Liberty Gold Extends Oxide Gold Mineralization in Three Locations at Black Pine Deposit, Idaho

VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Nov. 15, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Liberty Gold Corp. (TSX:LGD; OTCQX: LGDTF) (“Liberty Gold” or the “Company”) is pleased to report further Reverse Circulation (“RC”) drill results from the Rangefront, CD and E zones at its Black Pine oxide gold project in southeastern Idaho. The results are part of a 65,000 metre (“m”) 2022 drill program at Black Pine to upgrade and expand the current Mineral Resource Estimate (“MRE”) and discover new oxide gold mineralization. The drill results in this release confirm resource growth along the north and west side of the Rangefront Zone and along the western margin of the main Black Pine gold system in the E and CD Zones. Importantly, the system remains open laterally in all these zones for which pending assays and more drilling will better inform the extent of the mineralization.

The resource expansion drilling announced today has:

  • Successfully extended high-grade oxide gold mineralization in the Rangefront Zone along the northern and western edges of the zone, including:
    • Step-Out of 1.11 grams per tonne gold (“g/t Au”) over 68.6 m including 1.65 g/t Au over 16.8 m in LBP726
    • 0.59 g/t Au over 38.1 metres and 0.65 g/t Au over 70.1 m in LBP722 that will contribute to the Rangefront Zone expansion
  • Encountered shallow oxide gold mineralization along the western edge of the E Zone extending down-dip to the west of the current MRE, including:
    • 0.55 g/t Au over 48.8 m in LBP677
    • 0.36 g/t Au over 97.5 m in LBP680
  • Delineated gold mineralization along the southwest edge of the CD Zone within and immediately southwest of the current resource pit, including:
    • 0.42 g/t Au over 42.7 m and 0.42 g/t Au over 21.3 m in LBP622

Three RC drills are currently turning on the property and drilling will continue, weather permitting, through the winter. The Black Pine resource model will be updated progressively over the next months as assays become available and work remains on track for a new resource estimate release in the first quarter 2023.

Jason Attew, President and CEO of Liberty Gold commented, “While we are advancing the Black Pine project toward development through acquisition of land, water and mineral rights, and metallurgical and infrastructure studies, the project is still very much an exploration story. This is evident from our active exploration drill programs, which continue to identify high-grade oxide and expand gold mineralization along the margins of the Black Pine gold system. We look forward to further exploration drilling over the coming year on several blue-sky targets and expect to build gold ounces onto the updated and expanded MRE.

For a map and cross sections showing locations of drill holes in this release, click here:
https://libertygold.ca/images/news/2022/November/BlackPine11152022CDERMapSections.pdf

For a table showing complete drill results for all Liberty Gold drilling to date at Black Pine, click here:
https://libertygold.ca/images/news/2022/November/Blackpine11152022AllDrillResults.pdf

RANGEFRONT ZONE EXPANSION

A significant discovery in the Rangefront Zone was announced on September 1, 2021, subsequent to the release of the maiden Black Pine MRE. It is characterized by the presence of multiple, stacked horizons of oxide gold mineralization, which commonly exceed 100 m in true thickness. The Rangefront Zone was extensively drilled during the winter months into 2022, defining a zone of gold mineralization extending over an approximately 1 square kilometre (“km2”) area (see press release dated February 23, 2022). Drilling at Rangefront resumed during the summer months in 2022, targeting further expansion of the zone to the north and west. Oxide gold mineralization was successfully extended northward along the 1 km-long northern edge of the deposit. In addition, two holes drilled along the western margin of the zone encountered oxide gold mineralization that is higher-grade than modeled and open to the west.

Follow-up drilling is proceeding in both areas, as well as additional resource upgrade drilling across the Rangefront, with the objective of achieving a drill density sufficient to be classified as indicated resource in the upcoming resource estimate.

