Friday 28th April 2017

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Golden Dawn Minerals reports up to 246 g/t silver, 2.69 g/t gold over 3.71 metres at B.C.’s Greenwood camp

April 26th, 2017

by Greg Klein | April 26, 2017

Once again confirming mineralization beyond the former May Mac mine’s #7 level, Golden Dawn Minerals TSXV:GOM boasts silver and gold 70 metres northwest, 20 metres above and up to 120 metres below the adit. Assays released April 26 follow a batch released in early March, part of 31 underground holes totalling 3,834 metres sunk since late last year to test the Skomac and parallel veins.

Golden Dawn Minerals reports assays from B.C.’s Greenwood camp

Located 15 kilometres from May Mac, Golden Dawn’s Greenwood
gravity-flotation mill has a 200-tpd capacity expandable to 400 tpd.

May Mac comprises one of several southern British Columbia past-producers that Golden Dawn hopes to resurrect, all within range of the company’s Greenwood mill. Golden Dawn has a 43-101 technical report underway on the entire portfolio, including an updated PEA for its Lexington and Golden Crown projects.

Some standout assays from May Mac’s current crop include:

Hole MU 17-12

  • 335 g/t silver, 7.53 g/t gold, 0.2% lead and 0.5% zinc over 0.46 metres, starting at 30.93 metres

MU 17-14

  • 252.6 g/t silver, 0.93 g/t gold, 9.9% lead, 4.3% zinc and 0.1% copper over 2.57 metres, starting at 105.92 metres
  • (including 494.5 g/t silver, 1.21 g/t gold, 19.6% lead, 8% zinc and 0.1% copper over 1.29 metres)

  • 49.5 g/t silver, 12.55 g/t gold, 1.4% lead, 2% zinc and 0.1% copper over 0.56 metres, starting at 129 metres

MU 17-16

  • 246 g/t silver, 2.69 g/t gold, 1.3% lead, 0.9% zinc and 0.1% copper over 3.71 metres, starting at 70.76 metres
  • (including 472 g/t silver, 4.42 g/t gold, 11.3% lead, 4.7% zinc and 0.1% copper over 0.35 metres)
  • (and including 911 g/t silver, 9.53 g/t gold, 1.1% lead, 1% zinc and 0.2% copper over 0.55 metres)

MU 17-21

  • 58.8 g/t silver, 16.17 g/t gold, 2.3% lead, 3.3% zinc and 0.1% copper over 0.56 metres, starting at 15.84 metres
  • (including 90.5 g/t silver, 23.7 g/t gold, 3.7% lead, 5.5% zinc and 0.1% copper over 0.31 metres)

True widths weren’t available.

Having transferred the rig from underground drill station #3 to #2, work continues before moving to station #1. Subject of focus are the Skomac, Rose and West veins in a campaign expected to finish next month.

Other May Mac work awaits permit approvals. One application concerns additional surface drilling northwest along strike of the mine, where the company sees potential for mineralization up to another kilometre on the Skomac and parallel structures. The company also seeks approval to extend the #7 level northwest for additional drilling and a bulk sample of up to 10,000 tonnes.

Metallurgical tests have taken place on a May Mac composite core sample, with additional tests of tailings now underway to support processing at the mill, 15 kilometres from the mine.

Also proximal to the mill is Golden Dawn’s Golden Crown property, which has an application pending for surface drilling up to 10,000 metres. The company has preparations underway for field work at the recent Kettle River acquisition, which hosts 70 showings including 29 historic mines.

Golden Dawn also plans to begin dewatering its Lexington mine once spring weather allows.

Along with the mill, the former May Mac, Golden Crown and Lexington mines constitute the focal points of Golden Dawn’s Greenwood portfolio. Given the infrastructure in place, the company might decide to undertake trial mining and processing without the de-risking of a feasibility study.

In February Golden Dawn received a US$4-million advance on a gold purchase agreement.

Golden Dawn Minerals expands property, prepares for trial mining at B.C.’s Greenwood camp

April 5th, 2017

by Greg Klein | April 5, 2017

As the company anticipates near-term underground test mining at its nearby Lexington project, a new acquisition expands Golden Dawn Minerals’ (TSXV:GOM) Amigo property and complements the contiguous Boundary Falls turf. Boundary Falls hosts the past-producing May Mac mine—along with Lexington, Golden Crown and the Greenwood mill, one of the focal points of the company’s plan to revive the historic southern British Columbia camp. Subject to approvals, the 487-hectare addition brings Amigo to 656 hectares, costing Golden Dawn 100,000 shares.

