Whitehorse, YT / October 25, 2023 / Victoria Gold Corp. (TSX-VGCX) (“Victoria” or the “Company”) is pleased to announce the final set of analytical results from the 2023 exploration campaign at the Raven deposit. Raven was the primary focus of this season’s exploration efforts at the Dublin Gulch camp, with over 13,200 meters (“m”) of diamond drilling consisting 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 following the compilation and analysis of the 2023 drill results.
Assays for the final 23 of the 39 drillholes collared in 2023 have been received. Highlighted results are presented below:
- 4.52 g/t Au over 7.6m from 257.8m in NG23-190C
- 3.48 g/t Au over 11.7m from 182.9m in NG23-196C
- 5.83g/t Au over 31.4m from 44.6m in NG23-200C
“The 2023 Raven exploration season is now completed and, as these latest results demonstrate, has continued to identify high-grade gold mineralization both internally and externally to the current Raven deposit bounds,” stated John McConnell, President and CEO of Victoria. “Work on an updated Raven Resource is now underway and we look forward to seeing two full seasons of drilling added to the maiden resource estimate.”
During the 2023 field season, 13,220m of diamond drilling was completed (39 holes at Raven) along with 1,282m of surface trenches (16 trenches at both Raven and Lynx), detailed structural/geological mapping and prospecting. Drilling in 2022 and 2023 tested an additional 400m of strike length from the 2022 maiden Raven Mineral Resource Estimate eastern limits. This drilling confirmed Raven mineralization over a strike length of 1.7 kilometers (“km”). Analytical results from these programs represent further confirmation of the Raven mineralization and Resource model, with long intervals of gold mineralization (such as 240.2m of 0.96 g/t Au) hosted within granodiorite lithologies punctuated by intervals of high grade massive sulphide veins (such as 1.0m of 49.10 g/t Au and 0.5m of 24.20 g/t Au).
The second half of the 2023 program, from which these assay results are derived, was split between exploratory drilling to the east of the Raven deposit, targeting further definition of the previously identified high-grade trend east of Raven (see Company NR dated September 15, 2023) and drilling internal to the current Raven Resource, targeting areas with previously limited data. This later aspect of the program was designed to increase the grade and confidence of the Raven Resource.
Highlighted analytical results from the final 23 drillholes of the 2023 Raven program are presented below:
Table 1: Raven 2023 Diamond Drillhole Highlighted Results
|Hole||From m||To m||Length||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).
The 2023 Raven drill program also resulted in several highly anomalous base metal veins intercepts, including:
- 23.46% Pb, 22.32%, Zn, 545.0 g/t Ag with 3.10 g/t Au over 1.2m from 109.73m in NG23-198C
- 11.04% Pb, 7.00 % Zn, 216.08 g/t Ag with 13.68 g/t Au over 3.5m from 182.7m
- 5.90% Pb, 7.33% Zn, 35.08 g/t Ag with 6.26 g/t Au over 1.9m from 172.6m
These high-grade, sulphosalt bearing base metal veins have been identified (and logged distinctly) at Raven since Raven’s discovery in 2018. However, it was not until late 2022 that their potential as consistent veins distinct from the gold-bearing massive sulphide veins was recognized and analytical overlimit procedures for base metals were established on all core samples. These base metals veins have not been assessed in any economic detail to date and part of the 2023 post-field season work will include a review of these veins including independent modelling. Victoria maintains the coarse rejects and pulps from all 2018-2023 Raven drilling campaigns and thereby has the ability to conducted overlimit assays on intervals of note, if required.
Table #2 presents a summary of highlighted base metal intercepts from the Raven Deposit.
Table 2: Raven 2023 Diamond Drillhole Highlighted Base Metal Veins Results
|Hole||From m||To m||Length||Au g/t||Ag g/t||Pb%||Zn%|
*True widths are currently not known.
All exploration drill core from the Dublin Gulch 2023 program was analyzed at MSALabs, of Langley, 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. Overlimits analyses were conducted via FAS-425, ICF6-Ag, ICF-Pb and ICF-Zn for all germane Au, Ag, Pb and Zn assays. 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 3: Pit-Constrained Inferred Mineral Resources at a 0.50 g/t Au Cut-Off
Effective September 15, 2022 – Raven Deposit
- The effective date for the Mineral Resource is September 15, 2022.
- Mineral Resources which are not Mineral Reserves do not have demonstrated economic viability. The estimate of Mineral Resources may be materially affected by environmental, permitting, legal, title, taxation, sociopolitical, marketing, or other relevant issues.
- The CIM definitions were followed for classification of Mineral Resources. The quantity and grade of reported inferred Mineral Resources in this estimation are uncertain in nature and there has been insufficient exploration to define these inferred Mineral Resources as an indicated Mineral Resource and it is uncertain if further exploration will result in upgrading them to an indicated or measured Mineral Resource category.
- Mineral Resources are reported at a cut-off grade of 0.50 g/t Au, within a Lerchs-Grossman pit shell using a gold price of US$1,700/ounce and a US$/CAN$ exchange rate of 0.75.
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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