Nuvuyak Drill hole 18GSE559W1 returns 12.41 g/t Au over 8.70 meters
Drill hole 18GSE559 returns 8.17 g/t Au over 13.00 meters

VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Jan. 07, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Sabina Gold & Silver Corp (SBB.T), (“Sabina” or the “Company”) is pleased to announce final exploration results from 2018, including the down plunge expansion of the Nuvuyak discovery at Sabina’s 100% owned Back River gold project (“Back River” or the “Project”) in Nunavut Canada.

In 2018, the Company completed 22,500 m of diamond drilling including 16,500 m of drilling during the summer exploration program. The summer program largely focussed on the new high-grade discovery at Nuvuyak as well as advancing additional high priority targets for the Goose Property which includes the Llama Extension (see press release Sept 18, 2018), Hook, Umwelt, and Echo zones.

Summer program results are highlighted by the rapid expansion of the Nuvuyak discovery where a strong down plunge extension of approximately 50 m is confirmed by new results (hole 18GSE559 returning 8.17 g/t over 13.00 m and drill hole wedge cut 18GSE559W1 returning 12.41 g/t over 8.70 m (see Table 1)).  

Hole 18GSE559 intersected 50 m down plunge of the discovery hole 18GSE545. This hole, was used as a parent hole for a subsequent wedge cut (hole 18GSE559W1) which started at a depth of 435 m down hole 18GSE559. This hole also intersected mineralized iron formation 80 m up dip of the parent hole along the same section within a portion of the anticline hinge.

Sabina initially drill tested the Nuvuyak target in the spring of this year intersecting key exploration elements that led to the development of a geological vectoring model (see press release June 5, 2018). This model was tested in early summer drilling and resulted in the discovery of the Nuvuyak deposit (hole 18GSE545 returning 11.58 g/t over 39.50 m - see news release August 20, 2018). With the conclusion of the summer drill program, the Nuvuyak target has been tested over a total target length of approximately 200 meters along strike. The target remains open and untested in all directions with strong geologic control shown through current drilling intersections (see Figure 2, Nuvuyak – Hinge long section).

The Sabina geological team has hypothesized that an interconnected large-scale mineralization trend or a number of related trends exists at the Goose Property extending from the southern Goose Main zone to the northern Llama zone. The Nuvuyak discovery adds credence to this theory. Significant portions of the Goose Property are largely unexplored and Sabina plans to continue with targeting of these areas in future exploration programs.

Bruce McLeod, President and CEO stated “Sabina has successfully completed a number of de-risking activities during 2018 as we push towards project development while concurrently demonstrating, through exploration success that Back River is a world class gold project within an emerging district. Our success in making a new discovery at the Nuvuyak target, high grade optimization drilling at Umwelt Vault, confirming a sizable extension at Llama and demonstrating the Boulder property as an area for potential new discoveries, are significant developments in 2018. This work continues to unlock a much larger picture in terms of resource and district potential and overall mine life extension”.    

During 2019, Sabina will follow up on the successful 2018 exploration programs. We are in the final stage of designing and budgeting a program of field mapping, rock sampling, till sampling, geophysics and diamond drilling at Back River. This work is designed to expand existing resources and advance and delineate exploration targets towards the discovery of new mineralization that has the potential to favorably impact project economics.

It is expected that a 6,000 m spring drilling program will commence in early March with an additional follow up program during the summer months. This year’s drilling will focus on following up on the significant 2018 results at Nuvuyak along with testing a number of targets that include the up plunge trending Hook zone and higher grade aras of the Llama extension structure.

