COMSTOCK MINING ANNOUNCES HIGHEST GOLD ASSAY TO DATE
WITH 3.56 OUNCES PER TON OF GOLD
Includes 5.20 Ounces per ton of Silver
Highlights from the current assay results include:
“The East-Side target continues to exceed expectations with every hole demonstrating strong mineralization and indicating an expanding resource. In addition to reporting the highest gold assay discovered to date on the property, the results also identify consistently high levels of silver throughout the area,” said Corrado De Gasperis, President and CEO of Comstock Mining Inc. “These results validate our initial assumptions that the East-Side target is ideal for a subsequent expansion of the starter mine. Our on-going drilling will refine the Company’s understanding of the mineralization envelope and facilitate detailed planning of this expansion.”
East-Side Phase I Drill Locations
The drilling-to-date has not yet identified an eastern boundary for the mineralized zone. Historically, the East-Side target was consolidated by the Comstock’s Donovan family and included the Succor and Silver Hills shafts. The family leased some of the claims on the East-Side that were worked up until World War II and produced an estimated $1 million worth of ore (non-inflation adjusted dollars) processed at the Donovan Mill in Silver City which operated until 1967.
“When combined with the seven holes drilled in 2010, results from the East-Side target are beginning to confirm the potential of these claims identified in the August 2010 Behre Dolbear technical report and by the previous owner of the patented claims, the late Michael Donovan,” said Larry Martin, Chief Geologist of Comstock Mining Inc.
Completed Drill Results (E11-13 through E11-27)
Continued Drill Program
Drilling programs remain in full gear with four rigs in position in two resource areas. At the Dayton, a core rig just completed drilling a twinned hole for metallurgical tests and recently moved to the Justice patent. RC rigs are currently drilling at the Dayton and on the Justice claim in the Lucerne Resource Area, and another has just begun Phase II drilling on the East-Side target. Drilling priorities continue to be the completion of programs required for the starter pit’s final mine plan, but additional drilling programs will continue to collect data for inclusion in the Company’s next technical report.
About Comstock Mining Inc.
Comstock Mining is a Nevada-based gold and silver mining company with extensive, contiguous property in the Comstock District. The goal of its strategic plan is to deliver stockholder value by validating qualified resources (at least measure and indicated) and reserves (probable and proven) of 3,250,000 gold equivalent ounces by 2013, and commencing commercial mining and processing operations in 2011, with annual production rates of 20,000 gold equivalent ounces.
Cautionary Note to U.S. Investors
This press release uses the terms "measured resources," "indicated resources," "inferred resources," and "historical resources" which are calculated in accordance with the Canadian National Instrument 43-101 and the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum Classification system. The United States Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC") does not recognize these terms and the SEC guidelines (Industry Guide 7) provide that such terms shall not be included in a registrant's filings with the SEC (unless required to be disclosed by foreign or state law). The SEC permits U.S. mining companies, in their filings with the SEC, to disclose only those mineral deposits that a company can economically and legally extract or produce. "Inferred resources" have a great amount of uncertainty as to their existence, and great uncertainty as to their economic and legal feasibility. It cannot be assumed that all or any part of an "inferred mineral resource" will ever be upgraded to a higher category. U.S. investors are cautioned not to assume that any part or all of a measured, indicated or inferred resource exists or is economically or legally mineable. U.S. investors are urged to consider closely the disclosure in our Form 10-K which may be secured from us, or from the SEC's website at http://www.sec.gov.
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Tuesday, May 24, 2011