May Mac reportedly produced 4,228 tonnes averaging 5.35 g/t gold and 227 g/t silver between 1903 and 1983. The mine also produced lead, zinc and copper.

Golden Dawn Minerals expands property, prepares for trial mining at B.C.’s Greenwood camp

A haul truck remains from the Greenwood
camp’s former mining and milling operations.

Since 2015 Golden Dawn has sunk 904 metres of surface drilling on Amigo, along with 6,155 metres of surface and underground work on May Mac’s Skomac vein system.

More assays are pending following a batch released early last month. Meanwhile the project undergoes permitting for surface drilling, underground drilling, drifting and bulk sampling. Should results for the three historic mines prove fortuitous, May Mac feed would complement that of the Lexington and Golden Crown past-producers. Processing would take place at Golden Dawn’s Greenwood mill, a 200-tpd facility expandable to 400-tpd located 15 kilometres east.

Last month the company released initial metallurgical test results for May Mac showing recoveries of 98% for gold and 97.7% for silver.

Last week Golden Dawn announced a “milestone” in receiving a dewatering permit for Lexington, which allows underground test mining to assess the project’s viability. Dewatering’s expected to begin in late April or early May.

The previous operator shut down Lexington and the Greenwood mill in December 2008 after eight months of operation, apparently because of the financial crisis, start-up problems and debt, Golden Dawn stated. Having bought the assets at a substantial discount, the company declares itself “optimistic that all or most of the start-up issues experienced by the former operator will be avoided.”

Golden Dawn doesn’t plan a feasibility study but has commissioned a technical report to consolidate four properties into one project. Over the last few months the company received US$4 million from RIVI Capital LLC as an advance payment for future gold production from Lexington and Golden Crown.

Proximal to Highway #3, the Greenwood portfolio sits about 500 kilometres east of Vancouver.

Mountain Boy advances B.C. polymetallic, industrial minerals projects

March 30th, 2017

by Greg Klein | March 30, 2017

Among other plans announced March 30, Mountain Boy Minerals TSXV:MTB intends to conduct metallurgical studies for its Surprise Creek joint venture in northwestern British Columbia. Tests will evaluate one interval of drill core reported in February that shows barite, silver, copper and zinc. Barite is mainly used as an ingredient in drilling mud for oil and gas exploration.

Metallurgical results will guide further Surprise Creek exploration, expected to include surface sampling and drilling. Mountain Boy acts as operator on the 7,472-hectare property in a 50/50 JV with Great Bear Resources TSXV:GBR.

Mountain Boy advances B.C. polymetallic, industrial minerals projects

Rugged terrain and high grades
characterize the former Montrose mine.

In southern B.C., Mountain Boy has begun discussions with the Lower Similkameen Indian Band prior to PEA studies on the Manuel Creek zeolite project acquired last December. With numerous agricultural uses for the commodity, this 1,062-hectare project holds the advantage of location in the Okanagan farming region.

Back in the province’s northwest, two companies have surface sampling and drilling planned this year for Red Cliff, held 35% by Mountain Boy and 65% by Decade Resources TSXV:DEC. Amid mountainous terrain, plans call for a drone and climbers to locate a 1988 drill collar to sample the zone and confirm previous results from the former gold-copper mine.

Underground drilling will test above and below the property’s 1,000 mine level, which has previously revealed several high-grade intercepts. Some examples include:

  • 37.26 g/t gold and 6.07% copper over 0.91 metres

  • 21.94 g/t gold and 0.76% copper over 4.42 metres

  • 29.93 g/t gold and 1.57% copper over 1.9 metres.

Additional drilling will help define the property’s Montrose zone. Even higher values have been found here:

  • 5.18 g/t gold and 0.43% copper over 12.65 metres

  • 43.91 g/t gold and 1.46 % copper over 7.47 metres

  • 14.53 g/t gold and 0.27% copper over 30.64 metres

Metallurgical studies will also take place.

From 1939 to 1941, mining at Montrose extracted 65 tons averaging 2.45 ounces per ton gold, 2.95 ounces per ton silver, 0.91% copper, 3.5% lead and 4.41% zinc.