Table 1. Highlighted results from Nuvuyak down-plunge drill holes

Hole IdAreaAzi/DipEasting
Au (g/t)Lithology
18GSE559NUV222/-7243358572697851004.00889.00902.0013.008.17Iron Formation
incl.     893.00895.702.7023.99Iron Formation
18GSE559W1NUV222/-724335857269785887.50835.70844.408.7012.41Iron Formation
incl.     840.25841.351.1032.60Iron Formation

*Intersection widths are drilled thicknesses and true widths are unknown

Summer Drilling Summary

Sabina completed approximately 16,500 meters of drilling in 30 drill holes during the summer program with significant success at targets across the Back River Project. Drilling at the Goose Property in 2018 tested multiple high-priority exploration targets with the potential to extend the current mine plan or enhance project economics in and around the footprint of existing mineral resources. Results for the programs included significant success at the Llama Extension target (see news release September 18, 2018) as well as advancement in a number of key areas including Umwelt, Hook, Echo, and Nuvuyak West. Highlights of the exploration successes are summarized below. In addition, Sabina successfully demonstrated strong exploration targeting components at the Boulder Property located approximately 15km to the North of the Goose Property (see news release November 21, 2018). For a table of full 2018 results see table 2 within this release.

Hook Target and Nuvuyak Gold Structure Expansion

Additional 2018 drilling up plunge from the Nuvuyak target has intersected strong mineralization at an untested portion of an area known as the Hook target. This target area is a possible transitional gold zone that is aligned with the principle gold structure associated with both the Nuvuyak zone and the Goose Main deposit. Results from the Hook target in drill hole 18GSE558 (previously released) returned 9.48g/t over 9.10 m and 7.44g/t over 6.40 m. These results point towards potential for discovery of a shallower new mineral zone encompassing approximately 400-500 m of stratigraphy up plunge from the Nuvuyak target toward the current Goose Main resource.

Approximately 500 m west of the Nuvuyak target, two shallow drill holes were drilled to gather key stratigraphic positioning information and to trace the Nuvuyak – Goose Main gold structure. These drill holes successfully encountered many of the key exploration elements required for expanding the interpreted extents of this large-scale gold trend. Holes 18GSE560 and 18GSE561 both intersected a felsic dyke unit spatially associated with the known zones of mineralization at the Llama, Umwelt, and Goose Main deposits. The continuity of these felsic dykes and related structures through the Goose Main, Hook and Nuvuyak areas indicate a potential for an emerging large-scale mineralization trend extending from the Goose Main deposit to west of the Nuvuyak zone. These two drill holes also successfully identified an antiformal younging reversal within the upper sediment lithologies that is interpreted to be coincident with the lower iron formation stratigraphic host antiform located vertically below.

Llama Extension

Five of the six drill holes successfully targeted the Llama gold structure over a strike extent of approximately 200 m up-plunge from the previous 2017 and earlier 2018 drilling that returned a number of high grade intercepts over significant lengths (see previous news releases: Sept 5, 2017, April 2, 2018 & May 8, 2018). Selected significant values from these six drill holes included 17.96 g/t Au over 4.60 m from drill hole 18GSE548B and 6.20 g/t Au over 13.80 m from drill hole 18GSE547. A single drill hole, 18GSE546, drilled 26 m along strike in the open down-plunge direction from current drilling, returned values of 11.43 g/t Au over 5.48 m. Sabina has now shown that the extension of the Llama gold structure extends > 500 m below the current underground resources, remains open at depth and holds significant potential for resource expansion.

Umwelt Vault

Drill hole 18GSE551 which returned 6.26 g/t Au over 9.25 m including 13.50 g/t Au over 3.00 m targeted extensional opportunities, in an area of possibly lesser grade up plunge and to the northwest of the Vault zone. The results of this drill hole are significant in that they highlight the potential for improvements in resource grade in certain areas outside of the Vault zone in the Umwelt underground. 

Drill hole 18GSE543 tested the south west limit of the high-grade vault zone intersecting values of 4.51 g/t over 7.10 m.

Sabina will opportunistically continue to explore resource optimization opportunities at the Umwelt underground in future exploration programs. 

