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New Found Hits 52 g/t Au Over 2.85m & 31.5 g/t Au Over 2.50m, Expands Jackpot to 185m of Strike and to 205m Depth

2023-10-18 06:30 ET - News Release


Company Website: https://newfoundgold.ca/
VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- (Business Wire)

New Found Gold Corp. (“New Found” or the “Company”) (TSX-V: NFG, NYSE-A: NFGC) is pleased to announce the results from 30 diamond drill holes that were completed as part of a drill program designed to test the newly discovered Jackpot Zone, an east-west striking, steeply dipping high-grade vein located on the east side of the highly prospective Appleton Fault Zone (“AFZ”), as well as from systematic grid drilling on the east side of the AFZ. New Found’s 100%-owned Queensway project comprises a 1,662km2 area, accessible via the Trans-Canada Highway, 15km west of Gander, Newfoundland and Labrador.

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Figure 1: Photos of mineralization, Left: at ~79m in NFGC-23-1505, Right: at ~29m in NFGC-23-1415 ^Note that these photos are not intended to be representative of gold mineralization in NFGC-23-1415 and NFGC-23-1505. (Photo: Business Wire)

Figure 1: Photos of mineralization, Left: at ~79m in NFGC-23-1505, Right: at ~29m in NFGC-23-1415 ^Note that these photos are not intended to be representative of gold mineralization in NFGC-23-1415 and NFGC-23-1505. (Photo: Business Wire)

Jackpot Highlights:

Hole No.

From (m)

To (m)

Interval (m)

Au (g/t)

Zone

NFGC-23-14151

28.00

32.70

4.70

10.98

Jackpot

Including

28.00

29.30

1.30

38.41

NFGC-23-14471

59.20

62.05

2.85

51.93

Jackpot

Including

59.20

61.10

1.90

77.82

NFGC-23-14581

75.00

77.75

2.75

13.83

Jackpot

Including

76.60

77.30

0.70

49.31

NFGC-23-14641

83.00

89.10

6.10

4.63

Jackpot

Including

83.35

83.95

0.60

38.87

NFGC-23-14882

108.20

117.65

9.45

3.01

Jackpot

Including

110.00

110.70

0.70

25.70

NFGC-23-15051

76.75

79.75

3.00

18.93

Jackpot

Including

78.90

79.75

0.85

61.78

NFGC-23-15741

30.50

33.00

2.50

31.50

Jackpot

Including

31.30

32.15

0.85

90.40

Table 1: Jackpot Drilling Highlights

Note that the host structures are interpreted to be steeply dipping and true widths are generally estimated to be 170% to 95%, and 240% to 70% of reported intervals. 4True widths are unknown at this time. Infill veining in secondary structures with multiple orientations crosscutting the primary host structures are commonly observed in drill core which could result in additional uncertainty in true width. Composite intervals reported carry a minimum weighted average of 1 g/t Au diluted over a minimum core length of 2m with a maximum of 4m consecutive dilution when above 200m vertical depth and 2m consecutive dilution when below 200m vertical depth. Included high-grade intercepts are reported as any consecutive interval with grades greater than 10 g/t Au. Grades have not been capped in the averaging and intervals are reported as drill thickness.

  • Jackpot is a new high-grade gold discovery that was announced on June 22, 2023, with the discovery interval of 95.7 g/t Au over 3.25m in NFGC-23-1292 intercepted at a vertical depth of just 20m and situated 280m east of the AFZ. Immediate follow-up drilling resulted in multiple encouraging near-surface results including 119 g/t Au over 4.10m in NFGC-23-1425 and 147 g/t Au over 2.70m in NFGC-23-1423, both reported on September 5, 2023.
  • Today’s results expand Jackpot to cover a mineralized strike length of 185m that extends to a depth of 205m. This mineralized corridor occurs within the overall Jackpot Fault, which covers an east-west strike of 345m.
  • Within the Jackpot zone, there is a high-grade segment that is now defined over 75m strike, with mineralization starting at surface and extending down to a depth of 100m vertical. High-grade results released today that are in this domain include 51.9 g/t Au over 2.85m in NFGC-23-1447, 31.5 g/t Au over 2.50m in NFGC-23-1574, 18.9 g/t Au over 3.00m in NFGC-23-1505, 11.0 g/t Au over 4.70m in NFGC-23-1415, 13.8 g/t Au over 2.75m in NFGC-23-1458, and 4.63 g/t Au over 6.10m in NFGC-23-1464 (Figures 1-4).
  • Jackpot continues to demonstrate strong high-grade continuity with characteristics similar to those observed in the neighbouring Lotto Zone. Ongoing drilling is targeting expansion of this east-west striking, steeply south-dipping structure along strike and to depth which remains open in all directions.

