Moneta Gold Inc. (TSX: ME) (OTCQX: MEAUF) (XETRA: MOP) is pleased to announce results from two new drill holes, MGH21-209 and MGH21-213, and additional results from two previously drilled holes, MGH21-201 and MGH21-208, to test the resource expansion potential of the Westaway underground gold resources within the Golden Highway area of the Tower Gold project. The drilling is part of the 2020/2021 drill program designed to test extensions of the current mineral resource estimate of 4.0M ounces indicated gold and 4.4M ounces inferred gold (see February 24, 2021 press release) on the Tower Gold project, located 100 kms east of Timmins, Ontario. Additional holes and assays from this drill program remain pending.
Drilling successfully intersected gold mineralization at depth and extended the mineralized zone to the south and west. Hole MGH21-213 returned higher-grade intersections in quartz veining and extended the mineralization by 100 metres to the west towards the 55 Deposit.
Highlights from the drilling include:
Gary O’Connor, Moneta’s CEO commented, “These recent drill results confirm higher-grade intersections at depth and along strike in the Westaway Deposit. There is also significant gold mineralization in large step-outs to the south, at depth and to the west towards the 55 Zone deposit, which is located 200 m away. The current drilling program is designed to expand the underground gold resource at Westaway where the maiden resource currently consists of 662,000 ounces gold inferred resources at a 3.00 g/t Au cut-off. In addition, resource expansion drilling continues on the South West, Windjammer South, and 55 resource areas, as well as on the new Halfway discovery. Four drill rigs have also been mobilized to test for new resources on the Garrison property.”
The latest assay results include initial results from two new drill holes for a total of 1,710.0 m and additional new results from two (2) previously announced drill holes for a total of 1,594.0 m of drilling (see July 15, 2021 press release, August 19, 2021 press release and September 1, 2021 press release), completed as part of the current 70,000 m 2020/2021 drill program. The reported holes were targeting the extensions of the new Westaway underground resource to the south, west and at depth. Additional assays for the two holes and results from additional drilling, notably to the west and at depth, are still pending.
Figure 1: Tower Gold Project: General Location Map
Table 1: Selected Significant Drill Results
Intercepts are calculated using geological boundaries, 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 75% to 95% of true width.
Discussion of Drill Results
Drilling was targeting clastic sediment hosted gold mineralized stacked quartz veins south of the Band Iron Formation “C” unit and south of the post mineralization gabbro intrusion as well as extensions of the resource to the west. The latest assay results confirmed extensions of gold mineralization to the south of the post-mineral gabbro, as well as at depth and to the west.
Drill results from the current program at Westaway confirmed the occurrence of west dipping higher grade stacked quartz veins sets and associated ankerite-albite-sericite-pyrite alteration haloes. Mineralization has been extended by another 100 m to the west and 200 m to depth in hole MGH21-213.
Drill holes MGH21-213, and MGH21-208 were drilled to test the western and down dip extensions of the Westaway mineralization north of the BIF C and gabbro units and towards the 55 open pit gold deposit. MGH21-208 was drilled immediately to the north of the gabbro and BIF C units. New results from MGH21-208 intersected up to 32.65 m @ 1.22 g/t Au, including 5.00 m @ 2.12 g/t Au, and 4.40 m @ 3.03 g/t Au. Drill hole MGH21-208 also intersected 7.60 m @ 2.62 g/t Au including 5.60 m @ 3.40 g/t Au, including 4.00 m @ 4.02 g/t Au, including 2.20 m @ 5.46 g/t Au, including 0.75 m @ 11.20 g/t Au. MGH21-213 was drilled 100 m to the west of MGH21-208 and intersected 16.10 m @ 3.21 g/t Au, including 9.35 m @ 4.71 g/t Au, and including 3.00 m @ 8.64 g/t Au, including 1.00 m @ 16.50 g/t Au, and 1.00 m @ 9.12 g/t Au. MGH21-213 also intersected 13.50 m @ 2.95 g/t Au, including 7.50 m @ 5.02 g/t Au, including 4.00 m @ 8.61 g/t Au, including 2.35 m @ 10.81 g/t Au, and including 0.50 m @ 22.70 g/t Au. MGH21-213 also intersected 6.35 m @ 2.96 g/t Au, including 0.70 m @ 9.62 g/t Au, and 1.35 m @ 5.29 g/t Au, as well as 7.70 m @ 2.56 g/t Au, including 2.35 m @ 4.59 g/t Au.
Drill holes MGH21-201 and MGH21-209 were drilled to infill gaps within the main Westaway resource north of the gabbro and BIF C units and continued to intersect significant gold mineralization. MGH21-201 intersected 14.20 m @ 3.51 g/t Au, including 7.60 m @ 4.10 g/t Au, and including 3.60 m @ 5.31 g/t Au. MGH21-209 intersected 4.25 m @ 2.47 g/t Au, including 1.25 m @ 6.23 g/t Au, and including 0.35 m @ 10.10 g/t Au.
Table 2: New Drill Hole Details*
*Assay results for the reported holes are not complete. Additional assay results from drill holes will be released upon receipt. All intercepts are reported as drill widths and not true widths.
Figure 2: Westaway Drill Program: Drill Hole Location Map
Figure 3: Westaway Resource Drilling- Cross Section
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. Kevin Montgomery, P.Geo. is a qualified person under NI 43-101 and has reviewed and approved the technical contents of this press release.
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 4.0M ounces indicated and 4.4M ounces inferred. The Company’s 2020/2021 drill program is designed to test extensions of mineralization and expand the current mineral resource. Moneta is committed to creating shareholder value through the strategic allocation of capital and its focus on the current resource expansion drilling program in an environmentally and socially responsible manner.
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