SilverCrest Metals Inc. (TSX-V:SIL) is pleased to announce it has acquired the El Picacho Property located near its Las Chispas Project in Sonora, Mexico. The Property was acquired by the Company’s subsidiary, Compañía Minera La Llamarada, S.A. de C.V., from American Metal Mining, S.A. de C.V. and an affiliate. The purchase price for a 100% ownership in 11 mining concessions of the Property totalling approximately 7,060 hectares was US$1.6 million (paid to the Vendor). The Company also paid the necessary government taxes to bring these concessions to good standing.
Picacho is located approximately 40 kilometres northeast of the Company’s Las Chispas Project and depending on drilling success, may be considered as either a standalone mine or a satellite project for additional mill feed to Las Chispas which is currently under development.
The Property was a historic gold and silver producer, with the first noted production in late 1800s with grades greater than 15 gpt gold (Bird, 1904). No verifiable records of production numbers are available. Artisanal mining has occurred sporadically over the last 100 years, including a recent small mining operation for smelter flux, with precious metal credits, which was transported to a nearby smelter.
Several companies over the past 30 years have explored the Property; most notably Yamana Gold Inc. in 2012. A total of 100 drill holes totalling 15,890 metres (37% reverse circulation and 63% core) were completed up to 2012. All but one drill intercept in El Picacho Vein are located below historic mine workings in intact ground. Also notable is over three (3) kilometres of near surface underground workings in El Picacho Vein that are mostly accessible by a 4 metre by 4 metre decline that exposes the partially developed mineralized vein. Previous drill results of the select holes noted in the tables below and the presence of wide multiple converging veins and stockwork at the surface suggest the potential for open pit mining on Picacho.
There are seven low-sulfidation epithermal main veins on the concessions, with numerous near parallel hanging and footwall veins (see attached Figures). The main veins have a known cumulative strike length of over 10 kilometres with widths ranging from 0.5 to 15 metres. The El Picacho Vein is the most prominently explored vein on the Property and has several historic estimated resources. A historic resource completed before 2012 using historic drilling and underground work, suggests an estimated 360,000 tonnes grading 8.50 gpt Au and 40.0 gpt Ag, or 677 gpt AgEq* totalling 7.8 million ounces AgEq (see Historic Qualification below).
In 2017, SilverCrest completed underground channel sampling as part of a due diligence exercise. Results from 10 underground bulk channel (back or roof of ramp) samples, over an estimated strike length of 50 metres, showed an average true width of 6.0 metres and grade of 13.66 gpt Au and 50.8 gpt Ag, or 1,075 gpt AgEq*. Two initial standard bottle rolls for metallurgical test work on these samples, completed by SGS de Mexico, S.A.de C.V., showed composite recoveries of greater than 90% for both gold and silver.
The historic sampling results and resource estimates described above and in the presented tables have not been confirmed by the Company. A qualified person has not done sufficient work to classify the historic estimates as current mineral resources or mineral reserves. The Company is not treating this information as current mineral resources or reserves and has not verified this information. The Company currently does not plan to conduct any work to verify this specific historic estimate, other than using it to guide the Company in its planned drilling, including re-drilling several of the reported drill hole intercepts.
Historic Significant Drill Hole Intercepts
The following tables represent the most significant historic drill hole intercepts (uncut, undiluted) completed between 2007 to 2012. The weighted average grade in this table is generally considered to be within a high-grade footprint.
El Picacho Vein, Historic Intercepts
|Hole ID||From (m)||To (m)||Drilled
|Au gpt||Ag gpt||AgEq*|
Picacho District Veins, Historic Intercepts (Excluding El Picacho Vein)
|Drilled Intercept (m)||Au gpt||Ag gpt||AgEq*||Vein Name|
|SN12-002R||51.8||52.8||1.0||5.88||26.0||467||No Name vein|
|DA12-001R**||32.5||36.6||4.1||3.86||35.0||325||Dos Amigos vein|
|40.6||41.7||1.0||2.23||37.0||204||Dos Amigos vein|
|DA12-004R||86.4||90.4||4.1||2.17||23.7||186||Dos Amigos vein|
|Includes||87.4||88.4||1.0||3.83||39.0||326||Dos Amigos vein|
|DA12-005R**||89.4||103.6||14.2||1.30||26.9||124||Dos Amigos vein|
|Includes||93.5||95.5||2.0||2.06||45.5||200||Dos Amigos vein|
|Includes||100.6||101.6||1.0||2.76||38.0||245||Dos Amigos vein|
|107.7||117.9||10.2||1.28||55.2||151||Dos Amigos vein|
|Includes||112.8||116.8||4.1||2.89||70.2||287||Dos Amigos vein|
|DA12-006R||93.5||94.5||1.0||2.50||5.0||193||Dos Amigos vein|
|DA12-009R||55.9||56.9||1.0||4.62||10.0||357||Dos Amigos vein|
Note: All numbers are rounded. Based on a cutoff grade of 150 gpt AgEq. Assay results are from various certified labs.
D = Diamond drill hole or core; and R = Reverse circulation drill hole.
*AgEq based on 75 (Ag):1 (Au) calculated using long-term silver and gold prices of US$17 per ounce silver and US$1,225 per ounce gold, with average metallurgical recoveries of 90% silver and 95% gold.
** Drill hole suggests potential open pit target.
In H2, 2020, the Company plans to complete surface and underground exploration work, including mapping, sampling and surveying. Once the necessary drilling permits have been obtained, SilverCrest anticipates drilling before the end of the year. The Company initially plans to allocate two (2) drill rigs to test the El Picacho Vein. Drilling will focus on twinning previous intercepts within the already defined initial high-grade footprint, expanding the footprint and completing initial near surface drilling. The Company’s geologists and consultants that are not currently working on Las Chispas will be used to complete work at Picacho. The continued development of Las Chispas will remain the Company’s top priority with feasibility work and expansion drilling advancing as planned.
The Qualified Person under National Instrument 43-101 Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects for this news release is N. Eric Fier, CPG, P.Eng, and CEO for SilverCrest, who has reviewed and approved its contents.
ABOUT SILVERCREST METALS INC.
SilverCrest is a Canadian precious metals exploration company headquartered in Vancouver, BC, that is focused on new discoveries, value-added acquisitions and targeting production in Mexico’s historic precious metal districts. The Company’s current focus is on the high-grade, historic Las Chispas mining district in Sonora, Mexico. The Las Chispas Project consists of 28 mineral concessions, of which the Company has 100% ownership of where all the resources are located. SilverCrest is the first company to successfully drill-test the historic Las Chispas Property resulting in numerous high-grade precious metal discoveries. The Company is led by a proven management team in all aspects of the precious metal mining sector, including taking projects through discovery, finance, on time and on budget construction, and production.
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