Mountain Boy and Great Bear also share the nearby BA VMS project, from where they reported high-grade polymetallic samples in January.

Along with 80% partner Jayden Resources TSXV:JDN, Mountain Boy holds a 20% interest in another property in B.C.’s Golden Triangle, Silver Coin. Using a 0.3 g/t gold cutoff, the project’s 2011 resource shows a measured and indicated total of 842,416 ounces gold, 4.46 million ounces silver and 91.17 million pounds zinc. The inferred category comes to 813,273 ounces gold, 6.69 million ounces silver and 128 million pounds zinc.

Mountain Boy’s regional portfolio also includes the MB project, with historic, non-43-101 estimates for copper, lead, zinc, silver and barite. Grab samples from last year assayed as high as 31,192 g/t silver. The company additionally holds a 50% stake in the George property, which has historic, non-43-101 estimates for copper, silver and gold.

In mid-March the company closed a private placement totalling $231,619.

Emerita Resources signs LOI for Spanish zinc project

March 20th, 2017

by Greg Klein | March 20, 2017

Set to resume trading on March 22, Emerita Resources TSXV:EMO has due diligence planned for a VMS property in an infrastructure-rich region of southern Spain. The non-binding letter of intent concerns the 1,400-hectare Masa Valverde zinc project in Andalusia’s Iberian pyrite belt.

Emerita Resources signs LOI for Spanish zinc project

The property “hosts a classic, polymetallic, volcanogenic massive sulphide deposit that is locally enriched in gold and contains zinc-rich massive sulphide zones and a copper-rich zone as is characteristic for VMS deposits,” Emerita stated. “Drilling to date has outlined a sulphide body that is greater than 1,200 metres long and greater than 200 metres wide.” Mineralization remains open, the company added.

Subject to approvals and a 60-day due diligence period, the property would cost Emerita €4.5 million over two years plus a 2.5% NSR. The vendor also retains an offtake option.

Located in a region active in base metals mining, local infrastructure includes paved roads, rail, power, water and ports.

Following a March 10 halt, Emerita resumes trading on March 22.

The company also reiterated its commitment to another Andalusian project, the Aznalcollar zinc-lead-copper project. Emerita’s acquisition of the asset was confirmed in an October court ruling.

Additionally, the company holds the Sierra Alta gold project in northwestern Spain, Las Morras gold project in western Spain and the Falcon Litio MG lithium project in Brazil.

Golden Dawn Minerals reports May Mac assays as underground drilling continues

March 6th, 2017

by Greg Klein | March 6, 2017

Golden Dawn Minerals TSXV:GOM released the last of 19 holes drilled so far this winter at its May Mac mine in southern British Columbia’s historic Greenwood camp. Following assays reported last month, the results show silver-polymetallic mineralization on the Skomac vein system beyond, above and below the former mine’s #7 adit.

Some highlights from hole MU17-10 include:

  • 81.1 g/t silver, 0.06 g/t gold, 2.1% lead and 0.6% zinc over 5.25 metres, starting at 188.82 metres in downhole depth
  • (including 121.4 g/t silver, 0.07 g/t gold, 3.5% lead and 1% zinc over 2.7 metres)

  • 86 g/t silver, 0.01 g/t gold, 5.3% lead and 1.6% zinc over 1 metre, starting at 195.78 metres

  • 174.3 g/t silver, 8.2 g/t gold, 3.7% lead, 2.6% zinc and 0.01% copper over 1.2 metres, starting at 211.6 metres
  • (including 228 g/t silver, 19.65 g/t gold, 8.8% lead, 6.2% zinc and 0.2% copper over 0.5 metres)

  • 98 g/t silver, 0.01 g/t gold, 0.5% lead, 0.9% zinc and 0.1% copper over 1.5 metres, starting at 218.37 metres

  • 18.33 g/t silver, 3.11 g/t gold, 1.2% lead, 3.5% zinc and 0.1% copper over 1.97 metres, starting at 221.89 metres

  • 37.5 g/t silver, 6.76 g/t gold, 1.4% lead, 2.2% zinc and 0.1% copper over 1.32 metres, starting at 226.4 metres
Golden Dawn Minerals reports May Mac assays as underground drilling continues

True widths weren’t available.

