Vancouver, Canada – Feb 28th, 2020 – Auryn Resources Inc. (TSX: AUG, NYSE American: AUG) (“Auryn” or the “Company”) is pleased to announce results from its recent mapping and sampling program at the Curibaya precious metals project in southern Peru. A new zone of mineralization with grades of up to 946 g/t silver and 1.96 g/t gold has been identifiedapproximately one kilometer to the northeast of previous sampling (Figures 2 & 3). In addition, a float sample found 800 meters northeast of the sampled veins ran 42.6 g/t gold and 9,180 g/t silver (Figures 2 & 3). Through geological mapping, a series of rhyolite to dacite flow dome complexes has been identified, and Auryn’s technical team believes this is the source for the widespread, high-grade precious metal veins sampled to-date –now across a 4 x 4 kilometer alteration system.
A Message from Ivan Bebek, Executive Chairman & Director:
“The Curibaya project continues to represent an exceptional opportunity for high-grade silver and gold discoveries. As we are increasing our understanding of the targets the maximum gold grade has gone up and we continue to see multi-kilo silver in new target areas on the project. We look very forward to completing our targeting in the next few months and rapidly advancing the project to the drill-ready stage.”
Geologic Context of Vein Mineralization:
The high-grade precious metal veins sampled to-date on the project range in width from five centimeters to one meter and are situated in north – south corridors radiating from the identified flow dome complexes (Figure 1). The sampled veins are primarily situated in the overlying volcanic sequence above the flow dome complexes and provide a good indication of the metal budget; however, are not the target themselves. Auryn believes the veins represent a high-level dispersion of a robust precious metal system that is situated along the margins of the dome complexes at shallow depths. These flow dome complexes provide a geological mechanism to concentrate fluid flow where potential geologic targets include high-grade veins, vein stockwork zones and silicified hydrothermal breccias that would be situated along the margins of the domes (Figure 4).
Additional Vein Sampling Returns High-Grade in Previously Unsampled Area:
Auryn has continued to selectively sample veins to identify favourable structural corridors radiating from identified flow dome complexes. The results of this sampling have identified a previously unrecognized set of high-grade veins that Auryn believes is related to a shallowly buried dome target zone on the north side of the Sambalay Chico fault zone (Figures 2 & 3). Grades of up to 946 g/t silver and 1.96 g/t gold have been sampled from this vein corridor that has an approximate strike length of 400 meters to-date. In addition, a float sample 800 meters to the northeast that has returned grades of up to 9,180g/t silver and 42.6g/t gold will be followed up on in the next round of field work. Rock grab sample highlights are shown below in Table 1.
Table 1: Rock sampling results
|Significant Rock Samples 2020|
|Sample ID||Ag g/t||Sample ID||Ag g/t||Sample ID||Au g/t|
Drill targets will be developed at the margins of the domes at depths between 100 – 300 meters from surface. They will be developed through continued geological and alteration mineral mapping, targeted rock sampling along the margins of the dome complexes and ground based geophysical IP surveys to identify zones of elevated sulphide content (Figure 4). Auryn’s goal is to apply for an FTA drill permit that will allow for up to 20 drill pads.
A Message from Michael Henrichsen, C.O.O & Chief Geologist:
“The presence of high-grade silver-gold veins across the 4 x 4 kilometer alteration system demonstrates the robust metal endowment within the Curibaya project. Our recent work has identified multiple flow dome complexes that provide the mechanism to concentrate high-grade veins at the margins of these features. The targets we are developing are exciting as we believe they could host a robust precious metals system.”
Figure 1: Illustrates the north-south trending high-grade vein corridors radiating from a series of flow dome complexes identified in the the 4 x 4 kilometer alteration system. Auryn believes these domes are the source of the high-grade veins sampled across the project to-date.
Figure 2: Illustrates additional silver values from vein samples taken across the project area. Importantly, Auryn has identified a new north-south trending corridor of veins over approximately 400 meters that is situated at the margins of the newly recognized Cambaya flow dome complex.
Figure 3: Illustrates additional gold values from vein samples taken across the project area. Importantly, Auryn has identified a new north-south trending corridor of veins over approximately 400 meters that is situated at the margins of the newly recognized Cambaya flow dome complex.
Figure 4: Illustrates a conceptual model of the targets at the Sama, Sambalay and Cambaya flow dome complexes and where the targets are situated with respect to the present level of erosion as indicated by the dashed black line. Geologic targets at the margins of the dome complexes include high-grade veins, vein stockwork zones and silicified hydrothermal breccias.
Michael Henrichsen (Chief Operating Officer), P.Geo is the QP who assumes responsibility for the technical contents of this press release.
ON BEHALF OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF AURYN RESOURCES INC.
Executive Chairman and Director
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Auryn Resources is a technically-driven, well-financed junior exploration company focused on finding and advancing globally significant precious and base metal deposits. The Company has a portfolio approach to asset acquisition and has seven projects, including two flagships: the Committee Bay high-grade gold project in Nunavut and the Sombrero copper-gold project in southern Peru. Auryn’s technical and management teams have an impressive track record of successfully monetizing assets for all stakeholders and local communities in which it operates. Auryn conducts itself to the highest standards of corporate governance and sustainability.
Auryn acquired 100% ownership of the Curibaya property in 2015 and the adjacent Sambalay and Salvador concesssions in 2019, which collectively consist of approximately 11,000 hectares. The Curibaya project covers the regional Incapuquio fault zone and subsidiary structures, which are interpreted as one of the fundamental controls for both epithermal and porphyry styles of mineralization within the region.
Historic Grab Samples – Sambalay and Salvador
The historic grab samples on Sambalay and Salvador were collected by Teck (in 2010-2011), Compania de Exploraciones Orion SAC (2010-2011) and Wild Acre Metals (in 2012-2013). Auryn has not conducted any due diligence on whether appropriate QA/QC protocols were followed in the collection of these samples, nor can it confirm their accuracy or repeatability.
PERU Rocks 2019/2020 (Curibaya)
Approximately 2-3kg of material was collected for analysis and sent to the ALS Lab in Lima, Peru for preparation and analysis. All samples are assayed using 30g nominal weight fire assay with ICP finish (Au-ICP21) and multi-element four acid digest ICP-AES/ICP-MS method (ME-MS61). Where ICP21 results were > 3 g/t Au the assay were repeated with 30g nominal weight fire assay with gravimetric finish (Au-GRA21). Where MS61 results were greater or near 10000 ppm Cu, 10000ppm Pb or 100ppm Ag the assay were repeated with ore grade four acid digest method (Cu-OG62). For three samples where OG62 results were greater or near 1500ppm Ag the assay were requested to be repeated with 30g nominal weight fire assay with gravimetric finish (Ag-GRA21), results pending. QA/QC programs for 2019/2020 rock samples using company an lab duplicates, standards and blanks indicate good accuracy and precision in a large majority of standards assayed.
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