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The Greenwood renaissance

June 23rd, 2017

Golden Dawn Minerals moves to revive the historic B.C. mining camp

by Greg Klein

It’s a case of one bold decision leading to another. Among the companies that saw opportunity during the downturn, Golden Dawn Minerals TSXV:GOM began picking up past-producers, assembling a cluster of properties radiating around a mill in south-central British Columbia’s fabled Greenwood mining district. Now, with a recently released PEA and some of the permits in place, the company’s ready to boldly venture into trial mining sans feasibility.

Company adviser George Sookochoff credits president/CEO Wolf Wiese with being “very aggressive in making deals, acquiring properties and putting together this fantastic package. Now that markets are looking better, he’s already got his projects and financing lined up.”

Golden Dawn Minerals moves to revive the historic B.C. mining camp

Golden Dawn’s mill plays a vital role in the
company’s plans to re-activate the past-producing mines.

So extensive is Golden Dawn’s portfolio that it reads more like a catalogue. But the initial focal points constitute a mill with three nearby past-producers: the Lexington-Grenoble gold-copper, Golden Crown gold-copper and May Mac gold-silver-lead-zinc mines. The company’s crushing-grinding-gravity-flotation mill and tailings facility has a 212-tpd capacity expandable to 400 tpd. Built in 2007, it’s been on care and maintenance since the end of 2008.

“The mill is key to the potential success of this economic model,” Sookochoff explains. “It enables us to mine and process smaller deposits. We’ll find bigger deposits if they’re there but we could keep feeding the mill with these smaller deposits. All these projects are within 15 kilometres of the mill.”

With the advantages of refurbishable infrastructure straddling a highway 500 kilometres east of Vancouver, the PEA calculates a very high after-tax IRR of 103.4% and NPV of $19.7 million. Capex would come to $27.2 million, including pre-production costs of $3.4 million spent over six months. Payback would come in 1.4 years, while the life of mine would be 4.6 years.

The limited lifespan, of course, highlights the importance of resource expansion, Sookochoff emphasizes.

This week the company announced provincial approval to re-activate Lexington and the mill. The 2,020-hectare Lexington property had its underground infrastructure expanded by a previous operator that mined the project from April to December 2008, producing 5,486 ounces of gold, 3,247 ounces of silver and 860,259 pounds of copper that was processed at the Greenwood mill. Using a 3.5 g/t gold-equivalent cutoff, Lexington has a 2016 resource showing:

  • measured: 58,000 tonnes averaging 6.98 g/t gold, 1.1% copper and 8.63 g/t gold-equivalent for 16,100 gold-equivalent ounces

  • indicated: 314,000 tonnes averaging 6.38 g/t gold, 1.04% copper and 7.94 g/t gold-equivalent for 80,200 gold-equivalent ounces

  • inferred: 12,000 tonnes averaging 4.42 g/t gold, 1.03% copper and 5.96 g/t gold-equivalent for 2,300 gold-equivalent ounces

At Golden Crown, meanwhile, permitting is in process for surface drilling to upgrade the resource and test for extensions. The 1,017-hectare property underwent small-scale underground gold-copper mining early last century and extensive exploration on and off since then. Using a 3.5 g/t gold-equivalent cutoff, Golden Crown’s 2016 resource shows:

  • indicated: 163,000 tonnes averaging 11.09 g/t gold, 0.56% copper and 11.93 g/t gold-equivalent for 62,500 gold-equivalent ounces

  • inferred: 42,000 tonnes averaging 9.04 g/t gold, 0.43% copper and 9.68 g/t gold-equivalent for 13,100 gold-equivalent ounces

May Mac also has permit applications under review, these ones for underground drifting, drilling and bulk sampling. A previous round of underground drilling wrapped up in spring, resulting in high-grade silver-gold-base metals assays. Surface drilling continues.

But Golden Dawn’s very extensive assets—again, all proximal to the mill—offer additional potential to keep the facility busy beyond the PEA’s timespan. Among them are 29 former mines covering 11,000 hectares that came with the January acquisition of Kettle River Resources. One focus is the former Phoenix mine that reportedly gave up around 500 million pounds of copper and nearly one million ounces of gold. Sookochoff, a database specialist, has been poring over something like a century’s worth of files including approximately 3,000 maps and 500 reports.

