Pershing Gold Announces Multiple High-Grade Gold Intercepts Recovered at Relief Canyon

LAKEWOOD, Colo., Nov. 11, 2015 /CNW/ -- Pershing Gold Corporation (NASDAQ: PGLC) (FWB:7PG1) ("Pershing Gold" or the "Company"), an emerging Nevada gold producer, announces additional results for its 2015 Drilling Program at the Relief Canyon project in Pershing County, Nevada. Results are reported in feet ("ft") and meters ("m"), and in grams per tonne ("gpt") and ounces per ton ("oz/ton") of gold ("Au").

Highlighted intercepts include:

  • North Pit:
    • RC15-373, 15 ft (4.572 m), 7.395 gpt, 0.216 oz/ton Au
  • North Target Area:
    • RC15-347: 57.9 ft (17.6 m) of 0.852 gpt, 0.025 oz/ton Au
    • RC15-355:
      • 22.5 ft (6.9 m) of 0.936 gpt, 0.027 oz/ton Au
      • 25 ft (7.6 m) of 1.148 gpt, or 0.033 oz/ton Au
    • RC15-365: 73.7 ft (22.47 m) of 1.048 gpt, 0.031 oz/ton Au
    • RC15-375:
      • 27.2 ft (8.3 m) of 2.701 gpt, 0.079 oz/ton Au
      • 35.5 ft (10.8 m) of 1.664 gpt, 0.049 oz/ton Au
      • 18.3 ft (5.6 m) of 0.942 gpt, 0.027 oz/ton Au
  • Southwest Target Area:
    • RC15-349: 48.6 ft (14.27 m) of 1.276 gpt, 0.037 oz/ton Au
    • RC15-353: 27.0 ft (8.23 m) of 1.382 gpt, 0.04 oz/ton Au
    • RC15-359: 29.9 ft (9.11 m) of 0.793 gpt, 0.023 oz/ton Au
    • RC15-370: 64.4 ft (19.6 m), 1.453 gpt, 0.042 oz/ton Au
  • Jasperoid Target Area:
    • RC15-382: 36.9 ft (11.0 m), 2.158 gpt, 0.063 oz/ton Au
    • RC15-390: 17.3 ft (5.37 m), 2.969 gpt, 0.087 opt Au

"We are pleased to report ongoing drilling success in our 2015 Drilling Program. We continue to encounter multiple high-grade intercepts in all the target areas in the 2015 program," stated Stephen D. Alfers, Pershing Gold's Chairman and CEO, "including drilling in the North Pit that discovered a new extension of the high-grade Lower Zone under the floor of the pit."

"Following completion of this program, we intend to publish an updated NI 43-101 resource estimate in the second quarter of 2016," Alfers explained. "Building on the success of our previous resource updates, an increased NI 43-101 resource based on this years' drilling should enhance what we already believe are robust economics for Relief Canyon," commented Alfers.

The geology encountered in the drilling at Relief Canyon includes three stacked mineralized zones, which the Company has previously identified as the Main Zone ("M Zone"), the Lower Zone ("L Zone") and the Jasperoid Zone ("J Zone") (Figure 1). This drilling program includes four target areas; The North Pit, the North Target Area, the Jasperoid Target Area and the Southwest Target Area (Figure 2).

Figure 1

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North Pit
Core hole RC15-373 in the North Pit shows 15 ft (4.572 m) of 7.395 gpt, 0.216 oz/ton Au from 512 to 527 ft (174.5 to 160.6 m) in the L Zone at Relief Canyon. This is the most southern intercept in the L Zone to date. The intercept is on the south side of a major mafic dike and is open to the west and south. Follow up drilling of this intercept to the west and south has been completed and the results are pending.

