Vancouver, British Columbia – October 14th, 2015 – Auryn Resources Inc. (TSX.V:AUG, OTCQX: GGTCF) (“Auryn” or the “Company”) is pleased to announce drill results from its pilot RAB (Rotary Air Blast) drill program from the Southwest region of the Committee Bay Gold Project. The drill program focused on the previously drilled West Plains structure and other targets within the area (see figure 1).
Highlights from the West Plains target include 16.76m of 10.36g/t Au (including 12.19m of 13.89g/t Au) and 28.96m of 1.41g/t Au (15WPPR001) and 27.43m @ 2.97g/t Au (including 10.67m of 5.45g/t Au) (15WPPR027).
- Drill hole 15WPPR001 was designed as an infill hole offsetting previously reported historical diamond drill result of 8.73m of 14.76g/t Au and 8m of 13.14g/t Au (see North Country Gold NR ” Aug 8, 2006).
- Drill hole 15WPPR027 was designed as a 50m step out hole to the southwest of the known high grade to establish the orientation of high-grade mineralization at the West Plains target. The resultant intercept of 27.43m of 2.97g/t Au (including 10.67m of 5.45g/t Au) demonstrates that the high-grade mineralization has a sub-vertical plunge and is open at depth (figure 2).
- The RAB drilling results compared favorably to the diamond drill results with no significant variations on grade or length of intercept.
Additional drill results from the West Plains structure include 24.38m of 0.64g/t Au (15WPPR015), 10.67m @ 1.26g/t Au (15WPPR023), and 7.62m of 0.51g/t Au (15WPPR020). Collectively these results show that the West Plains shear zone is gold bearing over 1.8 km of its 6 km total strike length as imaged in the 2015 Inversed Polarization (IP) survey (figure 1). The West Plains shear zone is considered to be underexplored and highly prospective as a host for additional gold mineralization with only 6 holes drilled away from the defined mineralization.
Table 1: Significant new intercepts from West Plains drilling:
The Company is currently waiting on results from its till program which, in conjunction with several preliminary exploration studies undertaken this summer, will be used as the primary geochemical vector for defining targets for the 2016 drill campaign.
Auryn President and CEO, Shawn Wallace, commented “The initial drill program successfully established the geometry of the high grade mineralization at West Plains, discovered additional gold mineralization to the north demonstrating the excellent prospectivity of the 10 km plus extension of the West Plains shear zone and, most importantly, demonstrated the ability to drill at a much more efficient cost in Nunavut. We are excited about the effectiveness of the RAB rig as the primary exploration tool in the Arctic as we undertake more aggressive exploration programs in 2016.”
Auryn is a junior mining exploration company focused on delivering shareholder value through project acquisition and development. The Company’s management team is highly experienced with an impressive track record of success in the discovery, development, financing and monetizing of mining assets for shareholders.
Through the acquisition of North Country, Auryn now owns 100% interest in the Committee Bay Gold Project located in Nunavut, Canada. The Committee Bay project includes 217,600 hectares situated along the Committee Bay Greenstone Belt which occurs approximately 180 km northeast of Agnico Eagle Mines’ Meadowbank mine and extends for more than 300 km.
On behalf of the Board of Directors
President and CEO
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Analytical samples were taken using 1/8 of each 5ft (1.52m) interval (chips) and sent to ALS Lab in Yellowknife, NWT for preparation and then to ALS Lab in Vancouver, BC for analysis. All samples are assayed using 50g nominal weight fire assay with atomic absorption finish (Au-AA26) and multi-element four acid digest ICP-AES/ICP-MS method (ME-MS61). QA/QC programs using internal standard samples, field and lab duplicates, re-assays, and blanks indicate good accuracy and precision in a large majority of standards assayed.
Intercepts were calculated using a minimum of a 0.25 g/t Au cut off at beginning and end of the intercept and allowing for no more than four consecutive samples (six meters) of less than 0.25 g/t Au. True widths of the reported intercepts are believed to be approximately 60% of the drilled widths.
Figure 1: Plan view of drilling at the West Plains region of SW Committee Bay
Figure 2: Drilling overview at the West Plains target area showing geometry of high-grade ore shoot open at depth and lower grade gold mineralization discovery to the north