Moneta Continues to Intersect Significant Gold Mineralization at the Tower Gold Project

Toronto, Ontario--(Newsfile Corp. - November 3, 2022) - Moneta Gold Inc. (TSX: ME) (OTCQX: MEAUF) (XETRA: MOP) ("Moneta") is pleased to announce assay results from fourteen (14) drill holes from resource infill and step-out drilling on the Westaway and South West gold deposits at the Tower Gold project, located 100 kilometres ("km") east of Timmins, Ontario. The drilling was conducted as part of the current 70,000 metres ("m") infill and resource upgrade drill program on the recently announced mineral resource estimate of 4.5 million ("M") ounces ("oz") indicated gold ("Au") and 8.3 Moz inferred Au (see September 07, 2022 press release) at the Tower Gold project.

Drilling Highlights:
Westaway

  • MGH22-310 intersected 70.00 m @ 1.82 grams per tonne "g/t" Au, including 37.00 m @ 3.10 g/t Au, including 22.15 m @ 4.62 g/t Au, including 6.95 m @ 6.40 g/t Au, and 0.80 m @ 11.90 g/t Au
  • MGH22-320 intersected 29.00 m @ 3.34 g/t Au, including 2.12 m @ 12.60 g/t Au, including 0.92 m @ 22.70 g/t Au, and 5.00 m @ 5.05 g/t Au, and 3.90 m @ 5.32 g/t Au
  • MGH22-309 intersected 4.00 m @ 11.43 g/t Au, including 2.75 m @ 16.21 g/t Au, including 1.40 m @ 19.50 g/t Au
  • MGH22-299 intersected 27.00 m @ 2.23 g/t Au, including 7.10 m @ 7.70 g/t Au, including 3.05 m @ 15.49 g/t Au, and 0.95 m @ 23.30 g/t Au
  • MGH22-292 intersected 16.35 m @ 2.77 g/t Au, including 7.45 m @ 3.51 g/t Au, including 1.20 m @ 12.80 g/t Au, and 1.25 m @ 8.91 g/t Au
  • MGH22-292 intersected 6.00 m @ 7.47 g/t Au, including 1.30 m @ 14.62 g/t Au, including 0.60 m @ 20.20 g/t Au, and 1.00 m @ 16.50 g/t Au
  • MGH22-304 intersected 19.00 m @ 2.15 g/t Au, including 7.00 m @ 4.44 g/t Au, including 2.00 m @ 13.81 g/t Au, including 1.00 m @ 23.80 g/t Au
  • MGH22-300 intersected 13.10 m @ 2.59 g/t Au, including 8.10 m @ 3.05 g/t Au, including 1.00 m @ 7.41 g/t Au, and 1.00 m @ 5.75 g/t Au

South West

  • MGH22-293 intersected 56.50 m @ 1.10 g/t Au, including 10.00 M @ 3.30 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
  • MGH22-291 intersected 3.70 m @ 3.34 g/t Au, including 1.00 m @ 9.52 g/t Au
  • MGH22-293 intersected 27.50 m @ 0.99 g/t Au, including 8.70 m @ 1.95 g/t Au, including 1.20 m @ 5.72 g/t Au

Gary O'Connor, Moneta's President and Chief Executive Officer commented, "These latest infill assay drill results from Westaway and South West continue to confirm the continuity and extensions of the current mineral resource estimate, recently updated in September. These results support significant gold grades across wide widths of gold mineralization within the mostly underground mineral resources and have intersected extensions of mineralization outside the resource up to 150 metres to the west and at depth and up to 300 metres to the east. As we continue to de-risk and advance the Tower Gold project, we look forward to completing the current resource infill and upgrade drill program in preparation of a mineral resource estimate update for the planned Pre-Feasibility Study, set to commence in the first quarter of 2024."

The latest assay results are from fourteen (14) drill holes for 8,309.0 m of diamond drilling, including 12 drill holes for 6,276.0 m from Westaway and 2 holes for 2,033.0 m from South West, completed as part of an initial 70,000 m drill program planned as resource infill and upgrade drilling. Drilling is being conducted on 50 m centres as step-outs and infill of previous drill holes.

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Figure 1: Tower Gold Project - General Location Map

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Table 1: Westaway: Selected Significant Drill Results

