Montreal, Québec, Canada, May 18, 2021 – MONARCH MINING CORPORATION (“Monarch” or the “Corporation”) (TSX: GBAR) (OTCMKTS: GBARF) is pleased to announce it has completed the exploration diamond drilling program on its wholly-owned Croinor Gold project, located 55 kilometres east of Val-d’Or, Québec. The results include several significant intersections as Monarch continues to explore this vast property covering 25 kilometres of favourable stratigraphy.
The 2020-2021 diamond drilling program totalled 5,286 metres in 26 holes. It focused entirely on exploration targets outside the currently defined resource envelope of the Croinor Gold deposit.
The best high-grade drill results for the Bug Lake Zone include 24.70 g/t Au over 0.6 m in hole CR-20-706 and 17.70 g/t Au over 1.2 m in hole CR-20-713, within a broader zone of 9.28 g/t Au over 3.2 m. This showing is located over 500 m east of and stratigraphically above the Croinor Gold deposit. The mineralization in hole CR-20-706 consists of visible gold hosted in quartz veins with tourmaline.
Several holes drilled on the Bug Lake Zone also intersected broader zones of lower-grade gold mineralization. This includes 1.79 g/t Au over 21.0 m in hole CR-20-710 and 2.32 g/t Au over 9.6 m in hole CR-20-711. The Bug Lake Zone has currently been tested by diamond drilling over a strike length of 250 m and down to a vertical depth of approximately 250 m.
Significant mineralization was intersected in the area of the Busmac showing, located 4.5 km west of and stratigraphically below the Croinor Gold deposit. Historical resources at Busmac (neither NI 43-101 compliant nor verified by Monarch’s qualified person), as reported in Sigeom (mineral deposit 32C/03-0020), include 8,200 tonnes averaging 17.5 g/t Au and a second zone of 8,000 tonnes averaging 6.8 g/t Au. Assay results from Monarch’s 2020-2021 drilling program in the area of the Busmac showing include 16.9 g/t Au over 0.4 m. Wide step-out drilling along strike of the Busmac horizon, approximately 1,000 metres to the southeast, returned 1.12 g/t Au over 4.2 m, indicating that the mineralized system is open and shows regional continuity.
Hole CR-21-715, drilled in the far northwest part of the property, intersected semi-massive sulphides over a core length of 7 m. The sulphide mineralization is associated with a local magnetic high and is less than 1 km from the Realore showing (Sigeom, mineral showing 2133), which assayed up to 21.03 g/t Au and 0.76% Cu.
“We are very pleased with the results of this exploration drill program, in that we have confirmed the presence of mineralization in several areas outside of the main Croinor Gold deposit,” said Jean-Marc Lacoste, President and Chief Executive Officer of Monarch. “We will continue to focus on advancing the development of the Croinor Gold deposit while at the same time exploring other showings in this vast land package covering multiple favourable horizons over more than 25 km of strike length.”
Other significant results are shown in Figure 1 and Table 1, below.
Table 1: Significant assay results
Table 2: Drill hole location
Sampling consists of sawing the NQ-size core into equal halves along its main axis and shipping one of the halves to the AGAT Laboratories in Mississauga, Ontario, for assaying. The samples are crushed, pulverized and assayed by fire assay, with atomic absorption finish. Results exceeding 3.0 g/t Au are re-assayed using the gravity method, and samples containing visible gold grains are assayed using the metallic screen method. Monarch uses a comprehensive QA/QC protocol, including the insertion of standards and blanks.
About Croinor Gold
Monarch Mining holds a 100% interest in the Croinor Gold property, which consists of one mining lease and 337 claims covering over 151.9 km2. The property includes a mineral resource estimate of 804,600 tonnes at an average grade of 9.12 g/t Au for 236,000 ounces of gold in the Measured and Indicated category, along with 160,800 tonnes at an average grade 7.42 g/t Au for 38,400 ounces in the Inferred category. The mineral resource does not include the results for holes drilled after November 2015, which represents 59,000 metres of drilling in 254 holes.
On January 19, 2018, Monarch Gold Corporation announced the positive results of the pre-feasibility study prepared by InnovExplo Inc. The results of the pre-feasibility study show that the Croinor project is economically viable and has the potential to become a low-cost mine.
Pre-feasibility study highlights:
The technical report summarizing the results of the pre-feasibility study can be viewed on Monarch's website.
The Croinor Gold deposit is hosted in the Croinor Sill, a synvolcanic intrusion that has been traced along strike by drilling for over 2.4 km. Mineralization is hosted in quartz-carbonate-tourmaline-pyrite veins that can be traced from several tens of metres up to 600 metres.
Table 3: Resources Estimate for the Croinor Gold deposit at the selected cut-off grades
The technical and scientific content of this press release has been reviewed and approved by Louis Martin, P.Geo., the Corporation’s qualified person under National Instrument 43-101.
Monarch Mining Corporation (TSX: GBAR) is a fully integrated mining company that owns four advanced projects, including the fully permitted past-producing Beaufor Mine, which has produced more than 1 million ounces of gold over the last 30 years. Other advanced assets include the Croinor Gold, McKenzie Break and Swanson properties, all located near Monarch’s wholly owned and fully permitted 750 tpd Beacon mill. Monarch owns 28,725 hectares (287 km2) of mining assets in the prolific Abitibi mining camp that host 588,482 ounces of combined measured and indicated gold resources and 329,393 ounces of combined inferred resources.
The forward-looking statements in this press release involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause Monarch’s actual results, performance and achievements to be materially different from the results, performance or achievements expressed or implied therein. Neither TSX nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSX) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this press release.
Table 4: Monarch combined gold resources
1 Source: Monarch Gold prefeasibility study (January 19, 2018) and resource estimate (January 8, 2016). This resource was completed for Monarch Gold and has not been reviewed by a qualified person for Monarch Mining as required under National Instrument 43-101 and is thus considered as an historical estimate.
2 Source: NI 43-101 Technical Report and Mineral Resource Estimate for the Beaufor Mine, December 18, 2020, Val-d’Or, Québec, Canada, Carl Pelletier, P. Geo., InnovExplo Inc. and John Langton, P. Geo., JPL GeoServices Inc.
3 Source: NI 43-101 Technical Evaluation Report on the McKenzie Break Property, February 1, 2021, Val-d’Or, Québec, Canada, Alain-Jean Beauregard, P.Geo., Daniel Gaudreault, P.Eng., Geologica Groupe-Conseil Inc., and Merouane Rachidi, P.Geo., Claude Duplessis, P.Eng., GoldMinds GeoServices Inc.
4 Source: NI 43-101 Technical Report and Mineral Resource Estimate for the Swanson Project, January 22, 2021, Val-d’Or, Québec, Canada, Christine Beausoleil, P. Geo. and Alain Carrier, P. Geo., InnovExplo Inc.
5 Numbers may not add due to rounding.