In the last few years especially, junior companies have been able to acquire so much data that it’s a challenge to handle it efficiently.—George Sookochoff
Golden Dawn Minerals adviser

“In the last few years especially, junior companies have been able to acquire so much data that it’s a challenge to handle it efficiently,” he says. Nevertheless, after compiling the archives and incorporating new exploration data, he hopes to see some “deeper-seated feeder systems” underlying the shallow former mines.

Phoenix has deep-penetration airborne VTEM planned for September, he says. “If we get a strong anomaly coincident with a former mine, we’ll know that’s a mineralized geophysical signature and we’ll look for similar signatures around the property. This should be extremely valuable to identify larger systems deeper down, or even smaller ones closer to surface.”

Additional potential, not covered by the PEA, could come from Washington state. Earlier this month Golden Dawn announced an LOI for the Lone Star copper-gold property just across the border and contiguous with Lexington. With “material that looks very suitable to our mill,” the 234-hectare property would come with a 2007 estimate that the company considers non-43-101:

  • indicated: 63,000 tonnes averaging 1.28 g/t gold and 2.3% copper for 2,600 ounces gold and 3.19 million pounds copper

  • inferred: 682,000 tonnes averaging 1.46 g/t gold and 2% copper for 32,000 ounces gold and 30.07 million pounds copper

Big plans notwithstanding, Golden Dawn’s not immune to the typical junior hope that a senior might come knocking. The Greenwood camp’s largest landholder is Kinross Gold TSX:K. As the company’s Buckhorn mine close to the B.C. border in Washington state nears depletion, Kinross might look for other convenient assets to keep its Kettle River mill in operation, Sookochoff suggests. That might make some of Golden Dawn’s primarily gold assets attractive, although the high-grade copper projects would be more suitable for the Greenwood mill, he says.

As a native of Grand Forks, about a half-hour drive east, Sookochoff says the region shows strong community support for mining. A packed open house held in December went very well, he adds, and the company enjoys “very positive relations with the Osoyoos Indian Band. They’re very supportive, very pro-business.”

Earlier this month Golden Dawn closed the final tranche of a private placement totalling $1.76 million. In February the company closed a gold purchase agreement that brought in US$4 million. That same month the company received a US$1-million increase in a convertible security that began the previous August at US$2.4 million. Even with the caveat that the company intends to proceed without feasibility-level de-risking, the PEA allows Golden Dawn to return to the market “with a stronger story now,” says Sookochoff.

Visual Capitalist: How copper riches helped shape Chile’s economic story

June 21st, 2017

by Jeff Desjardins | posted with permission of Visual Capitalist | June 21, 2017

Although Chile has always been noted for its abundant mineral wealth, the country was actually not a notable copper producer even at the beginning of the 20th century.

In 1907, for example, the United States was able to produce nearly 14 times as much copper as Chile. The reality was that shortages in capital, organization and water kept the country’s massive, low-grade deposits from being developed at any significant scale.

The copper standard

Things would change dramatically for Chile. The country has been the world’s top copper producer now for over 30 years, and today close to 50% of the country’s exports come from copper-related products.

This infographic comes from Altiplano Minerals TSXV:APN and it tells the story of how Chile tapped into its copper wealth to become the richest and freest economy in Latin America.

 

How copper riches helped shape Chile’s economic story

 

New milling technology, economic reforms and increasing investment attractiveness were catalysts that turned Chile into a copper powerhouse. In turn, copper exports helped propel the Chilean economy to new heights.

“The miracle of Chile”

This incredible leap can be summed up aptly with two facts:

1) Copper production went from under one million tonnes per year (late 1970s) to over five million tonnes per year (2000s).

2) Despite this massive rise, copper as a percentage of exports fell. It went from a peak of 80% of exports to more like 50% today.

Over this time, as the economy diversified, Chilean GDP per capita (PPP) gained massive ground on the Latin American average and passed it in the early 1990s.

