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SilverCrest Delineates 10th High-Grade Vein at Las Chispas; Multiple High-Grades Intercepted

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SilverCrest Delineates 10th High-Grade Vein at Las Chispas; Multiple High-Grades Intercepted






SilverCrest Metals Inc. is pleased to announce drill results from the Luigi Vein on the Las Chispas Property located in Sonora, Mexico. SilverCrest discovered the Luigi Vein in the footwall of the Las Chispas Vein in mid-2017 but it remained un-named until the Company completed enough drilling to delineate an actual mineral vein. Several of the announced holes in this release were previously disclosed as an un-named vein. There are 23 known epithermal veins on the Property. The Company has tested ten (10) of these 23 veins (the Babicanora, Babicanora Footwall, Las Chispas, Giovanni, La Blanquita, William Tell, Varela, Granaditas, Luigi and Amethyst veins), all of which have drill-intersected high-grade mineralization. The Luigi Vein was not included in the recently announced maiden resource (refer to the Company’s news release dated February 26, 2018).


  1. Eric Fier, CPG, P.Eng and CEO, remarked, “With the addition of the Luigi Vein, we continue to grow our portfolio of high-grade mineralized veins and are beginning to understand the “nature of multiples” when it comes to projecting high-grade previous drill-intercepts in adjacent veins on to new discoveries. This is the tenth high-grade vein we have delineated in the district, which is immediately adjacent to the Las Chispas Vein and accessible by underground workings. The Luigi Vein is named after Luigi Pedrazzini, son of Giovanni Pedrazzini the founder of Minas Pedrazzini Gold and Silver Mining Company which operated at the Property from the late 1800s to 1930. We plan to further drill test the Luigi Vein during H1 2018 and include the results in the proposed updated resources in Q3 2018.”


The most significant result for this release occurred in Hole LC17-65, which intersected 1.4 metres (true width) grading 13.22 grams per tonne (“gpt”) gold and 2,006.7 gpt silver, or 2,999 gpt silver equivalent (“AgEq”, based on 75 (Ag):1 (Au) and 100% metallurgical recovery). Also noteworthy is Hole LC17-45 which intersected 4.1 metres grading 1.71 gpt gold and 231.8 gpt silver, or 360 gpt AgEq. The following table summarizes the most significant drill intercepts (uncut, undiluted) for the Luigi Vein:




Hole ID From
True Width
LC17-34 214.0 214.9 0.9 0.8 1.03 151.0          228
LC17-45 222.3 227.2 4.9 4.1 1.71 231.8          360
incl. 224.5 225.0 0.5 0.4 7.07 938.0      1,468
LC17-58 319.9 321.9 2.0 1.8 0.28 221.5          243
LC17-65 243.0 244.5 1.5 1.4 13.22 2,006.7      2,999
incl. 243.5 244.0 0.5 0.4 39.20 5,930.0      8,870
LC17-69 180.4 182.0 1.6 1.4 0.18 172.5          186
LC17-72 254.9 256.7 1.8 1.6 3.41 265.4          521
incl. 254.9 255.6 0.7 0.6 7.69 590.0      1,167
LCU18-25§ 43.8 44.9 1.1 1.0 2.75 231.5          438
W. Ave.       1.7 2.84 416.6          629


Note: all numbers are rounded. All intercepts were previously announced as “Un-named veins” except where noted.
*  AgEq based on 75 (Ag):1 (Au) and 100% metallurgical recovery.
†  True thickness reinterpreted on intercept from previous news release.
§  New drill intercept.



All assays were completed by ALS Chemex in Hermosillo, Mexico, and North Vancouver, BC, Canada.


Drill hole numbering for the Luigi Vein is out of sequence and dates back several months into 2017 as the Luigi Vein was not identified as a vein until subsequent holes were drilled. None of the drill holes for the Luigi Vein are included in the Company’s maiden resource previously announced on February 26, 2018. Please refer to news releases dated May 11, 2017, August 3, 2017, and November 28, 2017 for intercepts marked as “un-named” from previous announcement of drill results. Hole LCU18-25 is a new intercept for this release. Refer to attached Figure for holes that were below the Company’s 150 gpt AgEq cutoff.


The Luigi Vein high-grade footprint currently measures approximately 300 metres long by a minimum of 75 metres high by 1.7 metres in average true width, with a weighted average grade of 2.84 gpt gold and 416.6 gpt silver, or 629 gpt AgEq. The Company plans to continue drilling on this vein for potential expansion as part of its Phase III drill program.


The Phase III drill program also includes drilling several new and partially-drilled high-grade mineralized veins. An additional 15,000 to 20,000 metres of drilling are planned for Q3 2018. Other ongoing site work includes continued underground mapping and sampling on the Las Chispas Vein, drilling test wells for site water, permitting for various additional work, and review of maiden resource model for optimization and update. 


In addition to exploration work at Las Chispas, other recent activities in Mexico include the option of the Guadalupe concession located in the state of Durango to another company  and the purchase of the Cuestra Blanca Ranch (671.9 ha) in the Las Chispas Area. Through its Mexican subsidiary, SilverCrest now directly owns approximately two thirds of the surface rights over its Las Chispas mining concession.


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. SilverCrest is the first company to successfully drill-test the historic Las Chispas Project resulting in numerous 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.  

Posted April 17, 2018

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