Drill intercepts continue to expand the mineralization along the Main Mineralized Zone (MMZ) which remains open laterally and to depth. Intercepts are up to 100 metres beyond the boundary of current stope designs and reserves estimates. Most notable are the multiple high grade intercepts to the east and depth including;
- SE-13-144; 9.2 metres grading 4.83 gpt Au and 171.4 gpt Ag including 0.8 metres grading 30.20 gpt Au and 638.0 gpt Ag
- SE-13-152; 15.0 metres grading 4.03 gpt Au and 243.2 gpt Ag including 2.0 metres grading 17.5 gpt Au and 664.0 gpt Ag
- SE-13-160; 13.3 metres grading 3.52 gpt Au and 136.2 gpt Ag including 4.1 metres grading 6.46 gpt Au and 133.6 gpt Ag
- SE-13-166; 11.7 metres grading 3.97 gpt Au and 189.5 gpt Ag including 5.0 metres grading 8.10 gpt Au and 334.4 gpt Ag
- SE-13-175; 8.8 metres grading 1.91 gpt Au and 70.6 gpt Ag including 2.0 metres grading 6.70 gpt Au and 226.1 gpt Ag
The new Tortuga Zone is a northwest trending vein, breccia and stockwork zone outcropping on the surface and in the pit (see attached Figure). This zone is similar in mineralogy to the Main Mineralized Zone which is currently being successfully mined. This discovery has been drilled within an estimated area of 200 metres long by 300 metres high with an average thickness of approximately 3 metres. Numerous mineralized veins parallel or sub-parallel to the discovery were also intersected in drilling and are under review as potential additional targets. Tortuga is exposed in the north wall of the pit making this discovery easily accessible from the open pit and planned underground development of the adjacent MMZ. Further work is planned at Tortuga for resources estimation and subsequent potential conversion to reserves.
Mineralized intervals reported range from 0.5 metres to 16.0 metres further supporting the proposed underground bulk mining approach at Santa Elena. All mineralized drill intercepts reported are near true thicknesses. The most significant assay results in this series of drill holes are shown in the following tables (all numbers are rounded);
TORTUGA (NEW DISCOVERY)
MAIN MINERALIZED ZONE (MMZ)
EL CHOLUGO DOS
All sample analyses were completed by ALS Chemex in Hermosillo, Mexico and North Vancouver, BC or the Santa Elena internal lab with checks at ALS Chemex.
Of the 47 holes being reported above only three holes, SE-12-100, 101 and 183, intercepted no significant assay results. Holes SE-12-97, 98 and 99 were previously announced only as general mineralized intercepts with results stated above. Holes SE-12-100 and 101 were not previous announced with their locations off trend and north of the deposit.
Approximately 58,493 metres of drilling were completed in the delineation program to convert underground resources to reserves, expand total resources and test further potential outside the results of the Pre-Feasibiity Study. One drill is currently on site completing an underground program (planned 1,500 metres) for detailed design of first production stopes anticipated to be mined in late 2014.
The Qualified Person under National Instrument (NI 43-101) Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects for this News Release is N. Eric Fier, CPG, P.Eng, President and Chief Operating Officer for SilverCrest Mines Inc., who has reviewed and approved its contents.
SilverCrest Mines Inc. (TSX VENTURE:SVL)(NYSE MKT:SVLC) is a Canadian precious metals producer headquartered in Vancouver, BC. SilverCrest's flagship property is the 100%-owned Santa Elena Mine, located 150 km northeast of Hermosillo, near Banamichi in the State of Sonora, México. The mine is a high-grade, epithermal silver and gold producer, with an estimated life of mine cash cost of US$8 per ounce of silver equivalent (55:1 Ag: Au). SilverCrest anticipates that the 2,500 tonnes per day open pit heap leach facility at the Santa Elena mine should recover approximately 625,000 ounces of silver and 33,000 ounces of gold in 2013. Major expansion and construction of a 3000 tonnes per day conventional mill facility is underway to significantly increase metals production at the Santa Elena Mine (open pit and underground) by 2014. Exploration programs continue to make new discoveries at Santa Elena and also have rapidly advanced the definition of a large polymetallic deposit at the La Joya property in Durango State with stated resources nearing 200 million ounces of Ag equivalent.
This news release contains "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of Canadian securities legislation and the United States Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such forward-looking statements concern the Company's anticipated results and developments in the Company's operations in future periods, planned exploration and development of its properties, plans related to its business and other matters that may occur in the future. These statements relate to analyses and other information that are based on expectations of future performance, including silver and gold production and planned work programs. Statements concerning reserves and mineral resource estimates may also constitute forward-looking statements to the extent that they involve estimates of the mineralization that will be encountered if the property is developed and, in the case of mineral reserves, such statements reflect the conclusion based on certain assumptions that the mineral deposit can be economically exploited.
Forward-looking statements are subject to a variety of known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors which could cause actual events or results to differ from those expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements, including, without limitation: risks related to precious and base metal price fluctuations; risks related to fluctuations in the currency markets (particularly the Mexican peso, Canadian dollar and United States dollar); risks related to the inherently dangerous activity of mining, including conditions or events beyond our control, and operating or technical difficulties in mineral exploration, development and mining activities; uncertainty in the Company's ability to raise financing and fund the exploration and development of its mineral properties; uncertainty as to actual capital costs, operating costs, production and economic returns, and uncertainty that development activities will result in profitable mining operations; risks related to reserves and mineral resource figures being estimates based on interpretations and assumptions which may result in less mineral production under actual conditions than is currently estimated and to diminishing quantities or grades of mineral reserves as properties are mined; risks related to governmental regulations and obtaining necessary licenses and permits; risks related to the business being subject to environmental laws and regulations which may increase costs of doing business and restrict our operations; risks related to mineral properties being subject to prior unregistered agreements, transfers, or claims and other defects in title; risks relating to inadequate insurance or inability to obtain insurance; risks related to potential litigation; risks related to the global economy; risks related to the Company's status as a foreign private issuer in the United States; risks related to all of the Company's properties being located in Mexico and El Salvador, including political, economic, social and regulatory instability; and risks related to officers and directors becoming associated with other natural resource companies which may give rise to conflicts of interests. Should one or more of these risks and uncertainties materialize, or should underlying assumptions prove incorrect, actual results may vary materially from those described in the forward-looking statements. The Company's forward-looking statements are based on beliefs, expectations and opinions of management on the date the statements are made. For the reasons set forth above, investors should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements.
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N. Eric Fier
N. Eric Fier, President and COO
SILVERCREST MINES INC.
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