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Premier Gold Confirms New High-Grade Extensions at Mercedes

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Drill results include 21.95 m at 36.65 g/t Au and 171.30 g/t Ag

THUNDER BAY, ON, Aug. 2, 2018 /CNW/ - PREMIER GOLD MINES LIMITED ("Premier" or "The Company") (TSX:PG) is pleased to provide an exploration update, including the confirmation of high grade extensions, at the Company's 100%-owned Mercedes Mine, located in the State of Sonora, Mexico.  The ongoing 40,000 metre surface and underground drill programs include definition and expansion of the main gold bearing horizons and testing new zones on the property.

Underground drilling at the Rey de Oro deposit, one of several zones being brought into production this year, has confirmed the extension of a high-grade vein system that exhibits some of the best widths drilled to date.  Recent highlights include:

  • UG-R018-002 with 6.21 g/t Au and 101.83 g/t Ag across 16.55 metres
  • UG-R018-006 with 36.65 g/t Au and 171.30 g/t Ag across 21.95 metres
  • UG-R018-007 with 8.10 g/t Au and 121.32 g/t Ag across 20.50 metres
  • UG-R018-008 with 8.33 g/t Au and 67.66 g/t Ag across 9.20 metres

"These high grade results and good widths are similar to our success at the Aida vein zone intersected earlier this year and confirms our belief that substantial potential exists to expand the mine life at Mercedes" stated Charlie Ronkos, Executive Vice-President of Premier.  "These initial intercepts suggest a zone with grades well in excess of the current reserve grade at Mercedes".

Rey de Oro

Additional drills are being mobilized to Rey de Oro in order to continue step-out and delineation drilling of this vein extension.  These results include some of the widest vein intercepts on the property and are located proximal to recently constructed underground mine workings (see Figure 1 below).

Figure 1 – Longitudinal Section - Rey de Oro vein target (CNW Group/Premier Gold Mines Limited)

Table 1 summarizes recent intercepts from 2018 drilling at Rey de Oro.

Table 1 – Highlight drill intercepts from the Rey de Oro vein target

Hole ID

Coordinates
(m)

Azimuth/
Dip

Elevation

Comment

From
(m)

To
(m)

Intercept
(m)

Intercept
True Width
(m)

Au
(g/t)

Ag
(g/t)



R18-204D

552166N/3357830E

17/-55

1287


119.20

120.70

1.50

1.40

5.45

16.00


R18-205D

552335N/3357703E

25/-55

1278

Exploration

129.70

134.20

4.50

4.35

2.59

13.33






and

154.22

156.20

1.98

1.70

2.59

6.02


R18-206D

552335N/3357703E

25/-55

1278


150.20

151.20

1.00

0.95

3.55

6.00






and

152.20

154.20

2.00

1.90

3.20

6.00






and

155.20

155.70

0.50

0.50

2.36

9.00


UG-RDO18-001

552166N/3357830E

61/1

1062

Infill

101.95

109.00

7.05

5.45

7.81

71.12






Including

105.00

108.05

3.05

2.75

12.71

86.38


UG-RDO18-002

552082N/3357855E

25/5

1063

Infill

77.80

86.92

9.12

7.15

8.77

259.46






and

88.75

91.50

2.75

1.90

1.23

108.00






and

94.00

110.55

16.55

11.50

6.21

101.83






Including

103.35

106.75

3.40

2.55

20.10

82.08






and

117.43

118.95

1.52

1.20

3.40

31.00


UG-RDO18-003

552082N/3357855E

25/-8

1062

Delineation

74.50

80.60

6.10

4.75

1.64

146.50






and

85.20

88.35

3.15

3.10

1.76

102.00






and

105.00

108.05

3.05

2.90

1.76

102.00


UG-RDO18-004

552082N/3357855E

41/5

1062

Delineation

74.50

80.00

5.50

4.25

1.55

93.90


UG-RDO18-006

552082N/3357855E

8/3

1062

Delineation

89.15

111.10

21.95

15.50

36.65

171.30






Including

89.15

105.70

16.55

11.10

47.94

200.16






and

141.60

149.22

7.62

5.25

3.46

42.59






and

161.42

164.90

3.48

2.45

3.07

5.00


UG-RDO18-007

(1060)

552049N/3357880E

230/4

1060

Infill

62.53

83.06

20.53

18.55

8.10

121.32





Including

70.15

73.20

3.05

2.90

14.91

107.87






Including

79.30

81.80

2.50

2.35

30.70

165.50






and

88.75

92.30

3.55

3.30

2.78

40.00






and

94.55

96.07

1.52

1.45

2.49

19.00


UGRDO18-008

(1060)

552049N/3357880E

22/-4

1060

Infill

86.92

88.45

1.53

1.40

2.65

37.00






and

91.35

100.55

9.20

6.75

8.33

67.66






Including

94.55

97.60

3.05

2.75

16.10

113.45






and

121.50

123.10

1.60

1.46

2.97

9.00


 

Aida

A surface and underground drill program is underway to define the high-grade Aida target that is located to the west of the main Mercedes vein (see Figure 2) and proximal to existing mine workings.  Broad zones of mineralization have returned multiple high-grade intercepts as highlighted in Table 2. 

