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Nevada King Gold Corp. (TSX-V: NKG) (OTCQX: NKGFF)  is pleased to announce assay results from seven reverse circulation holes recently completed at its Atlanta Gold Mine Project located 264km northeast of Las Vegas, Nevada, in the prolific Battle Mountain Trend. Today’s holes are plotted in plan and section on Figures 1 and 2 below.




Hole No. From (m) To (m) Interval (m) Au (g/t) Ag (g/t) Zone
AT23WS-47 219.5 332.3 112.8 0.58 3.2 WAGZ
AT23WS-48 207.3 346.0 138.7 0.32 5.3 WAGZ
AT23HG-38 214.9 329.3 114.3 1.43 16.5 WAGZ
AT23NS-131C* 132.6 172.3 39.6 4.91 41.4 AMFZ
AT23NS-133A* 99.1 123.5 24.4 2.33 24.6 AMFZ
AT23NS-133B* 99.1 120.4 21.3 2.99 22.8 AMFZ
AT23NS-133D* 73.2 97.6 24.4 2.25 23.3 AMFZ
Table 1. Holes released today. Mineralization occurs along near-horizontal horizons with true mineralized thickness in
vertical holes estimated to be 85% to 95% of reported drill intercept length. True mineralized thickness in angle holes
estimated to be 75% to 90% of reported intercept length. *Denotes angle hole.
  • AT23NS-131C intercepted high-grade gold/silver mineralization along the Atlanta Mine Fault Zone at the southwest end of the historical pit with 4.91 g/t Au over 39.6m. Nearby angle holes AT23-NS133A, B, and D, also targeted this gap in drilling and together with AT23NS-131C demonstrate good lateral continuity of mineralization, with grades ranging from 2.25 g/t Au to 4.91 g/t Au and 23.3 g/t Ag to 41.4 g/t Ag, and true thicknesses ranging from 20m to 34m.
  • AT23WS-47, AT23WS-48, and AT23HG-38 were collared evenly across the 150m-wide West Atlanta Graben Zone to fill in gaps in the drill pattern as well as to check previous holes that had not fully penetrated the mineralized zone. AT23HG-38 fully penetrated the mineralized zone and returned 114.3m grading 1.43 g/t Au, while a previously released nearby hole AT23HG-5 bottomed in mineralization and returned 93m grading 1.14 g/t. This deeper drilling in AT23HG-38 reveals significantly stronger grade and thickness compared to the earlier drilling.
  • A very similar relationship is seen between previously released AT23WS-36 (93m @ 0.54 g/t Au from 242m to 335m) and historical hole AR-21 (64m @ 0.39 g/t Au from 241m to 305m), as shown in Figure 2 below. Here again, deeper drilling intersected thicker and higher grade material.
  • AT23WS-48 was collared on the east side of the West Atlanta Fault #2, which bounds the western side of the WAGZ, and intercepted 138.7m of 0.32 g/t Au. Two historic holes that were collared nearby intersected the mineralized bed approximately 15-20m further west and closer to the WAF2, returning higher grades including 0.82 g/t Au over 76.2m in AR-19 and 1.11 g/t Au over 68m in DHRI-11-6C. These results further demonstrate that higher-grade mineralization occurs proximate to high-angle faults such as the WAF2. Additional drilling is required west of the WAF2, where mineralization remains open.


Cal Herron, Exploration Manager of Nevada King, stated, “Most of the ounces included in the existing 2020 resource (Table 4) of 460,000oz M+I and 142,000oz inferred are located within the AMFZ where a majority of the historical holes were drilled. Mineralization within the WAGZ was recognized by the historical drilling, but the paucity of holes and generally low grade and narrow intercepts greatly limited the proportion of WAGZ mineralization included in the Gustavson resource model. Historical efforts to build a larger and higher grade deposit at Atlanta were largely stymied by failure to recognize the existence and significance of numerous high-angle, high-grade feeder structures responsible for channeling gold-bearing fluids into the low-angle replacement horizons all across the deposit. Poor drill recovery and failure to fully penetrate mineralized zones hosting higher grades also contributed to this incomplete intrepetation.


“Nevada King’s recognition of multiple high-angle, high-grade feeder structures in early 2022 resulted in an evolving structural model that has since guided the Company’s drilling efforts. As a result of our drilling, our understanding of the overall distribution of +0.30 g/t Au mineralization has greatly improved and as a result, we are better able to define the location and attitude of the high-grade feeder-faults that are critical for potentially increasing precious metal grade and tonnage. The efficacy of this model is evident in today’s results along Section 23-7N(3), a 400m-wide cross section that now shows thorough drill definition across both the AMFZ and WAGZ, identifying the location of higher grade core zones and fault displacements of mineralization, while also fully penetrating the mineralized horizons to provide a fuller picture of this portion of the Atlanta system.”