Chile’s GDP per capita today is the highest in Latin America of major economies:

 

  GDP per capita (2015, PPP)
Chile $24,170
Argentina $22,459
Mexico $18,370
Venezuela $17,430
Brazil $15,941
Colombia $14,164
Peru $12,639
Ecuador $11,839
Guatemala $7,704

 

That said, critics of Chile’s economy will point to its inequality. The country’s Gini Coefficient, according to the World Bank, is higher (less equal) than only a handful of Latin American and Caribbean economies: Panama, Belize, Haiti, Suriname, Honduras and Colombia.

Mining in Chile today

Today, Chile’s mines produce copper, gold, molybdenum, iron and silver. The country also produces more lithium than any country from its salars.

The country is the world’s undisputed copper heavyweight champion—it’s been the top producer for 30-plus years and holds an impressive seven of the world’s top 14 copper mines. The biggest mine, Escondida, produces over a million tonnes of the red metal each year, equal to 5% of the world’s annual copper supply.

The copper crown is likely to be held by Chile in the future, as well. According to the Chilean Copper Commission (Cochilco), between 2000 and 2015 about 35 copper deposits and three gold deposits were discovered in central-north Chile. They increased the country’s resources by 208.6 million tons of copper and 34.3 million ounces of gold.

The new copper discovered is roughly equal to 30% of global discoveries over the same time period.

Posted with permission of Visual Capitalist.

Mountain Boy Minerals drills more visible gold at B.C.’s Golden Triangle

June 21st, 2017

by Greg Klein | June 21, 2017

With two rigs busy, Mountain Boy Minerals TSXV:MTB intersected visible gold above historic underground workings on northwestern British Columbia’s Red Cliff property. Assays are still pending, but one of the holes that intersected a sheared, mineralized intrusive on the Montrose zone showed the welcome sight of yellow within numerous galena stringers. The company added that mineralization within the two most recent holes resembles a previously reported hole from the same zone that graded 14.53 g/t gold and 0.27% copper over 30.64 metres.

Mountain Boy Minerals drills more visible gold at B.C.’s Golden Triangle

The sight of gold attracts Mountain Boy Minerals
more than Red Cliff’s rugged scenery.

Work continues to test an approximately 200-metre vertical distance between the previous holes and the past-producer’s workings.

About 900 metres south of Montrose, meanwhile, the other rig targets the Red Cliff zone, where quartz with chalcopyrite, pyrite and sphalerite has been found in zones up to five metres in width.

The program also intends to confirm previous results from the property’s Waterpump zone, a goal that will require a drone and possibly climbers to find a 1988 mountainside drill collar.

Mountain Boy has a 35% stake in the project, with JV partner Decade Resources TSXV:DEC holding the remainder.

In deals re-negotiated with Great Bear Resources TSXV:GBR earlier this month, Mountain Boy increased its options on two other Golden Triangle properties, Surprise Creek and BA, from 50% to 100%. Other northwestern B.C. interests include a 100% stake in the MB project, with historic, non-43-101 polymetallic estimates; a 50% stake in the George property, with non-43-101 copper-silver-gold estimates; a 20% stake in Silver Coin, with a gold-silver-base metals resource; the American Creek and Bear Valley silver-base metals projects; as well as copper-gold claims. In southern B.C., Mountain Boy prepares to begin PEA studies on its Manuel Creek zeolite project.

Read more about Mountain Boy Minerals.

See an infographic about B.C.’s Golden Triangle.

‘Grade is king’

June 14th, 2017

Isabel Belger interviews Kenneth Lapierre of Rockcliff Copper

 

Isabel Belger interviews Kenneth Lapierre of Rockcliff Copper

Isabel Belger

Isabel: This week I would like to introduce you to the president and CEO of Rockcliff Copper TSXV:RCU, Kenneth Lapierre. Hi Ken, good to see you again. Let’s start with you telling a bit more about your background and what brought you into the industry.

Ken: It’s great to see you again as well Isabel, and thanks for this opportunity to reach out to people who are interested in knowing a little bit about Rockcliff.