The program found veining concentrated in four zones ranging from 1.2 metres to 19.43 metres in extent, with significant mineralization in the first three zones.

Drilling continues at the underground drill station, prior to moving the rig to two other stations. Golden Dawn also has permitting underway to extend the #7 drift for a bulk sample of up to 10,000 tonnes. Samples have already been taken for metallurgical tests at the company’s Greenwood mill, 15 kilometres southeast. Golden Dawn holds an extensive portfolio of former mines proximal to the 200-tpd mill, which the company hopes to restart this year.

Last month the company announced a US$4-million advance on a streaming agreement for its past-producing Lexington and Golden Crown gold mines. Lexington has trial mining anticipated for Q3, while Golden Crown has a permit application for infill drilling. Trial mining at Golden Crown could begin in Q2 2018, following successful permitting, adit refurbishment and underground exploration.

The company also has field work planned for its Phoenix and Tam O’Shanter properties, part of a 11,000-hectare, 29-property acquisition that closed in January.

Golden Dawn’s Greenwood portfolio sits about 500 kilometres east of Vancouver.

Golden Dawn Minerals releases silver-gold-polymetallic assays from historic Greenwood camp

February 24th, 2017

by Greg Klein | February 24, 2017

Underground drilling delivered the highest silver and gold assays so far from the Skomac vein system at the former May Mac mine, Golden Dawn Minerals TSXV:GOM reported February 23. With noteworthy lead and zinc numbers as well, the results come from one of the past-producers the company intends to revive at its Greenwood portfolio in southern British Columbia. The assays reflect nine of this year’s 10 May Mac holes totalling 1,320 metres, while results are pending for the tenth hole. Along with nine holes sunk late last year and released in mid-January, the work currently totals 2,125 metres.

All 19 holes hit the Skomac vein system, showing mineralization continues along the principal vein from the #6 level, passing the #7 level. Parallel veins also revealed mineralization. Some highlights include:

Hole MU17-01

  • 235 g/t silver, 2.07 g/t gold, 0.8% lead, 1.4% zinc and 0.2% copper over 1.56 metres, starting at 32.05 metres in downhole depth

MU17-02

  • 231.2 g/t silver, 0.51 g/t gold, 5.9% lead, 6.4% zinc and 0.3% copper over 1.92 metres, starting at 59.44 metres
Golden Dawn Minerals releases silver-gold-polymetallic assays from historic Greenwood camp

Golden Dawn plans additional underground
drilling and a bulk sample at the former May Mac mine.

MU17-05

  • 177 g/t silver, 7.91 g/t gold, 0.5% lead, 0.4% zinc and 0.1% copper over 1.05 metres, starting at 32.67 metres

MU17-06

  • 35.1 g/t silver, 6.32 g/t gold, 0.3% lead, 0.6% zinc and 0.1% copper over 1.36 metres, starting at 224.82 metres
  • (including 79.5 g/t silver, 14.55 g/t gold, 0.6% lead, 0.3% zinc and 0.1% copper over 0.46 metres)

MU17-07

  • 371 g/t silver, 8.86 g/t gold, 0.7% lead and 0.2% copper over 0.5 metres, starting at 62.7 metres

MU17-08

  • 559.4 g/t silver, 1.27 g/t gold, 0.2% lead, 2.1% zinc and 0.1% copper over 2.06 metres, starting at 52.8 metres
  • (including 1,935 g/t silver, 4.21 g/t gold, 0.7% lead, 7.1% zinc and 0.2% copper over 0.54 metres)

True widths weren’t available.

With more holes scheduled for this drill station, Golden Dawn plans additional underground work at two other drill stations. The company also has permitting underway to extend the #7 drift for drilling and bulk sampling up to 10,000 tonnes. Processing would take place at Golden Dawn’s Greenwood mill, 15 kilometres southeast.

Looking at another of the company’s Greenwood properties, Golden Dawn has applied for a surface drilling permit for its Golden Crown property, which has a 2016 resource estimating 62,500 gold-equivalent ounces indicated and 13,100 ounces inferred.

Other plans include field work on an acquisition of 29 former Greenwood mines that closed last week.

On February 24 the company announced closing of a US$1-million convertible security increase with Lind Asset Management VI. Earlier this month Golden Dawn reported receiving an initial US$3 million of a US$4-million streaming deal from RIVI Capital.

