VANCOUVER, Aug. 7, 2018 /CNW/ - Medgold Resources Corp. (TSX-V: MED) (the "Company" or "Medgold") is pleased to announce that diamond drilling at the Tlamino Gold Project has recommenced for a minimum Phase 2 program of 2,400 m. As well, preparation for 40 line-km of an IP-Resistivity program at the Karamanica Zone has commenced. The exploration and development of the Tlamino Gold Project is being conducted under programs which are fully funded by Fortuna Silver Mines Inc. (NYSE: FSM) (TSX: FVI) ("Fortuna"), and directed by a joint Fortuna-Medgold technical committee pursuant to the terms of the Tlamino Option Agreement announced on May 1, 2017.
Dan James, President of Medgold, said: "We're very pleased to have resumed drilling at Tlamino, following a short break to prepare for a much larger second phase of drilling. We will continue drilling to the west of the previously drilled zones, stepping-out along the main detachment structure, aiming to drill-test an area of 1,400 m by 500 m. We hope to build on our strong results from the Phase 1 program, which confirmed the presence of flat-lying high-grade mineralization, and is extensive over an area of at least 300 m by 200 m. We look forward to reporting initial results from this second phase of drilling in September 2018. We will also be reporting geophysical results, from the under-explored Karamanica Zone, in the Fall."
The Tlamino Gold Project
The Tlamino Gold Project (the "Project") is located in Southern Serbia, close to the borders of both Bulgaria and Macedonia, approximately five hours south of the capital, Belgrade. The Project is comprised of two exploration licences, Donje Tlamino and Surlica-Dukat, each approximately 100 km2. All exploration work at the Project is fully-funded by Fortuna, which has an option to earn up to 70% of the Project by spending US $8 million on exploration over five years and completing a Preliminary Economic Assessment (see Medgold news release of March 7, 2017).
The Barje Zone
The Barje Zone is host to a large outcrop of intense brecciation and mineralization, which was identified and sampled by Medgold in 2017, yielding a best result of 84 m of 5.60 g/t Au and 105 g/t Ag (see Company press release on July 18, 2017), following a period of target generation and desktop studies. An initial phase of diamond drilling at the Barje Zone (734 m from 7 holes) was completed in June 2018. All 7 drill holes intersected significant mineralization with a best intersection of 30 m of 5.45 g/t Au and 11 g/t Ag (see Company press release on July 5, 2018). A summary table of significant intersections from our first phase of drilling is shown in the table below.
Table 1 – Summary of Drill Results from Phase 1
Mineralization has been identified over an area of at least 300 m by 200 m, and demonstrates a close spatial correlation with the IP-chargeability anomaly, which extends at least 700 m further to the west for a total of area of approximately 1,400 m east-west and 500 m north-south.
Gold-silver mineralization at Barje is associated with tectonic brecciation along a large regional detachment fault which is mostly hosted within the hangingwall schists. This brecciation has structurally prepared large volumes of porous and permeable rocks, suitable to host mineralization. Intense hydrothermal breccias, with sulphide mineralization groundmasses and altered schist clasts, typically form at the base of the hangingwall zones in close proximity to the detachment structure. These zones of intense brecciation, associated with sulphide mineralization, typically yield high-grade gold-silver intercepts. Brecciation, fracturing and sulphide mineralization is pervasive across large zones of the hanging wall schists and yields broad intersections of low-grade (>0.5 g/t Au) to moderate-grade (>1 g/t Au) gold plus silver mineralization.
The Karamanica Zone
The Karamanica Zone is part of the Project optioned to Fortuna, and is located approximately 8 km to the west of the Barje Zone. In 2017 Medgold completed a program of detailed mapping and rock sampling, plus a grid-soil sampling program, with samples collected on a 200 m by 50 m grid. Results from the soil sampling program highlight two large gold-in-soil anomalies. The first extends over an area of approximately 1 km by 1 km, and is associated with a regional northwest-trending fault, which offsets felsic volcanic rocks from basement schists and calcareous schists. The second, located approximately 1 km north of the first anomaly, extends over approximately 800 m by 600 m. Mineralization is considered to be associated with disseminated to massive sulphides within the host calcareous schists. The same fault structure, less than 2 km away along strike on an adjacent licence held by a third-party, hosts blind massive carbonate-replacement Pb-Zn-Ag mineralization. A ground-IP geophysical program will commence later this month, covering these gold-in-soil anomalies, for a total proposed program of approximately 40 line-km.
About Medgold Resources Corp.
Medgold is a Serbia-focused, TSX-V listed, project generator company targeting early-stage gold properties in the Oligo-Miocene Belt of Serbia. Run by an experienced management team with a successful track-record of building value in resource companies, Medgold is aiming to become a leading European gold exploration company.
Mr. David Clark, M.Sc., P.Geo., is a Qualified Person as defined by National Instrument 43-101 – Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects. Mr. Clark approved the disclosure of the technical information contained in this news release and has approved its disclosure.
Quality Assurance and Quality Control
Half-core samples are delivered by Medgold personnel directly to the ALS Geochemistry laboratory facilities in Bor, Serbia. The samples are crushed and pulverised using method code PREP-31, are fire assayed for Au using method code Au-ICP21, and are analysed for multi-elements using method code ME-MS61 following a four-acid digestion. Overlimits are analysed using an appropriate method. Medgold routinely inserts multi-element geochemical standards, blanks, and field duplicate samples into the drill core sample stream to monitor laboratory performance.
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