HoleFrom ToLengthAuVein
(#)(m)(m)(m)(g/t)(Name)
MGH22-292163.85165.401.554.58New
MGH22-292195.50204.008.501.39New
includes196.80200.003.202.75
includes198.00199.001.005.15
MGH22-292517.00522.005.003.58WA-18
includes517.00519.152.156.44
MGH22-292573.00578.205.201.87WA-18A
includes573.00575.002.003.68
includes573.00574.001.004.68
MGH22-292671.15680.008.851.38WA-15
includes671.15672.951.803.13
includes672.15672.950.804.05
MGH22-292856.30857.000.7012.40New
MGH22-292918.65935.0016.352.77WA-5/WA-6
includes918.65926.107.453.51WA-6
includes924.90926.101.2012.80
and930.00933.153.154.50WA-5
includes931.00932.251.258.91
MGH22-292959.00965.006.007.47WA-3
includes959.00960.301.3014.62
includes959.70960.300.6020.20
and963.00965.002.009.94
includes964.00965.001.0016.50
MGH22-29690.00114.0024.000.72 New
includes90.0094.004.002.22
MGH22-296290.00320.0030.000.49WA-16
includes316.00320.004.002.14
MGH22-296506.00516.0010.001.29WA-9
includes509.00512.003.003.43
includes509.00511.002.004.61
MGH22-299114.50141.5027.002.23WA-3
includes131.60138.707.107.70
includes133.55136.603.0515.49
includes133.55134.500.9523.30
MGH22-30073.00108.6035.601.11WA-19
includes73.0078.105.102.35
includes73.0075.002.004.87
and90.00102.0012.001.86
includes90.0091.001.005.20
and96.00102.006.002.52
includes101.00102.001.006.86
MGH22-300339.10352.0012.901.33WA-11
includes349.00352.003.004.65
includes350.00351.001.008.30
MGH22-300533.75539.005.252.29WA-7A
includes538.00539.001.004.47
MGH22-300556.90570.0013.102.59WA-6
includes556.90565.008.103.05
includes558.00559.001.007.41
MGH22-300600.50620.0019.501.51WA-4/WA-3
includes600.50602.502.004.09WA-4
includes601.50602.501.006.69
and613.00620.007.002.33WA-3
includes614.00615.001.004.85
MGH22-304107.00116.009.001.61
includes113.00114.001.005.15
MGH22-304199.00232.0033.000.85WA-9
includes201.00212.0011.001.50
includes208.00211.003.003.29
includes210.00211.001.004.85
and225.00227.002.003.90
MGH22-304245.00250.005.002.41WA-8
includes245.00248.003.003.44
MGH22-304277.00298.0021.001.23WA-7A
includes288.00293.005.003.70
includes292.00293.001.0013.00
MGH22-304311.00330.0019.002.15WA-6/WA-7
includes320.00327.007.004.44
includes320.00323.003.009.84
includes320.00322.002.0013.81
includes321.00322.001.0023.80
MGH22-304438.00458.0020.001.49WA-2
and452.00458.006.004.20WA-2
includes453.00456.003.007.20
includes453.00454.001.0013.00
MGH22-305120.00149.0029.001.07WA-6
includes145.00149.004.005.62WA-6
includes145.00146.001.007.12
and147.00148.001.0011.40
MGH22-305275.00294.0019.001.58WA-1
includes280.90286.855.954.59WA-1
includes283.00286.853.856.17WA-1
includes283.00284.501.507.57WA-1
MGH22-308267.00274.007.003.61WA-1
includes267.00273.206.204.04
includes268.00270.002.007.06
includes268.00269.001.008.60
MGH22-309395.50399.504.0011.43New
includes396.75399.502.7516.21
includes398.10399.501.4019.50
MGH22-310232.00302.0070.001.82WA-3
includes263.00300.0037.003.10
includes277.85300.0022.154.62
includes292.05299.006.956.40
includes298.20299.000.8011.90
MGH22-311135.00148.7013.701.06WA-15
includes139.00140.001.002.36
MGH22-311231.00258.0027.000.61WA-13
includes241.00243.002.003.19
MGH22-311367.00375.508.501.08WA-10
includes373.10374.501.402.91
MGH22-311440.00461.0021.000.57WA-8
includes444.70447.703.002.34
MGH22-311516.70521.004.303.16WA-7A
includes516.70517.701.0012.20
MGH22-311588.00595.007.003.22WA-3
includes588.50590.201.706.18
and593.40595.001.605.32
MGH22-311615.00630.5015.500.97WA-2
includes615.00617.002.002.61
MGH22-320163.00181.0018.000.60New
includes164.00171.007.001.22
includes164.00165.001.006.18
MGH22-320270.50280.009.500.97WA-13
includes271.00274.003.002.71
includes273.00274.001.005.22
MGH22-320430.00442.0012.000.81New
includes430.00431.001.003.81
MGH22-320575.70604.7029.003.34WA-3
includes579.58581.702.1212.60
includes579.58580.500.9222.70
and584.70589.705.005.05
includes588.00588.700.708.13
and600.80604.703.905.32
includes602.70603.701.007.72
MGH22-320622.00625.703.702.42WA-2
includes622.00624.002.003.95
includes623.00624.001.004.78

 

Note: Intercepts are calculated using a 0.20 g/t Au cut-off, a maximum of 5m internal dilution and no top cap applied. Drill intercepts are not true widths, are reported as drill widths, and are estimated to be 75% to 95% of true width.

