Lion One Drills Exceptional High-Grade Intersections as Part of Metallurgical Drill Program

North Vancouver, British Columbia--(Newsfile Corp. - October 4, 2022) - Lion One Metals Limited (TSXV: LIO) (OTCQX: LOMLF) (ASX: LLO) ("Lion One" or the "Company") is pleased to announce assay results from recent wide-diameter (PQ) core drilled for metallurgical test work at its Tuvatu Gold Project in Fiji.

These results complement the excellent results obtained by the infill drill program completed earlier this year and reported on February 23, 2022 (Lion One Reports Additional High Grade Intercepts, Completes Phase 1 Infill Drill Program at Tuvatu - Lion One Metals). The additional results provided by the metallurgical drill program reported here will be applied to the ongoing remodelling of the Tuvatu orebody that will inform the resource update scheduled for Q1 2023. Results of the metallurgical study that will be based on the material provided by this drilling program will be reported as they are received.

Highlight intercepts include:

TUDDM-001 intersecting the URW1 mineralized vein:

  • 14.96 g/t Au over 24.0m from 81.8-105.8m including:
    • - 105.19 g/t Au over 0.3m from 86.9-87.2m
    • - 18.67 g/t Au over 0.6m from 91.4-92.0m
    • - 19.43 g/t Au over 0.6m from 93.2-93.8m
    • - 26.59 g/t Au over 0.9m from 95.6-96.5m
    • - 14.80 g/t Au over 0.6m from 96.5-97.1m
    • - 23.43 g/t Au over 0.6m from 97.1-97.7m
    • - 13.63 g/t Au over 0.6m from 97.7-98.3m
    • - 33.76 g/t Au over 0.6m from 98.3-98.9m
    • - 22.36 g/t Au over 0.6m from 98.9-99.5m
    • - 6.04 g/t Au over 0.9m from 99.5-100.4m
    • - 78.64 g/t Au over 2.4m from 103.4-105.8m which includes:
    • - 9.44 g/t Au over 0.6m from 104.6-105.2m
    • - 297.70 g/t Au over 0.6m from 105.2-105.8m

TUDDM-003 intersecting the URW1 mineralized vein:

  • 65.13 g/t Au over 3.2m from 78.8-82.0m including:
    • - 98.88 g/t Au over 2.1m from 78.8-80.9m which includes:
    • - 58.18 g/t Au over 0.3m from 78.8-79.1m
    • - 624.81 g/t Au over 0.3m from 79.1-79.4m
  • 23.27 g/t Au over 3.3m from 118.9-122.2m including
    • - 50.67 g/t Au over 1.5m from 118.9-120.4m which includes:
    • - 19.49 g/t Au over 0.9m from 118.9-119.8m
    • - 97.45 g/t Au over 0.6m from 119.8-120.4m

TUDDM-004 intersecting the SKL and URW1 mineralized veins:

  • 260.44 g/t Au over 0.3m from 55.7-56.0m
  • 213.52 g/t Au over 0.9m from 56.6-57.5m
  • 40.08 g/t Au over 0.9m from 78.2-79.1m
  • 10.03 g/t Au over 3.0m from 130.6-133.6m including:
    • - 59.82 g/t Au over 0.3m from 130.6-130.9m
    • - 11.39 g/t Au over 0.3m from 130.9-131.2m
    • - 13.64 g/t Au over 0.3m from 131.2-131.5m

TUDDM-005 intersecting the Murau (M) mineralized vein:

  • 9.30 g/t Au over 5.4m from 127.7-133.1m including:
    • - 31.56 g/t Au over 0.6m from 128.9-129.5m
    • - 14.99 g/t Au over 1.2m from 129.5-130.7m
    • - 6.08 g/t Au over 0.9m from 132.2-133.1m
  • 22.80g/t Au over 1.5m from 140.3-141.8m including:
    • - 9.55 g/t Au over 0.3m from 140.6-140.9m
    • - 10.54 g/t Au over 0.3m from 140.9-141.2m
    • - 58.59 g/t Au over 0.3m from 141.2-141.5m
    • - 32.03 g/t Au over 0.3m from 141.5-141.8m

TUDDM-006 intersecting the Murau (M) Lodes

  • 9.87g/t Au over 3.9m from 141.8-145.7m including:
    • - 10.01g/t Au over 1.2m from 141.8-143.0m
    • - 13.74g/t Au over 0.6m from 143.3-143.9m
    • - 13.49g/t Au over 1.2m from 144.5-145.7m