It’s amazing to look back from when I first started in this business in the 1970s in Timmins, Ontario. I was amazed at the exploration and mining in that city with “the heart of gold.” For me, becoming a geologist was something I seriously thought about as a teenager. Hunting for “buried treasure” had an instant appeal for me back then and that appeal, attraction and passion is still with me today 40 years later. What has now drawn me to central Manitoba is the untapped potential of finding mines in a proven mining camp with some of the highest-grade base metal-gold deposits and mines in the world. As a geologist, it just doesn’t get any better than this.

Isabel: Rockcliff Copper’s land position is in Manitoba with a focus on copper, gold and zinc. Could you give a little overview about the work you did there up to now—results, what makes the projects really exciting, etc.?

Ken: Our ultimate goal is to become mine finders. It’s what drives us and fuels our passion to go to work every day looking for that “buried treasure.” To that end, we have been in the Flin Flon-Snow Lake mining camp for the past 10 years, have spent over $20 million in exploration, drilled over 80,000 metres in a mining camp with excellent infrastructure including operating mines and mills. Our Snow Lake project is now significantly de-risked for our shareholders. We now control eight of the highest-grade unmined base metal deposits (gold and silver-rich copper and zinc) in the Snow Lake mining camp. One of those deposits is nearing a production decision at the end of 2017 and, if proven positive, could generate a royalty stream of millions of dollars over its mine life to Rockcliff. We also control Manitoba’s first and highest-grade former gold mine in the camp. For us, there is no better place to find high-grade mines than in Manitoba, which is presently ranked as the #2 jurisdiction in the world for exploration, mining and investment. There is peace of mind in knowing that the discovery made will ultimately benefit our shareholders with assurance that ownership and title to your land is never in question.

Isabel Belger interviews Kenneth Lapierre of Rockcliff Copper

Isabel: What is the most exciting thing happening for Rockcliff at the moment?

Ken: I believe that grade is king in our business. The higher the grade, the better chance of a deposit becoming a mine. The remainder of 2017, Rockcliff will balance the focus on drilling its highest-grade copper deposit (Talbot), its highest-grade zinc deposit (Bur) and its highest-grade gold property (Laguna). We feel very confident that we will have success through the drill bit and we will have exciting news with positive drill results for 2017 and into 2018.

Isabel: What are your plans for the next three to six months?

Ken: Drilling is the key to discovery and our plans are fairly straightforward: prepare the highest-grade deposits (Talbot, Bur and Laguna) for drilling. Drilling leads to discovery and discovery leads to advancement of our assets.

Isabel: How much money do you have in the bank right now?

Ken: We presently have $1 million in our treasury.

Isabel: For how long can you work with that?

Ken: We can work with that well into 2018 if needed.

Isabel: Where do you see the gold price until the end of 2017? And what about the zinc and copper prices?

Ken: It’s very difficult to predict where prices will be at the end of 2017, so I’ll leave that to the experts. However, I believe most people would agree that every day that goes by we consume more metal around the world. These are finite commodities so as each day passes the supply/demand fundamentals become more and more out of balance, especially with the added pressure of a growing population. I believe that both of our base metals (copper and zinc) are or will be in significant deficit soon, and for this reason I believe both commodities will continue to rise in price and we are beginning to see this now. Gold is a haven for comfort in a world that is distracted and uncertain. I believe gold will continue to rise over time.

Isabel: What do you like most about this job?

Ken: That’s a curious question to answer for me. I’ve always believed people who are passionate about what they do don’t really have a job, but are fulfilling a dream. Yes, I know that sounds silly, but I do enjoy coming to work each day and justifying my “job” and my responsibility to my shareholders.

Isabel: What do you find is the hardest part of your job?

Ken: Time. We are in a volume business and we must find the best land to make a discovery and prove a mine’s worth in the shortest time possible… and it’s a big world to hunt for that treasure! It simply takes time to do that, and to educate the public and the shareholders of that one simple fact is, well, difficult. Today’s world is “instant everything.” However, it takes time in this business where one needs to focus on a strategic, scientific and systematic approach to success. Those with patience for this business will benefit the most!

Isabel: Thank you for taking the time, Ken! Always good to talk to you.