RANGEFRONT ZONE HIGHLIGHT TABLE*

                     
  Hole ID (Az, Dip) (degrees) From (m) To (m) Intercept (m) Au (g/t) Au Cut-Off Hole Length (m) Target Comments  
                     
  LBP685 (300, -75) 73.2 93.0 19.8 0.23 0.15 190.5 Rangefront North Step-Out  
  including 80.8 93.0 12.2 0.26 0.20  
  and 105.2 126.5 21.3 0.34 0.15  
  including 106.7 126.5 19.8 0.35 0.20  
                     
  LBP687 (340, -45) 76.2 94.5 18.3 0.29 0.15 221.0 Rangefront North Step-Out  
  including 82.3 94.5 12.2 0.36 0.20  
  and 120.4 134.1 13.7 0.47 0.15  
  including 120.4 131.1 10.7 0.55 0.20  
  and including 121.9 123.4 1.5 1.07 1.00  
                     
  LBP690 (30, -45) 82.3 115.8 33.5 0.30 0.15 245.4 Rangefront North Step-Out  
  including 106.7 112.8 6.1 0.48 0.20  
  and 121.9 137.2 15.2 0.28 0.15  
  and 163.1 169.2 6.1 0.57 0.20  
  and 187.5 199.6 12.2 0.25 0.15  
                     
  LBP692 (270, -58) 79.2 99.1 19.8 0.27 0.15 243.8 Rangefront North Step-Out  
  including 85.3 99.1 13.7 0.31 0.20  
  and 141.7 161.5 19.8 1.67 0.15  
  including 143.3 161.5 18.3 1.79 0.20  
  and including 150.9 157.0 6.1 4.71 1.00  
  and including 152.4 155.4 3.0 7.28 5.00  
                     
  LBP694 (315, -45) 131.1 143.3 12.2 0.59 0.20 243.8 Rangefront North Step-Out  
  and 160.0 169.2 9.1 0.47  
  and 185.9 193.5 7.6 0.37 0.15  
                     
  LBP696 (40, -45) 121.9 149.4 27.4 0.43 0.15 263.7 Rangefront North Step-Out  
  including 121.9 132.6 10.7 0.62 0.20  
  and including 123.4 126.5 3.0 1.08 1.00  
  including 138.7 147.8 9.1 0.45 0.20  
                     
  LBP698 (40, -45) 178.3 185.9 7.6 0.48 0.20 336.8 Rangefront North Step-Out  
  and 201.2 221.0 19.8 0.25 0.15  
  and 225.6 257.6 32.0 0.21 0.15  
  including 233.2 246.9 13.7 0.27 0.20  
  and 259.1 272.8 13.7 0.30 0.15  
  including 260.6 272.8 12.2 0.32 0.20  
  and 280.4 300.2 19.8 0.25 0.15  
                     
  LBP704 (310, -60) 41.1 56.4 15.2 0.21 0.15 239.3 Rangefront North Step-Out  
  and 126.5 144.8 18.3 0.42 0.20  
  and 157.0 160.0 3.0 0.69  
  and 182.9 201.2 18.3 0.34 0.15  
                     
  LBP726 (280, -70) 195.1 263.7 68.6 1.11 0.20 361.2 Rangefront West Step-Out Reduced cyanide solubility below 303 m  
  including 198.1 214.9 16.8 1.65 1.00  
  including 217.9 231.6 13.7 1.29  
  including 236.2 253.0 16.8 1.29  
  and 303.3 312.4 9.1 3.16 0.20  
  including 304.8 312.4 7.6 3.71 1.00  
  and including 304.8 306.3 1.5 7.07 5.00  
  LBP722 (340, -67) 208.8 246.9 38.1 0.59 0.15 422.1 Rangefront West Resource Expansion reduced cyanide solubility below 403 m  
  including 222.5 246.9 24.4 0.82 0.20  
  and including 236.2 245.4 9.1 1.64 1.00  
  and 257.6 327.7 70.1 0.65 0.20  
  including 263.7 269.7 6.1 1.01 1.00  
  including 272.8 281.9 9.1 1.60  
  and 342.9 356.6 13.7 0.33 0.15  
  and 403.9 422.1 18.3 2.09 0.15  
  including 414.5 422.1 7.6 4.73 1.00  
  and including 419.1 422.2 3.0 8.18 5.00  
                     