Melissa Render, VP of Exploration of New Found, stated: “Jackpot is another high-grade, near-surface discovery to add to the growing list of zones at Queensway. Our exploration team is doing a fantastic job targeting and quickly expanding on multiple new discoveries along the Appleton Fault corridor. Located 950m north of Lotto and adjacent to K2, we are encouraged to see such high-caliber results this far east of the AFZ and so far north of Keats, which is located 2.7km to the south. Several assays are pending from Jackpot and work continues to expand on this exciting new discovery.”

Drillhole Details

Hole No.

From (m)

To (m)

Interval (m)

Au (g/t)

Zone

NFGC-22-939

No Significant Values

East Grid

NFGC-22-1051

No Significant Values

East Grid

NFGC-22-1060

No Significant Values

East Grid

NFGC-23-1409

No Significant Values

Jackpot

NFGC-23-14151

28.00

32.70

4.70

10.98

Jackpot

Including

28.00

29.30

1.30

38.41

NFGC-23-14401

56.50

58.60

2.10

1.10

Jackpot

NFGC-23-14471

59.20

62.05

2.85

51.93

Jackpot

Including

59.20

61.10

1.90

77.82

NFGC-23-14501

68.00

70.15

2.15

1.82

Jackpot

NFGC-23-14581

75.00

77.75

2.75

13.83

Jackpot

Including

76.60

77.30

0.70

49.31

NFGC-23-14641

83.00

89.10

6.10

4.63

Jackpot

Including

83.35

83.95

0.60

38.87

NFGC-23-14701

54.00

56.30

2.30

2.12

Jackpot

Including

54.70

55.05

0.35

11.40

NFGC-23-14882

108.20

117.65

9.45

3.01

Jackpot

Including

110.00

110.70

0.70

25.70

NFGC-23-1496

No Significant Values

Jackpot

NFGC-23-15051

76.75

79.75

3.00

18.93

Jackpot

Including

78.90

79.75

0.85

61.78

And4

101.45

104.00

2.55

1.66

NFGC-23-15092

54.40

56.45

2.05

2.08

East Grid

And1

65.45

68.00

2.55

2.35

NFGC-23-1511

No Significant Values

Jackpot

NFGC-23-15293

62.20

67.75

5.55

1.01

Jackpot

NFGC-23-15361

129.90

134.10

4.20

1.24

Jackpot

NFGC-23-15373

72.30

79.05

6.75

2.50

Everest

Including

78.75

79.05

0.30

36.10

And4

145.50

148.00

2.50

5.66

Including

147.40

148.00

0.60

21.10

NFGC-23-1542

No Significant Values

East Grid

NFGC-23-1545

No Significant Values

Jackpot

NFGC-23-1548

No Significant Values

East Grid

NFGC-23-1550

No Significant Values

Jackpot

NFGC-23-15641

21.80

24.15

2.35

5.59

Jackpot

Including

22.70

23.30

0.60

20.40

NFGC-23-1572

No Significant Values

Jackpot

NFGC-23-15741

30.50

33.00

2.50

31.50

Jackpot

Including

31.30

32.15

0.85

90.40

And1

42.10

46.00

3.90

1.93

NFGC-23-16802

215.70

221.00

5.30

1.20

Jackpot

NFGC-23-16861

118.35

121.15

2.80

4.15

Everest

Including

120.20

120.70

0.50

11.94

And3

160.85

162.95

2.10

2.55

Including

160.85

161.30

0.45

11.86

NFGC-23-1719

No Significant Values

East Grid

NFGC-23-1725

No Significant Values

East Grid

Table 2: Summary of composite results reported in this press release for Jackpot

Note that the host structures are interpreted to be steeply dipping and true widths are generally estimated to be 170% to 95%, 240% to 70%, and 310% to 40% of reported intervals. 4True widths are unknown at this time. Infill veining in secondary structures with multiple orientations crosscutting the primary host structures are commonly observed in drill core which could result in additional uncertainty in true width. Composite intervals reported carry a minimum weighted average of 1 g/t Au diluted over a minimum core length of 2m with a maximum of 4m consecutive dilution when above 200m vertical depth and 2m consecutive dilution when below 200m vertical depth. Included high-grade intercepts are reported as any consecutive interval with grades greater than 10 g/t Au. Grades have not been capped in the averaging and intervals are reported as drill thickness.

Hole No.

