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New Found Intercepts 41 g/t Au Over 8.7m & 33 g/t Au Over 6.7m, Extends Iceberg Strike Length To 665m

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New Found Intercepts 41 g/t Au Over 8.7m & 33 g/t Au Over 6.7m, Extends Iceberg Strike Length To 665m

 

 

 

 

 

New Found Gold Corp. (TSX-V: NFG) (NYSE-A: NFGC) is pleased to announce the results from 10 diamond drill holes that were completed as part of a follow-up drill program at the new Iceberg discovery, a high-grade zone located 300m northeast of Keats Main along the highly prospective Appleton Fault Zone. New Found’s 100%-owned Queensway project comprises a 1,662km2 area, accessible via the Trans-Canada Highway, 15km west of Gander, Newfoundland and Labrador.

 

Iceberg Highlights:

 

Hole No. From (m) To (m) Interval (m)1 Au (g/t) Zone
NFGC-23-1264 20.00 26.70 6.70 33.28 Iceberg
Including 20.00 21.90 1.90 85.35
Including 22.65 23.30 0.65 80.80
NFGC-23-1286 77.60 86.30 8.70 40.55 Iceberg
Including 79.55 81.40 1.85 176.00
Including 83.50 84.20 0.70 15.45

 

Table 1: Iceberg Drilling Highlights

1Note that the host structures are interpreted to be steeply dipping and true widths are generally estimated to be 70% to 95% of reported intervals. Infill veining in secondary structures with multiple orientations crosscutting the primary host structures are commonly observed in drill core which could result in additional uncertainty in true width. Composite intervals reported carry a minimum weighted average of 1 g/t Au diluted over a minimum core length of 2m with a maximum of 4m consecutive dilution. Included high-grade intercepts are reported as any consecutive interval with grades greater than 10 g/t Au. Grades have not been capped in the averaging and intervals are reported as drill thickness.

 

  • 40.6 g/t Au over 8.70m in NFGC-23-1286 and 33.3 g/t Au over 6.70m in NFGC-23-1264 occur at or just below surface and are located 50m along strike to the northeast of previously released 105 g/t Au over 27.05m in NFGC-23-1210 (June 5, 2023). These results expand the high-grade segment of the Keats-Baseline Fault Zone at Iceberg and continue to demonstrate strong continuity of high-grade gold mineralization (Figures 1-4).
  • Continued step-out drilling at Iceberg East has intercepted 4.66 g/t Au over 2.70m in NFGC-23-1307, representing the furthest east intercept received to date into the KBFZ. This intercept is located 100m along strike of previously reported highlight interval 21.7 g/t Au over 4.55m in NFGC-23-1285 and expands the Iceberg-Iceberg East segment to 665m while increasing the total mineralized KBFZ (Keats-Iceberg-Iceberg East) corridor to 1.9km in strike length.
  • Iceberg-Iceberg East is interpreted to be the fault-displaced eastern extension of the Keats Main Zone that is hosted by the KBFZ. This new discovery remains open in all directions and drilling is ongoing to expand along strike and to depth with several intervals currently pending assay results.

 

Greg Matheson, Chief Operating Officer of New Found, stated: “Seeing high-grade intercepts consistently along strike with widths ranging from 5-20m+ is a pleasant déjà vu moment, taking me back to early drilling at Keats Main. There is much to be learned about the Keats-Baseline Fault Zone and we look forward to continued exploration in this highly prospective corridor.”

