September 30, 2020, Toronto, Ontario – Troilus Gold Corp. (TSX: TLG) (OTCQB: CHXMF) (“Troilus” or the “Company”) is pleased to announce initial results from its summer 2020 regional exploration program on its 100%-owned Troilus Project, located within the Frôtet-Evans Greenstone Belt of northern Quebec. The program focused on identifying high priority targets within the extensive new land package Troilus acquired and staked earlier in the year (the “Troilus-Frôtet Property”) (see press releases dated April 28, 2020 and July 21, 2020). Initial results have outlined a new zone of mineralization, the Beyan Gold Zone (“Beyan”), located 8 km southwest of the recently discovered Southwest Zone and can be traced over a minimum strike length of 225 metres. Beyan is accessible from the Route de la Mine North Block; the main access road on the property connecting the site to the Route du Nord highway.
Highlights from the New Beyan Gold Zone:
“Our team has been hard at work this summer in the field and we are very excited to report on these initial results from the Beyan Gold Zone. Located just off the main access road and 8 km from the Southwest Zone discovered earlier this year, we believe Beyan could represent a continuation of the Troilus Gold System further along trend,” said Justin Reid, CEO of Troilus. “The Troilus-Frôtet Property that we acquired earlier this year, represents a major blue sky opportunity for the Company. No exploration of any significance had been conducted on this property in recent decades and the historical focus has always been base metal. By applying our updated geological model developed around the main ore bodies over the last couple of years and applying modern exploration technology, we have been able to identify new near-surface gold occurrences, as evidenced by these initial results from Beyan. We await further results from locations across the Troilus-Frotêt Property collected during the summer and believe that these showings could just be the beginning of what the district could host.”
In June 2020, Troilus began a preliminary surface exploration program applying a new regional structural and geological model developed over the last two years to the recently expanded Troilus-Frôtet Property which extends mainly to the south of the main ore bodies at Z87, J Zones and the Southwest Zone. During the summer months, Troilus undertook a massive airborne survey that covered 23,000 km. Management believes the data collected from this survey will serve as an important tool assisting the Troilus technical team to zero in on high priority targets within this large land package for further follow up.
Initial bedrock mapping and boulder tracing on the Route de la Mine North Block, located south of the newly discovered Southwest Zone (SWZ), led to the discovery of a new gold zone, namely Beyan Gold Zone (See Map Figure 1). To date, 25 rock samples have returned anomalous gold (greater than 0.1 g/t Au) with the best results returning 9.7 g/t Au and 32.5 g/t Ag (See Table 1). A total of 14 samples have been collected from outcrop and can be traced on strike over 225 metres. This new gold zone is part of a larger field gold-bearing block area identified by the Troilus Geological team, characterized by several boulders that containing gold and silver values up to 2 g/t Au and 4.9 g/t Ag. Some of these blocks are large (1-2 metres in length), sub-rounded and sub-angular indicating a possible nearby source northeast of the new discovery. These blocks were collected over a distance of 2.5 km.
Amphibolite is the main lithology hosting these gold and silver gold showings. This unit is highly deformed and strongly altered (silica, biotite, carbonate and ankerite). The amphibolite is commonly crosscut by smoky quartz veins and occasionally contains arsenopyrite. Intermediate to felsic units also contain gold. Moreover, a two metre thick banded iron formation (BIF) is in contact with the main mineralized zone. This horizon is unusual in this part of the greenstone belt and will be examined in more detail to determine its role during the process of the mineralization.
Results for approximately 50 samples are still pending from a total 150 samples that were collected in the vicinity of the Beyan showing. The Troilus Geological team shipped over 600 channel samples to the lab and results for these are also pending.
Troilus remains underexplored and highly prospective. Extensive field exploration work undertaken this summer across the +107,000 hectare Troilus property is currently being compiled to identify new prospective targets. Further assays of samples collected in the field are pending and will be updated in due course.
Figure 1 – Troilus Property, Regional Geology and Location of the New Beyan Gold Zone
Table 1 – New Beyan Gold Zone Initial Surface Sample Results
Quality Assurance and Control
All grab and ship samples were collected by hand and were located by hand-held GPS, bagged and sealed, and sent for assaying at ALS Laboratory, a certified commercial laboratory. Every sample was processed with standard crushing to 85% passing 75 microns on 500 g splits. Samples were assayed by one-AT (30 g) fire assay with an AA finish and if results were higher than 3.5 g/t Au, assays were redone with a gravimetric finish. In addition to gold, ALS carried out multi-element analysis for ME-ICP61 analysis of 33 elements four acid ICP-AES.
All technical and scientific information, in this press release has been reviewed and approved by Bertrand Brassard, M.Sc., P.Geo., Chief Geologist, who is a Qualified Person as defined by NI 43-101. Mr. Brassard is an employee of Troilus and is not independent of the Company under NI 43-101.
About Troilus Gold Corp.
Troilus is a Toronto-based, Quebec focused, advanced stage exploration and early-development company focused on the mineral expansion and potential mine re-start of the former gold and copper Troilus mine. The 107,326 hectare Troilus property is located within the Frotêt-Evans Greenstone Belt in Quebec, Canada. From 1996 to 2010, Inmet Mining Corporation operated the Troilus project as an open pit mine, producing more than 2,000,000 ounces of gold and nearly 70,000 tonnes of copper.
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