Azimuth (°)

Dip (°)

Length (m)

UTM E

UTM N

Prospect

NFGC-22-939

300

-45

374

659498

5430419

East Grid

NFGC-22-1051

300

-45

63

659386

5430074

East Grid

NFGC-22-1060

300

-45

326

659398

5430246

East Grid

NFGC-23-1409

264

-45.5

99

659422

5429885

Jackpot

NFGC-23-1415

293

-57.5

96

659422

5429885

Jackpot

NFGC-23-1440

300

-45

96

659395

5429841

Jackpot

NFGC-23-1447

340

-62

99

659393

5429840

Jackpot

NFGC-23-1450

345

-45

114

659413

5429830

Jackpot

NFGC-23-1458

6

-55

114

659414

5429830

Jackpot

NFGC-23-1464

325

-62

123

659412

5429830

Jackpot

NFGC-23-1470

10

-58

102

659427

5429856

Jackpot

NFGC-23-1488

14

-60

177

659394

5429803

Jackpot

NFGC-23-1496

345

-70

171

659395

5429802

Jackpot

NFGC-23-1505

355

-48

111

659372

5429801

Jackpot

NFGC-23-1509

288

-54

113

659178

5429566

East Grid

NFGC-23-1511

330

-50

114

659371

5429800

Jackpot

NFGC-23-1529

35

-68

135

659427

5429855

Jackpot

NFGC-23-1536

317

-45

162

659543

5429816

Jackpot

NFGC-23-1537

300

-45

248

659141

5429723

Everest

NFGC-23-1542

300

-45

131

659172

5429453

East Grid

NFGC-23-1545

310

-50

123

659547

5429865

Jackpot

NFGC-23-1548

300

-45

488

659262

5429459

East Grid

NFGC-23-1550

355

-45

102

659547

5429865

Jackpot

NFGC-23-1564

350

-45

54

659512

5429893

Jackpot

NFGC-23-1572

313

-52

75

659546

5429890

Jackpot

NFGC-23-1574

5

-45

60

659436

5429875

Jackpot

NFGC-23-1680

334

-72

240

659369

5429743

Jackpot

NFGC-23-1686

299

-45.5

248

659521

5430060

Everest

NFGC-23-1719

318

-45

155

659222

5429539

East Grid

NFGC-23-1725

299

-45

179

659219

5429484

East Grid

Table 3: Details of drill holes reported in this press release

Queensway 500,000m Drill Program Update

The Company is currently undertaking a 500,000m drill program at Queensway and approximately 32,000m of core is currently pending assay results.

Sampling, Sub-sampling, and Laboratory

All drilling recovers HQ core. Drill core is split in half using a diamond saw or a hydraulic splitter for rare intersections with incompetent core.

A geologist examines the drill core and marks out the intervals to be sampled and the cutting line. Sample lengths are mostly 1.0 metre and adjusted to respect lithological and/or mineralogical contacts and isolate narrow (<1.0m) veins or other structures that may yield higher grades.

Technicians saw the core along the defined cutting line. One-half of the core is kept as a witness sample and the other half is submitted for analysis. Individual sample bags are sealed and placed into totes, which are then sealed and marked with the contents.

New Found has submitted samples for gold determination by fire assay to ALS Canada Ltd. (“ALS”) and by photon assay to MSALABS (“MSA”) since June 2022. ALS and MSA operate under a commercial contract with New Found.

Drill core samples are shipped to ALS for sample preparation in Sudbury, Ontario, Thunder Bay, Ontario, or Moncton, New Brunswick. ALS is an ISO-17025 accredited laboratory for the fire assay method.

Drill core samples are also submitted to MSA in Val-d’Or, Quebec. MSA operates numerous laboratories worldwide and maintains ISO-17025 accreditation for many metal determination methods. MSA is an ISO-17025 accredited laboratory for the photon assay method.

At ALS, the entire sample is crushed to approximately 70% passing 2mm. A 3,000-g split is pulverized. “Routine” samples do not have visible gold (VG) identified and are not within a mineralized zone. Routine samples are assayed for gold by 30-g fire assay with an inductively-couple plasma spectrometry (ICP) finish. If the initial 30-g fire assay gold result is over 1 g/t, the remainder of the 3,000-g split is screened at 106 microns for screened metallics assay. For the screened metallics assay, the entire coarse fraction (sized greater than 106 microns) is fire assayed and two splits of the fine fraction (sized less than 106 microns) are fire assayed. The three assays are combined on a weight-averaged basis. Samples that have VG identified or fall within a mineralized interval are automatically submitted for screened metallic assay for gold.

At MSA, the entire sample is crushed to approximately 70% passing 2mm. For “routine” samples that do not have VG identified and are not within a mineralized zone, the samples are riffle split to fill two 450g jars for photon assay. The assays reported from both jars are combined on a weight-averaged basis. If one of the jars assays greater than 1 g/t, the remaining crushed material is weighed into multiple jars and are submitted for photon assay.

For samples that have VG identified or are within a mineralized zone, the entire crushed sample is weighed into multiple jars and are submitted for photon assay. The assays from all jars are combined on a weight-averaged basis.

All samples prepared at ALS or MSA are also analyzed for a multi-element ICP package (ALS method code ME-ICP61) at ALS Vancouver.