With an extensive portfolio of former mines proximal to its 200-tpd mill, Golden Dawn hopes to revive the historic Greenwood camp, about six hours’ drive east of Vancouver.

Mountain Boy Minerals reports barite-polymetallic results from NW B.C.

February 2nd, 2017

by Greg Klein | February 2, 2017

An explorer with extensive assets in northwestern British Columbia’s Golden Triangle, Mountain Boy Minerals TSXV:MTB announced a “major base metal-silver-barite zone” at the Surprise Creek property. The company acts as project operator on the 50/50 JV with Great Bear Resources TSXV:GBR.

Of two holes sunk late last year, one missed a polymetallic VMS-related occurrence called the Ataman zone. But DDH-SC-2 returned the following intercepts, announced February 2:

  • 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)
Mountain Boy Minerals reports barite-polymetallic results from NW B.C.

A helicopter lands at the BA project,
part of the same JV with Surprise Creek.

True widths weren’t available. The hole appeared to end in mineralization but drilling stopped due to weather.

Further work this year “will target this extensive barite horizon,” Mountain Boy stated. The Ataman zone has been traced across approximately 1.2 kilometres of strike. The 7,472-hectare Surprise Creek property sits immediately north of a highway.

Barite is used as a drilling mud in the oil and gas industry. Imports to Canada and the U.S. come to about 400,000 tonnes of industrial-grade barite and 3.6 million tonnes of oilfield barite, the company stated.

The JV also covers the nearby BA VMS project. Some highlights from samples reported last month from a three-by-two-kilometre area of the Big Red target 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

Big Red has additional exploration planned this year, but the BA property’s eponymous BA zone remains the project’s primary focus. In December Mountain Boy released channel sample results from the zone, with some highlights showing:

  • 3.84% zinc, 1.25% lead and 107.65 g/t silver over 15 metres
  • (including 5.31% zinc, 1.97% lead and 132.44 g/t silver over 7.5 metres)

  • 2.42% zinc, 0.55% lead and 99.41 g/t silver over 12 metres
  • (including 3.2% zinc, 0.72% lead and 119.68 g/t silver over 6 metres)
  • (which includes 5.12% zinc, 0.83% lead and 102.85 g/t silver over 3 metres)
Mountain Boy Minerals reports barite-polymetallic results from NW B.C.

An aerial view of the MB project.

Another Mountain Boy asset in B.C.’s Golden Triangle is the MB project. Grab samples taken last year from the property’s High Grade zone assayed as high as 31,192 g/t silver, with averages of 4,795.16 g/t silver, 3.35% zinc, 0.837% lead and 1.38% copper.

Sampling from MB’s Mann zone averaged 750.48 g/t silver, 9.02% zinc, 2.61% lead and 0.303% copper.

MB has an historic, non-43-101 indicated estimate for three veins totalling 105,555 tonnes averaging 0.064% copper, 0.69% lead, 2.01% zinc, 208.9 g/t silver and 13.59% barite.

The company’s portfolio includes a 20% interest in the Silver Coin project, in which Jayden Resources TSXV:JDN holds the remainder. A 2011 resource gave the project a measured and indicated total of 842,416 ounces gold, 4.46 million ounces silver and 91.17 million pounds zinc. The inferred category came to 813,273 ounces gold, 6.69 million ounces silver and 128 million pounds zinc. Further drilling is planned this year.

Mountain Boy also holds a 35% interest in Decade Resources’ (TSXV:DEC) Red Cliff project, which has modelling and additional drilling slated for 2017.

Just west of the BA project, Mountain Boy’s 50%-held George property has historic, non-43-101 estimates for copper, silver and gold.

In December Mountain Boy announced the purchase of the 1,062-hectare Manuel Creek zeolite and pozzolan property in southern B.C.’s Okanagan region, where work on a resource estimate should start in early spring. The company noted that zeolite is used in applications such as soil amendments and hydroponics, water filtration, livestock feed enhancement and waste management.

The company offered a private placement of up to $1.2 million in December.

Golden Dawn Minerals advances southern B.C.’s Greenwood renaissance

January 18th, 2017

by Greg Klein | January 18, 2017

With a fresh batch of assays from underground drilling, Golden Dawn Minerals TSXV:GOM progresses towards its goal of reviving southern British Columbia’s Greenwood mining camp. Results from nine holes (one released previously) totalling 805 metres show the May Mac project’s Skomac vein mineralization continues past the former mine’s #7 level.

