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News Release

Excellon announces additional drill results on Beschefer Project, Quebec including 13.07 gpt Au over 8.75 metres

 Toronto, Ontario – April 17, 2012 – Excellon Resources Inc. (TSX:EXN) ("Excellon" or "the Company") Mexico’s highest grade silver producer, is pleased to report additional drill results from its recently-completed 2012 winter drill campaign on its wholly-owned “Beschefer” Project, located in northwestern Quebec.

Highlights of recently received results include the interception of 13.07 grams per tonne (gpt) Au over 8.75 metres (m) including 58.5 gpt Au over 1.50 m in drill hole BE12-014.

Drill Program:
The Company’s 2012 winter diamond drilling campaign on the Company’s Beschefer Project conducted between January and end-March completed a total of 8,867 metres in 33 drill holes, focused on expansion of the previously discovered “B-14 Zone,” as well as other exploration targets on the property. The Beschefer Project is located 12 km east of the past-producing Selbaie Mine and 60 km northeast of the Casa Berardi Mine within predominantly intermediate to felsic volcanic rocks of the Harricana-Turgeon volcanic belt of the Brouillan volcanic complex. Previous drilling results within the B-14 Zone included the interception of 3.80 gpt Au over 4.35 m including 13.85 gpt Au over 0.30 m in hole BE11-001 and 12.4 gpt Au over 3.78 m in hole BE11-
003 including 63.5 gpt Au over 0.43 m, returned in the Company’s 2011 drilling campaign.

All significant assay results for the Company’s 2012 drill program (including those previously disclosed) are summarized in the following table:

2012 Drill Program Results Summary:

DDH No. From To Au (gpt) Intercept Length (m)
BE12-001         No significant intercepts
BE12-002   256.00 263.50 2.48 7.50
BE12-003   383.5 386.54 2.93 3.04
BE12-004 a) 278.65 279.00 3.94 0.385
  b) 287.60 289.50 2.72 1.90
  c) 292.50 295.50 1.94 3.00
BE12-005         Results incomplete
BE12-006 a) 114.95 122.75 4.54 7.80
  including: 118.50 119.85 9.16 1.35
  and, 122.45 122.75 27.30 0.30
  b) 127.70 128.70 5.42 1.00
  c) 132.00 132.62 1.79 0.62
  d) 135.78 136.25 2.62 0.47
BE12-007 a) 110.11 112.50 2.51 2.39
  b) 124.50 126.00 1.55 1.50
BE12-008         No significant intercepts
BE12-009         No significant intercepts
BE12-010         No significant intercepts
BE12-011 a) 222.00 223.50 1.17 1.50
  b) 226.50 229.50 1.83 3.00
  c) 234.00 235.50 1.43 1.50
  d) 250.50 253.50 1.30 3.00
  e) 269.08 271.50 2.46 2.42
BE12-012         No significant intercepts
BE12-013   144.35 145.85 1.40 1.50
BE12-014   220.75 229.50 13.07 8.75
  including: 228.00 229.50 58.5 1.50
BE12-015         No significant intercepts
BE12-016 a) 101.75 104.75 1.54 3.00
  b) 111.00 114.00 2.38 3.00
  c) 117.90 118.53 1.16 0.3.6
  d) 120.00 124.73 1.23 4.73
BE12-017 a) 92.85 94.95 1.80 2.10
  b) 97.13 98.24 2.05 1.14
  c) 102.20 104.87 2.17 2.67
BE12-018 a) 99.00 102.00 1.22 3.00
  b) 1412.50 123.00 1.58 10.50
BE12-019 a) 91.50 96.00 2.46 4.50
  b) 108.00 120.00 1.60 12.00
BE12-020         No significant intercepts
BE12-021 a) 90.00 93.00 1.53 3.00
  b) 96.00 97.50 1.38 1.50
BE12-022         No significant intercepts
BE12-023         No significant intercepts
BE12-024         No significant intercepts
BE12-025 a) 141.39 142.80 1.24 1.41
  b) 189.24 189.54 1.32 0.30
  c) 222.75 224.25 1.69 1.50
Note: Gold grades are uncut; Intercept lengths may not be representative of true thicknesses.

It is noted that the above reported results are preliminary in nature as they are subject to check analysis, which have not been finalized at the time of this release. Any material change to the above reported results will be released when finalized.

Gold mineralization was discovered in the B-14 Zone in 1995 by Billiton Canada Inc. and since that time and prior to the Company’s involvement, has seen limited exploration. Gold mineralization in the B-14 Zone is typical of other shear zone hosted mesothermal gold deposits in that it is hosted within mylonite, highly sheared and altered rock, which also contains increased 
quartz veining and pyrite. The above geological and analytical results continue to be consistent with those previously encountered for the B-14 Zone with the zone persisting as a moderately dipping shear zone marked by increased sericite and carbonate alteration, quartz veining, and pyrite hosted by mylonite.