 

Isabel Belger interviews Kenneth Lapierre of Rockcliff Copper

Kenneth J. Lapierre
president/CEO of Rockcliff Copper

Bio

Kenneth J. Lapierre, P.Geo., is a professional geologist and a member of the Association of Professional Geoscientists of Ontario who graduated from the University of Western Ontario in 1983. He was the founder, director and president/CEO of Rockcliff Resources since its inception in 2005 until its merger with Solvista Gold in 2015, and now Rockcliff Copper. Prior to that Mr. Lapierre held management positions as president/CEO of JML Resources (2001 to 2006) and vice-president of exploration with Mustang Minerals (1996 to 2006), Findore Minerals (1987 to 1995) and Tyranex Gold (1986 to 1989). Mr. Lapierre has over 30 years of experience in exploration, discovery, production and mining in base and precious metals across North and South America.

Fun facts

My hobbies: Search for buried treasures 24/7/365
Sources of news I use: Internet, newspapers, app, TV
My favourite airport: Flin Flon, Manitoba
My favourite commodity: Copper, gold, zinc, H2O
My favourite tradeshow: PDAC, Cambridge show in Vancouver
With this person I would like to have dinner: My wife and kids
If I could have a superpower, it would be: Two wishes with the last wish being two more wishes!

Recent news: Rockcliff Copper readies for gold exploration on three of its northern Manitoba projects.

Read more about Rockcliff Copper.

Castle Silver Resources samples 1.8% cobalt and 8.6% nickel at former silver mine

June 12th, 2017

by Greg Klein | June 12, 2017

High-grade silver distracted previous operators of Ontario’s Castle mine from high-grade cobalt and nickel, says the current project operator. Among the evidence are initial chip sample results from an underground program at Castle Silver Resources’ (TSXV:CSR) property, about 80 kilometres northwest of the historic Cobalt camp. The first five samples averaged 1.06% cobalt, 5.3% nickel and 17.5 g/t silver, with the three best assays showing:

  • 1.8% cobalt, 8.6% nickel and 25.2 g/t silver

  • 1.6% cobalt, 7.6% nickel and 32 g/t silver

  • 0.81% cobalt, 5.9% nickel and 4.1 g/t silver
Castle Silver Resources samples 1.8% cobalt and 8.6% nickel at former silver mine

Pinkish alteration reveals cobalt mineralization
just inside an adit at the former Castle silver mine.

The samples were selective “and should not be considered representative of the mineralization hosted within the target area,” the company pointed out. The samples were composites taken from a 200-kilogram bulk sample extracted a short distance inside the adit.

As reported last week, the remainder will go through the company’s proprietary Re-2OX hydrometallurgical process to produce cobalt powder samples for battery manufacturers.

Castle Silver has also been testing Re-2OX for its recycling potential in recovering lithium-cobalt from Li-ion batteries. The process “is designed for high recovery of multiple metals and elements, opening opportunities that simply didn’t exist decades ago at this mine or throughout the northern Ontario silver-cobalt district,” said president/CEO Frank Basa.

The 3,252-hectare project’s former mine consists of “11 levels covering a footprint 727 metres east-west, 455 metres north-south and 258 metres deep,” he added.

Lying under much of the property is the 300‐metre-thick Nipissing diabase intrusive, which Castle Silver interprets as a potential heat source “that mobilized various metals—notably, of course, silver intimately associated with cobalt, but also gold, copper, zinc and nickel.”

Underground bulk sampling continues as the company also builds a 3D model from historic data.

With an oversubscribed second tranche that closed last month, Castle Silver has so far raised a total of $966,500 from a private placement offer that’s been increased to $1.2 million.

Castle Silver also holds a 100% option on the Beaver and Violet cobalt-silver properties hosting former mines near the town of Cobalt, 80 kilometres southeast.

Read about cobalt supply and demand.

Numismatic news: Loonie turns 30, Rio Tinto unveils precious metal/diamond coins

June 8th, 2017

by Greg Klein | June 8, 2017

Its size and weight wore out pockets, its value raised panhandlers’ expectations and its name puzzled foreign visitors. But following its appearance 30 years ago this month, the loonie “found its way into our hearts,” the Royal Canadian Mint maintains. To celebrate this anniversary, the Mint released a limited edition set of two silver dollars. One depicts the loon, the other shows the originally intended canoe, a design that graced Canadian silver dollars from 1935 to 1986. The two $1 coins will cost collectors $79.95.