North Target Area
Drilling continues to expand mineralization to the west in the North Target Area at Relief Canyon. The westernmost step-out hole, RC15-365, continued to encounter excellent grade mineralization with an intercept of 73.7 ft (22.47 m) of 1.048 gpt, 0.031 oz/ton Au. Other significant core holes include RC15-347 with an intercept including 57.9 ft (17.6 m) of 0.852 gpt, 0.025 oz/ton Au and RC15-375 with intercepts including 27.2 ft (8.3 m) of 2.701 gpt, 0.079 oz/ton Au, 35.5 ft (10.8 m) of 1.664 gpt, 0.049 oz/ton Au and 18.3 ft (5.6 m) of 0.942 gpt, 0.027 oz/ton Au.

Figure 2

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Jasperoid Target Area
Drill results in the Jasperoid Target Area show multiple new zones of significant near surface gold mineralization. Recent significant core holes include RC15-382 with 36.9 ft (11.25 m) of 2.158 gpt, 0.063 oz/ton Au from 50.8 to 87.7 ft (15.5 to 26.7 m) and RC15-390 with 17.3 ft (5.37 m) of 2.969 gpt, 0.087 opt Au. These intercepts are the up-dip equivalent of the high-grade intercepts in RC15-304A and RC15-306A, previously reported in the Company's September 16, 2015 press release, and RC15-365, reported in the North Target Area section of this release. The Jasperoid Target Area itself is proximate to the existing North Pit of the mine. These near surface zones with favorable strip ratio in the early years of the Relief Canyon mine should improve project economics. Drilling from the Jasperoid Target Area is not included in NI 43-101 resource estimate published on Relief Canyon in June of this year, but will be included in the updated NI 43-101 expected in Q2 2016.

Southwest Target Area
The Southwest Target Area includes the extension of the M Zone to the southwest that was explored historically by wide-spaced reverse circulation drill holes.  Recent drilling has discovered a higher-grade portion of the M Zone developed at the intersection of two faults.  This higher-grade mineralization is also encountered much closer to the surface and is expected to result in significantly improved economics through lower mining costs and enhanced recovery. Drilling in the Southwest Target Area was designed to expand the known resource of the M Zone to the west, south, and east.  This new drilling in the Southwest area will also improve the geologic model of Relief Canyon. 

Recent Southwest Target Area drill results include RC15-349 with an intercept of 48.6 ft (14.27m) of 1.276 gpt, 0.037 oz/ton gold, RC15-353 with 27.0 ft (8.23 m) of 1.382 gpt, 0.04 oz/ton Au, and RC15-370 with 64.4 ft (19.63 m) of 1.453 gpt, 0.042 oz/ton Au, all of which are expected to add additional size to the growing resource at Relief Canyon.