*Please refer to the full table at the link above for complete results. Results are reported as drilled thicknesses, with true thicknesses approximately 50% to 90% of drilled thickness. Gold grades are uncapped. Au (g/t) = grams per tonne of gold. The base of the zone is situated at the lowest structural level of the deposit, such that carbonaceous material is frequently encountered at the base of the oxide zone, leading to reduced cyanide solubility at depth.

E ZONE EXPANSION DRILLING

Gently east-dipping gold mineralization that characterizes most of the Black Pine Gold system rolls over at the crest of the Black Pine range in the vicinity of the E Zone and dips westward. Drill holes targeting this westward-dipping portion of the E Zone successfully encountered near-surface oxide gold mineralization over significant widths, expanding the zone westward over 150 m down-slope to the west.   Extensive gold-in-soil anomalies in the area suggest the presence of a broader zone of mineralization than currently drill tested, with more drilling planned in the future.   

E ZONE HIGHLIGHT TABLE*

                     
  Hole ID (Az, Dip) (degrees) From (m) To (m) Intercept (m) Au (g/t) Au Cut-Off Hole Length (m) Target Comments  
                     
  LBP677 (310, -45) 38.1 51.8 13.7 0.32 0.15 239.3 E Zone Resource Expansion  
  and 68.6 117.3 48.8 0.55  
  including 73.2 106.7 33.5 0.69 0.20  
  and including 74.7 77.7 3.0 4.42 1.00  
  and including 76.2 77.7 1.5 6.99 5.00  
  and 123.4 167.6 44.2 0.26 0.15  
  including 147.8 166.1 18.3 0.38 0.20  
                     
  LBP678 (130, -45) 237.7 269.7 32.0 0.42 0.15 269.7 E Zone Resource Upgrade  
  including 266.7 269.7 3.0 1.27 0.20  
                     
  LBP680 (270, -45) 39.6 137.2 97.5 0.36 0.15 202.7 E Zone Resource Expansion  
  including 39.6 109.7 70.1 0.38 0.20  
                     
  LBP682 (90, -60) 38.1 85.3 47.2 0.33 0.20 208.8 E Zone Resource Upgrade  
                     
  LBP683 (90, -90) 42.7 83.8 41.1 0.36 0.15 281.9 E Zone Resource Expansion  
                     

*Please refer to the full table at the link above for complete results. Results are reported as drilled thicknesses, with true thicknesses approximately 50% to 90% of drilled thickness. Gold grades are uncapped. Au (g/t) = grams per tonne of gold.

CD ZONE EXPANSION DRILLING

Additional drilling was carried out along the southwest edge of the CD zone, encountering multiple stacked zones of oxide gold extending mineralization from the current resource, both within and along the margins of the CD Zone current resource pit. Mineralization in this area is open for expansion in all directions both parallel and perpendicular to the current resource pit margin. Additional drilling is planned for mid-2023.

CD ZONE HIGHLIGHT TABLE*

                     
  Hole ID (Az, Dip) (degrees) From (m) To (m) Intercept (m) Au (g/t) Au Cut-Off Hole Length (m) Target Comments  
                     
  LBP619 (15, -90) 41.1 68.6 27.4 0.47 0.15 152.4 CD Pit SE Resource Upgrade  
  including 41.1 44.2 3.0 1.06 0.20  
  including 50.3 68.6 18.3 0.49  
  and including 54.9 56.4 1.5 1.27 1.00  
                     
