Moneta Intersects Significant Gold Mineralization and Confirms Continuity from Infill Drilling on the South West Deposit at the Tower Gold Project
Toronto, Ontario--(Newsfile Corp. - August 25, 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 South West 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.
- MGH22-288 intersected 37.40 m @ 1.12 grams per tonne "g/t" Au, including 12.40 m @ 2.98 g/t Au, including 7.60 m @ 4.19 g/t Au, including 2.00 m @ 11.87 g/t Au, including 1.00 m @ 16.10 g/t Au
- MGH22-288 intersected 21.90 m @ 1.43 g/t Au, including 9.15 m @ 2.82 g/t Au, including 5.15 m @ 3.96 g/t Au, including 2.00 m @ 5.59 g/t Au, including 1.00 m @ 6.41 g/t Au
- MGH22-287 intersected 14.28 m @ 1.98 g/t Au, including 8.55 m @ 3.06 g/t Au, and 1.60 m @ 9.71 g/t Au, including 0.60 m @ 15.90 g/t Au
- MGH22-283 intersected 11.05 m @ 3.10 g/t Au, including 8.05 m @ 3.99 g/t Au, including 2.85 m @ 6.16 g/t Au
- MGH22-293 intersected 56.50 m @ 1.03 g/t Au, 11.05 m @ 2.76 g/t Au, including 3.00 m @ 6.70 g/t Au, including 1.00 m @ 11.20 g/t Au
- MGH22-291 intersected 20.50 m @ 1.61 g/t Au, including 12.00 m @ 2.21 g/t Au, including 1.00 m @ 7.10 g/t Au and 5.15 m @ 2.38 g/t Au
- MGH22-288 intersected 8.00 m @ 2.13 g/t Au, including 2.00 m @ 6.81 g/t Au, including 1.00 m @ 12.00 g/t Au
- MGH22-293 intersected 13.50 m @ 1.23 g/t Au, including 1.00 m @ 11.30 g/t Au
- MGH22-291 intersected 3.70 m @ 3.34 g/t Au, including 1.00 m @ 9.52 g/t Au
- MGH22-283 intersected 7.65 m @ 2.40 g/t Au, including 1.65 m @ 9.05 g/t Au, including 1.00 m @ 13.30 g/t Au
- MGH22-287 intersected 7.90 m @ 1.64 g/t Au, including 4.05 m @ 2.81 g/t Au, including 2.16 m @ 4.00 g/t Au, including 1.08 m @ 5.97 g/t Au
- MGH22-288 intersected 12.00 m @ 1.73 g/t Au, including 6.00 m @ 3.05 g/t Au, including 2.00 m @ 6.78 g/t Au, including 1.00 m @ 7.19 g/t Au
Gary O'Connor, Moneta's President and Chief Executive Officer commented, "These latest drill results, designed to infill and upgrade the recently updated open pit and underground mineral resources at South West at the Tower Gold project, have highlighted the continuity and extensions of the current South West mineral resource estimate. Results have confirmed both good grade and widths across wide zones of mineralization within the current South West open pit and underground mineral resources. We look forward to completing the Tower Gold project Preliminary Economic Assessment ("PEA") during the third quarter of this year and to releasing additional drill results from the current resource infill and upgrade drill program as they become available."
The latest assay results are from seven (7) drill holes for 5,328.0 m of diamond drilling completed at South West as part of an initial 70,000 m drill program planned as resource infill and upgrade drilling. Two (2) of the holes MGH22-290 and MGH22-290A did not reach targeted depth. Drilling is being conducted on 50 m centres as step-outs and infill of previous drill holes.
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Table 1: Selected Significant Drill Results
|(#)||(m)||(m)||(m)||(g/t)||(g x m)|
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 South West was focused on infilling and extending the wide stacked extensional quartz veins hosting the current underground gold resource from vertical depths surface of 300 m to vertical depths of up to 800 m below surface. The South West underground resource currently hosts an indicated resource of 0.17 million tonnes ("Mt") @ 4.54 g/t Au containing 25,000 oz gold and an inferred resource of 6.76 Mt @ 4.36 g/t Au containing 948,000 oz gold, and an open pit resource of 11.18 Mt @ 0.88 g/t Au for 316,000 oz gold indicated and 41.18 Mt @ 0.90 g/t Au for 1,195,000 oz gold inferred (see May 11, 2022 press release). The western and upper portions of the drill holes tested the open resources contained within the Westaway open pit located adjacent to and west of South West, and currently comprised of 0.31 Mt @ 2.22 g/t Au for 22,000 oz gold indicated and 15.53 Mt @ 2.14 g/t Au for 1,067,000 oz gold inferred.
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Table 2: Resource Infill Drill Hole Details
Figure 3: South West - 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
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