All six metallurgical drill holes were drilled from surface using wide diameter PQ core (85mm) between June 6 and August 10, 2022. The purpose of the program was to collect samples from areas scheduled for mining in the first 3 years of development. These assays presented are a result of one eighth split core, with the remaining seven eighths being sent to Bureau Veritas metallurgical laboratory in Vancouver, Canada for test work to assist in the design of optimised recoveries. As this is a metallurgical program, the holes were designed to intersect some vein sets at an oblique angle in-order to maximise mineralized sample recovery and as such, while drill widths does not necessarily represent true widths, the results provide information on the continuity of Au grades. The URW1 lode is interpreted to strike north-south and dip steeply east and has a true width of approximately 1 to 7 metres. The Murau lodes are interpreted to strike east-west with a moderate southerly dip with multiple lodes of true-width between 0.3 and 4 metres. The SKL lodes are dip subhorizontally, with true-widths of between 0.3 and 1 metre.

Lion One CEO Walter Berukoff commented, "These latest results underscore the continuous, high-grade nature of the mineralization at Tuvatu. Each batch of drill results adds enormous value to the project in both addition of ounces to the total metal budget as well as clarification of important upside potential."

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Figure 1. Image from Leapfrog software long-section view west showing select results from metallurgical drilling campaign. The Murau (red) and SKL lode (purple) orientations are projected on to section.

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Figure 2. Image from Leapfrog software plan view showing select results from metallurgical drilling campaign. The general outline of the Murau (red) and SKL lode (purple) is projected onto the plan.

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Table 1: Drilling intervals returning >0.5 g/t Au. Intervals > 3.0 g/t Au cutoff are shown in red, and intervals > 9.0 g/t Au or longer than 1.2m are bolded.

