99

0.20

ART17-10C

Phase 3 Pit

223.4

259.1

35.7

30.3

16.54

0.48

including

Phase 3 Pit

224.9

240.2

15.2

13.0

28.26

0.82

Z3

Phase 3 Pit

323.4

392.4

69.0

58.7

3.05

0.09

including

Phase 3 Pit

328.0

341.7

13.7

11.7

5.58

0.16

EL17-10

El Niño - Near Pit

15.2

83.8

68.6

58.3

15.92

0.46

including

El Niño - Near Pit

32.0

79.2

47.2

40.2

22.05

0.64

EL17-12

El Niño - Near Pit

25.9

71.6

45.7

38.9

21.68

0.63

including

El Niño - Near Pit

48.8

62.5

13.7

11.7

43.84

1.28

ELN17-MX-06

El Niño - Upper Zone

89.9

132.6

42.7

36.3

11.21

0.33

including

El Niño - Upper Zone

99.1

106.7

7.6

6.5

32.47

0.95

ELN17-MX-14

El Niño - Upper Zone

111.3

172.2

61.0

51.8

6.96

0.20

including

El Niño - Upper Zone

123.4

138.7

15.2

13.0

15.94

0.47

BD17-06C

South Hinge – Near Surface

17.7

26.1

8.4

7.2

2.23

0.07

BD17-08C

South Hinge – Near Surface

0.0

23.6

23.6

20.1

1.17

0.03

True width is estimated to be 85% of core length. All composites are previously released by the Company. Collar coordinates
and drill orientations are provided at the end of this release.

 

Rodeo Creek, Nevada

Premier has entered into an Option Agreement to acquire a 100% interest in the Rodeo Creek Property. It is strategically located along the Bootstrap Reef/Margin, approximately 10 km northwest from Barrick's Goldstrike Operations and abuts against Halliburton's Rossi Barite mine at its north boundary (Figure 4). By adding this project to its portfolio, Premier is increasing its exposure in the prolific Carlin Trend of Nevada .

Figure 4: Property limits of Rodeo Creek (blue) and South Arturo (gold) showing the proximity of the near gold mines. (CNW Group/Premier Gold Mines Limited)

The Rodeo Creek Property (31 Claims – 510 acres) exhibits many of the stratigraphic, structural and geochemical attributes that define the mineralized bodies found along the Carlin Trend. Significantly, a historic geochemical survey on the property confirms several of the fault structures encountered at Rodeo Creek coincide with strong arsenic-antimony geochemical signatures. In 2019, a campaign of soil sampling and geological mapping will be conducted, along with a historic data compilation. Drilling will be conducted on the priority targets identified.

McCoy-Cove Project, Lander County, Nevada

The McCoy-Cove Property is located along the Battle Mountain-Eureka Trend in Nevada . Past production from the property includes some 3.3 million ounces gold and more than 108 million ounces silver. 

At the beginning of 2018, Premier announced an agreement with Barrick Gold where Barrick will have an option to earn a 60% interest in the exploration portion of the McCoy-Cove Property by spending US$22 .5 Million before June 30, 2022 . In 2018, Barrick spent a little over US$4 million at the property. Premier will retain 100% ownership over the Cove Deposit portion (referred as the Cove Carve Out) of the McCoy-Cove Property that includes the high-grade Helen, Gap, 2201 and CSD Deposits (Figure 5).

The 2018 exploration program at McCoy-Cove was focused on finding new targets along known-trends. For this purpose, 19 exploration drillholes representing 12,506 m were drilled both inside and outside the Carve out. Additionally, 6 piezometres were installed in boreholes assayed on 5 ft intervals. The highlights of this exploration campaign include:

  • Earn-In agreement with Barrick to earn a 60% interest in the McCoy-Cove Property, excluding that portion hosting the Cove, Helen and Gap deposits (Cove Carve Out) for which Premier will retain 100% ownership
  • PEA Results on the Cove Carve Out concludes robust economics with low up-front capital
  • High Grade intercepts identify the potentially extensive Piezo Trend discovery including 4.6 m of 12.69 g/t Au (HE18-02).
  • High Grade intercept suggesting a Polymetallic discovery east of the Cove pit including 2.7 m of 5.00 g/t Au, 410.0 g/t Ag, 5.7% Zn and 5.0% Pb (PB18-02)
  • Rock chip sampling defining the Alpha Trend including 105.0 g/t Au (51.0 g/t Ag) & 40.3 g/t Au (60.3 g/t Ag)


Importantly, exploration results from the joint venture and Cove Carve Out together confirm that a greater than 4 km footprint of Carlin-style chemistry remains open at McCoy-Cove. In addition, the Favret Formation, a highly receptive limestone host of the high-grade Carlin-style mineralization at McCoy-Cove remains largely untested on a property-wide basis.  

