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Timmins Gold Reports Record Production of 28,328 Gold Ounces for the First Quarter of 2013

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwired - Apr 10, 2013) - Timmins Gold Corp. (TMM.TO)(NYSE MKT:TGD) is pleased to report preliminary production results for the Company's first quarter ended March 31, 2013. The Company achieved record gold production of 28,328 ounces for the quarter, an increase of 31.6% over the same period last year.

Category Jan-Mar
Ore Processed (Dry t) 1,787,262 1,255,477 42.4
Average Grade Processed (g/t Au) 0.825 0.772 6.9
Low Grade Stockpiled (t) 399,784 804,585 (50.3 )
Average Grade Stockpiled (g/t Au) 0.261 0.271 (3.7 )
Waste Mined (t) 6,375,048 3,879,662 64.3
Total Mined (t) 8,562,094 5,939,724 44.1
Strip Ratio 2.91 1.88 54.8
Gold Produced (oz) 28,328 21,532 31.6
Gold Sold (oz) 28,642 21,235 34.9
Silver Sold (oz) 14,313 11,740 21.9
Days 90 91 (1.1 )
Average Ore Processed (t/d) 19,858 13,796 43.9
Average Total Mined (t/d) 95,134 65,272 44.1

"We had a record operating quarter to start 2013," stated Bruce Bragagnolo, CEO of Timmins Gold. "We continue to realize the benefit of our Stage 2 crusher expansion as seen with the record throughput and production this quarter. Gold ounces produced was up over 15% quarter-on-quarter and crusher throughput was up over 22% quarter-on-quarter. Crushing throughput is planned to increase further as we continue to optimize the existing crushing circuits and add our third crushing circuit, the equipment for which is scheduled to arrive imminently."

About Timmins Gold

Timmins Gold is in commercial gold production at its wholly owned San Francisco Gold Property in Sonora, Mexico. The mine is an open pit heap leach operation from which Timmins Gold has projected production of 125,000 to 130,000 ounces of gold in 2013.

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