Some highlights show:

Hole MU16-01 (previously released)

  • 131.3 g/t silver, 2.34 g/t gold, 0.6% lead, 0.4% zinc and 0.1% copper over 2.33 metres, starting at 17.45 metres in downhole depth
  • (including 250 g/t silver, 4.96 g/t gold, 1.2% lead, 0.9% zinc and 0.2% copper over 1.1 metres)

MU16-02

  • 132 g/t silver, 0.14 g/t gold, 1.9% lead, 1.6% zinc and 0.5% copper over 0.5 metres, starting at 24.09 metres
Golden Dawn Minerals advances Greenwood renaissance in southern B.C.

Located about 500 kilometres east of Vancouver,
Golden Dawn’s Greenwood assets include a 200-tpd mill.

MU16-03

  • 21.1 g/t silver, 0.55 g/t gold and 0.1% zinc over 0.49 metres, starting at 18.38 metres

MU16-04

  • 57.5 g/t silver, 0.32 g/t gold, 0.7% lead, 1.1% zinc and 0.1% copper over 0.5 metres, starting at 17 metres

MU16-05

  • 176.5 g/t silver, 1.06 g/t gold, 3.2% lead, 1.1% zinc and 0.3% copper over 1.5 metres, starting at 32.92 metres

MU16-06

  • 173 g/t silver, 0.22 g/t gold, 2.7% lead, 2.5% zinc and 0.1% copper over 0.76 metres, starting at 69.28 metres

MU16-07

  • 105 g/t silver, 0.15 g/t gold, 3.7% lead and 0.3% zinc over 0.44 metres, starting at 23.4 metres

MU16-08

  • 84.8 g/t silver, 0.2 g/t gold, 0.6% lead and 0.1% zinc over 0.43 metres, starting at 34.57 metres

MU16-09

  • 151 g/t silver, 2.97 g/t gold, 0.9% lead, 0.7% zinc and 0.1% copper over 0.48 metres, starting at 53.3 metres

  • 152 g/t silver, 0.4 g/t gold, 4.5% lead, 1.7% zinc and 0.1% copper over 0.4 metres, starting at 58.54 metres

True widths weren’t available.

These results follow assays released in December from May Mac as well as the 16,000-hectare Greenwood project’s Amigo, Glory Hole and Sylvester K former mines. But the January 17 announcement revised one December hole, a surface stepout labelled BF16-26. The hole “not only demonstrates the northwest strike extension, but also extends the vein to 13 metres below the #7 adit level,” the company stated. “It indicates that mineralization similar to that historically mined from the upper levels of the mine is present down to the #7 level, and that the mineralization continues along strike and is open to the northwest. Further surface drill testing will test the extent of the mineralized zone.”

Meanwhile May Mac has underground drilling scheduled to resume by January 21. The company also has permitting underway to extend the #7 drift northwest and extract a bulk sample of up to 10,000 tonnes. The material would be processed at Golden Dawn’s Greenwood mill, 15 kilometres southeast of May Mac.

Pending a dewatering permit and the dewatering process, production would resume at Greenwood’s Lexington gold-copper mine, which has been on care and maintenance since 2008. The project has measured and indicated resources calculated last year that total 96,300 gold-equivalent ounces. Golden Dawn has also submitted a work application to drill its Golden Crown property, which has a 2016 resource showing 62,500 gold-equivalent ounces indicated and 13,100 ounces inferred.

The company stands to gain a $5.2-million advance payment from a purchase agreement announced earlier this month for gold that would be produced at Lexington and Golden Crown. The money would be used to repay a bridge loan, for working capital and to complete the acquisition of Kettle River Resources and its 12,000 hectares hosting 30 former mines. Golden Dawn expects to complete a 43-101 technical report on the property this month.

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A 2016 retrospect

December 20th, 2016

Was it the comeback year for commodities—or just a tease?

by Greg Klein

Some say optimism was evident early in the year, as the trade shows and investor conferences began. Certainly as 2016 progressed, so did much of the market. Commodities, some of them anyway, picked up. In a lot of cases, so did valuations. The crystal ball of the industry’s predictionariat often seemed to shine a rosier tint. It must have been the first time in years that people actually stopped saying, “I think we’ve hit bottom.”

