Moneta Intersects Significant Gold Mineralization and Confirms Continuity from Infill Drilling on the Westaway Deposit at the Tower Gold Project
Toronto, Ontario--(Newsfile Corp. - July 21, 2022) - Moneta Gold Inc. (TSX: ME) (OTCQX: MEAUF) (XETRA: MOP) ("Moneta") is pleased to announce the assay results from seven (7) drill holes from infill drilling on the Westaway gold deposit at the Tower Gold project, located 100 kilometres ("km") east of Timmins, Ontario. The drilling was conducted as part of the current 70,000 m infill and resource upgrade drill program on the recently announced mineral resource estimate of 4.3 million ("M") ounces ("oz") indicated gold ("Au") and 7.5 Moz inferred Au (see May 11, 2022 press release) at the Tower Gold project.
- MGH22-281 intersected 7.85 m @ 4.06 grams per tonne "g/t" gold "Au", including 1.85 m @ 15.25 g/t Au, including 0.40 m @ 34.40 g/t Au
- MGH22-281 intersected 6.00 m @ 4.79 g/t Au, including 2.10 m @ 8.23 g/t Au and 1.00 m @ 5.53 g/t Au
- MGH22-278 intersected 2.00 m @ 13.29 g/t Au, including 1.00 m @ 24.10 g/t Au
- MGH22-286 intersected 31.00 m @ 1.50 g/t Au, including 13.35 m @ 2.94 g/t Au, including 2.00 m @ 7.03 g/t Au, including 0.90 m @ 10.40 g/t Au, and 1.00 m @ 16.60 g/t Au
- MGH22-281 intersected 13.30 m @ 2.27 g/t Au, including 6.00 m @ 4.47 g/t Au, including 1.00 m @ 20.90 g/t Au
- MGH22-278 intersected 9.00 m @ 2.28 g/t Au, including 1.00 m @ 7.68 g/t Au
- MGH22-281 intersected 31.50 m @ 1.29 g/t Au, including 10.00 m @ 2.65 g/t Au, and 3.00 m @ 5.68 g/t Au, including 1.00 m @ 7.67 g/t Au
- MGH22-282 intersected 5.00 m @ 3.70 g/t Au, including 3.40 m @ 4.59 g/t Au
- MGH22-286 intersected 2.45 m @ 5.39 g/t Au, including 1.35 m @ 6.83 g/t Au
- MGH22-289 intersected 6.00 m @ 2.39 g/t Au, including 1.00 m @ 9.76 g/t Au
- MGH22-281 intersected 6.30 m @ 2.66 g/t Au, including 2.90 m @ 5.32 g/t Au, including 0.80 m @ 11.70 g/t Au
- MGH22-286 intersected 5.50 m @ 2.93 g/t Au, including 1.60 m @ 4.18 g/t Au
Gary O'Connor, Moneta's President and Chief Executive Officer, commented, "These latest drill results from the current drill program, designed to infill and upgrade the recently updated open pit and underground mineral resources at Westaway at the Tower Gold project, have highlighted the continuity and extensions of the current Westaway mineral resource estimate. Moreover, results have confirmed both good grade and widths across wide zones of mineralization within the current Westaway and 55 open pit and underground mineral resources. We look forward to completing the Tower Gold Project preliminary economic assessment ("PEA") during the third quarter of the year and to releasing additional drill results from the current resource infill and upgrade drill program."
The latest assay results are from seven (7) drill holes for 5,445.34 m of diamond drilling completed at Westaway as part of an initial 70,000 m drill program planned as resource infill and upgrade drilling. The western and shallow portions of drill holes also drilled through the 55 open pit deposit area. Drilling is being conducted on 50 m centres as step-outs and infill of previous drill holes.
Figure 1: Tower Gold Project - General Location Map
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Table 1: Selected Significant Drill Results
Note: Intercepts are calculated using a 0.20 g/t Au cut-off, a maximum of 3m internal dilution and no top cap applied. Drill intercepts are not true widths, are reported as drill widths, and are estimated to be 70% to 95% of true width.
Discussion of Drill Results
Infill drilling at Westaway was focused on infilling and extending the wide stacked extensional quartz veins hosting the current gold resource from vertical depths surface of 300 m to depths of up to 800 m below surface. Drilling was conducted on 2 east-west sections, 50 m north and 50 m south of the section containing the MGH21-208/MGH21-213/MGH21-222 drill holes, completed in 2021. The Westaway resource currently hosts an underground inferred resource of 3.21 million tonnes "Mt" @ 3.94 g/t Au containing 407,000 oz, and an open pit resource of 0.31 Mt @ 2.22 g/t Au for 22,000 oz indicated and 15.53 Mt @ 2.14 g/t Au for 1,067,000 oz inferred (see May 11, 2022 press release). The western and upper portions of the drill holes tested the open resources contained within the 55 Zone open pit located adjacent to and west of Westaway, currently comprised of 4.38 Mt @ 1.25 g/t Au for 176,000 oz indicated and 4.62 Mt @ 1.02 g/t Au for 151,000 oz inferred.
Figure 2: Westaway - Tower Gold: Infill Drill Location Map
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Table 2: Resource Infill Drill Hole Details
Figure 3: Westaway - Tower Gold: Infill Drilling Cross Section
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Drill core is oriented and cut with half sent to AGAT Laboratories Inc. (AGAT) for drying and crushing to -2 mm, with a 1.00 kg split pulverized to -75 µm (200#). AGAT is an ISO 17025 accredited laboratory. A 50 g charge is Fire Assayed and analyzed using an AAS finish for Gold. Samples above 10.00 g/t Au are analyzed by Fire Assay with a gravimetric finish and selected samples with visible gold or high-grade mineralization are assayed by Metallic Screen Fire Assay on a 1.00 kg sample. Moneta inserts independent certified reference material and blanks with the samples and assays routine pulp repeats and coarse reject sample duplicates, as well as completing routine third-party check assays at Activation Laboratories Ltd. Randall Salo, P.Geo., who is a qualified person "QP" as defined by NI 43-101, managed the drill program. Jason Dankowski, P.Geo. V.P. Technical Services & Geology for Moneta, who is a QP as defined by NI 43-101 has reviewed and approved the technical contents of this press release.
About Moneta Gold
Moneta is a Canadian-based gold exploration company focussed on advancing its 100% wholly owned Tower Gold project, which currently hosts a gold mineral resource estimate of 4.3 Moz indicated and 7.5 Moz inferred. The Corporation's 2022 drill program is primarily designed to infill and upgrade the resource categories of the mineral resources. An updated PEA study encompassing the entire Tower Gold project is planned to be completed in the third quarter of 2022. Moneta is committed to creating shareholder value through the strategic allocation of capital and a focus on the current resource upgrade drilling program, while conducting all business activities in an environmentally and socially responsible manner.
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Gary V. O'Connor, CEO
Linda Armstrong, Investor Relations
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