Vancouver, British Columbia – Radius Gold Inc. (TSXV: RDU) (“Radius” or “the Company”) is pleased to report additional drill results from Holly Property, Guatemala, operated by joint venture partner, Volcanic Gold Mines Inc. Complete assays have been received for all previously pending drill holes. Full results tables and additional maps and geological sections are available on the Radius website.
Highlights from recent drill results include:
La Peña vein Hole HDD-22-030 intersected 11 .4 g/t Au and 1,150 g/t Ag over 1.52m within a broader interval of 10.68 m grading 2.07 g/t Au and 389 g/t Ag.
La Peña vein additional sampling of Hole HDD-22-022 reported 11.2 g/t Au and 522 g/t Ag over 1.53m
“The gold and silver discovery we have made at Holly is significant. The new high-grade intercepts demonstrate continuity within the La Peña vein system. With final results in hand Volcanic is working to complete a maiden resource calculation with the aim of showing the high value and minimal impact of developing these resources and the concrete benefits and sustainable employment for our local communities,” stated Simon Ridgway, Chairman of Radius.
Drilling at Holly focused on extending the La Peña high-grade system at depth and along strike with a goal of establishing a significant high-grade resource and improving understanding of the controls on high-grade mineralization. The La Peña vein remains open in all directions. Several holes also cut high grade gold in the Amber vein and Pino target at a shallow depth. The Amber vein, Pino veins, Alpha vein and Jocotan splay targets all have significant potential and will be tested in future drill programs.
Figure 1: La Peña Long Section with AuEq x Estimated True Width
Table 1: Holly Project: Recent drill hole assay results (HDD21-022* new results from additional sampling)
|HDD-21-025||no significant intercepts||NE|
The Company’s JV partner, Volcanic Gold Mines Inc., is working on a maiden resource calculation and will follow that with a preliminary economic analysis aimed to show that the high-grade La Pena vein deposit could be mined from underground, causing minimal surface disruption. It is envisaged that trucking of high-grade ore to a nearby mill could minimise on-site processing and associated costs and impacts. The strategy is to calculate an approximate value of the deposit and potential income and be able to offer concrete benefits and much needed long term employment opportunities to the local communities. The Company expects the Holly project can grow significantly through exploration, but at this time it is important to define clearly the opportunity and potential impact of the project to all stakeholders. We plan to establish significant value at Holly for all the stakeholders.
Elsewhere in Guatemala the Volcanic is evaluating the land position optioned from Radius on in May 2020. Several areas of significant promise have been identified and Volcanic is in the process of getting those concessions granted and drill permitted.
Bruce Smith, M.Sc. (Geology), a member of the Australian Institute of Geoscientists, is Radius’ Qualified Person as defined by National Instrument 43-101 - Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects. Mr. Smith has 28 years of mineral exploration experience and has prepared and approved the technical information contained in this news release.
Quality Assurance and Quality Control
Industry standard procedures for diamond core drilling and analysis were followed. Drilling is carried out using NQ and HQ size tooling. Drill core is cut in half using a rock saw with one-half of the core then taken as a sample for analysis. Sample intervals are generally 1m intervals, producing samples of between 2 to 9 kg. Half-core samples were initially processed at a Volcanic Gold preparation facility. The half core samples underwent primary crushing and split to produce a 250g sample under the supervision of a company geologist and qualified person. The split sample was then air shipped to certified ALS laboratories in Vancouver for further preparation and assay. All samples are fire assayed for Au and are analyzed for Ag and multi-elements using method code ICP following a four-acid digestion. Overlimits are analyzed using an appropriate method. Multi-element geochemical standards and blanks are routinely entered into the drill core sample stream to monitor laboratory performance. Quality control samples submitted were returned within acceptable limits.
Terms of Guatemala Radius Gold and Volcanic Gold Mines option
Pursuant to an option agreement signed in May 2020, Volcanic can earn a 60% interest in Radius’ Holly and Banderas projects by spending the cumulative amount of US$7.0 million on exploration of the properties within 48 months from the date of the agreement. In accordance with the Option terms, Volcanic spent an initial US$1M on exploration within the 12 months of receiving the required drill permits, which expenditures included a minimum 3,000m of drilling on the properties.
Following the exercise of the Option, Volcanic will enter into a standard 60/40 Joint Venture in order to further develop the Properties. Volcanic has also been granted an exclusive right to evaluate all other property interests of Radius in Guatemala with a right to acquire an interest in any or all other such properties on reasonable terms.
Radius Gold Inc.
Radius has a portfolio of projects located in Mexico, United States and Guatemala which it continues to advance, utilizing partnerships where appropriate in order to retain the Company’s strong treasury. At the same time, management is seeking out additional investment and project acquisition opportunities across the globe.
ON BEHALF OF THE BOARD
President and CEO
Contact: Bruce Smith
200 Burrard Street, Suite 650
Vancouver, BC V6C 3L6
Tel: 604-801-5432; Toll free 1-888-627-9378; Fax: 604-662-8829
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