Table 2. Significant results from 2018 summer exploration drilling

Hole IdAreaAzi/DipEasting
Au (g/t)Lithology
18GSE543UM212/-724306847270481763.70615.12616.100.987.97Iron Formation
      646.70647.851.151.77Iron Formation
      675.10676.121.021.82Iron Formation
      684.50688.253.754.59Iron Formation
      716.45723.557.104.51Iron Formation
incl.     721.60722.400.8026.36Iron Formation
18GSE544LL224/-664296377271589673.70600.95602.201.2517.13Iron Formation
      629.35633.404.051.72Iron Formation
      639.00640.051.051.94Iron Formation
18GSE545NUV57/-654329097269346974.3047.6048.450.856.07Quartz Vein
      88.1589.651.505.73Iron Formation
      758.15759.401.252.89Iron Formation
      777.60780.102.503.41Iron Formation
      782.55783.551.001.30Iron Formation
      797.90837.4039.5011.58Iron Formation
incl.     815.75818.903.1548.73Iron Formation
and     827.65830.102.4552.12Iron Formation
incl.     827.65828.350.70104.24Iron Formation
      942.00951.009.001.77Iron Formation
      957.00958.001.001.58Iron Formation
      960.00961.001.001.17Iron Formation
18GSE546LL225/-654299067271379809.00383.58384.400.821.22Iron Formation
      683.00684.001.001.07Iron Formation
      737.77743.255.4811.43Iron Formation
incl.     742.25743.251.0051.26Iron Formation
      747.50748.501.006.84Iron Formation
18GSE547LL225/-634296227271642662.00505.55506.000.454.93Iron Formation
      533.30534.701.401.40Iron Formation
      558.65560.001.352.52Greywacke & Iron Formation
      561.80562.851.0516.94Iron Formation
      565.05565.750.7019.76Iron Formation
      601.50615.3013.806.20Iron Formation
incl.     601.50604.102.6027.85Iron Formation
      629.45633.954.502.97Iron Formation
18GSE548LL223/-63429587727168026.00Abandoned - NSV
18GSE548BLL225/-644295867271679668.00493.15494.251.108.32Iron Formation
      497.35499.201.8516.58Iron Formation
incl.     498.40499.200.8035.76Iron Formation
      504.90506.902.002.93Iron Formation
      512.60517.204.6017.96Iron Formation
      567.65571.654.003.90Iron Formation
      574.30575.301.001.83Felsic Dyke
      576.30578.201.903.66Iron Formation
      581.00589.008.002.02Iron Formation
      595.00599.004.002.11Iron Formation
18GSE549LL61/-704292107271323641.00501.90502.901.004.10Iron Formation
incl.     561.25561.950.7013.57Greywacke
      578.90586.407.502.76Iron Formation
      590.40591.401.001.24Iron Formation
18GSE550EC360/-654327767268552617.00540.00541.001.003.54Iron Formation
18GSE551UM231/-694305627270488638.00575.00576.201.201.14Iron Formation
      592.05593.301.251.57Iron Formation
      595.80605.059.256.26Iron Formation
incl.     601.25604.253.0013.50Iron Formation
      608.65611.953.301.70Felsic Dyke &Iron formation
18GSE552UM49/-594296617271226347.0082.2083.251.051.25Iron Formation
      251.65254.402.754.04Iron Formation
18GSE553NUV360/-684333557269155845.00539.90546.806.901.26Iron Formation
      554.00556.002.001.52Iron Formation
      663.00663.700.701.16Iron Formation
      723.40728.304.908.58Iron Formation
incl.     723.40724.050.6527.55Iron Formation
and     727.15727.650.5032.98Iron Formation
      731.00733.002.005.55Iron Formation
      744.00745.001.002.80Iron Formation
      749.00750.001.001.12Iron Formation
      806.45810.554.104.50Iron Formation
      820.00821.001.001.02Iron Formation
      617.95620.002.0515.34Iron Formation
incl.     617.95619.251.3023.14Iron Formation
18GSE556NUV226/-70433522726970281.66Abandoned - No Samples
18GSE556BNUV226/-70433522726970236.00Abandoned - NSV
18GSE556CNUV226/-704335227269702851.00242.50246.604.102.25Iron Formation