Table 2 – Highlight drill intercepts from the Aida target

Hole ID

Coordinates
(m)

Azimuth/
Dip

Elevation

Comment

From
(m)

To
(m)

Intercept
(m)

Intercept
True Width
(m)

Au
(g/t)

Ag   (g/t)



-864D

549003N/3355797E

202/-46

1176

Infill

93.50

95.00

1.50

1.45

2.79

11.00






and

96.50

99.08

2.58

2.37

2.40

41.18






and

100.17

104.50

4.33

3.35

3.12

43.25






and

118.00

119.00

1.00

0.90

2.54

9.00






and

135.50

141.50

6.00

4.05

12.04

8.91






Including

137.00

138.00

1.00

0.90

52.50

13.00






and

167.00

170.00

3.00

2.47

4.84

38.50


M18-865D

549004N/3355798E

212/-48

1176

Infill

94.50

95.00

0.50

0.45

2.96

12.00






and

95.85

98.85

3.00

1.90

3.92

36.75


M18-866D

549004N/3355798E

212/-48

1176

Infill

83.50

84.25

0.75

0.62

1.84

24.00






and

84.25

85.68

1.43

1.40

3.77

27.47


M18-867D

548910N/3355750E

70/-60

1141

Infill

60.45

62.20

1.75

1.00

2.77

45.71






and

66.10

67.00

0.90

0.70

2.10

28.00






and

74.20

75.40

1.20

0.90

3.65

57.00


M18-869D

548814N/3356240E

219/-54

11615


245.35

246.35

1.00

0.80

3.08

8.00






and

248.35

249.35

1.00

0.80

1.96

7.00


M18-870D

548834N/3356265E

218/-54

1174

Infill

292.25

296.25

4.00

2.85

9.45

40.85






Including

293.25

295.20

1.95

1.42

15.69

50.70


M18-883D

54882N/3356048E

214/-50

1158

Infill

93.00

94.68

1.68

1.15

11.92

12.67






Including

93.45

94.68

1.23

0.91

15.85

10.00


M18-884D

548854N/3356048E

229/-58

1158

Infill

105.45

107.45

2.00

1.01

5.79

4.50






Including

106.45

107.45

1.00

0.80

11.20

4.00


M18-887D

548800N/3358262E

150/-45

1145

Infill

163.20

164.15

0.95

0.75

9.30

57.63






Including

163.20

163.70

0.50

0.40

17.35

51.00


M18-888D

548814N/3356240E

219.50/-45

1164

Infill

200.20

207.85

7.65

4.45

8.80

16.72






Including

202.40

204.20

1.80

1.00

24.11

19.44


M18-892D

548805N/3356198E

214/54

1169

Infill

199.43

207.80

8.37

5.10

3.71

27.40






Including

205.30

207.80

2.50

1.85

5.69

27.40


M18-893D

548911N/3355915E

216/-54

1155

Infill

106.30

107.20

0.90

0.75

4.43

48.00


M18-894D

548911N/3355915E



Infill

76.20

80.58

4.38

2.55

5.26

152.06


M18-895D

548911N/3355915E

228/-50

1155

Infill

129.80

132.18

2.38

1.45

4.33

91.16






Including

131.30

131.85

0.55

0.40

13.40

113.00






and

151.30

152.30

1.00

0.65

1.74

40.00






and

153.50

154.30

0.80

0.60

4.23

46.00


M18-896D

548916N/3355968E

217/-46

1158

Infill

144.43

146.20

1.77

1.35

2.48

49.59


M18-897D

548916N/3355968E

228/-53

1158

Infill

160.30

163.30

3.00

1.95

5.06

81.66






and

167.30

169.30

2.00

1.45

2.68

81.50






and

171.30

174.56

3.26

2.05

2.64

136.25


M18-898D

549004N/3355797E

234/-59

1178

Infill

108.70

113.20

4.50

2.75

3.65

53.33


M18-899D

549004N/3355797E

155/-77

1178

Infill

95.20

117.70

22.50

14.55

12.11

25.74






Including

111.46

116.20

4.74

3.15

45.88

24.34






and

132.20

135.08

2.88

1.35

5.11

37.30


 

The 2018 drill program will also test for extensions of the known vein systems, and for new target areas on the property.  The primary target areas are as follows (see Figure 2):

  1. Drilling at the Axis target located to the west of the main Mercedes vein, has discovered a broad zone of low-grade mineralization with assays of up to 0.64 g/t Au and 0.79 g/t Ag across 31.5 metres;
  2. Once the drift has been sufficiently established in H2 2018, drilling is expected to begin on the Marianas vein, located along the main Mercedes vein trend; and
  3. Continued definition and step-out drilling at Diluvio and Lupita that were recently brought into production.

Figure 2 - Mercedes Regional Geology and target areas (CNW Group/Premier Gold Mines Limited)

Production at Mercedes is expected to be weighted to the second half of the year owing to changes in the mining methods, the required additional drilling at the new Diluvio deposit and delays in permitting associated with the ventilation raise at Rey de Oro.  Stope mining has commenced at Diluvio and the ramp up in production from Rey de Oro continues.  As a result of these initiatives, monthly production in July has been the best so far in 2018.

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

Stephen McGibbon, P. Geo., Executive Vice-President, Corporate and Project Development, 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.  Mercedes assay results are from core samples sent to ALS Chemex, an accredited mineral analysis laboratory in Lima, Peru or Vancouver, British Columbia, for preparation and analysis utilizing both fire assay and ICP methods. For a complete description of Mercedes's sample preparation, analytical methods and QA/QC procedures refer to the technical report for the Mercedes Mine dated April 18, 2018 (effective date December 31, 2017), entitled "Technical Report on the Mercedes Gold-Silver Mine, Sonora State, Mexico."

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.

Premier Gold Mines Limited (CNW Group/Premier Gold Mines Limited)

SOURCE Premier Gold Mines Limited

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