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SilverCrest Reports Additional Drill Results at Santa Elena Mine; Another Discovery & More High Grade Intercepts, 15 metres @ 4 gpt Au & 243 gpt Ag including 2 metres @ 17.5 gpt Au & 664 gpt Ag

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SilverCrest Reports Additional Drill Results at Santa Elena Mine; Another Discovery & More High Grade Intercepts, 15 metres @ 4 gpt Au & 243 gpt Ag including 2 metres @ 17.5 gpt Au & 664 gpt Ag

 

 

 

 

 

 

SilverCrest Mines Inc. (TSX VENTURE:SVL)(NYSE MKT:SVLC) is pleased to announce further results of delineation drilling at the Santa Elena Mine in Sonora, Mexico. A total of 181 core and RVC holes were completed in this program of which 134 holes were utilized in the recently announced “Santa Elena Pre-Feasibility Study and Update Reserve Technical Report”. Results for the remaining 47 holes reported in this news release were not available for inclusion in the revised Reserves and Resources for the Technical Report. The results show further expansion of the Santa Elena Deposit which is still open latterly and to depth (see attached Figures: http://media3.marketwire.com/docs/896402.pdf). Several of these reported holes identified additional high grade intercepts, expanded the recently discovered El Cholugo and El Cholugo Dos Zones, and also discovered a new zone called “Tortuga”.

 

 

N. Eric Fier, President and COO stated; “This delineation drill program at Santa Elena was immensely successful. With this program, we drilled the known portion of the deposit at approximately 35 metre centres, announced revised reserves and resources, extended mineralization beyond our current reserve boundary and identified three new zones, El Cholugo, El Cholugo Dos and the newly discovered Tortuga. The recently announced results of the revised underground reserve and resource estimations have extended the current mine life to a minimum of 8 years. Our underground ramp has progressed beyond 1,500 metres in development length. We have intercepted the Main Mineralized Zone underground and extracted approximately 8,000 tonnes of ore from the 625 metre level. The conventional mill construction and underground development currently underway are setting the stage for the successful expansion of the mine with an anticipated significant increase in metals production starting in 2014.”

 

Drill intercepts continue to expand the mineralization along the Main Mineralized Zone (MMZ) which remains open laterally and to depth. Intercepts are up to 100 metres beyond the boundary of current stope designs and reserves estimates. Most notable are the multiple high grade intercepts to the east and depth including;

 



--  SE-13-144; 9.2 metres grading 4.83 gpt Au and 171.4 gpt Ag including 0.8
    metres grading 30.20 gpt Au and 638.0 gpt Ag
--  SE-13-152; 15.0 metres grading 4.03 gpt Au and 243.2 gpt Ag including
    2.0 metres grading 17.5 gpt Au and 664.0 gpt Ag
--  SE-13-160; 13.3 metres grading 3.52 gpt Au and 136.2 gpt Ag including
    4.1 metres grading 6.46 gpt Au and 133.6 gpt Ag
--  SE-13-166; 11.7 metres grading 3.97 gpt Au and 189.5 gpt Ag including
    5.0 metres grading 8.10 gpt Au and 334.4 gpt Ag
--  SE-13-175; 8.8 metres grading 1.91 gpt Au and 70.6 gpt Ag including 2.0
    metres grading 6.70 gpt Au and 226.1 gpt Ag
 

 

 

The El Cholugo Zone continues to expand with 7 new drill hole intercepts. The dimensions of this newly discovered zone are now approximately 400 metres long by 200 metres high and the mineralization remains open to the west and to depth. A parallel mineralized zone (EL Cholugo Dos) was also intercepted with 3 new drill hole intercepts. Dimensions of this discovery are currently undetermined with further drilling anticipated to test this mineralization. Both of these zones will be easily accessible from planned underground development of the adjacent MMZ.

 

The new Tortuga Zone is a northwest trending vein, breccia and stockwork zone outcropping on the surface and in the pit (see attached Figure: http://media3.marketwire.com/docs/896402.pdf). This zone is similar in mineralogy to the Main Mineralized Zone which is currently being successfully mined. This discovery has been drilled within an estimated area of 200 metres long by 300 metres high with an average thickness of approximately 3 metres. Numerous mineralized veins parallel or sub-parallel to the discovery were also intersected in drilling and are under review as potential additional targets. Tortuga is exposed in the north wall of the pit making this discovery easily accessible from the open pit and planned underground development of the adjacent MMZ. Further work is planned at Tortuga for resources estimation and subsequent potential conversion to reserves.

 

Mineralized intervals reported range from 0.5 metres to 16.0 metres further supporting the proposed underground bulk mining approach at Santa Elena. All mineralized drill intercepts reported are near true thicknesses. The most significant assay results in this series of drill holes are shown in the following tables (all numbers are rounded);

 

TORTUGA (NEW DISCOVERY)

 