Table 1

Core Hole

From

To

Width

gpt gold

oz/ton gold

Target

Number


feet




Area

RC15-342

100.3

109.9

9.6

1.936

0.056

Jasperoid

RC15-343

455

487

32

0.711

0.021

North

RC15-344

33.3

47.6

14.3

1.806

0.053

Jasperoid

RC15-346

53.6

64.7

11.1

0.887

0.026

Jasperoid

RC15-347

364.8

373.2

8.4

1.09

0.032

North


478.1

536

57.9

0.852

0.025


RC15-349

228.4

277

48.6

1.276

0.037

Southwest

RC15-350

0

15

15

0.36

0.011

Jasperoid

RC15-352

131

149

18

0.404

0.012

Jasperoid

RC15-353

255

282

27

1.382

0.04

Southwest

RC15-355

486

508.5

22.5

0.936

0.027

North


552

587

25

1.148

0.033


RC15-356

23.8

31

7.2

0.478

0.014

Jasperoid

RC15-357

604.1

609.4

5.3

2.693

0.079

Southwest

RC15-358

0

53.1

53.1

0.419

0.012



280

305

25

0.493

0.014



326.2

370

43.8

0.346

0.01



410

449.4

39.4

0.387

0.011



489

510.2

21.2

0.926

0.027


RC15-359

302.5

332.4

29.9

0.793

0.023

Southwest

RC15-360

24

34

10

1.018

0.03

Jasperoid

RC15-363

494.2

500

5.8

0.937

0.027

Southwest

RC15-364

480

507

27

0.833

0.024

Southwest

RC15-365

463.3

537

73.7

1.048

0.031

North

RC15-366

335

377.2

42.2

0.65

0.019

Southwest

RC15-367

0

35

35

0.36

0.011

North

RC15-368

7.6

23.5

15.9

0.72

0.021

Jasperoid

RC15-369

160

199.4

39.4

0.232

0.007

North


325

334.2

9.2

1.628

0.047



354.9

390

35.1

1.022

0.03



405

415

10

1.494

0.044



476.5

485

8.5

1

0.029


RC15-370

399.6

464

64.4

1.453

0.042

Southwest

RC15-371

201

217.8

16.8

0.265

0.008

North


251

271

20

2.518

0.073



491

511

20

0.454

0.013



646

655.5

9.5

1.238

0.036









RC15-373

0

26

26

0.221

0.006

North Pit


46.7

67

20.3

0.281

0.008



467

481.7

14.7

1.95

0.057



512

527

15

7.395

0.216


RC15-375

190

212.1

22.1

0.312

0.009

North


232.8

260

27.2

2.701

0.079



444.5

480

35.5

1.664

0.049



673.7

692

18.3

0.942

0.027


RC15-378

499

548.2

49.2

0.375

0.011

Southwest

RC15-379

0

54

54

0.492

0.014



407.8

447

39.2

1.836

0.054


RC15-380

18.8

34.5

15.7

0.422

0.012

Jasperoid


105.6

113.8

8.2

0.379

0.011


RC15-381

414.8

442

27.2

2.542

0.074

 North

RC15-382

50.8

87.7

36.9

2.158

0.063

Jasperoid

RC15-384

45.5

71

25.5

0.268

0.008

Jasperoid

RC15-385

314

322.2

8.2

0.736

0.021

Southwest


508.7

536.6

27.9

0.699

0.02


RC15-386

264.2

282.6

18.4

0.89

0.026


RC15-388

68

79.3

11.3

0.632

0.018

Jasperoid


123

126.7

3.7

2.154

0.063


RC15-389

417.8

453.8

36

1.419

0.041

North 

RC15-390

73.5

87.8

14.3

0.797

0.023

Jasperoid


126

143.3

17.3

2.969

0.087



181

188.5

7.5

0.481

0.014


RC15-396

22

39.8

17.8

0.421

0.012

Jasperoid

RC15-407

82

95.4

13.4

1.518

0.044

Jasperoid

 

Complete results stated in both imperial and metric units will be posted on the Pershing Gold website at www.pershinggold.com as those results clear quality assurance and quality control ("QA/QC"), and are finalized.

Summary
Five drill rigs are currently operating on site with four core-drill rigs conducting development drilling at Relief Canyon and one reverse circulation drill rig in operation at Buffalo Pediment. One core-drill rig is working in the Jasperoid Target Area, two drill rigs are operating in the North Target Area, and the fourth rig is drilling in the Southwest Target Area (Figure 2).

More than 90% of the 2015 Drilling Program has been completed to date. The initial plan for the 2015 Drilling Program was to include a total of approximately 70,000 ft (14,200 m) in 100 holes. Due to the Company's recent drilling success, this program has been expanded to approximately 155 development holes and seven metallurgical holes, totaling approximately 93,000 ft (28,346 m). Assay results have been received for approximately 80% of the holes, with the remainder of the results pending. 

The Company plans to complete the 2015 Drilling Program in December and expects to publish an updated NI 43-101 resource update incorporating these results as well as a PEA on Relief Canyon in Q2 2016.  Significant intercepts from the most recent drilling results are shown above in Table 1.

About Pershing Gold Corporation
Pershing Gold is an emerging gold producer whose primary asset is the Relief Canyon Mine in Pershing County, Nevada. Relief Canyon includes three open-pit mines and a state-of-the-art, fully permitted and constructed heap-leach processing facility. Pershing Gold is currently permitted to resume mining at Relief Canyon under the existing Plan of Operations.