Drill program design, Quality Assurance/Quality Control and interpretation of results are performed by qualified persons employing a rigorous Quality Assurance/Quality Control program consistent with industry best practices. Standards and blanks account for a minimum of 10% of the samples in addition to the laboratory’s internal quality assurance programs.

Quality Control data are evaluated on receipt from the laboratories for failures. Appropriate action is taken if assay results for standards and blanks fall outside allowed tolerances. All results stated have passed New Found’s quality control protocols.

New Found’s quality control program also includes submission of the second half of the core for approximately 2% of the drilled intervals. In addition, approximately 1% of sample pulps for mineralized samples are submitted for re-analysis to a second ISO-accredited laboratory for check assays.

The Company does not recognize any factors of drilling, sampling or recovery that could materially affect the accuracy or reliability of the assay data disclosed.

The assay data disclosed in this press release have been verified by the Company’s Qualified Person against the original assay certificates.

The Company notes that it has not completed any economic evaluations of its Queensway Project and that the Queensway Project does not have any resources or reserves.

Qualified Person

The scientific and technical information disclosed in this press release was reviewed and approved by Greg Matheson, P. Geo., Chief Operating Officer, and a Qualified Person as defined under National Instrument 43-101. Mr. Matheson consents to the publication of this press release dated October 18, 2023, by New Found. Mr. Matheson certifies that this press release fairly and accurately represents the scientific and technical information that forms the basis for this press release.

About New Found Gold Corp.

New Found holds a 100% interest in the Queensway Project, located 15km west of Gander, Newfoundland and Labrador, and just 18km from Gander International Airport. The project is intersected by the Trans-Canada Highway and has logging roads crosscutting the project, high voltage electric power lines running through the project area, and easy access to a highly skilled workforce. The Company is currently undertaking a 500,000m drill program at Queensway and is well funded for this program with cash and marketable securities of approximately $29.5 million as of October 2023.

Please see the Company’s website at www.newfoundgold.ca and the Company’s SEDAR+ profile at www.sedarplus.ca.

Acknowledgements

New Found acknowledges the financial support of the Junior Exploration Assistance Program, Department of Natural Resources, Government of Newfoundland and Labrador.

Contact

To contact the Company, please visit the Company’s website, www.newfoundgold.ca and make your request through our investor inquiry form. Our management has a pledge to be in touch with any investor inquiries within 24 hours.

Neither the TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.

Forward-Looking Statement Cautions

This press release contains certain "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of Canadian securities legislation, relating to exploration, drilling and mineralization on the Company’s Queensway gold project in Newfoundland and Labrador; assay results; the interpretation of drilling and assay results, the results of the drilling program, mineralization and the discovery of zones of high-grade gold mineralization; plans for future exploration and drilling and the timing of same; the merits of the Queensway project; future press releases by the Company; and funding of the drilling program. Although the Company believes that such statements are reasonable, it can give no assurance that such expectations will prove to be correct. Forward-looking statements are statements that are not historical facts; they are generally, but not always, identified by the words “expects”, “plans”, “anticipates”, “believes”, “interpreted”, “intends”, “estimates”, “projects”, “aims”, “suggests”, “indicate”, “often”, “target”, “future”, “likely”, “pending”, “potential”, “goal”, “objective”, “prospective”, “possibly”, “preliminary”, and similar expressions, or that events or conditions “will”, “would”, “may”, “can”, “could” or “should” occur, or are those statements, which, by their nature, refer to future events. The Company cautions that forward-looking statements are based on the beliefs, estimates and opinions of the Company's management on the date the statements are made, and they involve a number of risks and uncertainties. Consequently, there can be no assurances that such statements will prove to be accurate and actual results and future events could differ materially from those anticipated in such statements. Except to the extent required by applicable securities laws and the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange, the Company undertakes no obligation to update these forward-looking statements if management's beliefs, estimates or opinions, or other factors, should change. Factors that could cause future results to differ materially from those anticipated in these forward-looking statements include risks associated with possible accidents and other risks associated with mineral exploration operations, the risk that the Company will encounter unanticipated geological factors, risks associated with the interpretation of assay results and the drilling program, the possibility that the Company may not be able to secure permitting and other governmental clearances necessary to carry out the Company's exploration plans, the risk that the Company will not be able to raise sufficient funds to carry out its business plans, and the risk of political uncertainties and regulatory or legal changes that might interfere with the Company's business and prospects. The reader is urged to refer to the Company's Annual Information Form and Management’s discussion and Analysis, publicly available at SEDAR+ (www.sedarplus.ca), the Canadian Securities Administrators' national system that all market participants use for filings and disclosure, for a more complete discussion of such risk factors and their potential effects.

Contacts:

New Found Gold Corp.
Per: “Collin Kettell”
Collin Kettell, Chief Executive Officer
ckettell@newfoundgold.ca
+1 (845) 535-1486

Source: New Found Gold Corp.

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