But it would have been a full-out bull market if every commodity emulated lithium.

By February Benchmark Mineral Intelligence reported the chemical’s greatest-ever price jump as both hydroxide and carbonate surpassed $10,000 a tonne, a 47% increase for the latter’s 2015 average. The Macquarie Group later cautioned that the Big Four of Albermarle NYSE:ALB, FMC Corp NYSE:FMC, SQM NYSE:SQM and Talison Lithium had been mining significantly below capacity and would ramp up production to protect market share.

Was this the comeback year for commodities—or just a tease?

That they did, as new supply was about to come online from sources like Galaxy Resources’ Mount Cattlin mine in Western Australia, which began commissioning in November. The following month Orocobre TSX:ORL announced plans to double output from its Salar de Olaroz project in Argentina. Even Bolivia sent a token 9.3 tonnes to China, suggesting the mining world’s outlaw finally intends to develop its lithium deposits, estimated to be the world’s largest at 22% of global potential.

Disagreeing with naysayers like Macquarie and tracking at least 12 Li-ion megafactories being planned, built or expanded to gigawatt-hour capacity by 2020, Benchmark in December predicted further price increases for 2017.

Obviously there was no keeping the juniors out of this. Whether or not it’s a bubble destined to burst, explorers snapped up prospects, issuing news releases at an almost frantic flow that peaked in mid-summer. Acquisitions and early-stage activity often focused on the western U.S., South America’s Lithium Triangle and several Canadian locations too.

In Quebec’s James Bay region, Whabouchi was subject of a feasibility update released in April. Calling the development project “one of the richest spodumene hard rock lithium deposits in the world, both in volume and grade,” Nemaska Lithium TSX:NMX plans to ship samples from its mine and plant in Q2 2017.

A much more despairing topic was cobalt, considered by some observers to be the energy metal to watch. At press time instability menaced the Democratic Republic of Congo, which produces an estimated 60% of global output. Far overshadowing supply-side concerns, however, was the threat of a humanitarian crisis triggered by president Joseph Kabila’s refusal to step down at the end of his mandate on December 20.

Was this the comeback year for commodities—or just a tease?

But the overall buoyant market mood had a practical basis in base metals, led by zinc. In June prices bounced back from the six-year lows of late last year to become “by far the best-performing LME metal,” according to Reuters. Two months later a UBS spokesperson told the news agency refiners were becoming “panicky.”

Mine closures in the face of increasing demand for galvanized steel and, later in the year, post-U.S. election expectations of massive infrastructure programs, pushed prices 80% above the previous year. They then fell closer to 70%, but remained well within levels unprecedented over the last five years. By mid-December one steelmaker told the Wall Street Journal to expect “a demand explosion.”

Lead lagged, but just for the first half of 2016. Spot prices had sunk to about 74 cents a pound in early June, when the H2 ascension began. Reaching an early December peak of about $1.08, the highest since 2013, the metal then slipped beneath the dollar mark.

Copper lay at or near five-year lows until November, when a Trump-credited surge sent the red metal over 60% higher, to about $2.54 a pound. Some industry observers doubted it would last. But columnist Andy Home dated the rally to October, when the Donald was expected to lose. Home attributed copper’s rise to automated trading: “Think the copper market equivalent of Skynet, the artificial intelligence network that takes over the world in the Terminator films.” While other markets have experienced the same phenomenon, he maintained, it’s probably the first, but not the last time for a base metal.

Was this the comeback year for commodities—or just a tease?

Nickel’s spot price started the year around a piddling $3.70 a pound. But by early December it rose to nearly $5.25. That still compared poorly with 2014 levels well above $9 and almost $10 in 2011. Nickel’s year was characterized by Indonesia’s ban on exports of unprocessed metals and widespread mine suspensions in the Philippines, up to then the world’s biggest supplier of nickel ore.

More controversial for other reasons, Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte began ordering suspensions shortly after his June election. His environmental secretary Regina Lopez then exhorted miners to surpass the world’s highest environmental standards, “better than Canada, better than Australia. We must be better and I know it can be done.”