Pershing Gold's landholdings cover approximately 25,000 acres that include the Relief Canyon Mine asset and lands surrounding the mine in all directions. This land package provides Pershing Gold with the opportunity to expand the Relief Canyon Mine deposit and to explore and make new discoveries on nearby lands.

Pershing Gold is listed on the NASDAQ Global Market under the symbol PGLC and the Frankfurt Stock Exchange under the symbol 7PG1.

Scientific and Technical Data
All scientific and technical information related to drill and surface samples for the Relief Canyon project has been reviewed and approved by Larry L. Hillesland, Certified Professional Geologist #11720, who is a Qualified Person under the definitions established by Canadian National Instrument 43-101. Drill core at Relief Canyon is boxed and sealed at the drill rig and moved to the Relief Canyon logging and sample preparation facilities by trained personnel. The core is logged and split down the center using a typical table-fed circular rock saw. One half of the core is sent for assay to Skyline Assayers & Laboratories of Sparks, Nevada, while the other half is returned to the core box and stored at Relief Canyon in a secure, fenced-off, area. Pershing Gold Corporation QA/QC includes the regular use of blanks, standards, and duplicate samples.

Legal Notice and Safe Harbor Statement
This press release contains "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. All statements, other than statements of historical fact, including, without limitation, those with respect to the objectives, plans and strategies of the Company set forth herein including current results from and expectations regarding the results of the 2015 drilling program, the potential update of and expansion of the Relief Canyon resource and publication of an updated NI 43-101 resource estimate and Preliminary Economic Analysis in the second quarter 2016; planned release of preliminary economics for the Relief Canyon mine including cash costs and life-of-mine and average annual production in the fourth quarter 2015; planned completion of the 2015 drill program in December 2015 with 155 development holes, seven metallurgical holes and 93,000 feet of drilling estimated; advancements in understanding the Relief Canyon resource model as a result of the 2015 drilling program; management's  belief that the economics of mining Relief Canyon are robust and will be enhanced by the anticipated increased NI 43-101 resource based on the 2015 drilling program, by mineralization in the Jasperoid Target Area with favorable strip ratios in the early years of the anticipated mine life and higher grade mineralization in the Southwest Target Area and those preceded by or that include the words "believes," "expects," "given," "targets," "intends," "anticipates," "plans," "projects," "forecasts" or similar expressions, are "forward-looking statements." Although the Company's management believes that such forward-looking statements are reasonable, it cannot guarantee that such expectations are, or will be, correct. These forward-looking statements involve a number of risks and uncertainties, which could cause the Company's future results to differ materially from those anticipated. Potential risks and uncertainties include, among others, less favorable results from and impact on Relief Canyon economics of results from the 2015 exploration program than currently anticipated; insufficient or insufficiently favorable information to include portions of the deposit in the Jasperoid and Southwest target areas in the Company's next updated resource or to impact Relief Canyon economics as positively as currently anticipated; interpretations or reinterpretations of geologic and metallurgical information or unfavorable exploration results that could negatively affect estimates of resources of project economics; delays in publishing preliminary economics or releasing less information than currently anticipated; delays in publishing the updated NI 43-101 resource estimate and Preliminary Economic Analysis; less favorable results of preliminary economic studies, 43-101 resource estimate updates and Preliminary Economic Analysis than currently anticipated; general economic conditions and conditions affecting the industries in which the Company operates; the uncertainty of regulatory requirements and approvals; decreases in gold and other mineral and commodity prices; risks of junior exploration and pre-production activities; and maintenance of important business relationships. Additional information regarding the factors that may cause actual results to differ materially from these forward-looking statements is available in the Company's filings with the SEC including the Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2014. The Company assumes no obligation to update any of the information contained or referenced in this press release.

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SOURCE Pershing Gold Corporation

For further information: Stephen Alfers, Executive Chairman, President and CEO, or Jack Perkins, Vice President, Investor Relations, 720.974.7254, investors@pershinggold.com, www.PershingGold.com, http://www.pershinggold.com


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