Table 2: South West: Selected Significant Drill Results

HoleFrom ToLengthAuGram x metres
(#)(m)(m)(m)(g/t)(g x m)
MGH22-29137.5058.0020.501.6133.0
includes39.0051.0012.002.2126.5
includes39.0040.001.007.107.1
and45.8551.005.152.3812.3
MGH22-291368.30372.003.703.3412.4
includes369.15370.151.009.529.5
MGH22-291630.00644.3514.350.8712.5
includes630.00632.002.004.188.4
MGH22-291672.00676.504.501.858.3
includes673.00676.503.502.107.4
includes676.00676.500.504.462.2
MGH22-291895.00896.001.007.227.2
MGH22-291950.00956.006.001.7110.3
includes955.00956.001.008.408.4
MGH22-291963.00967.504.502.5611.5
includes963.50966.452.953.3910.0
includes965.60966.450.854.603.9
MGH22-293619.50647.0027.500.9927.2
includes633.80642.508.701.9517.0
includes633.80635.001.205.726.9
MGH22-293976.001032.5056.501.1062.2
includes1013.001023.0010.003.3033.0
includes1013.001016.003.006.7020.1
includes1014.001015.001.0011.2011.2

 

Note: Intercepts are calculated using a 0.20 g/t Au cut-off, a maximum of 5m internal dilution and no top cap applied. Drill intercepts are not true widths, are reported as drill widths, and are estimated to be 75% to 95% of true width.

Discussion of Drill Results

Westaway
Drilling at Westaway was focused on infilling and extending the wide stacked extensional quartz veins hosting the current open pit and underground gold resource from surface to vertical depths of up to 700 m. The drill results confirmed good continuity of the resource estimate and extended gold mineralization to the west and at depth. Drill hole MGH22-292 intersected significant gold mineralization over 150m to depth and to the west, intersecting up to 6.00 m @ 7.47 g/t Au, including 1.30 m @ 14.62 g/t Au in step-out drilling. The Westaway open pit currently hosts an indicated resource of 0.75 million tonnes ("Mt") @ 2.20 g/t Au containing 53,000 oz gold and an inferred resource of 22.11 Mt @ 1.95 g/t Au containing 1,383,000 oz gold and an underground resource of 2.35 Mt @ 4.23 g/t Au for 320,000 oz gold inferred (see September 07, 2022 press release). The drill holes predominantly tested the areas south of the regional banded iron formation "A" and "B" units ("BIF") and north of the BIF "C" unit within altered clastic sediments hosting stacked vein sets.

South West
At South West, drilling was targeted to extend and infill the stacked extensional quartz vein sets hosting the current underground gold resource from surface to vertical depths of up to 800 m. The drill results confirmed continuity of the resource estimate and extended gold mineralization to the west, east, and at depth of the current resource. MGH22-293 intersected gold mineralization up to 300 m to the east of the current resource assaying up to 3.00 m @ 6.70 g/t Au, including 1.00 m @ 11.20 g/t Au. The South West underground resource currently hosts 0.21 million Mt @ 4.53 g/t Au containing 31,000 oz gold indicated and 6.73 Mt @ 4.26 g/t Au containing 920,000 oz gold inferred (see September 07, 2022 press release). The drill holes predominantly tested the areas south of the regional BIF A" and B units ("BIF") on the eastern areas of the South West deposit located within stacked vein sets hosted in altered clastic sediments.

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Figure 2: Westaway-South West - Tower Gold: Infill Drill Location Map

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Figure 3: Westaway-South West - Tower Gold: Infill Drilling Cross Section

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Table 3: Westaway and South West - Resource Infill Drill Hole Details

HoleEastingNorthingElevationAzimuthInclinationDepth
(#)(mE)(mN)(masl)(°)(°)(m)
MGH22-292569292536869031870-621068.0
MGH22-296569741536879631870-60780.0
MGH22.299570224536914932750-60240.0
MGH22-300569818536881631880-60768.0
MGH22-303570276537054132850-60132.0
MGH22-304570024536891831955-59501.0
MGH22-305570178536902832350-61321.0
MGH22-308570197536904932175-60303.0
MGH22-309570098536893531965-60456.0
MGH22-310570193536904832287-59330.0
MGH22-311569815536888332264-60726.0
MGH22-320569875536881331876-60651.0
MGH22-291*571068536950432360-70996.0
MGH22-293*571200536970232350-601037.0

 
*Drilled at South West

QA/QC Procedures
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. 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 focused on advancing its 100% wholly owned Tower Gold project, located in the Timmins region of Northeastern Ontario, Canada's most prolific gold producing camp. The September 2022, Preliminary Economic Assessment study outlined a combined open pit and underground mining and a 7.0 million tonne per annum conventional leach/CIL operation over a 24-year mine life, with 4.6 Moz of recovered gold, generating an after-tax NPV5% of $1,066M, IRR of 31.7%, and a 2.6-year payback at a gold price US$1,600/oz. Tower Gold hosts an estimated gold mineral resource of 4.5 Moz indicated and 8.3 Moz inferred. 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.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT:
Gary V. O'Connor, CEO
416-357-3319

Linda Armstrong, Investor Relations
647-456-9223

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