Uranium continued to present humanity with a dual benefit—a carbon-free fuel for emerging middle classes and a cautionary example for those who would predict the future. Still oblivious to optimistic forecasts, the recalcitrant metal scraped a post-Fukushima low of $18 in December before creeping to $20.25 on the 19th. The stuff fetched around $72 a pound just before the 2011 tsunami and hit $136 in 2007.

Golden Dawn Minerals continues revival of B.C.’s historic Greenwood camp

December 13th, 2016

by Greg Klein | December 13, 2016 | updated with revised assays January 17, 2017

A well-financed company working to bring new life to a cluster of past-producers 500 kilometres east of Vancouver, Golden Dawn Minerals TSXV:GOM released assays from former mines on December 13. The results come from the Amigo, Glory Hole, May Mac and Sylvester K sites, part of the mostly contiguous 16,000 hectares comprising the Greenwood project.

At May Mac, two of three surface holes from the same collar missed the Skomac vein system. But BF16-26, described as a “very significant 100-metre stepout hole along the northwesterly trend” of the vein system, showed these revised assays, which were released January 17:

  • 133.6 g/t silver, 0.54 g/t gold, 3.6% lead and 1.5% zinc over 6.07 metres, starting at 177.47 metres in downhole depth
  • (including 688 g/t silver, 1.18 g/t gold, 19% lead and 7% zinc over 0.96 metres)
Golden Dawn Minerals continues revival of B.C.’s historic Greenwood camp

Golden Dawn hopes to begin bulk
sampling next year at May Mac’s #7 level.

True widths weren’t provided.

The results show that historically mined mineralization continues another 75 metres vertically, remaining open at depth and along strike to the northeast, Golden Dawn stated. The company plans further drilling in that direction early next year.

An underground percussion hole at May Mac’s #7 drift showed these highlights from two consecutive 1.2-metre samples of cutting sludge:

  • 156 g/t silver, 3.04 g/t gold, 2.91% lead, 1.1% zinc and 0.33% copper

  • 135 g/t silver, 7.95 g/t gold, 0.6% lead, 1.3% zinc and 0.08% copper

Cautioning that accuracy might be affected by material loss, Golden Dawn stated the results show substantial mineralization within five metres of the end of the #7 level.

That level also underwent nine diamond drill holes totalling 805 metres, with assays pending for eight. Hole MU16-01 was drilled horizontally from the end of the adit to determine the distance to the vein. One intercept showed:

  • 131.3 g/t silver, 2.34 g/t gold, 0.59% lead and 0.42% zinc over 2.33 metres, starting at 17.45 metres
  • (including 250 g/t silver, 4.96 g/t gold, 1.2% lead and 0.89% zinc over 1.1 metres)

One kilometre south of May Mac, the former Amigo and Glory Hole mines underwent a surface drill program of 16 holes totalling 904 metres to search out extensions of known veins. Highlights include:

  • Hole BF16-10: 3 g/t silver and 1.04 g/t gold over 1.15 metres, starting at 41.31 metres in downhole depth

  • BF16-11: 5.8 g/t silver and 6.12 g/t gold over 0.74 metres, starting at 19.26 metres

  • BF16-15: 28 g/t silver and 0.98 g/t gold over 0.2 metres, starting at 5.5 metres

  • BF16-17: 2.8 g/t silver and 1.3 g/t gold over 1.32 metres, starting at 44.94 metres

  • BF16-18: 0.5 g/t silver and 1.13 g/t gold over 0.5 metres, starting at 14.5 metres

  • BF16-18: 1.8 g/t silver and 1.37 g/t gold over 1.26 metres, starting at 36.57 metres

  • BF16-24: 148 g/t silver over 0.25 metres, starting at 31.35 metres

Due diligence on a proposed property acquisition included seven channel samples at the Sylvester K past-producer, three kilometres from Golden Dawn’s mill. Six in a continuous line averaged 9.92 g/t gold over a true width of 15.2 metres.

Following the Christmas break, a program of 20 to 25 holes begins at the Greenwood project in mid-January. Permitting is in process to extract a 10,000-tonne bulk sample at May Mac adit #7, which would be processed at Golden Dawn’s mill, 15 kilometres from the former mine.

Last month the company closed a $1.18-million private placement, part of $3.97 million in private placements, $2.93 million in exercised warrants and US$2.4 million in long-term debt raised in 2016 that totals about $10.03 million.

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