January 27, 2013: Toronto, Victoria Gold Corp. (TSX-V: VIT-V “Victoria” or the “Company”) is pleased to report the results of the final five of eleven diamond drill holes completed at its Olive target in September 2012. The most promising result from these holes was 26.50 m of 2.69 g/t Au (Figure 1). Additionally, the drilling intersected significant high grade intervals including 1.9 m of 5.62 g/t Au and 1.3 m of 39.2 g/t Au (Table 1). Drilling at Olive targeted along-strike and down-dip extensions of gold mineralization identified in previous drilling and trenching campaigns and sub-surface expressions of outcropping high-grade veins identified during reconnaissance surface sampling conducted in the summer of 2012. This news release reports the results of the final five drill holes; results of the first six were released on October 29, 2012.
Mr. John McConnell, President and CEO of Victoria commented “After a few years of hard work, we are on the cusp of transitioning Eagle from development to construction. The Olive target, within sight of Eagle, is providing further evidence that the property is highly prospective for continuing exploration.”
Table 1. Significant intersections from the eleven diamond drill holes completed at the Company’s Olive target
|Drill Hole||From (meters)||To (meters)||Width (meters)||Grade (g/t Au)|
Width is reported as drilled and true widths have not been determined
* Previously reported
Metallurgical work on the samples from the Olive target is ongoing. It is anticipated that some of the mineralization may be amenable to heap leaching and may be accretive to the nearby proposed Eagle Gold Mine.
Mineralization at Olive, which is located 2.5 km from Victoria’s Eagle gold deposit (Figure 2), is associated with massive quartz-arsenopyrite, scorodite and arsenopyrite-only veins and narrow sheeted quartz-arsenopyrite veins. Gold mineralization comprises a number of narrow high-grade, broadly spaced veins at depth, coalescing into wider mineralized zones near surface. It is currently believed this is a consequence of grade enhancement due to overprinting of an early low-grade hydrothermal mineralizing event by a second, later, higher-grade mineralization phase and suggests the possibility of identifying a much larger gold system than previously thought at Olive. The 2012 program adds to the historical work and indicates that the Olive area has the potential to become a resource.
Quality Control/Quality Assurance and Assaying
Sample results cited in this news release were obtained from core drilled by independent contractors under the supervision of Victoria’s geological staff. Samples were delivered to ALS Minerals’ Whitehorse sample preparation facility and analyzed in their Vancouver, BC laboratory.
All of the samples collected from the drilling program are managed in strict compliance with the Company’s QA/QC (quality assurance / quality control) program, which has been reviewed and approved by a number of independent engineering firms.
The technical content of this news release has been reviewed and approved by Rich Eliason, as the Qualified Person.
About Dublin Gulch
Victoria’s 100%-owned Dublin Gulch gold property is situated in the central Yukon Territory, Canada, approximately 375 km north of the capital city of Whitehorse, and approximately 85 km from the town of Mayo. The property is accessible by road year-round, and is located within Yukon Energy’s electrical grid. The Company has constructed a 100 person all-season camp at the project site.
The property covers an area in excess of 640km2, and is the site of the Company’s Eagle Gold Deposit. The Eagle Gold Deposit is expected to be Yukon’s next operating gold mine and includes Probable Reserves of 2.3 million ozs of gold from 92 million tonnes of ore with a grade of 0.78 g/t Au, as outlined in a National Instrument 43-101 definitive feasibility study. The NI 43-101 Mineral Resource has been estimated to host 222 million tonnes averaging 0.68 g/t Au, containing 4.9 million ozs of gold in the “Indicated” category, inclusive of Probable Reserves, and a further 78 million tonnes averaging 0.60 g/t Au, containing 1.5 million ozs of gold in the “Inferred” category.
Cautionary Language and Forward-Looking Statements
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