      714.50716.602.104.14Iron Formation
      724.50728.804.304.39Iron Formation
      735.80736.901.102.54Iron Formation
      746.40749.002.601.06Iron Formation
      763.40765.502.102.80Iron Formation
      772.50773.501.002.25Iron Formation
18GSE558NUV223/-744335397269637845.00356.00357.501.504.22Iron Formation
      359.00359.850.851.38Iron Formation
      366.30368.852.551.09Iron Formation
      374.00374.800.802.20Iron Formation
      378.95382.003.053.90Iron Formation
      385.45386.150.705.69Iron Formation
      390.00394.004.001.05Iron Formation
      400.00406.406.407.44Iron Formation
incl.     402.75403.500.7541.37Iron Formation
      413.00413.700.701.80Iron Formation
      423.60432.709.109.48Iron Formation
incl.     424.20424.750.5584.80Iron Formation
      439.50445.005.502.76Iron Formation
      477.00478.001.004.68Iron Formation
      716.20717.000.8014.20Iron Formation
      719.10731.5012.407.78Iron Formation
incl.     719.10724.705.6015.01Iron Formation
      740.50753.7013.2016.39Iron Formation
incl.     740.50747.056.5530.56Iron Formation
      783.70788.805.1013.32Iron Formation
18GSE558W1NUV223/-744335397269637848.00356.95358.001.051.88Iron Formation
      363.85365.601.751.12Iron Formation
      367.70368.851.151.41Iron Formation
      369.65370.851.201.02Iron Formation
      372.85373.901.051.97Iron Formation
      379.05382.403.351.59Iron Formation
      388.30388.900.605.25Iron Formation
      402.20403.351.151.20Iron Formation
      405.50406.501.001.71Iron Formation
      409.70410.500.801.28Iron Formation
      422.60426.704.104.71Iron Formation
      439.95441.001.051.06Iron Formation
      446.15447.151.001.98Iron Formation
      459.35460.501.151.09Iron Formation
      688.05689.000.953.56Iron Formation
      727.05728.151.101.72Iron Formation
      731.80744.5012.705.89Iron Formation
incl.     740.40744.504.1014.83Iron Formation
      748.45752.654.207.45Iron Formation
incl.     748.45749.400.9526.44Iron Formation
      792.90794.201.3041.56Iron Formation
18GSE558W2NUV223/-744335397269637791.00356.55357.701.151.09Iron Formation
      363.30371.858.551.03Iron Formation
      387.25388.401.151.09Iron Formation
      396.80400.153.351.43Iron Formation
      489.40490.601.203.91Iron Formation
      681.20682.901.701.72Iron Formation
      688.90689.750.852.25Iron Formation
      692.60700.507.901.71Iron Formation
      703.65738.2534.605.81Iron Formation
incl.     705.55707.351.8040.98Iron Formation
      743.00745.002.001.23Iron Formation
      251.90253.701.801.19Iron Formation
      256.45257.451.001.17Iron Formation
      293.60299.005.401.52Iron Formation
      302.00303.051.051.63Iron Formation
      305.10306.000.901.80Iron Formation
      701.65702.150.502.35Iron Formation
      834.00835.001.003.26Iron Formation
      851.70855.003.3010.24Iron Formation
      889.00902.0013.008.17Iron Formation
incl.     893.00895.702.7023.99Iron Formation
      915.00917.002.001.88Iron Formation
18GSE559W1NUV222/-724335857269785887.50774.85775.600.756.86Iron Formation
      795.00802.607.601.02Iron Formation
      829.25831.151.906.55Iron Formation
      835.70844.408.7012.41Iron Formation
incl.     840.25841.351.1032.60Iron Formation
      855.60857.351.751.80Iron Formation
      431.95432.800.851.66Iron Formation
      435.25436.251.001.24Iron Formation
      441.60442.601.001.59Iron Formation
      453.20461.007.803.37Iron Formation
incl.     453.20454.150.9514.94Iron Formation
      464.00465.001.001.43Iron Formation
      473.50476.402.902.11Iron Formation

