Toronto, Ontario--(Newsfile Corp. - August 10, 2021) - Aurelius Minerals Inc. (TSXV: AUL) (OTCQB: AURQF) is pleased to report high-grade results from the Aureus East Project in Nova Scotia, Canada. The Company is drilling at the Aureus East Project to define a new gold mineral resource and continue expanding upon the success of the Phase 1 program. This release covers 10 holes (3,554m) from our 10,000m Phase 2 drilling campaign.
Highlights from Aureus East drill program
- 0.7m at 149.0 g/t gold, from 329.3m in Hole AE-21-026 (surface drilling, intersected)
- 4.8m at 5.2 g/t gold, from 338.5m in Hole AE-21-027 (surface drilling, intersected)
- Including 0.8m at 25.5 g/t gold, from 339.4m
- 1.3m at 17.72 g/t gold, from 283.0m in Hole AE-21-024 (underground, intersected)
- Including 0.6m at 36.8 g/t gold, from 283.7m
- 2.4m at 13.9 g/t gold, from 306.9m in Hole AE-21-024 (underground, intersected)
- Including 1.0m at 26.1 g/t gold from 306.9m
CEO of Aurelius, Mark Ashcroft, stated, "We are very pleased with the continued success of our drilling program. These results continue to demonstrate the high-grade and continuous nature of the Aureus East Gold Project. The combination of surface and underground drilling continues to validate our thesis that this substantial gold system has been underexplored and misunderstood. We continue to take a systematic approach to our drilling program, and these assay results confirm we are on the right track."
Phase 2 drilling concentrates on discovering new gold horizons and expanding on historically known gold horizons and ones recently identified in Phase 1 drilling. The advanced exploration will focus on a 500m by 500m pocket proximal to the underground openings and utilize two rigs (see Figure 2). The gold horizons at Aureus East are stacked within folded host rocks that gently dip toward the east. The near-surface horizons have been intersected in historical drilling along the trend at least 1.6km to the east with little exploration work laterally and into the limbs of the anticline. Future exploration programs will aim to expand eastward and outward from the hinge of the anticline to grow the volume of rock with gold mineralization (see Figure 3).
Figure 1: Core photo showing large gold nugget in hole AE-21-026 at a depth of 329.5m - 0.7m sample graded 149 g/t gold.
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"Finding huge nuggets like the one in hole twenty-six fuels our excitement for exploring in Nova Scotia," stated Jeremy Niemi, Vice President Exploration. "Exploring on the flanks of a former gold mine is exciting, and we see incredible opportunity to grow a near-surface gold resource with some serious depth potential. By drilling the under-explored limbs with our surface rig, we can add a lot of volume to the gold system, and our underground rig continues to expand the hinge and find new zones at depth."
Figure 2: Aureus East longitudinal section shows reported hole locations, underground development, drill locations and trend of the gold horizons.
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Figure 3: Aureus East schematic cross-section demonstrates geometry of stacked gold veins and opportunity for gold mineralization growth in limbs - Gold veins displayed in yellow and as black lines in the limbs.
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Table 1. Gold intersections from Aureus East surface and underground holes
|Pad||Hole ID||From (m)||To (m)||Length (m)||Au gpt|
Gold grades are not capped, and due to folded geometry of veins, the intervals may not reflect actual width.
Table 2. Hole location, final depth and orientation for reported holes
|AE S2||AE-21-022||547989||4979827||378||310||-67||Surface Hole|
|AE S2||AE-21-023||547989||4979827||69||311||-65||Surface Hole|
|AE UG2||AE-21-024||547880||4979903||555||232||-77||U/G Hole|
|AE S2||AE-21-025||547989||4979827||141||310||-66||Surface Hole|
|AE S2||AE-21-026||547989||4979827||411||310||-75||Surface Hole|
|AE S2||AE-21-027||547989||4979827||453||300||-73||Surface Hole|
|AE S2||AE-21-028||547989||4979825||558||300||-77||Surface Hole|
|AE UG2||AE-21-029||547880||4979903||214||255||-35||U/G Hole|
|AE S2||AE-21-030||547989||4979825||564||285||-73||Surface Hole|
|AE UG2||AE-21-031||547880||4979903||211||253||-35||U/G Hole|
Aurelius has developed and implemented compliant precautions and procedures that are in line with guidelines for the Province of Nova Scotia. Protocols were put in place to ensure the safety of our employees, contractors and the communities in which we operate.
Qualified Person and Analytical Procedures
Mr. Jeremy Niemi, P.Geo. and Vice President, Exploration of Aurelius and the Company's Qualified Person as defined by NI 43-101, has reviewed and approved the technical information in this release.
Individual drill core samples are labeled, placed in plastic sample bags and sealed. Groups of samples are then placed into durable rice bags and then shipped by courier for analyses to ALS Geochemistry, Moncton, New Brunswick. Sample preparation occurs at ALS in Moncton where samples are weighed, dried, crushing one kilogram to 70 percent less than two millimeters and then pulverized to create a one-kilogram sample with 85 percent less than seventy-five microns. Potential high-grade gold samples are sent for metallic screen fire assay and remaining material is assayed for 50-gram fire assay and samples grading more than 100 parts per million have a gravimetric finish performed. When visible gold is encountered the company samples both halves of the core. The remaining coarse reject portions of the samples remain in storage if further work or verification is needed. The Company inserted control samples (accredited gold standards, blanks and duplicates) at least every 20 samples and monitors the control samples inserted by ALS.
Aurelius is a well-positioned gold exploration company focused on advancing its recently acquired and renamed Aureus Gold Properties, including Aureus East and West, the Tangier Gold Project and the Forest Hill Gold Project located in Nova Scotia and described in detail in the Company's press release of November 18, 2019.
Aurelius is also focused on advancing two district-scale gold projects in the Abitibi Greenstone Belt in Ontario, Canada, one of the world's most prolific mining districts; the 968-hectare Mikwam Property, in the Burntbush area on the Casa Berardi trend and the 12,425-hectare Lipton Property, on the Lower Detour Trend.
The Company has a management team with experience in all facets of the mineral exploration and mining industry who will be considering additional acquisitions of advanced staged opportunities in Nova Scotia, the Abitibi and other proven mining districts.
On Behalf of the Board
AURELIUS MINERALS INC.
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Aurelius Minerals Inc.
Mark N.J. Ashcroft, P.Eng., President and CEO
Tel.: (416) 304-9095
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