A Preliminary Economic Assessment (PEA) was completed for the Cove Carve Out project, which sets it as an advanced-exploration project. The project contains four structurally controlled mineralized zones within the Triassic sedimentary package (Figure 5). The highlights of the PEA include: Indicated mineral resources of 1,045,000 tons at 0.327 oz/t Au & 0.861 oz/t Ag for 342,000 ounces of gold & 900,000 ounces of silver and Inferred mineral resources of 4,037,000 tons at 0.327 oz/t Au & 0.609 oz/t Ag for 1,322,000 ounces of gold & 2,457,000 ounces of silver. This mineral resource would support life of mine gold production of 740,000 ounces during 8 years of operations (based on assumptions made in the PEA). The PEA concludes the potential for robust economics (after-tax NPV5 of $142 .0 million, and an after-tax internal rate of return of 48%) to exist at the Cove Carve Out with low pre-production capital costs. Based on these positive results, a hydrological flow study and additional permitting is being completed with a view that the Cove Deposit could become Premier's next 100%-owned mine development.

The 2018 exploration program has identified the potential for two "trends" parallel to the Helen-Gap-CSD trend: the Piezo Trend and the Alpha Trend (Figure 5). By drilling a piezometre hole 320 m south of the main deposit, Carlin-style mineralization was intersected in similar host rock that returns 4.6 m of 12.69 g/t Au (HE18-02, Table 3). It is thought to be a parallel trend that may have similar potential as the Helen-Gap-CSD trend. This identifies the Piezo Trend as an attractive exploration target occurring in proximity to the Carve Out boundary and may trend onto the 100%-held Premier ground where an intercept in HE18-01G returned 3.0 m of 8.04 g/t Au (Figure 5).

Figure 5: Geological map of the McCoy-Cove Project showing the Cove Carve Out (100% Premier) outline and the Piezo Trend and Alpha Trend. The red mineralized zones are from the PEA. The new exploration discoveries are highlighted with a star. (CNW Group/Premier Gold Mines Limited)

At the McCoy-Cove JV, initial exploration included a property-wide program geochemical and rock chip sampling program to upgrade historic information. This surface work identified a prominent rock chip anomaly at the Alpha Trend. The trend is parallel to the Piezo Trend and the Helen-Gap-CSD trend. The sampled rock chips have high-grade gold values up to 105.0 g/t Au (51 g/t Ag) & 40.3 g/t Au (60.3 g/t Ag). Some samples also returned elevated Pb-Zn: 8.49 g/t Au (8.04% Pb, 1.21% Zn, 242 g/t Ag).

The Polymetallic Discovery occurs along the Beacon fault, which shares similarity to the Lighthouse fault that is associated with both the polymetallic mineralization in the Cove pit and the 2201 Zone. The intercept returned 2.7 m of 5.00 g/t Au, 410.0 g/t Ag, 5.7% Zn & 5.0% Pb, and opens the potential for expansion of the 2201 Zone (305,000 tons at 0.596 oz/ton Au and 1.140 oz/ton Ag and 169,000 ozs Au and 350,000 ozs Ag, according to the PEA).

The 2018 exploration program successfully identified eleven priority exploration targets, including new high potential trends, on the property. Many of these targets will be the priorities for 2019 exploration. 

Table 3 – Highlighted intercepts from the 2018 exploration program from McCoy-Cove Project.

