2022

Probe Metals Intersects 6.0 g/t Au Over 16.0 Metres in Expansion Drilling at Monique, Val-d’Or East Project, Quebec

15 Mar 2022
En Fr Figure 1

Highlights:

  • Continued expansion along strike and depth at the Monique gold zones
  • Expansion drilling returned impressive intersections of 6.0 g/t Au over 16.0 metres, 5.8 g/t Au over 13.2 metres, 5.6 g/t Au over 10.0 metres,  3.7 g/t Au over 18.0 metres, 1.4 g/t Au over 39.1 metres and 1.1 g/t Au over 48.9 metres, all at shallow depths
  • Infill drilling continues to confirm resource, returning up to 1.0 g/t Au over 100.2 metres,  0.8  g/t Au over 75.6 metres, 1.2 g/t Au over 40.1  and 0.9 g/t Au over 44.9 metres near surface
  • 9 drills active on the VDE project including 8 on the Monique Gold Trend

Toronto, March 15 , 2022 – Probe Metals Inc. (TSX-V: PRB) (OTCQB: PROBF) (“Probe” or the “Company”) is pleased to provide additional results from the 2021 drill program on its 100%-owned Val-d’Or East Monique property (the “Property”) located near Val-d’Or, Quebec. Results from seventy-one (71) holes from the 2021 resource expansion and infill drilling program revealed significant, new gold mineralization along strike and at depth in the A, B, E, G, I, J and M gold zones east, southeast and south of the former Monique open pit mine (see figure 1). Results from 40 holes drilled in 2021 and over 80 holes drilled since the beginning of 2022 are still pending. All the holes released today were successful in intersecting gold mineralization where predicted by our 3D geological model and add confidence to the project’s gold resources. Selected highlights from the current results are presented below.

David Palmer, President and CEO of Probe, states: “The Monique property continues to outperform in its expansion program, particularly with the multiple high-grade intervals being returned from drilling.  In addition to numerous thick, high-grade gold zones, all of the results released today are within 300 metres of the surface and can be accessed in the earlier mining operations.  These results also bode well for deeper exploration of high-grade zones that can support underground operations and extend mine life.  Infill programs are also demonstrating significant success and confirming the quality of the current resource while upgrading resource for the Pre-feasibility Study, which is in progress.  Monique is quickly becoming a centre of gravity for the project and we currently have eight drills turning on this property to advance it as rapidly as possible.”

Expansion drilling holes released today were designed to test the extension of the known mineralization laterally to the east and at shallow depth. About forty (40) drill holes were designed to convert a proportion of the in-pit Monique resources of the inferred category into the indicated category. Infill and expansion drilling continue to show positive results, good continuity and, strike and depth expansion along the Monique gold zones.

Probe has initiated the largest drill program to date at Val-d’Or East totalling 150,000 metres. One of the main goals of the program is to convert inferred resource into indicated category. All results released today will be included in an updated resource for the Val-d’Or East project, which will form the basis of the prefeasibility study (PFS) expected to be completed in 2023. The PFS is an important step in advancing the project to production and work will run concurrently with environmental studies and permitting.

Selected drill results from holes MO-21-144 to 215 at the Monique Area drilling program are, as follows:

Hole Number

From (m)

To (m)

Length (m)

Gold (g/t)