  LBP621 (15, -50) 47.2 96.0 48.8 0.37 0.20 141.7 CD Pit SE Resource Upgrade  
                     
  LBP622 (100, -50) 27.4 39.6 12.2 0.22 0.15 318.5 CD Extension Step-Out  
  and 137.2 141.7 4.6 0.48 0.20  
  and 149.4 192.0 42.7 0.42 0.15  
  including 150.9 172.2 21.3 0.50 0.20  
  and including 157.0 160.0 3.0 1.42 1.00  
  and 231.6 253.0 21.3 0.42 0.15  
  including 240.8 253.0 12.2 0.60 0.20  
  and including 240.8 243.8 3.0 1.15 1.00  
                     
  LBP627 (130, -48) 0.0 6.1 6.1 0.22 0.15 233.2 CD Extension Step-out  
  and 12.2 21.3 9.1 0.29  
  and 32.0 42.7 10.7 0.28  
  and 48.8 56.4 7.6 0.33  
  including 51.8 56.4 4.6 0.43 0.20  
  and 185.9 224.0 38.1 0.38 0.15  
  including 185.9 202.7 16.8 0.52 0.20  
  and including 187.5 189.0 1.5 1.11 1.00  
  including 208.8 222.5 13.7 0.35 0.20  
                     
  LBP630 (30, -55) 9.1 15.2 6.1 0.29 0.15 330.7 CD Extension Step-Out  
  including 10.7 13.7 3.0 0.40 0.20  
  and 25.9 35.1 9.1 0.23 0.15  
  and 80.8 93.0 12.2 0.26  
  including 82.3 93.0 10.7 0.27 0.20  
  and 157.0 169.2 12.2 0.18 0.15  
  and 181.4 184.4 3.0 0.42 0.20  
  and 205.7 211.8 6.1 0.26 0.15  
  including 208.8 211.8 3.0 0.35 0.20  
  and 234.7 268.2 33.5 0.35 0.15  
  including 236.2 266.7 30.5 0.37 0.20  
                     
  LBP633 (60, -58) 9.1 18.3 9.1 0.29 0.15 336.8 CD Extension Step-out  
  including 12.2 18.3 6.1 0.35 0.20  
  and 24.4 42.7 18.3 0.21 0.15  
  and 93.0 99.1 6.1 0.42 0.20  
  and 117.3 137.2 19.8 0.51  
  including 123.4 125.0 1.5 1.20 1.00  
  and 178.3 214.9 36.6 0.38 0.15  
  including 178.3 185.9 7.6 0.43 0.20  
  including 198.1 214.9 16.8 0.52  
  and including 208.8 210.3 1.5 1.25 1.00  
                     
  LBP636 (90, -60) 10.7 15.2 4.6 0.60 0.20 330.7 CD Extension Step-out  
  and 196.6 208.8 12.2 0.45 0.20  
  and 233.2 256.0 22.9 0.28 0.15  
  including 234.7 245.4 10.7 0.35 0.20  
                     

*Please refer to the full table at the link above for complete results. Results are reported as drilled thicknesses, with true thicknesses approximately 50% to 90% of drilled thickness. Gold grades are uncapped. Au (g/t) = grams per tonne of gold.

QUALIFIED PERSON

Moira Smith, Ph.D., P.Geo., Vice-President Exploration and Geoscience, Liberty Gold, is the Company’s designated Qualified Person for this news release within the meaning of National Instrument 43-101 Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects (“NI 43-101”) and has reviewed and validated that the information contained in the release is accurate.

ABOUT LIBERTY GOLD

Liberty Gold is focused on exploring for and developing open pit oxide deposits in the Great Basin of the United States, home to large-scale gold projects that are ideal for open-pit mining. This region is one of the most prolific gold-producing regions in the world and stretches across Nevada and into Idaho and Utah. We know the Great Basin and are driven to discover and advance big gold deposits that can be mined profitably in open- pit scenarios. Our flagship projects are Black Pine in Idaho and Goldstrike in Utah, both past- producing open-pit mines, where previous operators only scratched the surface.