 

Drillhole Details

 

Hole No. From (m) To (m) Interval (m) Au (g/t) Zone
NFGC-23-12321 209.00 217.70 8.70 3.09 Iceberg
Including 209.85 210.75 0.90 14.15
And2 252.90 255.30 2.40 1.53
NFGC-23-12483 40.30 43.05 2.75 1.18 Iceberg
And1 67.25 70.60 3.35 1.77
And3 96.80 99.50 2.70 4.53
Including3 96.80 97.50 0.70 13.30
And3 103.50 105.80 2.30 1.36
NFGC-23-1251 No Significant Values Iceberg
NFGC-23-12551 45.00 47.00 2.00 1.67 Iceberg
NFGC-23-12641 20.00 26.70 6.70 33.28 Iceberg
Including 20.00 21.90 1.90 85.35
Including 22.65 23.30 0.65 80.80
NFGC-23-12861 77.60 86.30 8.70 40.55 Iceberg
Including 79.55 81.40 1.85 176.00
Including 83.50 84.20 0.70 15.45
NFGC-23-12951 125.50 127.80 2.30 1.14 Iceberg East
NFGC-23-13011 24.70 26.75 2.05 1.88 Iceberg East
NFGC-23-13071 121.30 124.00 2.70 4.66 Iceberg East
Including1 121.30 121.75 0.45 26.76
NFGC-23-1324 No Significant Values Iceberg East

 

Table 2: Summary of composite results reported in this press release for Iceberg and Iceberg East

Note that the host structures are interpreted to be steeply dipping and true widths are generally estimated to be 170% to 95% and 240% to 70% of reported intervals. 3True widths are unknown that this time. Infill veining in secondary structures with multiple orientations crosscutting the primary host structures are commonly observed in drill core which could result in additional uncertainty in true width. Composite intervals reported carry a minimum weighted average of 1 g/t Au diluted over a minimum core length of 2m with a maximum of 4m consecutive dilution. Included high-grade intercepts are reported as any consecutive interval with grades greater than 10 g/t Au. Grades have not been capped in the averaging and intervals are reported as drill thickness.

 

 

Hole No. Azimuth (°) Dip (°) Length (m) UTM E UTM N Prospect
NFGC-23-1232 300 -45 287 658463 5427726 Iceberg
NFGC-23-1248 299 -45.5 287 658509 5427815 Iceberg
NFGC-23-1251 299 -45.5 323 658484 5427684 Iceberg
NFGC-23-1255 299 -45.5 263 658510 5427844 Iceberg
NFGC-23-1264 299 -45.5 203 658488 5427856 Iceberg
NFGC-23-1286 300 -45 302 658531 5427831 Iceberg
NFGC-23-1295 299 -45.5 302 658841 5428028 Iceberg East
NFGC-23-1301 299 -45.5 233 658757 5428076 Iceberg East
NFGC-23-1307 299 -45.5 304 658890 5428115 Iceberg East
NFGC-23-1324 300 -45 275 659214 5428274 Iceberg East

 

Table 3: Details of drill holes reported in this press release

 

Queensway 500,000m Drill Program Update

 

The Company is currently undertaking a 500,000m drill program at Queensway and approximately 59,250m of core is currently pending assay results.

 

Sampling, Sub-sampling, and Laboratory

 

All drilling recovers HQ core. Drill core is split in half using a diamond saw or a hydraulic splitter for rare intersections with incompetent core.

 

A geologist examines the drill core and marks out the intervals to be sampled and the cutting line. Sample lengths are mostly 1.0 metre and adjusted to respect lithological and/or mineralogical contacts and isolate narrow (<1.0m) veins or other structures that may yield higher grades.

 

Technicians saw the core along the defined cutting line. One-half of the core is kept as a witness sample and the other half is submitted for analysis. Individual sample bags are sealed and placed into totes, sealed and marked with the contents.

 

New Found has submitted samples for gold determination by fire assay to ALS Canada Ltd. (“ALS”) and by photon assay to MSALABS (“MSA”) since June 2022. ALS and MSA operate under a commercial contract with New Found.

 

Drill core samples are shipped to ALS for sample preparation in Sudbury, Ontario, Thunder Bay, Ontario, or Moncton, New Brunswick. ALS is an ISO-17025 accredited laboratory for the fire assay method.

 

Drill core samples are also submitted to MSA in Val-d’Or, Quebec. MSA operates numerous laboratories worldwide and maintains ISO-17025 accreditation for many metal determination methods. Accreditation of the photon assay method at the MSA Val D’Or laboratory is in progress.