*Intersection widths are drilled thicknesses and true widths are unknown

Qualified Persons

The Qualified Person as defined by NI 43-101 as pertains to the Back River Project, is James Maxwell, P.Geo, Exploration Manager, for the Company. All drill core samples selected within the exploration program are subject to a company standard of internal quality control and quality assurance programs which include the insertion of certified reference materials, blank materials and duplicates analysis. All samples are sent to SGS Canada Inc. located in Burnaby, British Columbia where they are processed for gold analysis by 50 gram fire assay with finish by a combination of atomic absorption and gravimetric methods. Additionally, analysis by screen metallic processes is performed on select samples. SGS quality systems conform to requirements of ISO/IEC Standard 17025 guidelines and meets assay requirements outlined for NI 43-101.

Sabina Gold & Silver Corp.

Sabina Gold & Silver Corp. is well-financed and is an emerging precious metals company with district scale, advanced, high grade gold assets in one of the world’s newest, politically stable mining jurisdictions: Nunavut, Canada.

Sabina released a Feasibility Study on its 100% owned Back River Gold Project which presents a project that has been designed on a fit-for purpose basis, with the potential to produce ~200,000 ounces a year for ~11 years with a rapid payback of 2.9 years (see “Technical Report for the Initial Project Feasibility Study on the Back River Gold Property, Nunavut, Canada” dated October 28, 2015). 

The Project received its final Project Certificate on December 19, 2017. The Project received its Type A Water License on November 14, 2018 and is now in receipt of all major authorizations for construction and operations.

In addition to Back River, Sabina also owns a significant silver royalty on Glencore’s Hackett River Project. The silver royalty on Hackett River’s silver production is comprised of 22.5% of the first 190 million ounces produced and 12.5% of all silver produced thereafter.

The Company expects to end 2018 with approximately $50 million in cash, cash equivalents and short term investments.

For further information please contact:
Nicole Hoeller, Vice-President, Communications: 1 888 648-4218

Forward Looking Information
This news release contains “forward-looking information” within the meaning of applicable securities laws (the “forward-looking statements”), including our belief as to the extent, results and timing exploration results and outcomes. These forward-looking statements are made as of the date of this news release. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on forward-looking statements, as there can be no assurance that the future circumstances, outcomes or results anticipated in or implied by such forward-looking statements will occur or that plans, intentions or expectations upon which the forward-looking statements are based will occur. While we have based these forward-looking statements on our expectations about future events as at the date that such statements were prepared, the statements are not a guarantee that such future events will occur and are subject to risks, uncertainties, assumptions and other factors which could cause events or outcomes to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Such factors and assumptions include, among others, the effects of general economic conditions, commodity prices, changing foreign exchange rates and actions by government and regulatory authorities and misjudgments in the course of preparing forward-looking statements. In addition, there are known and unknown risk factors which could cause our actual results, performance or achievements to differ materially from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements. Known risk factors include risks associated with exploration and project development; the need for additional financing; the calculation of mineral resources and reserves; operational risks associated with mining and mineral processing; fluctuations in metal prices; title matters; government regulation; obtaining and renewing necessary licenses and permits; environmental liability and insurance; reliance on key personnel; the potential for conflicts of interest among certain of our officers or directors; the absence of dividends; currency fluctuations; labour disputes; competition; dilution; the volatility of the our common share price and volume; future sales of shares by existing shareholders; and other risks and uncertainties, including those relating to the Back River Project and general risks associated with the mineral exploration and development industry described in our Annual Information Form, financial statements and MD&A for the fiscal period ended December 31, 2017 filed with the Canadian Securities Administrators and available at Although we have attempted to identify important factors that could cause actual actions, events or results to differ materially from those described in forward-looking statements, 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 forward-looking statements will prove to be accurate, as actual results and future events could differ materially from those anticipated in such statements. Accordingly, readers should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements. We are under no obligation to update or alter any forward-looking statements except as required under applicable securities laws. This news release has been authorized by the undersigned on behalf of Sabina Gold & Silver Corp.

Bruce McLeod, President & CEO
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