Numismatic news: Loonie turns 30, Rio Tinto unveils precious metals/diamond coins

The originally intended design for Canada’s dollar coin
distinguishes one of the anniversary set’s two silver pieces.
(Photo: Royal Canadian Mint)

The original voyageur design’s fate comprises a minor legend of numismatic history and bureaucratic bungling. The dies disappeared in November 1986 en route from Ottawa to Winnipeg, where they were supposed to generate an initial 450 million coins. But the Mint did save nearly $80 by using regular courier instead of an armoured courier.

According to media reports at the time, federal officials covered up the suspicious loss and made excuses for the new coin’s delayed appearance. Finally, to foil counterfeiters, the Mint replaced the canoe with an uninspiring Plan B.

The missing dies never did turn up, Mint spokesperson Alex Reeves informs ResourceClips.com.

With no embarrassment in calling the loonie one of Canada’s “most recognizable symbols,” Mint president/CEO Sandra Hanington said it’s “also known around the world as an innovative trailblazer for its composition and cutting-edge security features.”

Additionally the loonie “changed stripping forever,” according to the National Post. Those who’ve experienced pre-1987 peelers’ bars might agree. But the NP writer’s expertise sounds less certain when he claims the loonie amounts to a hidden tax because “banknotes get spent almost immediately, whereas coins get stashed into jars and piggy banks.”

Australian icons got more majestic treatment when Rio Tinto NYSE:RIO teamed up with the Perth Mint to produce three magnificent coins celebrating that country’s unique fauna and rich resources. Although declared legal tender, they’re not likely to see circulation. Weighing a kilo each, respectively made of gold, platinum and rose gold (an alloy used in jewelry) and set with coloured diamonds from Rio’s Argyle mine, the three-coin Australian Trilogy comes with a price tag of AU$1.8 million.

Just one set has been struck.

Argyle, by the way, “produces virtually the world’s entire supply of rare pink diamonds, and yet less than 0.1% of the diamonds produced by the Argyle mine are pink,” Rio stated.

Numismatic news: Loonie turns 30, Rio Tinto unveils precious metals/diamond coins

Gold, platinum and rose gold combine with pink, violet and
purple-pink diamonds in this one-of-a-kind set. (Photo: Perth Mint)

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Visual Capitalist: Why billionaire investors buy precious metals

June 7th, 2017

by Jeff Desjardins | posted with permission of Visual Capitalist | June 7, 2017

There are always lessons to be learned from the “smart money.”

Unlike regular investors, billionaire money managers like Ray Dalio and Stan Druckenmiller are professional investors. They have entire institutional teams at their disposal, dive deep into the nuances and complexities of the market and spend every waking moment of their lives thinking about how to get more from their investments.

They want to make money—but they also want to execute on strategies that will protect their wealth and build robust portfolios that can withstand any type of macro event.

Turning to gold

In recent months, some of these elite investors have turned to precious metals like gold as part of their overall investment strategies.

The following infographic from Sprott Physical Bullion Trusts explains why these investors are adding precious metals to their portfolios, the underlying tactics and the best quotes each investor has on assessing today’s market.

 

Why billionaire investors buy precious metals

 

Why are these billionaires buying precious metals? Their cited reasons can basically be summed up with six categories: wealth preservation, store of value, inflation hedge, portfolio diversification, future upside and investment fundamentals.

Lord Jacob Rothschild

In late summer 2016, Rothschild announced changes to the RIT Partners portfolio because he was worried about very low interest rates, negative yields and quantitative easing, saying they are part of the “greatest monetary experiment in monetary policy in the history of the world.”

His solution? Buy gold to help preserve wealth and as a store of value for the future.

David Einhorn

Einhorn has a similar assessment. He believes that monetary policy is becoming increasingly adventurous and that this—along with the policies of the Trump administration—will eventually lead to large amounts of inflation. In February 2017 he shorted sovereigns and bought gold.

If you don’t own gold, you know neither history nor economics.—Ray Dalio,
Bridgewater Associates

Ray Dalio

Ray Dalio is the founder of the world’s top hedge fund, Bridgewater Associates, but he’s also no stranger to gold. In 2016, Dalio is quoted as telling investors to own a well-diversified portfolio that is 5% to 10% gold.

