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SilverCrest Announces Q2 Record Silver Production 194,022 Ounces Silver & 7,463 Ounces Gold

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SilverCrest Mines Inc. (TSX VENTURE:SVL)(NYSE MKT:SVLC) is pleased to announce production numbers for the second quarter of 2013 from its 100% owned Santa Elena Mine located in Sonora, Mexico.

Production Highlights of Q2, 2013 vs Q1, 2013;


--  Record silver production of 194,022 ounces; a 26% increase from Q1.
--  Gold production of 7,463 ounces; a 3% increase from Q1.
--  Silver equivalent production of 665,684 ounces; a 20% increase from Q1.
--  Waste to ore ratio was consistent with the mine plan at 2.52; a 41%
    decrease from Q1.
--  Ore Tonnes crushed increased 18% to 307,091 tonnes with throughput
    averaging 3,375 tpd.
--  Total ounces delivered to the pads increased significantly by 25% and
    13% for silver and gold respectively.



J. Scott Drever, Chairman and CEO stated; “We are pleased with production results for the second quarter which tracked well to budget. For the first six months of 2013, silver production was 347,503 ounces (11% above budget) and gold production was 14,688 ounces (11% below budget). We are starting to mine the planned higher ore grades from open pit so anticipate increased ounces produced in the second half of 2013. Based on continually exceeding forecasted silver ounces produced each month, we are increasing our annual silver production guidance from 625,000 ounces to 675,000 ounces. We are maintaining our annual gold production guidance of 33,000 ounces for 2013”.

Management has responded to the recent sharp decline in metal prices by re-enforcing ongoing disciplined cost and capital reduction measures to maintain 2013 cash cost at or below US$8.50 per silver equivalent ounce enabling the Company to complete all major capital expenditures associated with the Santa Elena Expansion.


Santa Elena Mine Operating
Statistics:                  Q2 2013   Q1 2013  % Change   Q2 2012  % Change
Silver ounces produced       194,022   153,481       26%   139,850       39%
Gold ounces produced           7,463     7,225        3%     8,584      -13%
Silver equivalent ounces
produced (1)                 665,684   556,667       20%   646,553        3%
Silver ounces sold           181,398   157,088       15%   124,739       45%
Gold ounces sold               7,375     7,370        0%     8,679      -15%
Silver equivalent ounces
sold (1)                     647,504   568,380       14%   637,050        2%
Tonnes Ore                   339,256   257,726       32%   269,802       26%
Tonnes waste                 856,144 1,100,362      -22% 1,283,493      -33%
Waste / ore ratio (2)           2.52      4.27      -41%      4.76      -47%
Ore tonnes crushed           307,091   259,597       18%   317,958       -3%
Average ore tonnes crushed
per day                        3,375     2,884       17%     3,494       -3%
Average silver ore grade
(gpt) loaded on pad            65.99     62.38        6%     39.45       67%
Average gold ore grade
(gpt) loaded on pad             1.48      1.55       -5%      1.35       10%
Silver ounces delivered to
pad                          651,572   520,614       25%   403,264       62%
Gold ounces delivered to
pad                           14,612    12,938       13%    13,764        6%
Ag : Au Ratio (1)             63.2:1    55.8:1       13%    59.0:1        7%
(1)   Silver equivalence is based on market spot prices per ounce of silver
      and gold at the quarter end dates. All numbers are rounded.
(2)   Average strip ratio for 2013, is projected at 2.7:1. Q1, 2013 strip
      ratio of 4.27:1 was higher than projected due to accelerating waste



Q2 2013 Santa Elena Expansion Update:


--  As of June 30, 2013, approximately 65% of the budgeted 2013 capital cost
    of US$65M has been committed. The Santa Elena Expansion is currently on
    time and budget with scheduled mill start up in January 2014.
--  Approximately 2,000 metres of underground development have been
    completed (project to date) including a crosscut on the 625 metre level
    that has intersected and exposed the deposit where the exploration model
    projected its location. A crosscut (hanging wall to footwall) to expose
    the ore body has been completed showing a mineralized true thickness of
    13 metres with a chip - channel sampling grade (uncut) of 3.4 gpt Au and
    718.8 gpt Ag which is consistent with the Reserve model. Development has
    been driven on the footwall contact of mineralization for an estimated
    70 metres in preparation for 2014 production. Muck and chip samples from
    development in mineralization have graded up to 11.1 gpt Au and 2,690
    gpt Ag. Approximately 5,000 tonnes of ore development material has been
    crushed and delivered to the leach pad for partial metal recovery with
    anticipated reprocessing through the new process facility, once
--  In May 2013, significant water was encountered underground while doing
    ore development on the 625 metre level. Pumping volumes to date are
    manageable with mine development continuing. A hydrology study has been
    implemented to assess potential long-term water volumes which may be
    considered an asset for desert operating conditions.
--  On-site construction of the 3,000 tonne per day mill is well underway
    with earthworks complete, concrete for major foundations poured and CCD
    tank and thickener construction near completion. Major equipment has
    been delivered to site including; new cone crushers and generators (see
    attached photo dated July 6, 2013: and refer to for additional construction photos.)
--  The majority of the construction contracts are in place with numerous
    contractors currently working safely on site.
--  SilverCrest completed all drilling required to define and expand the
    Resources and Reserves with revised numbers announced in a news release
    dated May 29, 2013. The Santa Elena Expansion Pre-Feasibility Study will
    be filed this month.
--  Several drill holes that are not included in the Santa Elena Expansion
    Pre-Feasibility Study (Resources and Reserves) have yet to be released.
    These holes represent potential for further expansion of resources and
    will be reported when compilation is completed.
--  An underground definition drilling program, aiming delineation of
    initial production stopes is planned for completion in H2 2013, to
    assist in the preparation for mining in 2014.



Second Quarter Financial Results Release:


The Company plans to issue its second quarter financial results on Wednesday, August 14, 2013.

The Qualified Person under NI 43-101 for this News Release is N. Eric Fier, CPG, P.Eng, President and Chief Operating Officer for SilverCrest Mines Inc., who has reviewed and approved its contents.

SilverCrest Mines Inc. is a Canadian precious metals producer headquartered in Vancouver, BC. SilverCrest’s flagship property is the 100%-owned Santa Elena Mine, located 150 km northeast of Hermosillo, near Banamichi in the State of Sonora, Mexico. The mine is a high-grade, epithermal silver and gold producer, with an estimated life of mine cash cost of US$8 per ounce of silver equivalent (55:1 Ag: Au). SilverCrest anticipates that the 2,500 tonnes per day open pit heap leach facility at the Santa Elena mine should recover approximately 625,000 ounces of silver and 33,000 ounces of gold in 2013. Major expansion and construction of a 3000 tonnes per day conventional mill facility is underway to significantly increase metals production at the Santa Elena Mine (open pit and underground) by 2014. Exploration programs continue to make new discoveries at Santa Elena and also have rapidly advanced the definition of a large polymetallic deposit at the La Joya property in Durango State with stated resources nearing 200 million ounces of Ag equivalent

Posted July 17, 2013

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