Premier Discovers More High Grade at McCoy-Cove

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PREMIER GOLD MINES LIMITED (TSX:PG) (“Premier”, “the Company”) is pleased to announce that ongoing drilling continues to identify high-grade mineralization in multiple horizons at the Company’s McCoy-Cove Project, located along the Battle Mountain-Eureka Trend in Nevada. Drill results from the 2015 exploration program have confirmed expansion potential within the historic UPC Zone and intersected multiple intercepts of Au-Ag±Cu skarn and polymetallic mineralization at depth beneath the historic McCoy pit. Two new mineralized zones were also intersected at previously undrilled depths, while testing the “Deep IP” target between the McCoy and Cove pits. Highlights from recent drilling include:


UPC Zone & New Discovery assay results

  • PM15-09:
    • 1.4 metres (m) of 15.95 grams per tonne gold (g/t Au), 7.37 g/t silver (Ag), or 16.04 g/t gold equivalent (AuEq)
    • 4.3 m of 12.81 g/t Au, 25.56 g/t Ag, or 13.14 g/t AuEq
  • PM15-10
    • 4.3 m of 7.20 g/t Au, 14.39 g/t Ag, or 7.38 g/t AuEq
  • PM15-13:
    • 3.5 m of 7.72 g/t Au, 26.78 g/t Ag, or 8.06 g/t AuEq
    • 1.5 m of 9.83 g/t Au, 130.00 g/t Ag, or 11.49 g/t AuEq
  • PM15-16A:
    • 1.2m of 0.05 g/t Au, 874.00 g/t Ag, or 11.31 g/t AuEq
    • 1.8 m of 21.00 g/t Au, 679.00 g/t Ag, or 29.67 g/t AuEq
  • PM15-17
    • 2.8 m of 14.35 g/t Au, 7.17 g/t Ag, or 14.44 g/t AuEq


McCoy Open Pit & Underground

Initial drilling of the UPC zone has confirmed historic mineralization as well as identified additional expansion potential along the Gold Dome fault. Continued drilling 300 m beneath the UPC Zone with drill-hole PM15-09 discovered new mineralization hosted within the hanging wall of the McCoy Thrust fault. The McCoy Thrust created a similar thrust-dominated structural fabric to the Cove pit and its associated deposits with mineralization consisting of sulfidic skarn alteration and mineralization at the thrust contact with the Dixie Valley conglomerate and Favret limestone. The McCoy thrust is also cut by several cross-cutting “feeder” structures including the Gold Dome and Bay faults, which were historically mined at both the Cove and McCoy open pit and underground operations. Step-out drilling 200m along strike of PM15-09 intersected similar alteration and mineralization associated with the McCoy thrust in PM15-11A. Structural similarities to the thrust fault-hosted 2201 Zone beneath the Cove pit, as well as lateral continuity suggested by initial drilling, confirms Premier’s belief that significant infill and expansion potential exists within the McCoy Thrust horizon and warrants additional drilling in 2016.


Figure 1: PM15-09 confirmed the down-dip expansion potential of the UPC zone (Star #1) and discovered high grade skarn at depth within the hanging wall of the newly defined McCoy Thrust fault (Star #2).
Potential of UPC Zone (star #1) Map


Table 1 - Select assay results for McCoy open pit and underground drilling program

