Victoria Gold Corp. "Victoria" or the "Company" is pleased to announce the 3rd set of results from the 2016 Olive-Shamrock diamond drilling program. The results from the latest assays received confirm the continuation of gold mineralization between Olive and Shamrock and validate the exploration model currently testing the near surface, high grade material in the Olive-Shamrock Shear Zone.
"The Olive-Shamrock Zone is shaping up nicely and while still early in the drill program, the continuity of mineralization at grades above 1.0 g/t bodes well for the economics of the zone." said John McConnell, President and CEO. "When one steps back from the task at hand and looks at the coverage of this growing zone, it is an impressive size."
2016 Olive-Shamrock Zone Assay Results
The assay results for the recent 10 holes received included step out drilling along strike from Olive Main towards the Shamrock Zone, and are summarized in the table below:
Note: Reported intersections are drilled intersections, but are estimated at approximately two-thirds of true width of the mineralized zone.
The strike length of the Olive Shear Zone tested with the 2016 drilling program is at least 750 metres while the strike length of the Shamrock Zone, the subject of current drilling efforts, is approximately 250 metres. The entire length of the Olive-Shamrock zone being tested this season is therefore estimated to be at least 1 kilometre. The Olive-Shamrock zone remains open along strike to the Northeast, at depth and to the North where a number of geophysical and geochemical soils anomalies have yet to be fully tested.
An updated plan map and drill sections relating to the assay results presented above, as well as a summary table of the 2016 Olive drilling results, will be made available on the Company's website www.vitgoldcorp.com.
All exploration drill core from the Olive-Shamrock 2016 program was analyzed at SGS Canada Inc. of Burnaby, B.C. utilizing the GE-ICP40B, 34-element analytical package with FAA5515 50-gram Fire Assay with Gravimetric finish for gold on all samples. All core samples were split on-site at Victoria's Eagle camp and shipped to SGS Canada Inc.'s mobile sample preparation laboratory that has been set-up on-site, at the Eagle Gold Project. There, samples were sorted and crushed to appropriate particle size (coarse crush) and representatively split to a smaller size (250 grams) for shipment to SGS Canada Inc.'s Burnaby analytical laboratory facilities. A comprehensive system of standards, blanks and field duplicates has been implemented for the 2016 Olive-Shamrock drilling program and is monitored as chemical assay data become available.
2016 Olive-Shamrock Exploration Program
The Olive-Shamrock Zone is a near-surface mineralized target situated approximately 2 kilometers from the fully-permitted Eagle Gold project and has the potential to enhance Eagle Project economics by virtue of additional higher-grade ore; increased flexibility in mine planning and lowering capital intensity from shared infrastructure.
The $3.6 million Olive-Shamrock definition and exploration program began in March 2016. The program will consist of diamond drilling, surface trenching and geophysical surveys over the Olive-Shamrock zone with a focus on the previously undrilled areas linking Olive and Shamrock mineralization. The exploration program will concentrate on expanding the strike length of confirmed near-surface, high-grade gold mineralization within the Olive-Shamrock shear zone trend and target the previously un-tested, 300 metre separation zone between the Olive and Shamrock mineralization. The program is designed to result in the maiden Resource Estimate for the Olive-Shamrock Zone.
The Olive-Shamrock target lies 2 kilometers from the proposed infrastructure at the Eagle Gold Project, along the Potato Hills Trend, importantly, drilling and surface trench results to date indicate the existence of near-surface, high-grade potential feed into Eagle operations. (see New Releases dated May 20, June 24, July 28, August 13, and Nov 4, 2014). Metallurgical testing completed in 2015 (see New Releases dated February 24, and August 7, 2015) has indicated that the high-grade Olive-Shamrock Zone is amenable to Eagle Project heap leach recovery at the same crush size as Eagle Project feed.
Olive-Shamrock is defined by a broad gold/arsenic in-soils geochemical anomaly and lies on the intrusive-sediment contact of the Potato Hills Trend (as does the Eagle Deposit) and is punctuated by several historically exploited high-grade sulphide veins. The Olive area was mined on a small scale from shallow shafts and adits in the early 1900's and via placer mining in creeks draining the area. The Olive vein system is located near the top of Olive Gulch and consists of gold-bearing quartz-scorodite-arsenopyrite vein material centralized in a shear zone structure. More detail and a current summary of all Olive-Shamrock Zone exploration can be found on the Company's website.
About the Dublin Gulch Project
Victoria Gold's 100%-owned Dublin Gulch gold property is situated in the central Yukon Territory, Canada, approximately 375 kilometers north of the capital city of Whitehorse, and approximately 85 kilometers from the town of Mayo. The Property is accessible by road year-round, and is located within Yukon Energy's electrical grid. The Company has constructed and maintains a 100 person all-season camp at the project site.
The Property covers an area of approximately 555 square kilometers, and is the site of the Company's Eagle Gold Deposit. The Eagle Gold Deposit is expected to be Yukon's next operating gold mine and includes Probable Reserves of 2.3 million ounces of gold from 92 million tonnes of ore with a grade of 0.78 grams of gold per tonne, as outlined in a National Instrument 43-101 feasibility study. The NI 43-101 Mineral Resource has been estimated to host 222 million tonnes averaging 0.68 grams of gold per tonne, containing 4.9 million ounces of gold in the "Indicated" category, inclusive of Probable Reserves, and a further 78 million tonnes averaging 0.60 grams of gold per tonne, containing 1.5 million ounces of gold in the "Inferred" category.
The technical content of this news release has been reviewed and approved by Paul D. Gray, P.Geo., as the Qualified Person.