Hole IDFrom (m)To (m)IntervalMetresLode
TUDDM-00162.062.90.90.58SKLW7
TUDDM-00170.471.30.90.78SKLW8
TUDDM-00176.477.30.91.04Undefined
TUDDM-00179.480.61.21.56SKLW12
TUDDM-00181.8105.824.014.96URW1
Incl.86.987.20.3105.19URW1
Incl.91.492.00.618.67URW1
Incl.93.293.80.619.43URW1
Incl.95.696.50.926.59URW1
Incl.96.597.10.614.80URW1
Incl.97.197.70.623.43URW1
Incl.97.798.30.613.63URW1
Incl.98.398.90.633.76URW1
Incl.98.999.50.622.36URW1
Incl.99.5100.40.96.04URW1
Incl.103.4105.82.478.64URW1
Which Incl.104.6105.20.69.44URW1
and incl.105.2105.80.6297.70URW1
TUDDM-001107.3112.45.14.40URW1
Incl.107.3107.90.617.00URW1
Incl.107.9108.50.65.63URW1
TUDDM-001122.9123.80.96.07M7
Incl.122.9123.50.66.12M7
Incl.123.5123.80.35.96M7
TUDDM-00211.519.47.90.93ME1
TUDDM-00223.023.30.32.93ME1
TUDDM-00224.826.61.81.31ME1
TUDDM-00228.729.00.31.11ME1
TUDDM-00230.836.25.43.29SKLW6
Incl.33.233.50.319.60SKLW6
Incl.33.534.10.66.03SKLW6
TUDDM-00240.141.00.91.45SKLW7
TUDDM-00247.648.20.61.55SKLW8
TUDDM-00251.251.50.314.26SKLW9
TUDDM-00255.155.70.60.84SKLW9
TUDDM-00259.059.60.63.71SKLW9
Incl.59.359.60.35.15SKLW9
TUDDM-00261.161.70.60.89SKLW9
TUDDM-00264.772.67.92.39URW1
Incl.65.666.20.66.76URW1
Incl.67.768.00.35.81URW1
Incl.69.870.10.35.14URW1
TUDDM-00275.375.60.31.66M8
TUDDM-00278.981.52.64.83M8
Incl.79.780.30.66.75M8
Incl.80.380.90.66.71M8
TUDDM-00284.286.32.14.24M8
Incl.84.284.50.311.91M8
Incl.84.584.80.37.41M8
Incl.84.885.10.35.17M8
TUDDM-00297.898.40.60.81M9
TUDDM-002101.1101.70.61.71M9
TUDDM-0038.610.41.82.52Undefined
Incl.9.59.80.36.76Undefined
TUDDM-00312.213.10.90.73Undefined
TUDDM-00314.316.11.80.64Undefined
TUDDM-00317.617.90.30.82Undefined
TUDDM-00319.420.00.60.69Undefined
TUDDM-00323.623.90.31.43Undefined
TUDDM-00326.335.99.62.47ME1
Incl.31.732.00.36.79ME1
Incl.34.134.40.345.68ME1
TUDDM-00337.142.35.20.61SKLW6
TUDDM-00345.647.11.50.89SKLW8
TUDDM-00349.149.70.62.34SKLW8
TUDDM-00350.955.14.22.84SKLW9
Incl.51.551.80.35.16SKLW9
Incl.54.254.50.37.39SKLW9
TUDDM-00365.967.41.50.65SKLW9
TUDDM-00371.073.42.49.74URW1
Incl.71.672.20.65.00URW1
Incl.72.272.80.614.41URW1
Incl.72.873.40.616.77URW1
TUDDM-00378.882.03.265.13URW1
Which Incl.78.880.92.198.88URW1
Incl.78.879.10.358.18URW1
Incl.79.179.40.3624.81URW1
Incl.79.479.70.36.20URW1
TUDDM-00391.993.11.21.00URW1
TUDDM-00395.298.93.74.89M4
Incl.95.295.80.612.44M4
Incl.97.697.90.318.60M4
TUDDM-003101.0106.45.44.17M5
Incl.101.0102.21.29.01M5
Incl.103.1103.70.610.33M5
Incl.103.7104.30.65.52M5
TUDDM-003118.9122.23.323.29M7
Which Incl.118.9120.41.550.67M7
Incl.118.9119.80.919.49M7
Incl.119.8120.40.697.45M7
TUDDM-003132.1133.31.21.13M7
TUDDM-0048.68.90.31.22M7
TUDDM-00410.110.70.60.71M7
TUDDM-00412.516.74.20.42M7
TUDDM-00417.918.20.32.19M7
TUDDM-00419.422.12.71.85M7
Incl.19.720.00.36.95M7
TUDDM-00423.323.90.60.99M7
TUDDM-0042629.63.60.78ME1
TUDDM-00431.136.85.71.11ME1
TUDDM-00438.639.81.20.77Undefined
TUDDM-00443.444.00.60.56SKLW6
TUDDM-00455.756.00.3260.44SKLW8
TUDDM-00456.657.50.9213.52SKLW8
TUDDM-00464.768.63.90.85Undefined
TUDDM-00478.279.10.940.08SKLW10
TUDDM-00483.083.90.91.40Undefined
TUDDM-00485.786.91.221.10SKLW11
Incl.8686.90.926.72SKLW11
TUDDM-00489.692.32.73.13Undefined SKL
Incl.91.792.00.310.05Undefined SKL
Incl.92.092.30.311.03Undefined SKL
TUDDM-00495.9101.25.34.13Undefined SKL
Incl.96.497.00.69.28Undefined SKL
Incl.97.097.60.66.87Undefined SKL
Incl.100.6101.20.67.30Undefined SKL
TUDDM-004112.9114.41.514.14Undefined SKL
Incl.112.9113.20.322.61Undefined SKL
Incl.113.2113.50.311.88Undefined SKL
Incl.113.5114.40.912.07Undefined SKL
TUDDM-004116.2117.41.20.95Undefined SKL
TUDDM-004121.6122.50.94.02Undefined SKL
TUDDM-004124.9125.50.66.02URW1
Incl.125.2125.50.311.51URW1
TUDDM-004128.5129.10.61.09URW1
TUDDM-004130.6133.63.010.03URW1
Incl.130.6130.90.359.82URW1
Incl.130.9131.20.311.39URW1
Incl.131.2131.50.313.64URW1
TUDDM-004136.3136.90.62.80URW1
TUDDM-004153.0153.60.69.79URW1
TUDDM-00574.379.75.41.69M1
Incl.77.377.60.311.66M1
TUDDM-00580.983.02.15.89M2
TUDDM-00585.786.91.21.85M3
TUDDM-005105.5106.40.98.84M4
TUDDM-005123.8126.52.710.98M8
Incl.124.4124.70.38.51M8
Incl.125.9126.20.364.21M8
Incl.126.2126.50.318.15M8
TUDDM-005127.7133.15.49.30M8
Incl.128.9129.50.631.56M8
Incl.129.5130.71.214.99M8
Incl.132.2133.10.96.08M8
TUDDM-005136.7139.12.411.50M9
Incl.138.2138.50.350.06M9
Incl.138.5138.80.316.66M9
Incl.138.8139.10.310.14M9
TUDDM-005140.3141.81.522.80M10
Incl.140.6140.90.39.55M10
Incl.140.9141.20.310.54M10
Incl.141.2141.50.358.59M10
Incl.141.5141.80.332.03M10
TUDDM-00656.356.60.30.53M10
TUDDM-00693.295.62.44.20M3
Incl.94.495.61.26.30M3
TUDDM-00698.999.50.69.06M4
Incl.99.299.50.315.96M4
TUDDM-006113.9114.80.93.39M5
TUDDM-006136.7138.51.83.64M8
Incl.137.3138.51.25.12M8
TUDDM-006141.8145.73.99.87M9
Incl.141.8143.01.210.01M9
Incl.143.3143.90.613.74M9
Incl.144.5145.71.213.49M9