Hole ID

Target

From
m

To
m

Length
m

True
Width

m

Au

g/t

Ag

g/t

Pb

%

Zn

%

HE18-01G

Piezo

600.5

603.5

3.0

2.6

8.04

4.07

-

-

HE18-02*

Piezo

638.6

643.1

4.6

3.9

12.69

3.17

-

-

PB18-02

Polymetallic

525.8

530.0

4.3

3.7

2.64

3.15

0.00

0.01


Polymetallic

541.8

547.9

6.1

5.2

2.77

199.19

2.37

2.64

 including

Polymetallic

541.8

544.5

2.7

2.3

5.06

410.33

5.00

5.69

PB18-07

Windy Point

349.9

395.9

46.0

39.1

0.84

0.33

-

-

including

Windy Point

364.8

395.9

31.1

26.4

1.01

0.35

-

-


Windy Point

587.7

604.7

17.1

14.5

2.25

0.99

-

-

*RC drilling. True width is estimated to be 85% of core length. All composites are previously released by the Company. Collar coordinates
and drill orientations are provided at the end of this release.

 

Goldbanks Project, Pershing County, Nevada

Premier entered into a joint venture earn-in agreement with Kinross in 2016 to acquire a 50% interest in the Goldbanks Project, located in Pershing County, Nevada . Goldbanks (875 Claims – 1,600 acres) has several significant targets on the property including the high-grade Golden Devil discovery and the Main Zone and KW open pit deposits.

The exploration program in 2018 tested two priority targets known as Hawkeye and Golden Devil. The drilling program completed this year represents some 5,500 m over 14 holes. The focus for the Golden Devil target was to follow-up for "Midas-style" mineralization veining proximal to the Golden Devil fault. Although the drillholes intersected high-grade gold and silver mineralization, the continuity of the mineralization was not established. These results include:

  • 2.4 m of 2.2 g/t Au & 233 g/t Ag and 1.2 m of 4.4 g/t Au & 464 g/t Ag (GB18-02)
  • 0.9 m of 25.30 g/t Au & 1,379 g/t Ag (GB-18-04)


Although the intensity of alteration at Hawkeye suggested potential, a late-season RC-drilling program did not return any significant gold mineralization. The team is continuing to evaluate the exploration results.

Rye Project, Pershing County, Nevada

Early in 2018, Premier and Barrick concluded an option to acquire a 100% interest in Rye Vein Property ("Rye"), subject to a back-in right by Barrick, by spending US$3 .0 Million in exploration before December 31, 2019 . The Rye Property is adjacent to the Goldbanks Property option in Pershing County, Nevada . Rye is a gold-bearing, low-sulfidation epithermal vein system with the potential to host "bonanza-grade" gold mineralization.

During 2018, the focus was to complete the compilation of historical data and to define targets for exploration. Rye Project obtained its permits in 2018 and Premier is pleased to announce that a plan of operation is set for 2019, details of which will be released soon. The Rye vein is the largest known vein of this type in the district having been traced on surface over a strike length of more than 2.5 km with mapped widths of up to 30 m (Figure 6). Previous shallow drilling returned numerous significant intercepts with gold grades up to 139.2 g/t Au.

Figure 6: Geological map showing the extension of the Rye Vein and the vicinity to Goldbanks Property. (CNW Group/Premier Gold Mines Limited)

Hasaga, Ontario, Canada

The 2018 exploration program at Hasaga was focused on the delineation of the C Zone and its extension to the west towards the D Zone. For this purpose, 24 drillholes representing 19,500 m were drilled. The highlights of this exploration campaign include:

  • Strong results for the delineation of the C-zone including 39.0 m of 5.69 g/t Au (HMP176w3)
  • High grade intercept on the D-Zone including 6.0 m of 13.67 g/t Au (HMP172)


The Hasaga Property is in the Red Lake Greenstone Belt, an Archean-aged greenstone belt within the Superior Structural Province. The Red Lake district has produced nearly 29 million ounces of gold from multiple mineralization settings. Gold mineralization at the Hasaga Property occurs as quartz-veinlet stockworks veinlet arrays hosted predominantly within the Dome Stock (a granodioritic intrusion) and the nearby Hasaga Porphyry, a quartz-porphyry dike that occurs within a major shear-zone in the Balmer Assemblage.