Hole-ID UTM Coordinates (m) Dip/Azimuth (degrees) From (m) To (m) Interval (m) Au (g/t) Ag (g/t) AuEq (g/t) Target
PM15-09 480739E/4464010N -90/000 47.2 57.9 10.7 0.43 7.18 0.52 West Contact
449.6 451.0 1.4 15.95 7.37 16.04 UPC
889.1 893.4 4.3 12.81 25.56 13.14 McCoy Thrust
932.5 934.5 2.0 3.32 68.35 4.19 McCoy Thrust
PM15-10 480875E/4464034N -83/112 61.0 74.7 13.7 1.57 6.05 1.65 West Contact
445.3 446.2 0.9 15.35 4.00 15.40 UPC
493.9 498.3 4.3 7.20 14.39 7.38 UPC
PM15-11 480687E/4463991N -72/127 51.8 62.5 10.7 0.70 18.66 0.94 West Contact
PM15-11A 480687E/4463991N -72/127 882.4 885.5 3.1 1.14 7.39 1.23 McCoy Thrust
939.7 941.5 1.8 3.60 11.65 3.75 McCoy Thrust
PM15-12 480892E/4463891N -90/000 31.9 36.4 4.5 0.81 1.20 0.83 West Contact
PM15-13 480805E/4464026N -67/123 89.0 160.1 71.1 0.69 2.58 0.72 West Contact
Including 141.3 144.8 3.5 7.72 26.78 8.06 West Contact
488.0 489.5 1.5 9.83 130.00 11.49 UPC
PM15-14 480870E/4464061N -72/117 397.3 400.9 3.6 4.34 8.06 4.44 UPC
Including 397.3 398.4 1.1 7.15 20.00 7.41 UPC
PM15-15 481029E/4464129N -76/167 140.2 146.3 6.1 0.46 1.47 0.48 West Contact
PM15-16A 480654E/4464185N -70/087 418.8 420.0 1.2 0.05 874.00 11.20 NE-1 Fault
556.0 557.8 1.8 21.00 679.00 29.67 UPC

AuEq ratio 78:1 (Ag:Au) - Assays provided are uncapped - True width estimated at 70-95%


Deep IP Target

The Deep IP target horizon is located between the McCoy and Cove open pits, with the strongest anomaly associated with the Gold Dome and Bay faults at previously untested depths of 400 metres or more. Initial testing of the Deep IP anomaly with drill-hole PM15-17 intersected multiple intervals of Carlin-type and polymetallic mineralization at previously undrilled depths. Figure 2 and Table 2 provides a summary of initial results.


Figure 2: PM15-17 tested the Deep IP anomaly between the McCoy and Cove pits and intersected multiple zones of Carlin-type and polymetallic mineralization (Star #1 & #2).
McCoy Cove Zones Map


Table 2 - Select assay results for the Deep IP target

Hole-ID UTM Coordinates (m) Dip/Azimuth (degrees) From (m) To (m) Interval (m) Au (g/t) Ag (g/t) AuEq (g/t) Target
PM15-17 481298E/4464625N -83/130 510.2 514.7 4.5 5.80 2.71 5.83 Deep IP
899.6 902.4 2.8 14.35 7.17 14.44 Deep IP

- AuEq ratio 78:1 (Ag:Au) - Assays provided are uncapped - True width estimated at 80-90%

“Intercepts from the 2015 drilling program highlight the potential size of the McCoy-Cove system and demonstrate our confidence to expand high grade gold and silver mineralization within the UPC, Deep IP and McCoy Thrust target horizons,” stated Chad Peters, Premier’s Nevada Exploration Manager on the Company’s C-Suite Blog today ( “Planned 2016 drilling will focus on infill and expansion of multiple high grade targets with a property-wide resource update planned for year-end.”

The McCoy-Cove Project is located along the Battle Mountain-Eureka Trend (See Figure 3) that is host to numerous multi-million ounce producing and past-producing mines. The McCoy and Cove deposits were mined (primarily by open pit) between 1986 and 2001, a period of comparatively low metal prices, producing approximately 3.3 million ounces of gold and more than 110 million ounces of silver. The property is located in close proximity to excellent infrastructure (including paved roads & power) and is permitted for an expanded surface drill campaign and underground access.


Figure 3: McCoy-Cove Property located 56 km south of Battle Mountain, NV off Highway 305
McCoy Cove Property Map

Stephen McGibbon, P. Geo., is the Qualified Person for and approved the scientific and technical information contained in this press release and is a Qualified Person within the meaning of National Instrument 43-101. Assay results were sent to ALS Laboratories prep facility located in Elko, Nevada and analysis was performed at their Sparks, Nevada analytical facility utilizing 30 gram fire assay with an AA finish for RC samples and 30 gram fire assay with AA and automatic gravimetric finish on over-limit samples. ICP-MS 30 element scan from 4-acid digestion is also utilized for core samples.


Premier Gold Mines Limited is one of North America’s leading exploration and development companies with a high quality pipeline of gold projects focused in proven, safe and accessible mining jurisdictions in Canada and the United States. The Company is well-financed with a portfolio of advanced-stage assets in world class gold mining districts such as Red Lake and Geraldton in Ontario and the most prolific gold trends in Nevada.

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