 

Table 2: Survey details of diamond drill holes referenced in this release

Hole NoCoordinates (Fiji map grid)RLfinal depthdipazimuth

EN
m
(TN)
TUDDM-00118763373920739227.2151.4-90-
TUDDM-00218763483920796209.5112.4-76219
TUDDM-00318763503920793206.7159.4-59197
TUDDM-00418763523920798209.7154.2-59180
TUDDM-00518763353920737227.3173.6-69304
TUDDM-00618763353920738227.2180.1-59302

 

Qualified Person
In accordance with National Instrument 43-101 - Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects ("NI 43-101"), Sergio Cattalani, P.Geo, Senior Vice President Exploration, is the Qualified Person for the Company and has reviewed and is responsible for the technical and scientific content of this news release.

QAQC Procedures
Lion One adheres to rigorous QAQC procedures above and beyond basic regulatory guidelines in conducting its sampling, drilling, testing, and analyses. The Company utilizes its own fleet of diamond drill rigs, using PQ, HQ and NQ sized drill core rods. Drill core is logged and split by Lion One personnel on site. Samples are delivered to and analysed at the Company's geochemical and metallurgical laboratory in Fiji. Duplicates of all samples with grades above 0.5 g/t Au are both re-assayed at Lion One's lab and delivered to ALS Global Laboratories in Australia (ALS) for check assay determinations. All samples for all high-grade intercepts are sent to ALS for check assays. All samples are pulverized to 80% passing through 75 microns. Gold analysis is carried out using fire assay with an AA finish. Samples that have returned grades greater than 10.00 g/t Au are then re-analysed by gravimetric method. For samples that return greater than 0.50 g/t Au, repeat fire assay runs are carried out and repeated until a result is obtained that is within 10% of the original fire assay run. For samples with multiple fire assay runs, the average of duplicate runs is presented. Lion One's laboratory can also assay for a range of 71 other elements through Inductively Coupled Plasma Optical Emission Spectrometry (ICP-OES), but currently focuses on a suite of 9 important pathfinder elements. All duplicate anomalous samples are sent to ALS labs in Townsville QLD and are analysed by the same methods (Au-AA26, and Au-GRA22 where applicable). ALS also analyses for 33 pathfinder elements by HF-HNO3-HClO4 acid digestion, HCl leach and ICP-AES (method ME-ICP61).

About Lion One Metals Limited
Lion One's flagship asset is 100% owned, fully permitted high grade Tuvatu Alkaline Gold Project, located on the island of Viti Levu in Fiji. Lion One envisions a low-cost high-grade underground gold mining operation at Tuvatu coupled with exciting exploration upside inside its tenements covering the entire Navilawa Caldera, an underexplored yet highly prospective 7km diameter alkaline gold system. Lion One's CEO Walter Berukoff leads an experienced team of explorers and mine builders and has owned or operated over 20 mines in 7 countries. As the founder and former CEO of Miramar Mines, Northern Orion, and La Mancha Resources, Walter is credited with building over $3 billion of value for shareholders.

On behalf of the Board of Directors of
Lion One Metals Limited
"Walter Berukoff"
Chairman and CEO

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