Premier drilling continues to expand high-grade open pit potential at
Hardrock including 6.91 g/t gold over 18.7 metres

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THUNDER BAY, ON, Dec. 9 /CNW/ - PREMIER GOLD MINES LIMITED (TSX:PG) is pleased to announce that drilling continues to expand mineralization within the NN (Open Pit target) Zone at the Hardrock Project in Northwestern Ontario. Additional drilling has intersected multiple zones of high grade, underground-style, mineralization in the first hole that tested the 'F2' and the Northeast Zone target areas. Highlights from recent drilling include the following results:

    
    -   NN Zone - 4.93 grams per tonne gold (g/t Au) across 10.5 metres (m)
        or 0.14 oz/t across 34.4 feet in hole MM071 including 10.03 g/t Au
        across 3.5 m (0.29 oz/t across 11.5 ft).

    -   NN Zone - 5.69 g/t Au across 24.2 m or 0.17 oz/t across 79.4 feet, in
        hole MM072 including 7.05 g/t Au across 18.1 m (0.21 oz/t across 59.4
        ft).

    -   NN Zone - 6.91 g/t Au across 18.7 m or 0.20 oz/t across 61.3 feet, in
        hole MM074 including 11.55 g/t Au across 9.7 m (0.34 oz/t across 31.8
        ft).

    -   NN Zone - 3.38 g/t Au across 20.9 m, or 0.10 oz/t across 68.6 feet,
        in hole MM076 including 12.99 g/t Au across 3.5 m (0.38 oz/t across
        11.5 ft)

    -   F2 Zone - 5.41 g/t Au across 6.0 m or 0.16 oz/t across 19.7 feet, in
        hole MM051 including 18.70 g/t Au across 1.2m ( 0.55 oz/t across 3.9
        feet)

    -   F2 Zone - 8.30 g/t Au across 2.6m or 0.24 oz/t across 8.5 feet, in
        hole MM051

    -   Northeast Zone - 121.00 g/t Au across 1.5m or 3.53 oz/ton across 4.9
        feet, in hole MM051
    

Complete drill results are contained in Tables 1 and 2. Figure 1 profiles new collar locations in plan view.

Due to these new outstanding results, which expand near-surface mineralization along strike to the west, the upcoming NI43-101 resource calculation will be delayed to incorporate these drillholes. Therefore, the initial compliant resource is now expected to be released in January 2010. As well, these results from F2 and Northeast Zones continue to support Premier's belief that additional mineral resources, amenable to underground mining methods, may be delineated at depth in multiple zones. It is Premier's intention to aggressively pursue this style of drill target during 2010, with the goal of amending the initial mineral resource sometime after the end of the second quarter.

"It is truly remarkable that we are continuing to expand the near-surface mineralized zones westward. This was unexpected and of such significance that we've decided to incorporate the new drill-hits into the resource evaluation." stated Tim Twomey, Premier's Exploration Manager.

Ewan Downie, President of Premier further states, "The outstanding results that continue to be intersected in both our open pit and underground target zones demonstrate the potential for the Hardrock Project to host a multi-million ounce gold resource that can be moved quickly towards feasibility".

    
    Table 1: New NN Zone Intercepts from Hardrock drilling
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Hole-     UTM        Dip/                Inter- Grade Inter- Grade
     ID   Coordinates  Azimuth  From    To     val   (g/    val   (oz/  Zone
              (m)     (degrees)  (m)    (m)    (m)  tonne) (ft)   ton)
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    MM070  5502901 N   -45/360  ddh                                       NN
            504100 E            aban-
                                doned
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    MM071  5502884 N   -47/360   72.0   74.7   2.7   3.82   8.9   0.11  Upper
            504250 E                                                      NN
                                ---------------------------------------
                                274.5  285.0  10.5   4.93  34.4   0.14    NN
                                ---------------------------------------------
    includ-                     279.0  282.5   3.5  10.03  11.5   0.29    NN
     ing
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    MM072  5502901 N   -46/360  172.5  196.7  24.2   5.69  79.4   0.17    NN
            504100 E            ---------------------------------------------
    includ-                     178.6  196.7  18.1   7.05  59.4   0.21    NN
     ing
                                ---------------------------------------------
                                211.6  216.0   4.4   3.58  14.4   0.10     X
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    MM074  5502900 N   -45/360  150.3  157.5   7.2   2.04  23.6   0.06  Upper
            504074 E                                                      NN
                                ---------------------------------------------
                                175.5  183.0   7.5   5.10  24.6   0.15    NN
                                ---------------------------------------------
                                201.0  219.7  18.7   6.91  61.3   0.20    NN
                                ---------------------------------------------
    includ-                     205.5  215.2   9.7  11.55  31.8   0.34    NN
     ing
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    MM075  5502889 N   -45/360  131.9  134.9   3.0   8.62   9.8   0.25  Upper
            504050 E                                                      NN
                                ---------------------------------------------
                                184.1  188.7   4.6   8.39  15.1   0.24    NN
                                ---------------------------------------------
                                272.0  272.8   0.8  12.30   2.6   0.36     X
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    MM076  5502929 N   -45/360  116.4  137.3  20.9   3.38  68.6   0.10    NN
            504025 E            ---------------------------------------------
    includ-                     120.5  124.0   3.5  12.99  11.5   0.38    NN
     ing
                                ---------------------------------------------
                                196.0  197.9   1.9  10.29   6.2   0.30     X
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    MM077  5502869 N   -45/360  ddh                                       NN
            504024 E            aban-
                                doned
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    True widths estimated at approximately 70% of intersection widths
    NSV - No Significant Values


