Augen Gold Corp. - Check Assays Show 11.5% Increase In Grades Reported From Former Drill Program



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    TORONTO, Aug. 19 /CNW/ - Augen Gold Corp. ("Augen Gold" or "the Company")
(TSX-V:AUJ) as part of its program to verify historic drill results at its
100% owned Jerome Gold Mine, has re-analysed core samples collected by
Osprey Gold Corp ("Osprey") during its 2004 drill program. Newly performed
assays suggest that Osprey's previously reported results from drill holes
JX04-01 through JX04-26 may have underestimated the gold grade of the samples
by an average of 11.5% and 21.2% for samples greater than 3 g/t.
    "The result of this program of check assays proved to be a pleasant
surprise and could be a significant positive event," said Michael Fowler,
President and CEO of Augen Gold. "Osprey's drill program was focused on a
strike length of 300m along the Main Zone above the 198 m level. This area
represents a relatively small part of the currently outlined Jerome gold
deposit - about 15% - but the recognition of higher grade material at shallow
depth in the area of existing underground workings may, if confirmed by our
consultants, significantly improve the potential economics of the deposit."

    Technical Information

    Osprey completed 33 drill holes and analysed 2,140 samples by
Induced Neutron Activation Analysis (INAA) in 2004. The samples have been
securely stored at the laboratory since their receipt in 2004. In addition to
core samples tested by Osprey, Augen Gold submitted 276 samples of previously
untested Osprey drill core for analysis by INAA in 2007. Of the total 2,416
samples analysed by INAA, Augen Gold forwarded 400 samples (16.6%) exceeding
0.5 g/t gold to ALS Chemex Laboratories in 2008, for analysis using the same
Fire Assay-AAS method which Augen Gold has employed for all of its work. Of
the 400 samples, 204 consisted of original Osprey pulps, 32 were new pulps
prepared by Augen Gold from Osprey core samples in 2007, and 164 consisted of
new pulps prepared from the original Osprey 'rejects,' parts of the original
core sample that had been crushed from which Osprey's pulps had been prepared.
    Analysis of the assay data from the re-analysed pulps indicates that
Osprey's analyses may have understated the grade of the drill core by about
11.5%, as summarized in the following table. A graph representing the two sets
of analyses can be viewed on Augen Gold's website located at www.augengold.ca.
Comparison of original INAA analyses with the 164 newly prepared pulps of the
same samples returned a similar average result, but with a larger scatter or
variance, which is to be expected from a separate pulp prepared from the same
core sample. There proved to be no significant difference in the results of
the two analytical methods for the 32 new core samples submitted by
Augen Gold.

    
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       Comparison of Grades Reported by Osprey Gold Corp. vs. Checks by
         Augen Gold Corp. (2004 Pulps INAA, Same pulps by FA in 2008)
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                                                                  Likelihood
                                             RPD           RPD         of FA
    Grade Range        RPD(*)  No. of  less than  greater than  greater than
    (INAA)                    Samples          0             0          INAA
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    0.5 to 1.0 g/t Au    8.9       72         19             53        2.8 x
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    1.0 to 3.0 g/t Au    7.9       81         16             65        4.1 x
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    More than
    3 g/t Au            21.2       51          2             49       24.5 x
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Total (0.5 to
    37.0 g/t Au)       11.55      204         37            167        4.5 x
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    (*) RPD = Relative Percentage Difference: ((FA Assay-INAA
         Assay)/Mean of FA and INAA assays) x 100.
        FA = Fire Assay
        INAA = Induced Neutron Activation Analysis
    

    The ratio of the number of sample pairs whose RPD is greater than zero to
those pairs whose RPD is less than zero indicates that samples analysed by FA
are 2.8 to 24.5 times more likely to yield a higher assay than by INAA. The
accompanying table and the graph on Augen Gold's website indicate that the
difference between the two analytical methods increases with the grade of the
sample.
    Re-analysis of the Osprey data using the Fire Assay method has also
standardized the Jerome Mine assay database to a single analytical method,
which will simplify ongoing evaluation of the deposit. The Fire Assay method
is the most generally accepted analytical method to determine gold grade.
Following discussions with its consultants, Augen Gold suggests that the
results described above may indicate the presence of a coarse gold component,
and further studies will examine this possibility. Augen Gold is implementing
analyses in order to clarify these two sets of results.
    Augen Gold has retained MPH Consulting Ltd. to audit Augen Gold's work
and where possible to validate historical results. MPH will commence its own
set of check assays on Augen Gold's and other historical drill core shortly.

    Sample Processing

    Osprey Gold Corp's BQ-sized drill core was sawn in half at Camp Gilla in
2004, where Augen Gold is currently based. One half of the core was retained
and is stored at Camp Gilla. The other half was shipped to
Activation Laboratories in Ancaster, Ontario, where samples were crushed,
pulverized and analysed by INAA using a 30 gram charge. Augen Gold submitted
276 samples to Activation Laboratories in 2007, which consisted of sawn and
bagged samples that had been readied by Osprey for shipping to the laboratory,
but which were not dispatched at the time that Osprey's program was abruptly
terminated. The bags were stored in locked buildings. A random selection of
these samples was inspected prior to shipment by Christopher Marmont, P. Geo.,
who is Augen Gold's Senior Vice-President, Exploration, and qualified person
for the Company's Jerome Project under the definitions established by
National Instrument 43-101, and were found to be intact and with no sign of
tampering. All Osprey samples exceeding 0.5 g/t gold were forwarded by
Activation Laboratories to the ALS Chemex preparation laboratory in Timmins,
where the grain size of pulps was checked before being forwarded to Chemex's
analytical laboratories for gold assaying; no secondary pulverization was
required. Gold is determined by ALS Chemex by fire assay AAS on
30 gram charges. Samples reporting more than 10 g/t Au were re-analyzed by the
Fire Assay-gravimetric method to produce the reported values, also using
30 gram charges.

    About Augen Gold

    Augen Gold Corp. is a gold exploration company with 24,042 hectares of
mining claims over a 45 kilometre length located in Swayze Greenstone Belt,
including the formerly producing Jerome gold mine and directly adjacent to the
Young Shannon gold deposit. The Company's objective is to aggressively explore
the Jerome mine, the gold potential along strike on its contiguous mining
claims, and to continue to expand its property portfolio with highly
prospective mineral assets.
    The information contained in this news release has been prepared by
Augen Gold's Senior Vice-President, Exploration, Christopher Marmont, P.Geo.,
who is the qualified person for the Company's Jerome Project under the
definitions established by National Instrument 43-101. The diamond drilling
program was conducted under direct supervision of Mr. Marmont.
    Please refer to Augen Gold's web-site for maps, photographs, geological
details and additional information.
    For more information on Augen Gold, visit our website at www.augengold.ca
    The Company's documents may be accessed at www.sedar.com

    
    The TSX Venture has not reviewed and does not accept responsibility for
    the adequacy or accuracy of this release.
    

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For further information:

For further information: Michael G. Fowler, President and Chief
Executive Officer, Augen Gold Corp., Tel: (416) 479-3301, Toll-free: (888)
442-8436; John F. Walter, John Walter Communications, Tel: (647) 430-0197

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