Excellon Drills 2,490 G/T Silver Equivalent Over 2.9 Metres At Platosa
Toronto, Ontario – January 13, 2022 – Excellon Resources Inc. (TSX:EXN; NYSE:EXN; FRA:E4X2) (“Excellon” or the “Company”) is pleased to announce results from underground drilling at the Platosa Mine in Durango, Mexico.
- Follow-up drilling on the 817 Zone below Manto 623 defined a zone of high-grade silver mineralization, with underground diamond drilling results including:
- 2,490 g/t silver equivalent (“AgEq”) over 2.9 metres (1,430 g/t Ag, 12.0% Pb, 21.7% Zn) and 5,089 g/t AgEq over 0.4 metres (4,035 g/t Ag, 25.2% Pb, 11.8% Zn) in EX21UG761;
- 3,905 g/t AgEq over 1.8 metres (2,398 g/t Ag, 14.2% Pb and 33.2% Zn) in EX21UG760;
- 2,124 g/t AgEq over 2.8 metres (1,267 g/t Ag, 7.5% Pb and 19.0% Zn) in EX21UG812;
- 4,939 g/t AgEq over 0.9 metres (4,060 g/t Ag, 29.7% Pb, 3.3% Zn) in EX21UG769;
- 3,158 g/t AgEq over 1.0 metres (2,956 g/t Ag, 6.1% Pb and 1.3% Zn) in EX21UG770;
- Underground drilling continues to test below historically-mined areas for potential vertical zones.
“Drilling at Platosa following up on the 817 Zone has defined vertically-oriented, high-grade mineralization over approximately 30 metres of strike and 30 metres of vertical extent,” stated Jorge Ortega, Vice President Exploration. “The proximity of existing infrastructure should allow access to this zone in the coming months and supplement first and second quarter production. We continue underground drilling to target areas ahead of production, test the extent of mineralization around mine workings and test for vertical zones of mineralization.”
The following table shows highlighted intervals from the current definition and infill program being conducted from underground at Platosa:
- Highlighted intervals include holes intersecting >0.2m and over 500 g/t AgEq from a total of 30 drill holes (1,388 metres).
- From-to intervals are measured from the drill collar. All holes were drilled from underground stations.
- All intervals are reported as core length; true width is estimated to range from 50-90% of core length.
- AgEq in drill results assumes $24.00 Ag, $0.90 Pb, $1.20 Zn and $1,800 Au with 100% metallurgical recovery.
Follow up drilling on the high-grade interval intersected in EX21UG690 (2,860 g/t AgEq over 7.5 metres) has defined a high-grade, vertical zone on approximately 30 metres of vertical extent. The 817 Zone provides additional dry tonnes to the current mine plan, with production expected to commence from the area as early as February 2022.
Drilling from underground continues ahead of production at the NE-1 Manto, and will continue to target areas ahead of production, test the extent of mineralization around mine workings and test for vertical zones of mineralization at the 623, NE-1, Guadalupe Sur, Guadalupe Norte, 4, and 6A/B mantos.
As referenced on January 5, 2022, Excellon continues to assess whether maintaining a consistent production schedule at the Platosa Mine is feasible beyond mid-2022 at achievable dewatering rates and with acceptable capital expenditures.
Technical Information and Quality Control Notes
The drilling results contained in this news release have been prepared in accordance with National Instrument 43-101 Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects ("NI 43-101").
Platosa drill core samples are prepared and assayed by SGS Minerals Services in Durango, Mexico. The lab is accredited to ISO/IEC 17025. Assay turnarounds have been impacted recently by supply and labour shortages related to COVID-19. The Company has a comprehensive QA/QC program, supervised by an independent Qualified Person.
The sampling of, and assay data from, the core sampling and reporting is monitored through a quality assurance and quality control (QAQC) program designed according to best industry practice. Samples from HQ sized drill core are selected by Excellon geologists and cut into halves at the project site. Half of the core is retained at the site for reference purposes. Sample intervals vary from 0.2 to 1.5 metres in length with samples being selected to honour geological contacts. Samples are labeled and packed into sealed plastic bags which are grouped into larger fiber bags for shipping. A formal chain-of-custody procedure is in place for security of samples from project to laboratory.
Samples are shipped to SGS Laboratories in Durango City. Samples then undergo crushing to two millimetres followed by pulverizing to homogenize samples before a 50-gram sub sample is selected for analysis. The samples are then analyzed using fire assay for gold and silver with a gravimetric finish and multi-element analysis performed by ICP analysis for base metals and multi-element data.
Mr. Jorge Ortega, P. Geo., Vice President Exploration, has acted as the Qualified Person, as defined in NI 43-101, with respect to the disclosure of the scientific and technical information contained in this press release.
Excellon’s vision is to create wealth by realizing strategic opportunities through discipline and innovation for the benefit of our employees, communities and shareholders. The Company is advancing a precious metals growth pipeline that includes: Platosa, a high-grade silver mine producing in Mexico since 2005; Kilgore, an advanced gold exploration project in Idaho with strong economics and significant growth and discovery potential; and an option on Silver City, a high-grade epithermal silver district in Saxony, Germany with 750 years of mining history and no modern exploration. The Company also aims to continue capitalizing on current market conditions by acquiring undervalued projects.
Additional details on Excellon’s properties are available at www.excellonresources.com.
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