South American Silver Intersects 12.19 g/t gold in a New Gold Zone at the Escalones Copper-Gold Porphyry Project in Chile
2 April, 2013 – Vancouver, British Columbia – South American Silver Corp. (OTCQX: SOHAF, TSX: SAC) (the "Company”) is pleased to announce results from diamond drill hole ES-43 at the Escalones copper-gold project in Chile. The hole intersected 12.19 g/t gold over 3.7 metres within a larger interval of 11.9 metres averaging 4.39 g/t gold. The gold mineralization is within a larger "gold-only” intercept of 50.2 metres averaging 1.16 g/t gold located above the large copper-gold skarn that comprises part of the 3.8 billion pound copper resource. Strong copper-gold mineralization averaging 1.9% copper and 0.32 g/t gold over 5.1 metres, occurs in the skarn below the "gold only” mineralization. Assays are pending for the remainder of the hole.
The true width of these intercepts is not known but is believed to be between 80%-100% of lengths shown.
Ralph Fitch Executive Chairman, stated "The new "gold-only” zone intercepted by hole ES-43 represents a potentially important additional mineralization type on the property, which could add to the 610,000 ozs of gold contained in the current resource. Hole ES-43 is located 250 metres from the nearest existing hole to the north and 200 metres from the nearest hole to the south, giving ample space to explore for this type of high grade gold mineralization both near the surface and to depth.”
The drill program at Escalones continues to make good progress after the storm related interruption reported in February (see News Release NR 13-03 dated 13th February and NR 13-05 dated 7th March). Presently, holes ES-47, 48 and 49 are being drilled on the Meseta and additional results will be forthcoming in coming weeks.
Considerable interest was shown in Escalones at the recent PDAC mining investment show in Toronto and a number of companies have now indicated interest in joint venturing the project. Confidentiality Agreements have been prepared for several companies and discussions are underway.
The Escalones copper-gold project, a gold rich porphyry copper and skarn deposit, is located approximately 100 km southeast of Santiago, Chile and 35 km east of El Teniente, the world's largest underground copper mine. Escalones, as previously announced and supported by a NI 43-101 technical report, contains a defined Inferred Resource of 420 million tonnes of mineralized material containing 3.8 billion lbs of copper, 56.9 million lbs of molybdenum, 610,000 ozs of gold and 16.8 million ozs of silver using a 0.2% Cu Equivalent cut-off grade (see December 19, 2011 News Release). The detailed NI 43-101 Technical Report is available on SEDAR under the Company's profile and on the Company's website at https://soamsilver.com/. This resource estimate will be updated following the completion of this season's drilling.
Maps showing the location of hole ES-43 can be found on the Company website. https://soamsilver.com/april-2013-news-release-escalones-image.asp.
The qualified person for this press release is Felipe Malbran, Executive VP of Exploration, South American Silver Corp., and he has reviewed and approved the content of this press release.
Samples were analyzed by Andes Analytical Assay Laboratory located in Santiago, Chile. Gold was analyzed using fire assay and the AA (Atomic Absorption) method while silver, copper, molybdenum and 38 additional elements were analyzed by ICP AES HF43 method with a four-acid digestion. The copper equivalent has been calculated using the following prices: copper $3.50 /lb, gold $1,600/troy oz, silver $30.00/troy oz and molybdenum $11.00/lb. Values have not been adjusted for metallurgical recoveries.
About South American Silver Corp.
South American Silver Corp. is a growth focused mineral exploration company creating value through the exploration and development of the large scale Escalones copper-gold project in Chile and the realization of value from the Malku Khota project in Bolivia. The Company's approach to business combines the team's track record of discovery and advancement of large projects, key operational and process expertise, and a focus on community relations and sustainable development. Management has extensive experience in the global exploration and mining industry. The Company's shares are listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol "SAC” and on the US OTCQX market as "SOHAF”. Additional information related to South American Silver Corp. is available at https://soamsilver.com/ and on SEDAR at http://www.sedar.com/.
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