MONARCH MINING CORPORATION (TSX: GBAR) (OTCQX: GBARF) is pleased to announce the final results for its 2020 exploration diamond drilling program on its wholly-owned McKenzie Break project, located 25 kilometres north of Val-d’Or, Québec. The results include several significant intersections as Monarch continues to extend the high-grade portion of the recently estimated resource towards the northeast and south.
Diamond drilling was carried out in 50‒100-metre step-out holes, with 14 holes drilled (6,697.4 metres). All assay results are now available for the remaining 8 holes of the second half of the program (4,097.4 metres). The most recent results for the resource expansion drilling program include hole MK-20-276, drilled at the southern limit of the mineralized envelope, which intersected 70.80 g/t Au over 0.4 metres and 10.2 g/t Au over 1.2 metres. The hole is approximately 113 metres from hole MK-20-255, which intersected 13.95 g/t Au over 14.35 m (see press release dated July 23, 2020), and has extended the mineralized envelope approximately 50 metres to the south.
Hole MK-20-266 intersected 8.80 g/t Au over 1.0 metre within a larger section of 6.47 g/t Au over 3.0 metres, at a vertical depth of 240 metres. Approximately 80 metres down the hole, a second, wider zone was intersected, assaying 2.25 g/t Au over 12.0 metres, including 13.8 g/t Au over 1.0 metre. This intersection is 75 metres northeast of the current resource envelope. Hole MK-20-267, located southeast of MK-20-266 and 104 metres east of the resource envelope, intersected 5.79 g/t au over 1.0 metre. The current drill results show good grade continuity towards the northeast and east. Other significant results are shown in Figures 1 to 4 and in Table 1, below.
Monarch started drilling the 14,300 metres of Phase 2 of its drilling program with one drill rig in April and plans to add a second drill rig in June. The program is designed to further expand and delineate the mineralization. The first hole, MK-21-268, located 50 metres east of the resource envelope, is now complete. Visual examination has identified visible gold in two areas in the hole, both associated with quartz-tourmaline veins with pyrite over 1.7 metres, hosted in an altered diorite. Assay results are pending.
“We are very pleased with the results of drilling program in that we have been able to expand the mineralized envelope beyond the limits of the previous mineral resource estimate,” said Jean-Marc Lacoste, President and Chief Executive Officer of Monarch. “The most recent drill results to the northeast and south, beyond the boundaries of the resource estimate, demonstrate that the mineralized envelope is still open and lies at a relatively shallow depth. We are continuing to follow and expand this high-grade portion of the resource by diamond drilling, and will also be testing similar features elsewhere on the newly-expanded property.”
Monarch has conducted a high-resolution detailed airborne magnetic survey on a 25-metre line spacing over much of the northern and southern parts of the property, including the new claims staked in March 2021. Final maps are pending. The magnetic survey will help in defining the geology and identifying magnetic signatures typical of the current mineralized zones.
Table 1: Significant assay results
|MK-20-262||No significant assays|
|MK-20-278||No significant assays|
*The width shown is the core length. True width is estimated at 80-85% of core length.
Table 2: Drill hole location
About McKenzie Break
Gold mineralization occurs in an elongated diorite unit or lens within a shallow embayment of the Pascalis Batholith. Monarch continues to have drilling success beyond the limits of the recent resource update provided by Geologica and GoldMinds (see Table 3 and press release dated February 8, 2021). The mineralized envelope currently measures 800 metres by 650 metres and has been tested down to a vertical depth of 400 metres. The Corporation will continue drill testing the limits of the defined mineralized envelope as well as other priority targets on the property, including targets on the newly-staked claims to the south (see press release dated March 8, 2021), with its 14,300-metre Phase 2 drilling program. Drilling resumed in April and will accelerate with the addition of a second drill in June.
Table 3: Combined resources (in-pit and underground) by category for the McKenzie Break deposit at the selected cut-off grades (GoldMinds Geoservices Inc.)
|Area (cut-off grade)||Indicated resource||Inferred resource|
|Pit-constrained (0.50 g/t Au)||1,441,377||1.80||83,305||2,243,562||1.44||104,038|
|Underground (2.38 g/t Au)||387,720||5.03||62,677||1,083,503||4.21||146,555|
The resource estimate was prepared by Merouane Rachidi, P.Geo., Ph.D., and Claude Duplessis, P.Eng., of GoldMinds Geoservices Inc., both qualified persons under National Instrument 43-101.
Sampling consists of sawing the NQ-size core into equal halves along its main axis and shipping one of the halves to AGAT Laboratories in Mississauga, Ontario, for assaying. The samples are crushed, pulverized and assayed by fire assay, with atomic absorption finish. Results exceeding 3.0 g/t Au are re-assayed using the gravity method, and samples containing visible gold grains are assayed using the metallic screen method. Monarch uses a comprehensive QA/QC protocol, including the insertion of standards and blanks.
The technical and scientific content of this press release has been reviewed and approved by Louis Martin, P.Geo., the Corporation’s qualified person under National Instrument 43-101.
Monarch Mining Corporation is a fully integrated mining company that owns four advanced projects, including the fully permitted past-producing Beaufor Mine, which has produced more than 1 million ounces of gold over the last 30 years. Other advanced assets include the Croinor Gold, McKenzie Break and Swanson properties, all located near Monarch’s wholly owned and fully permitted Beacon 750 tpd mill. Monarch owns 28,725 hectares (287 km2) of mining assets in the prolific Abitibi mining camp that host 588,482 ounces of combined measured and indicated gold resources and 329,393 ounces of combined inferred resources.
Table 4 – Monarch combined gold resources
|Total Measured and Indicated||804,600||9.12||236,000|
|Total Measured and Indicated||431,100||6.68||92,700|
Measured and Indicated Resources
|1 Source: Monarch Gold prefeasibility study (January 19, 2018) and resource estimate (January 8, 2016). This resource was completed for Monarch Gold and has not been reviewed by a qualified person for Monarch Mining as required under National Instrument 43-101 and is thus considered as an historical estimate.
2 Source: NI 43-101 Technical Report and Mineral Resource Estimate for the Beaufor Mine, December 18, 2020, Val-d’Or, Québec, Canada, Carl Pelletier, P. Geo., InnovExplo Inc. and John Langton, P. Geo., JPL GeoServices Inc.
3 Source: NI 43-101 Technical Evaluation Report on the McKenzie Break Property, February 1, 2021, Val-d’Or, Québec, Canada, Alain-Jean Beauregard, P.Geo., Daniel Gaudreault, P.Eng., Geologica Groupe-Conseil Inc., and Merouane Rachidi, P.Geo., Claude Duplessis, P.Eng., GoldMinds GeoServices Inc.
4 Source: NI 43-101 Technical Report and Mineral Resource Estimate for the Swanson Project, January 22, 2021, Val-d’Or, Québec, Canada, Christine Beausoleil, P. Geo. and Alain Carrier, P. Geo., InnovExplo Inc.
5 Numbers may not add due to rounding.
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