LA JOLLA, Calif., Jan. 16, 2018 — TONOGOLD RESOURCES INC. (OTC:TNGL) (the “Company” or “Tonogold“) is pleased to announce that it has entered into a binding agreement with a private Mexican company, which provides Tonogold an exclusive right (but not obligation) to acquire 100% interest in the Claudia, Promontorio and Montoros gold/silver properties located in Durango, Mexico (the “Projects“) for total consideration of $7.3 million in cash. All amounts stated are in U.S. dollars unless otherwise advised.
Principle Agreement Terms
Tonogold has paid $100,000 for an initial 6-month option, which can be extended by 3 additional months at Tonogold's election for a further payment of $1 million prior to the expiry of the initial option period. Both amounts form part of the $7.3 million purchase price in the event the option is exercised.
Highlights of an Acquisition
- Potentially adds high quality gold-silver advanced exploration projects to our pipeline in a safe and well-known mining-friendly and cost competitive jurisdiction.
- Low cost option fee
- Attractive acquisition value per gold equivalent ounce based on the historical resources.
In December 2004, Capstone Mining Corp. (“Capstone“) secured an option over various projects from Grupo Minero Bacis S.A. de C.V. including the three projects that Tonogold now has an option over. In September 2005, Capstone advised, in a news release as follows: “The following table summarizes the historic mineral resources of the projects from the records of Grupo Minero Bacis S.A. de C.V., the optionor of the projects (“Bacis”). These resource estimates have been calculated by Bacis and are reported as historical resource estimates. The Company must verify these resources before current mineral resources can be reported.”
Tonogold provides below the resource detail as it relates to the three projects, but in doing so, urges investors to use appropriate caution as Tonogold did not undertake the work necessary to verify the estimates nor their classification. Tonogold is not treating the historical resource estimates (below) as a NI 43-101 defined resource and advises that such historical estimates should not be relied upon. It is included to provide investors an “order of magnitude” potential for the Projects.
Historic Resource Estimate
Mark Ashley, Chief Executive Officer of Tonogold Resources, stated “As was in the case of the Lucerne Mine, the identification of this opportunity and the formalization of the present agreement are the result of a number of years of diligent review of numerous opportunities that we had identified in the sector and the subsequent formation of sound commercial strategies aimed at securing control of opportunities that have the potential to become significant and financially robust projects in the near future.”
Claudia covers approximately 6,390 hectares and is located 135 kilometres NNW of Durango City, Durango State, Mexico in the El Papanton Mining District, Santiago Papasquiaro Municipality. The property covers a 10-kilometer hosting NNW trend of WSW and ENE dipping intermediate sulphidation gold-silver vein systems.
“Alteration is generally weak propylitization involving chlorite, epidote, calcite and pyrite with veins and small areas of argillization or clay development. Previous sampling (1993) from the Claudia vein reported grades of 4.7 g/t Au and 590 g/t Ag over 1.30 metres; 45 samples from the Mark Twain (N35W/85°NE) grading 5.9 g/t Au and 499 g/t Ag over 1.55 metres; 62 samples from the Guadalupana vein (N35W/65°SW) grading 5.2 g/t Au and 75 g/t Ag over 3.8 metres; 30 samples from the Mina Vieja (N40W/85°SW) grading 7.3 g/t Au and 379 g/t Ag over 1.56 metres; and 45 samples from the Providencia (N55W/80°SW). All the veins were hosted by andesite.” 1
The Promontorio Property is regarded as an advanced exploration stage project with a small production history. The Property consists of 33 concessions which cover approximately 2,188 hectares in the El Oro Municipality, Promontorio district in Durango State, Mexico. The property covers several gold-silver bearing veins with the main Promontorio and Pericos veins reported to have produced ~250,000 tonnes of 3,500 g/t silver and 20 g/t gold during the 1930's. The narrow, high-grade veins have been traced for more than 2 kilometres but previous exploration has mainly been conducted in a small area of the project.
The Promontorio mine was discovered in the late 1800's and purchased by Negociacion Minera de Promontorio in 1887. It has been reported that:
- Until 1892, mineralization grading 7.5 kilograms per ton of silver was shipped to Fresnillo.
- In 1892 mineralization grading 3 kilogram per ton of silver was shipped to Durango and in 1900 mineralization grading 2 kilograms per ton of silver was shipped to Chinacates in Durango State.
- Production the Promontorio mine between December 1896 to 1906 yielded over 170,000 kilograms of silver and 476 kilograms of gold, which made the mine one of the significant producers of silver in Mexico.
- Production stopped in 1906 due to the Mexican Revolution.
The Montoros Project, consists of 17 concessions covering approximately 2,147 hectares, is situated in the Santiago Papasquiaro Municipality.
Four vein systems have been identified in the project area. Alteration consists of propylitization (chloriteepidote- calcite-pyrite) that is more common in the LVG rocks and clay alteration near the vein tops. Mineralization occurs as argentite, native gold, electrum, and base metals. The Periquitos vein contained about 10% chalcopyrite in semi-massive sulphide at the portal.
The Montoros vein systems were sampled on surface and by underground workings between 1992 to mid-1993.
Tonogold will be conducting a detailed evaluation program over the option period to undertake an initial but comprehensive technical and conceptual economic assessment of the Project, with priority emphasis given to Claudia, focusing on the potential for a high-grade underground mining operation, prior to deciding to exercise the Option later in the year.
The technical information contained in this news release has been reviewed and approved by Gregory B. Sparks, a registered Professional Engineer in the State of Colorado and a Qualified Person as defined by National Instrument 43-101.
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1Technical Report dated December 31st 2005 prepared for Capstone Gold Corp and Silverstone Resources Corp
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