Patriot Gold Corp., a gold resource and exploration company, today announced that an updated resource estimate performed by Scott E. Wilson Consulting Inc. of Denver, Colorado, on its Moss Gold-Silver project in Mohave County, Northwestern Arizona, has resulted in an estimated 956,800 ounces of measured and indicated gold equivalent resources and 266,340 ounces of inferred gold equivalent resources. This reflects an increase in the previously reported inferred category of 67,240 ounces of gold equivalent resource.
A previous update announced in a September 11, 2012, Patriot Gold news release reported 199,100 ounces of inferred gold equivalent resources. Upon final review and compilation of results by Scott E. Wilson Consulting Inc., it was determined an additional 67,240 ounces of gold equivalent resources met the 0.3 grams per tonne (gpt) Au cut-off criteria and therefore were added to the inferred resource total. The table below is updated to show the final technical report resource estimate.
* Gold equivalency is based on a silver:gold ratio of 50:1 and assumes 100% recovery of all metals.
* Mineral Resources are not Mineral Reserves and do not have demonstrated economic viability. There is no certainty that all or any part of the Mineral Resources estimated will be converted into Mineral Reserves estimate.
* Mineral resource tonnage and contained metal have been rounded to reflect the accuracy of the estimate, and numbers may not add due to rounding.
* Resources were based on 28,871 m of drilling in 330 exploration drill holes and 590 meters of channel sampling from surface and underground trenches and cross-cuts. There were a total of 5,872 drill composite samples and 269 rock channel samples used in the estimation of gold and silver. SEWC used Inverse Power Distance (ID3) as the preferred estimation technique for the Moss project.
"We are extremely pleased with the final updated independent resource study on the Moss-Gold Silver project," said Bob Coale, CEO of Patriot Gold. "With the additional inferred gold-silver resource estimate, we remain committed to moving forward with this project and advancing this increased inferred resource estimate to the measured and indicated category in the near term. The deposit remains open down dip and may continue to grow significantly as further drilling and underground sampling continues through the development phase of production."
Samples from a total of 75 percussion drill holes were recently sent for assaying from its current 5,000 meter resource definition drilling program on Moss. Initial results from current drilling are expected in the near future and will continue to provide data necessary for the completion of a bankable feasibility study.
Through the current drill program, the proposed drill hole spacing on hill #2 is expected to allow for similar cross sections and pit bench plans as previously confirmed on hill #1. A versatile, track-mounted, hydraulic- percussion rig, capable of operating on the hillsides, is being used to drill closely spaced holes to provide sufficient data for mine design and mine planning purposes.
The Moss mine is a low-sulfidation epithermal deposit having grade consistency and homogeneity along its 2 km strike length and remains open down dip.
The independent technical report, entitled "Technical Report Northern Vertex Mining Corp. Moss Mine, Mohave County, Arizona, USA," dated October 25, 2012, was completed by Mr. Scott E. Wilson, C.P.G. of Scott E. Wilson Consulting Inc. and independent qualified resource evaluators; this estimate has an effective date of September 10, 2012, and complies with National Instrument 43-101 for the Standard of Disclosure for Mineral Projects as adopted by the Canadian Securities Regulators. A copy of the full report is available on the Company's website at: www.patriotgoldcorp.com/NI43-101TechReport.pdf
Patriot Gold is a 100% owner in the historic Moss Gold-Silver property located in Mohave County, Arizona, which is subject to certain royalties and an earn-in option agreement for 70% interest. The earn-in optionee/operator, Northern Vertex Mining Corp., has the right to earn a 70% interest in the project by completing an $8.5 million investment and a bankable feasibility study. Subsequent to the optionee/operator earn-in, financing of the project will be on a proportional basis.
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