 

At ALS, the entire sample is crushed to approximately 70% passing 2mm. A 3,000-g split is pulverized. “Routine” samples do not have visible gold (VG) identified and are not within a mineralized zone. Routine samples are assayed for gold by 30-g fire assay with an inductively-couple plasma spectrometry (ICP) finish. If the initial 30-g fire assay gold result is over 1 g/t, the remainder of the 3,000-g split is screened at 106 microns for screened metallics assay. For the screened metallics assay, the entire coarse fraction (sized greater than 106 microns) is fire assayed and two splits of the fine fraction (sized less than 106 microns) are fire assayed. The three assays are combined on a weight-averaged basis. Samples that have VG identified or fall within a mineralized interval are automatically submitted for screened metallic assay for gold.

 

At MSA, the entire sample is crushed to approximately 70% passing 2mm. For “routine” samples that do not have VG identified and are not within a mineralized zone, the samples are riffle split to fill two 450g jars for photon assay. The assays reported from both jars are combined on a weight-averaged basis. If one of the jars assays greater than 1 g/t, the remaining crushed material is weighed into multiple jars and are submitted for photon assay.

 

For samples that have VG identified or are within a mineralized zone, the entire crushed sample is weighed into multiple jars and are submitted for photon assay. The assays from all jars are combined on a weight-averaged basis.

 

All samples prepared at ALS or MSA are also analyzed for a multi-element ICP package (ALS method code ME-ICP61) at ALS Vancouver.

 

Drill program design, Quality Assurance/Quality Control and interpretation of results are performed by qualified persons employing a rigorous Quality Assurance/Quality Control program consistent with industry best practices. Standards and blanks account for a minimum of 10% of the samples in addition to the laboratory’s internal quality assurance programs.

 

Quality Control data are evaluated on receipt from the laboratories for failures. Appropriate action is taken if assay results for standards and blanks fall outside allowed tolerances. All results stated have passed New Found’s quality control protocols.

 

New Found’s quality control program also includes submission of the second half of the core for approximately 5% of the drilled intervals. In addition, approximately 1% of sample pulps for mineralized samples are submitted for re-analysis to a second ISO-accredited laboratory for check assays.

 

The Company does not recognize any factors of drilling, sampling or recovery that could materially affect the accuracy or reliability of the assay data disclosed.

 

The assay data disclosed in this news release have been verified by the Company’s Qualified Person against the original assay certificates.

 

The Company notes that it has not completed any economic evaluations of its Queensway Project and that the Queensway Project does not have any resources or reserves.

 

Qualified Person

 

The scientific and technical information 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. Mr. Matheson consents to the publication of this press release dated June 15, 2023, by New Found. Mr. Matheson certifies that this press release fairly and accurately represents the scientific and technical information that forms the basis for this press release.

 

About New Found Gold Corp.

 

New Found holds a 100% interest in the Queensway Project, located 15km west of Gander, Newfoundland and Labrador, and just 18km 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. The Company is currently undertaking a 500,000m drill program at Queensway and is well funded for this program with cash and marketable securities of approximately $52 million as of June 2023.

 

Figure 1: Photos of mineralization: Top Left: at ~ 20.4m from NFGC-23-1264, Top Right: at ~ 21.0m from NFGC-23-1264, Bottom Left: at ~216.9 from NFGC-23-1232, Bottom Right: at ~43.1m from NFGC-23-1248. ^Note that these photos are not intended to be representative of gold mineralization in NFGC-23-1232, NFGC-23-1248 and NFGC-23-1264. (Photo: Business Wire)

 

Figure 2. Iceberg-Iceberg East plan view map (Photo: Business Wire)

 

Figure 3. Keats Main, Iceberg, and Iceberg East zones long section (looking northwest) (Photo: Business Wire)

 

Figure 4. Knob – Everest plan view map (Photo: Business Wire)

 

Posted June 15, 2023

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