    Table 2: New F2 Zone Intercepts from Hardrock drilling
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Hole-     UTM        Dip/                Inter- Grade Inter- Grade
     ID   Coordinates  Azimuth  From    To     val   (g/    val   (oz/  Zone
              (m)     (degrees)  (m)    (m)    (m)  tonne) (ft)   ton)
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    MM051  5502600 N   -66/360  540.0  546.0   6.0   5.41  19.7   0.16    F2
            504049 E            ---------------------------------------------
    includ-                     544.8  546.0   1.2  18.70   3.9   0.55    F2
     ing
                                ---------------------------------------------
                                621.4  624.0   2.6   8.30   8.5   0.24    F2
                                ---------------------------------------------
                                660.5  661.0   0.5  41.00   1.6   1.20    F2
                                                                         (NE)
                                ---------------------------------------------
                                680.0  681.5   1.5 121.00   4.9   3.53    F2
                                                                         (NE)
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    MM073  5502600 N   -65/360  408.1  409.6   1.5   8.36   4.9   0.24     X
            504000 E            ---------------------------------------------
                                672.0  685.5  13.5   4.33  44.3   0.13    F2
                                                                         (NE)
                                ---------------------------------------------
    includ-                     684.0  685.5   1.5  17.70   4.9   0.52    F2
     ing                                                                 (NE)
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    True widths estimated at approximately 70% of intersection widths
    NSV - No Significant Values
    

Figure 1: Planview - Collar Locations From Latest Drilling at Hardrock

(http://files.newswire.ca/598/PremierGold_Figure1.doc)

The Hardrock Project is operated under a joint venture with Roxmark Mines Limited (TSX-V:RMK) (Premier holds a 70% interest). The Hardrock Project is host to several past-producing mines which collectively produced nearly 3.0 Million ounces of gold from shallow depths (600 metres) between 1938 and 1968. The first hole from the current program that tested the North Zone horizon below the bottom mine level at Hardrock returned an impressive 38.2g/t Au (1.14 oz/t) across 4.8m. Follow-up drilling has intersected broad mineralized zones that further demonstrate the potential for the project to host a multi-million ounce resource. The Hardrock Project benefits from development advantages with the Trans-Canada Highway, Trans-Canada Pipeline, and major power lines running through the center of the property.

Stephen McGibbon, P. Geo., is the Qualified Person for the information contained in this press release and is a Qualified Person within the meaning of National Instrument 43-101. Assay results are from core samples sent to Activation Laboratories, an accredited mineral analysis laboratory in Ancaster, Ontario, for preparation and analysis utilizing both fire assay and screen metallic methods.

Premier Gold Mines Limited is a well-financed Canadian-based mineral exploration and development company with several active projects and deposits in Northwestern Ontario. In the Red Lake gold mining camp, two projects are operated in joint venture with Red Lake Gold Mines, an affiliate of Goldcorp Inc., and another, adjacent to the Red Lake Gold Mines complex, is operated on a 100% basis. The company also owns a 70% interest in the Hardrock Project, an advanced-stage gold project in the Geraldton area.

The statements made in this Press Release may contain forward-looking statements that may involve a number of risks and uncertainties. Actual events or results could differ materially from the Company's expectations and projections.

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SOURCE Premier Gold Mines Limited

For further information: For further information: Ewan Downie, President & CEO, Phone: (807) 346-1390, Fax: (807) 346-0100, e-mail: Info@premiergoldmines.com, Web Site: www.premiergoldmines.com


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