Vancouver, British Columbia – Radius Gold Inc. (TSXV: RDU) is pleased to report further high-grade results from step out drilling from the La Peña vein, at Holly project in Guatemala. The drill program is being conducted by joint venture partner Volcanic Gold Mines Inc, who can earn into 60% of the project by funding $7 million in exploration.
HDD-21-017 from 134.25 to 143.08 returns 8.83m @ 8.81 g/t Au and 355 g/t Ag
HDD-21-019 from 171.90 to 178.42 returns 6.52m @ 16.31 g/t Au and 55* g/t Ag
HDD-21-020 from 61.70 to 67.10 returns 5.40m @ 5.91 g/t Au and 70* g/t Ag
Results from the Holly project drilling have been received for holes up to HDD-21-020 and consistently, the deeper holes return better results, with mineralization open to the south/north and down dip.
A table of 2021 holes drilled at La Peña is set out below:
Note: As indicated by * symbols, some samples from HDD-21-019 and HDD-21-020 are still pending final results that returned over 100 g/t silver and or 100 g/t gold . Final gold and silver assay results are expected soon and will likely increase the weighted averages for these intercepts. Reported intervals are drilled width. True width is estimated at 80% of true width.
To date the La Peña vein has been tested over a strike length of 220m and a vertical depth up to 200m. Drilling has encountered variable grades within the vein although most holes that intercept the vein deeper return high grades. The drill will be turning again on the 15th of September and the focus of the program will be to confirm depth and strike continuity to establish a high grade maiden resource.
The La Peña is one of many north-south veins that cross the regional Jocotan plate bounding fault. Mineralization controls at the Holly project are still not well understood but consistently where drilling intersects the north-south veins within Jocotan fault breccia, the mineralization and gold-silver grades are the strongest. A major focus of the upcoming drilling will be to not only confirm mineralization in La Pena and other veins, but to test the extensive breccia in the plate bounding Jocotan fault.
Figure 1. La Peña Zone; Long Section:
Bruce Smith, M.Sc. (Geology), a member of the Australian Institute of Geoscientists, is Radius Gold’s Qualified Person as defined by National Instrument 43-101 - Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects. Mr. Smith has 27 years of mineral exploration experience and has prepared and approved the technical information contained in this news release.
Quality Assurance and Quality Control
The project operator, Volcanic Gold Mines Inc., follows industry standard procedures for diamond core drilling and analysis. 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 are delivered to the internationally certified Bureau Veritas Mineral laboratory facilities in Nicaragua where the samples are prepared. Assays are completed by Bureau Veritas in Canada. The samples are fire assayed for Au and are analysed for Ag and multi-elements using method code ICP following a four-acid digestion. Overlimits are analysed 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 with Radius, Volcanic can earn a 60% interest in Radius’s 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. An initial US$1M must be spent on exploration within the 12 months of receiving the required drill permits, which expenditure will include 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 advances 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
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