Stanley Druckenmiller

Druckenmiller, some people argue, is the best money manager of all time. Lately he’s placed his bets on gold as well, but for different reasons than the above managers. Druckenmiller has always placed big trades with lots of conviction and in February 2017 he put his money in gold because “no country wants its currency to strengthen.”

Posted with permission of Visual Capitalist.

New gold zone helps BonTerra Resources establish continuity at Gladiator

June 6th, 2017

by Greg Klein | June 6, 2017

Known as the Rivage Gap, some 600 intriguing metres separating BonTerra Resources’ (TSXV:BTR) Gladiator deposit and the Rivage zone to the west has been a focus of current drilling. Now assays reveal a new zone south and west of the deposit that could help close the gap.

BonTerra has committed at least four rigs to sink up to 40,000 metres on its 8,126-hectare property that’s adding to the excitement that Osisko Mining’s (TSX:OSK) Windfall project has generated in Quebec’s Urban-Barry camp.

BonTerra announced results for three holes on June 6, showing:

Hole BA-17-06

  • 7.1 g/t gold over 1 metre, starting at 37 metres in downhole depth (Footwall zone)

  • 1.4 g/t over 2 metres, starting at 477 metres (Main zone)

BA-17-11

  • 12.7 g/t over 3.6 metres, starting at 424 metres (Main zone)

BA-17-12

  • 11.1 g/t over 2 metres, starting at 17 metres (Main zone)

  • 3.5 g/t over 2 metres, starting at 32 metres (Mid zone)

  • 8.8 g/t over 3 metres, starting at 346.7 metres (new South zone)
New gold zone helps BonTerra Resources establish continuity at Gladiator

With at least four rigs in action, BonTerra
Resources keeps its Gladiator camp busy.

True widths were estimated between 60% and 80%.

BA-17-12, “the most predominant and westerly hole,” was the fourth hole so far to hit the new South zone, which has approximately 500 metres in strike. Drilling has also extended other zones to the west, with the Main and Footwall zones reaching over one kilometre each in strike. Gladiator itself has been drilled to 850 metres in depth and 1.2 kilometres in strike, remaining open in all directions.

That outlines Gladiator well beyond its 2012 resource which, using a 4 g/t cutoff, showed an inferred 905,000 tonnes averaging 9.37 g/t for 273,000 ounces gold.

Apart from the Rivage Gap, drilling also targets the Deep East zone and additional areas described as “large gaps or voids with currently little drill information.”

The assays follow a batch released in mid-May, strengthening the presence of four other areas in the gap, the North, Footwall, Porphyry/Main and Mid zones. Footwall gave up a standout intercept of 10 g/t gold over 4 metres, while North followed closely with 9.5 g/t over 4.2 metres.

In March BonTerra optioned Durango Resources’ (TSXV:DGO) Trove property, described as a direct extension of the Gladiator/Coliseum southwest mineralized trend.

Financings in February and March raked in $5.2 million from Kinross Gold TSX:K, as well as nearly $15 million that came with the participation of Sprott Capital Partners.

In Ontario’s Cadillac-Larder Lake fault zone, meanwhile, BonTerra has drilling planned to update historic, non-43-101 resources. VP of exploration Dale Ginn believes three historic deposits could comprise a single deposit.

Read more about BonTerra Resources.

Golden Dawn Minerals to add American past-producer to B.C. holdings

June 2nd, 2017

by Greg Klein | June 2, 2017

Geology disregards the 49th Parallel, so Golden Dawn Minerals TSXV:GOM has turned to northern Washington state to expand its southern British Columbia portfolio. Under a non-binding LOI announced June 2, the company would acquire the 234-hectare Lone Star copper-gold property in the U.S. contiguous to its Greenwood claims in B.C.

Golden Dawn Minerals to add American past-producer to B.C. holdings

Golden Dawn hopes to revive the historic silver-gold-polymetallic camp, beginning with the former May Mac, Lexington and Golden Crown mines, all proximal to the company’s gravity-flotation mill with a 200-tpd capacity expandable to 400 tpd.