For more information, visit libertygold.ca or contact:

Susie Bell, Manager, Investor Relations
Phone: 604-632-4677 or Toll Free 1-877-632-4677
[email protected]

QUALITY ASSURANCE – QUALITY CONTROL

Drill composites were calculated using a cut-off of 0.10 g/t Au. Drill intersections are reported as drilled thicknesses. True widths of the mineralized intervals vary between 30% and 100% of the reported lengths due to varying drill hole orientations but are typically in the range of 50% to 90% of true width. Drill samples were assayed by ALS Limited in Reno, Nevada for gold by Fire Assay of a 30 gram (1 assay ton) charge with an AA finish, or if over 5.0 g/t were re-assayed and completed with a gravimetric finish. For these samples, the gravimetric data were utilized in calculating gold intersections. For any samples assaying over 0.10 ppm an additional cyanide leach analysis is done where the sample is treated with a 0.25% NaCN solution and rolled for an hour. An aliquot of the final leach solution is then centrifuged and analyzed by Atomic Absorption Spectroscopy. QA/QC for all drill samples consists of the insertion and continual monitoring of numerous standards and blanks into the sample stream, and the collection of duplicate samples at random intervals within each batch. Selected holes are also analyzed for a 51 multi-element geochemical suite by ICP-MS. ALS Geochemistry-Reno is ISO 17025:2005 Accredited, with the Elko and Twin Falls prep lab listed on the scope of accreditation.

All statements in this press release, other than statements of historical fact, are “forward-looking information” with respect to Liberty Gold within the meaning of applicable securities laws, including statements that address potential quantity and/or grade of minerals. Forward-looking information is often, but not always, identified by the use of words such as “seek”, “anticipate”, “plan”, “continue”, “planned”, “expect”, “project”, “predict”, “potential”, “targeting”, “intends”, “believe”, “potential”, and similar expressions, or describes a “goal”, or variation of such words and phrases or state that certain actions, events or results “may”, “should”, “could”, “would”, “might” or “will” be taken, occur or be achieved. Forward-looking information is not a guarantee of future performance and is based upon a number of estimates and assumptions of management at the date the statements are made including, among others, assumptions about future prices of gold, and other metal prices, currency exchange rates and interest rates, favourable operating conditions, political stability, obtaining governmental approvals and financing on time, obtaining renewals for existing licenses and permits and obtaining required licenses and permits, labour stability, stability in market conditions, availability of equipment, timing of assay results, scalability of metallurgical results, results and accuracy of mineral resources, the availability of drill rigs, successful resolution of disputes and anticipated costs and expenditures. Many assumptions are based on factors and events that are not within the control of Liberty Gold and there is no assurance they will prove to be correct.

Such forward-looking information, involves known and unknown risks, which may cause the actual results to be materially different from any future results expressed or implied by such forward-looking information, including, risks related to the interpretation of results and/or the reliance on technical information provided by third parties as related to the Company’s mineral property interests; changes in project parameters as plans continue to be refined; current economic conditions; future prices of commodities; possible variations in grade or recovery rates; the costs and timing of the development of new deposits; failure of equipment or processes to operate as anticipated; the failure of contracted parties to perform; the timing and success of exploration activities generally; timing of any preliminary economic assessments or feasibility assessments; scalability of metallurgical results, delays in permitting; possible claims against the Company; labour disputes and other risks of the mining industry; delays in obtaining governmental approvals, financing or in the completion of exploration as well as those factors discussed in the Annual Information Form of the Company dated March 25, 2022 in the section entitled “Risk Factors”, under Liberty Gold’s SEDAR profile at www.sedar.com.

Although Liberty Gold has attempted to identify important factors that could cause actual actions, events or results to differ materially from those described in forward-looking information, there may be other factors that cause actions, events or results not to be as anticipated, estimated or intended. There can be no assurance that such information will prove to be accurate as actual results and future events could differ materially from those anticipated in such statements. Liberty Gold disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking information, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

 

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