Heather Miree, Vice President, Exploration, Canada comments; “Excellon’s recently completed 2012 winter drill campaign continues to show the potential of the B-14 Zone to host aneconomically-exploitable gold deposit. We look forward to completion of drill core assaying on the project and will assess this potential once all assay results are received.”

Drilling, Assaying and QA/QC
The Company’s exploration programs are subject to QA/QC and security programs, which conform to industry standard best practices and are in compliance with NI 43-101.

The winter 2012 diamond drill program on the Beschefer Project was conducted by N.P.L.H. Drilling of Timmins, Ontario. Analytical work is being performed by ALS Chemex Ltd., an ISO 9001-200 registered laboratory with internal QA/QC procedures. Excellon utilizes, as part of its QA/QC program, the insertion of standard reference materials and blank samples representing approximately 5% of the total sample population. Drill core is sampled according to standardized technical procedures, which include the core being sawn in half and half of the core being retained, while the other half is sampled for gold analysis via Fire Assay – Atomic Absorption Spectroscopy finish using a 50 gram assay aliquot. Intervals where visible gold has been identified are analyzed via gravimetric or screened metallic procedures. Samples are securely packed for shipment utilizing security seals noted on Chain of Custody documents, which are confirmed as intact upon receipt at ALS’s sample receiving facility.

Qualified Person
Excellon’s Canadian exploration programs are conducted under the supervision of its Vice President of Exploration for Canada, Ms. Heather Miree, P. Geo. Ms. Miree is a Qualified Person as defined by NI43-101, and has prepared or supervised the preparation of the scientific or technical information in this press release and has verified the data contained herein.

Ms. Miree is an economic geologist with over 25 years of experience in the mineral industry. Ms. Miree has held senior geological and supervisory roles with several junior and mid-sized mining companies, in the areas of exploration and operations. Ms. Miree is not independent of Excellon as she is an officer of the Company.

About Excellon
Excellon, a mineral resource company operating in Durango and Zacatecas States, Mexico, and Ontario and Quebec, Canada, is committed to building value through production, expansion and discovery. Excellon is Mexico’s highest-grade silver producer; it produces silver, lead and zinc from the high-grade manto Mineral Resource on its large, 100% owned Platosa Property, strategically located in the middle of the Mexican CRD/silver belt. Excellon's focus is on expanding its operating capacity and increasing its Mineral Resources at Platosa where an exploration program focused on diamond drilling and advanced geophysical techniques is ongoing. The Platosa Property, not fully explored, has several geological indicators of a large mineralized system. The Miguel Auza Mill Operation in Zacatecas also has 41,000 hectares of underexplored land. Excellon also has ongoing gold exploration programs on the DeSantis Project, located near Timmins, Ontario and the Beschefer Project, located in northwestern Quebec. Both these projects host gold mineralization and significant potential for the discovery of more. Excellon will continue to use cash from operations to fund its ongoing exploration activities.

On behalf of

"Jeremy Wyeth”
President and Chief Executive Officer

The Toronto Stock Exchange has not reviewed and does not accept responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of the content of this Press Release, which has been prepared by management. This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act and Section 27E of the Exchange Act. Such statements include, without limitation, statements regarding the future results of operations, performance and achievements of the Company, including potential property acquisitions, the timing, content, cost and results of proposed work programs, the discovery and delineation of mineral deposits/resources/reserves, geological interpretations, proposed production rates, potential mineral recovery processes and rates, business and financing plans, business trends and future operating revenues. Although the Company believes that such statements are reasonable, it can give no assurance that such expectations will prove to be correct. Forward-looking statements are typically identified by words such as: believe, expect, anticipate, intend, estimate, postulate and similar expressions, or are those, which, by their nature, refer to future events. The Company cautions investors that any forward-looking statements by the Company are notguarantees of future results or performance, and that actual results may differ materially from those in forward looking statements as a result of various factors, including, but not limited to, variations in the nature, quality and quantity of any mineral deposits that may be located, significant downward variations in the market price of any minerals produced [particularly silver], the Company's inability to obtain any necessary permits, consents or authorizations required for its activities, to produce minerals from its properties successfully or profitably, to continue its projected growth, to raise the necessary capital or to be fully able to implement its business strategies. All of the Company's public disclosure filings may be accessed via and readers are urged to review these materials, including the technical reports filed with respect to the Company's mineral properties, and particularly the November 22, 2011 NI 43-101-compliant technical report prepared by Roscoe Postle Associates Inc. with respect to the Platosa Property. This press release is not, and is not to be construed in any way as, an offer to buy or sell securities in the United States.

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