Hole No. From (m) To (m) Interval (m) Au (g/t) Ag (g/t)
AT23WS-36 242.4 335.4 93.0 0.536 7.6
AT22HG-6 189.0 256.1 67.1 1.34 6.4
AT23HG-23 227.1 317.1 89.9 0.57 11.5
AT23NS-125* 74.7 109.8 35.1 1.26 31.9
AT22HG-5 186.0 279.0 93.0 1.14 2.1
AT22HG-3T 170.4 285.4 93.6 2.18 17.1
AT22HG-4 175.3 240.9 41.2 1.92 22.7
AT22NS-68 134.1 163.1 29.0 4.03 21.2
AT22NS-54 170.7 216.5 45.7 4.21 79.6
AT22NS-56A 93.0 106.7 13.7 1.88 38.5
AT22NS-76 70.1 100.6 30.5 2.39 41.5
AT22NS-73 22.9 103.7 80.8 2.31 47.4
AT21-68C+ 99.1 120.3 21.2 3.28 34.4

Table 2. Previously reported holes used along updated Section 22-7N(3). AT22 series holes were drilled by Nevada King in
2022 and the AT21 series holes were drilled in 2021. True thickness of gold mineralization interpreted in today’s release is
90% to 100% of the reported intercept length in vertical holes. True mineralized thickness in angle holes estimated to be
75% to 90% of reported intercept length. +Denotes core hole. *Denotes angle hole.



Hole No. From (m) To (m) Interval (m) Au (g/t) Ag (g/t)
AR-21 240.8 304.8 64 0.39 4.21
AR-19 228.6 304.8 76.2 0.82 3.52
DHRI-11-6C+ 227.1 295.1 68 1.11 15.72
DHRI-11-1C+* 74.7 97.5 22.8 1.9 19.72

Table 3. Historical holes used in updated Section 22-7N(3). AR series holes were drilled by Goldfields in 1991. DHRI
series holes were drilled by Meadow Bay in 2011. True thickness of gold mineralization interpreted in today’s release is
90% to 100% of the reported intercept length in vertical holes. True mineralized thickness in angle holes estimated to be
75% to 90% of reported intercept length. +Denotes core hole. *Denotes angle hole.


QAQC Protocols


All RC samples from the Atlanta Project are split at the drill site and placed in cloth and plastic bags utilizing a nominal 2kg sample weight. CRF standards, blanks, and duplicates are inserted into the sample stream on-site on a one-in-twenty sample basis, meaning all three inserts are included in each 20-sample group. Samples are shipped by a local contractor in large sample shipping crates directly to American Assay Lab in Reno, Nevada, with full custody being maintained at all times. At American Assay Lab, samples were weighed then crushed to 75% passing 2mm and pulverized to 85% passing 75 microns in order to produce a 300g pulverized split. Prepared samples are initially run using a four acid + boric acid digestion process and conventional multi-element ICP-OES analysis. Gold assays are initially run using 30-gram samples by lead fire assay with an OES finish to a 0.003 ppm detection limit, with samples greater than 10 ppm finished gravimetrically. Silver samples that run greater than 100ppm are also finished gravimetrically. Every sample is also run through a cyanide leach for gold with an ICP-OES finish. The QA/QC procedure involves regular submission of Certified Analytical Standards and property-specific duplicates.


Qualified Person


The scientific and technical information in this news release has been reviewed and approved by Calvin R. Herron, P.Geo., who is a Qualified Person as defined by National Instrument 43-101.


About Nevada King Gold Corp.


Nevada King is the third largest mineral claim holder in the State of Nevada, behind Nevada Gold Mines (Barrick/Newmont) and Kinross Gold. Starting in 2016, the Company has staked large project areas hosting significant historical exploration work along the Battle Mountain trend located close to current or former producing gold mines. These project areas were initially targeted based on their potential for hosting multi-million-ounce gold deposits and were subsequently staked following a detailed geological evaluation. District-scale projects in Nevada King’s portfolio include (1) the 100% owned Atlanta Mine, located 100km southeast of Ely, (2) the Lewis and Horse Mountain-Mill Creek projects, both located between Nevada Gold Mines’ large Phoenix and Pipeline mines, and (3) the Iron Point project, located 35km east of Winnemucca, Nevada.


The Atlanta Mine is a historical gold-silver producer with a NI 43-101 compliant pit-constrained resource of 460,000 oz Au in the measured and indicated category (11.0M tonnes at 1.3 g/t) plus an inferred resource of 142,000 oz Au (5.3M tonnes at 0.83 g/t). See the NI 43-101 Technical Report on Resources titled “Atlanta Property, Lincoln County, NV” with an effective date of October 6, 2020, and a report date of December 22, 2020, as prepared by Gustavson Associates and filed under the Company’s profile on SEDAR+ (


Resource Category Tonnes




Contained Au
Ag Grade


Contained Ag
Measured 4,130 1.51 200,000 14.0 1,860,000
Indicated 6,910 1.17 260,000 10.6 2,360,000
Measured + Indicated 11,000 1.30 460,000 11.9 4,220,000
Inferred 5,310 0.83 142,000 7.3 1,240,000

Table 4. NI 43-101 Mineral Resources at the Atlanta Mine



Figure 1. Location map for holes reported in this news release along updated drill Section 23-7N(3) relative to the perimeter of the historical Atlanta Pit and footprint of the Gustavson 2020 NI 43-101 resource. Shallow drillholes on the mine dumps have been removed from the plot for clarity. (CNW Group/Nevada King Gold Corp.)




Figure 2. Updated cross section 22-7N(3) looking north across West Atlanta Fault that divides the AMFZ target on east from the WAGZ target on west. Along the AMFZ Au/Ag mineralization is largely hosted within a silica breccia horizon developed on top the Paleozoic dolomite and quartzite units, whereas mineralization within the WAGZ is largely hosted within volcanic tuff and sediments above the Paleozoic basement. The WAGZ is bounded on west by the WAF2, but mineralization remains open to west. (CNW Group/Nevada King Gold Corp.)


Posted January 9, 2024

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