Zone / Resource

MO-21-149

289.8

293.8

4.0

12.2

A / Infill

Including

291.8

292.8

1.0

43.8

A / Expansion

MO-21-154

73.8

92.8

19.0

1.6

A / Expansion

Including

84.8

92.8

8.0

2.3

A / Expansion

MO-21-154

104.5

108.0

3.5

5.3

Below Zone A

Including

105.5

106.0

0.5

20.1

Below Zone A

MO-21-156

66.5

77.4

10.9

1.4

A / Expansion

MO-21-156

96.1

107.7

11.6

1.3

Below Zone A

MO-21-156

116.2

121.5

5.3

5.8

A / Expansion

Including

116.8

117.4

0.6

48.0

A / Expansion

MO-21-157

57.1

58.1

1.0

33.3

A / Expansion

MO-21-158

26.7

44.7

18.0

3.7

E / Expansion

Including

40.8

41.7

0.9

22.9

E / Expansion

MO-21-160

95.1

110.5

15.4

1.1

E / Expansion

MO-21-161

60.6

75.1

14.5

1.0

E / Expansion

MO-21-163

83.1

85.9

2.8

5.2

E / Expansion

MO-21-164

207.5

208.9

1.4

10.5

B / Expansion

MO-21-167

41.0

54.5

13.5

1.1

J / Infill

MO-21-167

99.7

103.7

4.0

5.2

G / Infill

Including

99.7

100.7

1.0

16.3

G / Infill

MO-21-169

67.8

113.3

45.5

0.6

J / Infill

MO-21-171

27.7

67.8

40.1

1.2

J / Infill

MO-21-177

184.2

198.7

14.5

2.5

A / Infill

including

197.7

198.7

1.0

29.7

A / Infill

MO-21-180

116.3

134.5

18.2

1.6

A / Infill

Including

129.0

132.0

3.0

5.9

A / Infill

MO-21-183

142.8

156.5

13.7

2.3

M / Expansion

Including

150.8

151.8

1.0

16.7

M / Expansion

MO-21-187

72.1

87.0

14.9

2.1

I / Expansion

Including

74.0

74.9

0.9

23.0

I / Expansion

MO-21-188

35.0

78.5

43.5

0.8

B / Infill

MO-21-190

38.9

87.8

48.9

1.1

B / Expansion

Including

82.7

83.4

0.7

18.9

B / Expansion

MO-21-190

188.0

196.0

8.0

2.1

M / Expansion

MO-21-193

56.7

105.4

48.7

0.7

B / Infill

Including

92.8

103.4

10.6

1.8

B / Infill

MO-21-195

16.7

61.6

44.9

0.9

B / Infill

Including

51.8

55.1

3.3

5.0

B / Infill

MO-21-195

208.0

218.0

10.0

5.6

M / Expansion

Including

209.0

210.0

1.0

39.9

M / Expansion

MO-21-196

104.1

114.7

10.6

1.7

M / Expansion

MO-21-198

106.3

141.7

35.4

1.0

B / Infill

MO-21-198

272.6

288.6

16.0

6.0

M / Expansion

Including

276.1

276.8

0.7

103.0

M / Expansion

MO-21-201

24.2

124.4

100.2

1.0

B / Infill

Including

103.8

104.4

0.6

29.0

B / Infill

MO-21-206

214.3

230.3

16.0

1.8

M / Expansion

Including

218.8

223.6

4.8

4.6

M / Expansion

MO-21-207

114.3

127.5

13.2

5.8

 A / Expansion

Including

114.3

115.3

1.0

68.8

 A / Expansion

MO-21-211

28.6

104.2

75.6

0.8

E+A / Expansion

MO-21-212

65.2

104.3

39.1

1.4

A / Expansion

Including

78.0

83.0

5.0

5.9

A / Expansion

MO-21-215

107.9

140.5

32.6

0.6

A / Expansion

(1) All the new analytical results reported in this release and in this table, are presented in core length and cut to 100 g/t Au when needed. True width is estimated between 65 to 95 % of core length. Only grade times thickness above 15.0 g/t Au * m are reported.

Figure 1: Surface Map – Monique Gold Trend new drilling

https://www.probemetals.com/site/assets/files/1555/figure-monique-pr-march15-2022.jpg

About the Monique Property:

The Monique property is located 25 km east of Val-d’Or, in Quebec, and consists of 21 claims and one mining lease covering a total area of 5.5 square kilometres in Louvicourt township. The property hosts a current measured and indicated mineral resource of 13,619,000 tonnes at a grade of 1.54 g/t for 672,800 ounces of gold and inferred mineral resource of 11,733,000 tonnes at a grade of 1.78 g/t for 671,400 ounces of gold (source: Probe Metals NI 43-101 Technical Report Val-d’Or East Project – June 2021). The Property is part of the Company’s Val-d’Or East Project and the consolidated land package stands at 436 square kilometres. Val-d’Or East is situated in a politically stable and low-cost mining environment that hosts numerous active producers and mills.  

Geology

Gold mineralization on the Monique property is mainly associated with three deformation zones that cross the property with an orientation of 280° and a 75°- 80° dip to the north. Gold mineralization is defined by a network of quartz/tourmaline/carbonate veins and veinlets with disseminated sulphides in the altered wall rocks. A total of 16 gold zones have been discovered on the property, to-date. Some mineralized zones have been defined from surface to a depth of 600 metres and vary in width from 1 metre to up to 100 metres. Mineralized structures extend laterally up to 900 metres.

Past Production

The Monique open pit mine began commercial production in 2013 and ceased production at the end of January 2015. A total of 0.58 Mt of mineralized material was extracted at a grade of 2.53 g/t Au, from the surface to 100 metres depth for a total of 45,694 ounces of gold.

Qualified Person:

The scientific and technical content of this press release has been reviewed, prepared and approved by Mr. Marco Gagnon, P.Geo, who is a "Qualified Person" within the meaning of NI 43-101, and Executive Vice-President and a director of Probe.

Quality Control:

During the last drilling program, assay samples were taken from the NQ core by sawing the drill core in half, with one-half sent to a certified commercial laboratory and the other half retained for future reference. A strict QA/QC program was applied to all samples, which includes insertion of mineralized standards and blank samples for each batch of 20 samples. The gold analyses were completed by fire-assays with an atomic absorption finish on 50 grams of materials. Repeats were carried out by fire-assay followed by gravimetric testing on each sample containing 3.0 g/t gold or more. Total gold analyses (Metallic Sieve) were carried out on the samples which presented a great variation of their gold contents or the presence of visible gold.

About Probe Metals:

Probe Metals Inc. is a leading Canadian gold exploration company focused on the acquisition, exploration and development of highly prospective gold properties. The Company is committed to discovering and developing high-quality gold projects, including its key asset the multimillion-ounce Val-d’Or East Gold Project, Québec. The Company is well-funded and controls a strategic land package of approximately 1,500-square-kilometres of exploration ground within some of the most prolific gold belts in Québec. The Company was formed as a result of the $526M sale of Probe Mines Limited to Goldcorp. Eldorado Gold Corporation currently owns approximately 10.4% of the Company.

On behalf of Probe Metals Inc.,

 
Dr. David Palmer,

President & Chief Executive Officer

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Please visit our website at www.probemetals.com or contact:

Seema Sindwani

Director of Investor Relations

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