Another past-producer, Lone Star operated from 1897 to 1918 and from 1977 to 1978. An estimate compiled in 2007, which Golden Dawn considers historic and non-43-101, showed:

  • indicated: 63,000 tonnes averaging 1.28 g/t gold and 2.3% copper for 2,600 ounces gold and 3.19 million pounds copper

  • inferred: 682,000 tonnes averaging 1.46 g/t gold and 2% copper for 32,000 ounces gold and 30.07 million pounds copper

Lexington’s rock types, structure and gold-copper mineralization continue south onto Lone Star, the company stated, “forming a three-kilometre-long prospective exploration trend of past-producing gold-copper mines and prospects, including the Lexington-Grenoble, Lexington, No. 7 and Lone Star mines.”

The new acquisition would cost Golden Dawn $200,000 cash and $200,000 in shares determined at the average price prior to announcing the LOI. A 2.5% NSR applies.

In April the company released silver-gold-lead-zinc assays from underground drilling at May Mac. Metallurgical tests for the past-producer have been conducted at the Greenwood mill, 15 kilometres away.

Golden Crown, meanwhile, has an application pending for surface drilling and preparations are underway for field work at the more recently acquired Kettle River properties.

Golden Dawn plans to reopen May Mac, Lexington, Golden Crown and the mill without de-risking the project at the feasibility level. Prior to filing on Sedar, the company is currently reviewing a recently completed PEA on all its B.C. Greenwood holdings. The report was commissioned to support a short form prospectus.

On June 2 Golden Dawn also closed the final tranche of a private placement totalling $1.76 million. Last February the company received a US$4-million advance on a gold purchase agreement.

Located about 500 kilometres east of Vancouver, the Greenwood properties have nearby highway access.

Mountain Boy Minerals increases B.C. Golden Triangle presence with two 100% options

June 2nd, 2017

by Greg Klein | June 2, 2017

Mountain Boy Minerals increases B.C. Golden Triangle presence with two 100% options

Home to major deposits as well as earlier-stage exploration, the rugged
terrain of B.C.’s Golden Triangle has Mountain Boy Minerals intrigued.

Encouraging results have prompted Mountain Boy Minerals TSXV:MTB to up its stake in two northwestern British Columbia projects from 50% to 100% options. The company signed the agreement with Great Bear Resources TSXV:GBR, up to then a 50/50 JV partner on both properties, Surprise Creek and BA.

Together, the two nearby projects have undergone over $12 million of exploration spending over the last decade.

As project operator in February, Mountain Boy announced a major base metal-silver-barite zone at Surprise Creek, where one hole on the 7,472-hectare property revealed these intercepts:

  • 0.12 g/t gold, 28 g/t silver, 1.21% zinc, 0.03% lead, 0.31% copper and 46.73% barite over 18.94 metres, starting at 58.26 metres in downhole depth

  • (including 0.11 g/t gold, 44.75 g/t silver, 4.31% zinc, 0.05% lead, 0.33% copper and 67% BaSo4 over 4.58 metres)

  • (which includes 0.09 g/t gold, 70.7 g/t silver, 6.49% zinc, 0.09% lead, 0.56% copper and 60.48% BaSo4 over 2.14 metres)

True widths weren’t provided.

Sample results released in January from the 9,489-hectare BA VMS project showed:

  • 14.3% lead and 1,080 g/t silver
  • 32.4% lead and 417 g/t silver
  • 20.3% zinc, 6.73% lead, 255 g/t silver and 100 ppb gold
  • 33.1% zinc, 1.57% lead and 192 g/t silver
  • 4.41% copper and 142 ppb gold

Subject to approvals, the option lets Mountain Boy take Great Bear’s 50% of both projects by paying $1.3 million and issuing 10 million shares in stages by August 20, 2020. On achieving certain milestones, additional cash payments to Great Bear could total $3.7 million should both properties go into production.

Mountain Boy’s Golden Triangle portfolio includes a 20% stake in the Silver Coin gold-silver-base metals project with a resource estimate, the American Creek and Bear Valley silver-base metals projects, as well as copper-gold claims.

Read more about Mountain Boy Minerals.

See an infographic about B.C.’s Golden Triangle.