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                                    From       To Interval       Au       Ag
Hole ID                              (m)      (m)      (m)    (gpt)    (gpt)
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SE-12-97                            68.0     69.0      1.0     1.51     51.2
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SE-12-98                            86.4    103.4     17.0     2.55    115.7
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Includes                            97.4    102.3      4.9     5.71    200.9
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SE-12-99                            99.5    100.5      1.0     1.43     49.0
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SE-13-143                           68.4    69.85      1.4     0.63     51.1
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SE-13-146                          128.6    131.0      2.4     0.60     47.2
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                                   164.1    172.3      8.2     0.65     40.8
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SE-13-147                           80.2     83.5      3.3     0.16    150.4
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                                    87.6     96.2      8.6     0.64    196.5
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                                   135.0    137.2      2.2     0.36    121.5
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SE-13-149                           35.3     41.2      5.9     0.06    135.3
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                                    77.2     79.4      2.2     5.85    448.4
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SE-13-150                          170.0    176.7      6.7     4.43    190.3
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SE-13-153                          125.3    127.0      1.7     0.28     47.6
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SE-13-154                          115.1    127.7     12.6     0.21     46.1
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SE-13-156                           82.7     84.9      2.2     0.36     29.4
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SE-13-157                          174.5    178.1      3.6     0.48     55.6
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SE-13-159                           22.3     26.3      4.0     0.10    131.8
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SE-13-162                          170.7    171.7      1.0     4.41     61.2
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SE-13-163                          207.1    208.7      1.6     0.37    279.5
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SE-13-164                          239.3    242.7      3.4     2.03    431.0
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SE-13-167                           95.5     99.1      3.6     7.40    201.2
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                                   127.0    132.3      5.3    10.46    572.5
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SE-13-169                           29.3     31.0      1.7     3.95    160.0
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SE-13-170                          140.0    144.1      4.1     0.04    184.0
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SE-13-172                          124.9    126.1      1.2     0.31    167.0
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SE-13-174                          217.2    221.5      4.3     1.63     86.6
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                                   247.0    248.0      1.0     1.64    176.5
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SE-13-177                           59.0     63.1      4.1     1.29     96.2
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SE-13-178                          105.6    106.6      1.0     1.77    111.8
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                                   232.3    234.9      2.6    24.52    916.9
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Includes                           232.3    233.4      1.1    42.30  2,230.0
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                                   262.5    264.3      1.8     0.71    137.1
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MAIN MINERALIZED ZONE (MMZ)

 



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                                    From       To Interval       Au       Ag
Hole ID                              (m)      (m)      (m)    (gpt)    (gpt)
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SE-13-142                          232.6    245.1     12.5     1.17     53.6
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SE-13-144                          465.9    475.1      9.2     4.83    171.4
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Includes                           469.8    468.7      0.8     30.8    638.0
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SE-13-145                          272.2    277.1      4.9     0.35     36.8
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SE-13148                           250.1    255.7      5.6     1.01     58.2
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SE-13-151                          274.5    280.4      5.9     0.80     66.1
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SE-13-152                          481.9    496.9     15.0     4.03    243.2
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Includes                           493.1    495.1      2.0     17.5    664.0
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SE-13-155                          237.0    249.0     12.0     0.68     56.2
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SE-13-158                          248.1    252.0      3.9     0.85     28.8
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SE-13-160                          480.9    494.2     13.3     3.52    136.2
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Includes                           480.9    485.0      4.1     6.46    133.6
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SE-13-161                          289.4    294.8      5.4     6.63    194.0
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SE-13-165                          303.1    317.2     14.1     0.73     55.9
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SE-13-166                          523.2    534.9     11.7     3.97    189.5
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Includes                           526.9    531.9      5.0     8.10    334.4
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SE-13-168                          297.3    299.6      2.3     1.11    120.6
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SE-13-171                          277.6    285.8      9.8     0.83     90.0
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SE-13-173                          369.8    377.9      9.1     0.29     31.1
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SE-13-175                          556.3    565.2      8.8     1.91     70.6
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Includes                           561.3    563.3      2.0     6.70    226.1
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SE-13-176                          344.8    348.0      3.2     0.60     48.7
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SE-13-179                          186.7    202.7     16.0     1.07       78
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Includes                           190.9    194.4      3.4     2.97    144.8
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SE-13-180                          197.2    198.5      3.3     3.44     82.2
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SE-13-181                          507.2    513.6      6.4     1.08     73.2
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SE-13-182                          225.2    228.1      2.9     0.32     36.8
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EL CHOLUGO

 



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                                    From       To Interval       Au       Ag
Hole ID                              (m)      (m)      (m)    (gpt)    (gpt)
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SE-13-148                          265.8    267.4      1.8     1.98     32.0
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SE-13-151                          304.0    304.7      0.7     3.20    397.0
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SE-13-155                          315.6    317.1      1.5     2.30    152.6
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SE-13-165                          346.3    346.8      0.5     7.61    543.0
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SE-13-168                          343.7    346.3      2.6     0.27     36.1
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SE-13-171                          340.9    341.3      0.4     1.87    103.0
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SE-13-176                          417.3    419.1      1.8     0.56     53.0
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EL CHOLUGO DOS

 



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                                    From       To Interval       Au       Ag
Hole ID                              (m)      (m)      (m)    (gpt)    (gpt)
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SE-13-151                          313.0    314.2      1.2     1.31    137.0
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SE-13-155                          355.8    359.2      3.4     0.97    124.2
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SE-13-165                          381.6    382.1      0.5     2.20    177.0
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All sample analyses were completed by ALS Chemex in Hermosillo, Mexico and North Vancouver, BC or the Santa Elena internal lab with checks at ALS Chemex.

 

Of the 47 holes being reported above only three holes, SE-12-100, 101 and 183, intercepted no significant assay results. Holes SE-12-97, 98 and 99 were previously announced only as general mineralized intercepts with results stated above. Holes SE-12-100 and 101 were not previous announced with their locations off trend and north of the deposit.

 

Approximately 58,493 metres of drilling were completed in the delineation program to convert underground resources to reserves, expand total resources and test further potential outside the results of the Pre-Feasibiity Study. One drill is currently on site completing an underground program (planned 1,500 metres) for detailed design of first production stopes anticipated to be mined in late 2014.

 

The Qualified Person under National Instrument (NI 43-101) Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects 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) for the open pit heap leach. SilverCrest anticipates that the 2,500 tonnes per day open pit heap leach facility at the Santa Elena mine should recover approximately 675,000 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 September 5, 2013

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