Victoria Gold Corp. (TSX:VGCX) is pleased to announce the first analytical results from the 2023 exploration campaign at the Raven deposit. Raven was the primary focus of this season’s exploration efforts with over 13,200 meters of diamond drilling completed. The drilling campaign consisted of systematic fence drilling to the east of the current deposit bounds coupled with exploratory drillholes around the promising high-grade mineralization identified last season in drillhole NG22-155C (20.24 g/t Au over 14.5m; see Company News Release dated January 19, 2023). Victoria anticipates releasing an updated Raven Mineral Resource Estimate after the completion of the 2023 field season including receipt and analysis of all results.
Assays for 16 of the 39 drillholes collared in 2023 have been received – highlighted results are presented below:
“A busy 2023 exploration program served to validate and expand the mineralized footprint of Raven while increasing overall confidence in the Raven deposit,” stated John McConnell, President and CEO of Victoria. “With each successive season, Raven has grown in size and 2023 should prove no different as we focused exploration towards growth of the deposit along strike – particularly to the east where 2023 results underscore the development of a high-grade trend.”
During the 2023 field season, 13,220m of diamond drilling was completed at the Raven deposit (39 holes), along with 1,282m of surface trenches (16 trenches), detailed structural/geological mapping and prospecting. Drilling in 2022 and 2023 tested an additional 400m of strike length from the 2022 Resource eastern limits. This drilling confirmed Raven mineralization over a strike length of 1.7 kilometers (“km”). This first set of analytical results from Victoria’s 2023 exploration program represents further confirmation of the Raven mineralization and Resource model, with long intervals of gold mineralization (such as 144.0m of 0.81 g/t Au and 78.4m of 1.40 g/t Au) hosted within granodiorite lithologies punctuated by intervals of high grade massive sulphide veins (such as 3.5m of 13.68 g/t Au and 0.5m of 135.30 g/t Au).
The results of NG23-172C and NG23-179C, together with NG22-155C, drilled during the 2022 drill campaign, demonstrate an emerging high-grade trend within the rapidly developing Raven deposit.
In conjunction with focused drilling of the Raven deposit, a suite of exploration targets across the Dublin Gulch Gold Camp, including Lynx, were advanced through surface trenches, soil geochemical surveys, geological mapping and prospecting during the 2023 program.
Highlighted analytical results from the 16 Raven drillholes received to date are presented below:
Table 1: Raven 2023 Diamond Drillhole Highlighted Results
|Hole||From_m||To_m||Length m||Au g/t||Ag g/t|
*True widths are estimated to be approximately 90% of drilled lengths
A set of drill sections and plan map to accompany these Raven drillholes, along with drill collar and survey data, will be made available on the company website (www.vgcx.com).
All exploration drill core from the Dublin Gulch 2023 program was analyzed at MSALabs, of Terrace, B.C., utilizing the ICP_230 34-element analytical package with FAS-121 50-gram fire assay with an atomic absorption finish for gold on all samples. All core samples were split at Victoria’s exploration facilities and shipped to the MSALabs mobile preparation facility near Mayo, YT. Samples were sorted and crushed to appropriate particle size (coarse crush) and representatively split to a smaller size (250 grams) for the MSALabs analytical facility in Langley, B.C. A comprehensive system of standards, blanks and field duplicates was implemented for the 2023 exploration campaign and is monitored as chemical assay data becomes available.
The technical content of this news release has been reviewed and approved by Paul D. Gray, P.Geo., as the “Qualified Person” as defined in National Instrument 43-101 – Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects.
Raven represents a potentially high-grade, on-surface gold deposit that lies in the extreme southeast contact of the Nugget Intrusive Stock within the surrounding Earn Group metasedimentary package. This large, approximately 3 kilometer by 2 kilometer, medium to coarse grained granodiorite stock of Cretaceous age represents the second largest intrusive body on the Dublin Gulch property (second only to the Dublin Gulch Stock that hosts the Eagle Gold Mine). The Nugget Stock is highly prospective to host Eagle-style sheeted vein mineralization, and the vast majority of the greater than 5 square kilometer stock remains untested.
The Raven occurrence is hosted in a shear zone corridor on the southeast portion of the Nugget Stock, in close association with the intrusion-metasediment contact on the eastern side of the Lynx Creek valley. The area is underlain by the Devonian to Mississippian age Earn Group and the Early Carboniferous age Keno Hill Quartzite which have been deformed by greenschist facies metamorphism, folding, and thrusting (Gordey and Makepeace, 2003).
Exploration drilling, trenching, and soil geochemical sampling at the Raven deposit in the 2018 through 2023 field seasons have repeatedly returned high-grade gold intersections accompanied by prolific visible gold occurrences along a major and consistently mineralized corridor, which has grown sequentially since its discovery in 2018. The Raven discovery was based largely from initial surface trenches constructed and sampled in the 2018 field season that exposed scorodite, bismuth, and siderite related sulphide veins under less than one meter of overburden/cover.
The October 26, 2022 technical report, titled “Technical Report on the Raven Mineral Deposit, Mayo Mining District Yukon Territory, Canada”, with an effective date of September 15, 2022, can be found on the Company’s website at www.vgcx.com and on SEDAR at www.sedar.com.
The MRE comprises a total Inferred Mineral Resource of 1,070,239 ounces of gold for the near-surface Raven Deposit.
Table 2: Pit-Constrained Inferred Mineral Resources at a 0.50 g/t Au Cut-Off
Effective September 15, 2022 – Raven Deposit
|Average Au Grade
About the Dublin Gulch Property
Victoria Gold’s 100%-owned Dublin Gulch gold property (the “Property”) is situated in central Yukon Territory, Canada, approximately 375 kilometers north of the capital city of Whitehorse, and approximately 85 kilometers from the town of Mayo. The Property is accessible by road year round, and is located within Yukon Energy’s electrical grid.
The Property covers an area of approximately 555 square kilometers, and is the site of the Company’s Eagle and Olive Gold deposits. The Company issued a National Instrument 43-101 Technical Report for the Eagle Gold Mine dated April 10, 2023 (the “2023 Eagle Technical Report”). As at December 31, 2022, the Eagle and Olive deposits include Proven and Probable Reserves of 2.6 million ounces of gold from 124 million tonnes of ore with a grade of 0.65 grams of gold per tonne. As at December 31, 2022, the Mineral Resource for the Eagle and Olive deposits has been estimated to host 245 million tonnes averaging 0.59 grams of gold per tonne, containing 4.7 million ounces of gold in the “Measured and Indicated” category, inclusive of Proven and Probable Reserves, and a further 35 million tonnes averaging 0.62 grams of gold per tonne, containing 0.7 million ounces of gold in the “Inferred” category.
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