Figure 7: Isometric view showing the C and Lower D Zones down-plunge to the historical workings of Hasaga and Howey Mines. (CNW Group/Premier Gold Mines Limited)

The C-Zone occurs immediately down-plunge of the past-producing Hasaga and Howey gold mines that collectively produced more than 600,000 ounces of gold between 1930 and 1952 (Figure 7). The C-Zone has a sub-vertical geometry with true widths up to 38 m (average true thickness of 16 m). The exploration program in 2018 led to high-grade intercepts including (Table 4):

  • 39.0 m of 5.69 g/t Au (HMP176w3)
  • 10.0 m of 8.54 g/t Au (HMP167)


The D-Zone is divided into the Upper and Lower zones. The Upper zone seems to be of an extension at depth of the previously drilled Hasaga Resource. The Lower zone exhibits interesting high-grade intercepts with similarities to the C-Zone. Additional drilling will be required to better define the mineralization. Some of the highlighted intercepts include:

  • 7.0 m of 3.60 g/t Au and 5.0 m of 2.88 g/t Au (HMP161)
  • 3.0 m of 5.36 g/t Au and 5.0 m of 4.37 g/t Au (HMP182)


The high-grade intercepts resulting from this exploration campaign, the historical production of the Hasaga and Howey Mines , and the knowledge of the geology of the Red Lake area are many arguments to assure a successful discovery at Hasaga. More drilling is required to better understand any possible link between the different zones at depth. Initial modelling of the C-Zone confirms true widths exceeding 10 m.

Table 4: Highlighted intercepts from the 2018 exploration program at Hasaga.

Hole ID

Target

From
m

To
m

Length
m

True
Width

m

Au

g/t

HMP176w3

C-Zone

945.0

984.0

39.0

23.4

5.69

including

C-Zone VG

948.0

957.0

9.0

5.4

8.68

HMP169w2

C-Zone

957.0

980.0

23.0

19.6

3.57

including

C-Zone

968.0

979.0

11.0

9.4

5.78

including

C-Zone

976.0

979.0

3.0

2.6

15.88

HMP173

C-Zone

809.0

872.0

63.0

53.6

4.02

including

C-Zone

841.0

872.0

31.0

26.4

6.11

including

C-Zone

851.0

865.0

14.0

11.9

10.25

HMP167

C-Zone

770.5

776.0

5.5

4.7

7.21


 C-Zone

798.0

808.0

10.0

8.5

8.54

HMP182

Upper-D-Zone VG

649.0

654.0

5.0

3.8

4.37

*HMP161

Lower D-Zone

1045.0

1052.0

7.0

4.1

3.60


Lower D-Zone

1077.0

1095.0

18.0

10.6

2.21


Lower D-Zone

1105.0

1110.0

5.0

2.9

2.88


Lower-D VG

1211.0

1212.0

1.0

0.6

19.40

All composites are previously released by the Company. Collar coordinates and drill orientations are provided at the end of this release

 

Hardrock Project, Ontario, Canada

The 2018 exploration program at Hardrock consisted of a RC drill program, initiated to better understand the deposit on a grade control scale. Approximately 20,000 m of RC drilling on a 20x10m pattern were completed in 2018. Adding to this campaign, a milestone was achieved with the Federal EA approval in December 2018 .

The Hardrock Project lies within the southern sedimentary unit of the Beardmore-Geraldton Greenstone Belt. The Hardrock deposit is characterized by multiple horizons of magnetite-rich chert banded iron formation within a thick sequence of interlayered sandstone-argillite. The sequence is folded by tight to isoclinal, regional F2 folds.

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Julie-Anaïs Debreil, PhD, P. Geo., is the Qualified Person for the information contained in this press release and is a Qualified Person within the meaning of National Instrument 43–101. Assay results for Mercedes are from core samples sent to ALS Chemex, an accredited mineral analysis laboratory in Vancouver, British Columbia , for preparation and analysis utilizing both fire assay and ICP methods. In Nevada, drill samples from Goldbanks and Cove were sent to American Assay Laboratories in Reno, Nevada for analysis with the analytical facility utilizing a 30 g fire assay with an ICP-OES finish for Core and RC samples. Samples containing visible gold are submitted for screen metallic analysis and all over-limit samples receive an automatic gravimetric finish. At McCoy-Cove, assay samples were sent to ALS Laboratories prep facilities located in Elko, Nevada and Reno, Nevada and analysis was performed at their Vancouver, Canada analytical facility utilizing 30-gram fire assay with an AA finish for Au and ICP-MS 48 element scan from 4-acid digestion for RC and Core samples. At South Arturo, the primary assay laboratories for the South Arturo Mine are ALS Chemex Labs (ALS Chemex) and American Assay Labs (American Assay) in Reno, Nevada . For a complete description of Hasaga's sample preparation, analytical methods and QA/QC procedures refer to the technical report for the Hasaga Project dated February 24, 2017 (effective date December 30, 2016 ), entitled "National Instrument 43–101 Technical Report: Hasaga Project, Red Lake Mining District, Ontario, Canada " located on Premier's website and at www.sedar.com.

