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New Found Intercepts 18.1 g/t Au over 6.5m including 38.7 g/t Over 2.95m in New “Sunday Zone” Discovery in the Appleton Fault Hanging Wall, 2 km North of Keats Zone

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New Found Intercepts 18.1 g/t Au over 6.5m including 38.7 g/t Over 2.95m in New “Sunday Zone” Discovery in the Appleton Fault Hanging Wall, 2 km North of Keats Zone






New Found Gold Corp. (TSX-V: NFG) (OTC: NFGFF) is pleased to announce a new high-grade gold discovery at its 100% owned Queensway Project 15 km west of Gander, Newfoundland.




  • An interval in what is interpreted to be on the hanging wall side of the main Appleton Fault displaying a broad quartz breccia vein, sulfide mineralization and/or visible gold starting at a down hole depth of 239 m was assayed on a rush basis returning 6.5m @ 18.1g/t Au including 2.95m @ 38.7g/t Au (see Figures 1 and 2). This new discovery has been named the “Sunday Zone”.
  • To date the Company has focused drilling targets along a 2km corridor typically 200m to 400m to the east of the main Appleton Fault with only five holes to date having intersected the main Appleton fault. This is the first discovery interval drilled in or immediately adjacent to the main Appleton Fault structure and opens a new target zone along the Appleton Fault itself.
  • This discovery hole was drilled as a step-out 50m to the north of two altered and mineralized intervals that returned up to 1.3 g/t Au in the hanging wall and footwall of the main Appleton Fault in drill hole NFGC-20-17, which was extended to depth to drill test the Appleton Fault itself (see the Company’s October 2, 2020 news release).
  • A number of observed features of this new discovery interval including the style of alteration and mineralization and the affiliation of high-grade gold with a breccia unit are reminiscent of what has been observed in high-grade drill intervals at Keats.


Greg Matheson, P.Geo., Chief Operating Officer of New Found, stated: “We are excited to have intersected this new high-grade discovery on the hanging wall side of the Appleton Fault itself. Our work to date has focused on targets offset from the main Appleton Fault Zone including the Keats Baseline Zone, which are likely affiliated with a network of secondary structures related to the primary regional Appleton Fault. This opens the entire Appleton Fault itself as a primary target for high-grade gold mineralization, adding significantly to the already extensive prospective target area at Queensway North.


A program of follow-up step-out drilling to this discovery interval is now underway. The recent decision to increase our drill count from four to eight drills early in 2021, and to expand our current program to 200,000m, will allow us to aggressively follow up on this new discovery without detracting from plan to continue grid drilling of multiple defined high grade targets along 5 km of strike on the Appleton Fault Zone and 3 km of strike on the JBP fault Zone.”


Lotto Zone Hole NFGC-20-17 Update


On October 2, 2020, the Company announced two separate intervals in its first hole at the Lotto Zone, 2 km north of the Keats Zone. As reported NFGC-20-17 returned 41.2 g/t Au over 4.75m starting at 35 m down hole depth and 25.4 g/t Au over 5.15 m starting at 57 m down hole depth. The Company has now received assay results for an additional high-grade interval in NFGC-20-17 of 16.3g/t Au over 2.2m starting at 30 m down hole depth, with three high-grade intervals now reported between 30m and 62 m down hole depth. The Company is continuing to drill at the Lotto Zone including step-out holes from the NFGC-20-17 and intervals from this drilling have been submitted to the lab for assay on a rush basis.



Drill Collar and Interval Summaries


Hole No. From (m) To (m) Interval (m)* Au (g/t) Zone
NFGC-20-44 238.55 245.05 6.5 18.1 Sunday
Including 242.10 245.05 2.95 38.7
NFGC-20-17 29.80 32.0 2.20 16.3 Lotto
Previously Reported Results
NFGC-20-17 35.25 40.00 4.75 41.2 Lotto
Including 35.25 36.9 1.65 108.7
NFGC-20-17 56.95 70.75 13.8 10.1 Lotto
Including 56.95 62.1 5.15 25.4
Including 61.0 61.8 0.8 138.3




Hole No. Azimuth (°) Dip (°) Length (m) UTM E UTM N
NFGC-20-44 300 -45 294 658956 5429030
NFGC-20-17 302 -46 354 658931 5428990


Note that the exact orientation of the veins and the true width of the reported intervals is uncertain at this time.




True widths of the new exploration intercepts reported in this press release have yet to be determined but are estimated to be 70% to 80% of reported core lengths. Assays are uncut, and calculated intervals are reported over a minimum length of 2 meters using a lower cutoff of 1.0 g/t Au. All HQ split core assays reported were obtained by either whole sample metallic screen/fire assay or standard 30-gram fire-assaying with ICP finish at ALS Minerals in Vancouver, British Columbia. The whole sample metallic screen assay method is selected by the geologist when samples contain coarse gold or any samples displaying gold initial fire assay values greater than 1.0 g/t Au. Any samples that returned over-limit values (>100 g/t silver) were analyzed with the Ag-OG62 procedure (Ag by HF-HNO3 -HClO4 digestion with HCl leach, ICP-AES or AAS finish). Drill program design, Quality Assurance/Quality Control and interpretation of results is performed by qualified persons employing a Quality Assurance/Quality Control program consistent with National Instrument 43-101 and industry best practices. Standards and blanks are included with every 20 samples for Quality Assurance/Quality Control purposes by the Company as well as the lab. Approximately 5% of sample pulps are sent to secondary laboratories for check assays.


Qualified Person


The technical content disclosed in this press release was reviewed and approved by Greg Matheson, P.Geo., Chief Operating Officer and a Qualified Person as defined under National Instrument 43-101.


About New Found Gold Corp


New Found holds a 100% interest in the Queensway Project, located 15 km west of Gander, Newfoundland, and just 18 km from Gander International Airport. The project is intersected by the Trans-Canada Highway and has logging roads crosscutting the project, high voltage electric power lines running through the project area, and easy access to a highly skilled workforce. With working capital of approximately C$67M the Company is well financed to continue its current 200,000m program, with a planned increase from the current four drills to eight drills by February 2021. New Found has a proven capital markets and mining team with major shareholders including Palisades Goldcorp (33%), Eric Sprott (18%), Novo Resources (11%), Rob McEwen (7%), other institutional ownership (8%), and management, directors, and insiders (4%). Approximately 65% of the Company’s issued and outstanding shares are subject to escrow or 180-day lock up agreements.



Figure 1. Sunday Zone / Lotto Zone map (CNW Group/New Found Gold Corp.)



Figure 2. Photo of reported NFGC-20-44 interval, orange indicates visible gold mineralization (CNW Group/New Found Gold Corp.)


Posted January 14, 2021

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