Premier Gold Mines Limited is a gold-producer with a respected exploration and development pipeline of precious metal projects in proven, accessible and safe mining jurisdictions in Canada , the United States , and Mexico. 

Table 5: Collar coordinates.

Project

Hole ID

North

m

East

m

Elevation
m

Azimuth

Dip

Mercedes

UG-BH18-065

548978

3355638

1074

345

6

Mercedes

M18-873D

548801

3356227

1171

219

-51

Mercedes

UG-RDO18-002

552082

3357855

1063

025

5

Mercedes

UG-RDO18-006

552082

3357855

1062

008

3

Mercedes

UG-RDO18-007

552049

3357880

1060

230

4

Mercedes

UG-RDO18-008

552049

3357880

1060

022

-4

Mercedes

UG-RDO18-012

552049

3357880

1060

019

-20

Mercedes

UG-RDO18-013

552049

3357880

1060

036

11

Mercedes

UG-RDO18-015

552049

3357880

1060

023

17

Cove

HE18-01G

4465378

481959

1619

110

-90

Cove

HE18-02

4465547

481632

1670

089

-80

Cove

PB18-02

4465283

483637

1488

131

-79

Cove

PB18-07

4465977

480980

1734

055

-65

Goldbanks

GB18-02

4481156

441218

1702

041

-55

Goldbanks

GB18-04

4481157

441216

1702

041

-53

Hasaga

HMP176W3

5651093

441452

330

386

-77

Hasaga

HMP169_W2

5651094

441460

382

339

-77

Hasaga

HMP173

5651752

441156

384

147

-80

Hasaga

HMP167

5651151

441471

385

337

-70

Hasaga

HMP182

5651629

440949

384

146

-68

Hasaga

HMP161

5651647

440665

386

152

-80

UTM NAD27 Zone 12, UTM NAD83 Zone 11, UTM NAD83, Zone 15

 

Table 6: Collar coordinates for South Arturo Project

Project

Hole ID

Latitude

Longitude

Elevation

ft

Azimuth

Dip

South Arturo

ART17-01C

41.0313

-116.4208

5720

333

-84

South Arturo

ART17-04C

41.0321

-116.4207

5791

305

-73

South Arturo

ART17-10C

41.0313

-116.4208

5719

292

-81

South Arturo

EL17-10

41.0390

-116.4140

5017

000

-10

South Arturo

EL17-12

41.0391

-116.4141

5018

344

-10

South Arturo

ELN17-MX-06

41.0396

-116.4127

5269

240

-80

South Arturo

ELN17-MX-14

41.0398

-116.4131

5254

052

-55

South Arturo

BD17-06C

41.0374

-116.4269

5285

218

-90

South Arturo

BD17-08C

41.0373

-116.4269

5286

151

-90

WGS84, elevation in ft

 

This Press Release contains certain information that may constitute "forward-looking information" under applicable Canadian securities legislation. Forward-looking information includes, but is not limited to, statements about strategic plans, including future operations, future work programs, capital expenditures, discovery and production of minerals, price of gold and currency exchange rates, timing of geological reports and corporate and technical objectives. Forward-looking information is necessarily based upon a number of assumptions that, while considered reasonable, are subject to known and unknown risks, uncertainties, and other factors which may cause the actual results and future events to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking information, including the risks inherent to the mining industry, adverse economic and market developments and the risks identified in Premier's annual information form under the heading "Risk Factors". There can be no assurance that such information will prove to be accurate, as actual results and future events could differ materially from those anticipated in such information. Accordingly, readers should not place undue reliance on forward-looking information. All forward-looking information contained in this press release is given as of the date hereof and is based upon the opinions and estimates of management and information available to management as at the date hereof. Premier disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking information, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by law.

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