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Tuesday, May 24, 2011
COMSTOCK MINING ANNOUNCES HIGHEST GOLD ASSAY TO DATE
WITH 3.56 OUNCES PER TON OF GOLD 
Includes 5.20 Ounces per ton of Silver


Virginia City, NV (May 24, 2011) – Comstock Mining Inc. (“Comstock Mining” or “the Company”) (OTCBB: LODE) announced results from the remaining assays from Phase I drilling at the East-Side target in the Lucerne Resource Area. The pattern of significant mineralization identified in the first twelve holes continued in all fifteen new holes, including the highest gold assay yet reported by Comstock Mining: 3.562 oz/ton gold (121.99 g/t) and 5.200 oz/ton silver (178.08 g/t) measured over a five foot section, found within a 30 foot intercept averaging 1.257 oz/ton gold (43.05 g/t) and 2.114 oz/ton silver (72.40 g/t), in hole E11-24. The East-Side Phase I drilling campaign consisted of 27 reverse circulation (RC) holes totaling 19,774 feet (6,027 m) of drilling.

Highlights from the current assay results include:

  • Significant mineralization (gold grade greater than 0.010 ounces per ton (0.34 g/t) or silver grades greater than 0.100 ounces per ton (3.42 g/t), and a length of at least ten feet (3.05 m)) occurred in all of the holes. Hole E11-24 is a highlight because of the assay reporting 3.562 oz/ton gold (121.99 g/t), but the context of that five-foot assay is equally noteworthy. It is found in a 100 foot (30.48 m) intercept averaging 0.309 oz/ton gold (10.58 g/t) and 0.911 oz/ton silver (31.20 g/t). Immediately surrounding it is a 30 foot (9.14 m) intercept averaging 1.257 oz/ton gold (43.05 g/t). The void that is mentioned in the table indicates a narrow stope cutting through this section, mined by the old-timers.

  • Hole E11-24 also includes a second intercept of 145 feet (44.20 m) averaging 0.069 oz/ton gold (2.36 g/t) and 0.549 oz/ton silver (18.80 g/t).

  • Hole E11-19 has an intercept of 130 feet (39.62 m) averaging 0.047 oz/ton gold (1.61 g/t) and 0.418 oz/ton silver (14.32 g/t) at the bottom of the hole.  The true thickness of this mineralized zone remains unknown until a deeper hole can be drilled.  Looking over all the newly reported holes, there are 11 intercepts of silver greater than 1.00 oz/ton (34.25 g/t).

“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

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)


Drill Hole

Interval (ft)

Length (ft)

Gold (oz/ton)

Silver (oz/ton)

Length (m)

Gold (g/t)

Silver (g/t)

E11-13

215 - 250

35

0.050

0.334

10.67

1.71

11.44

 

440 - 455

15

0.028

0.042

4.57

0.96

1.44

 

775 - 810

35

0.021

0.038

10.67

0.72

1.30

 

825 - 835

10

-

0.107

3.05

-

3.66

 

835 - 865

30

0.023

0.289

9.14

0.79

9.90









E11-14

0 - 85

85

0.047

0.820

25.91

1.61

28.08

INCLUDES

20 - 55

35

0.074

1.284

10.67

2.53

43.97

 

180 - 190

10

0.022

0.029

3.05

0.75

0.99

 

250 - 270

20

0.020

0.110

6.10

0.68

3.77

INCLUDES

255 - 260

5

VOID

 

1.52

VOID

 

 

350 - 370

20

-

0.159

6.10

-

5.45









E11-15

245 - 295

50

0.039

0.980

15.24

1.34

33.56

INCLUDES

250 - 260

10

0.119

2.307

3.05

4.08

79.01

INCLUDES

265 - 275

10

VOID

 

3.05

VOID

 

 

295 - 330

35

-

0.174

10.67

-

5.96

 

360 - 370

10

0.013

0.090

3.05

0.45

3.08

 

440 - 470

30

-

0.210

9.14

-

7.19









E11-16

0 - 20

20

0.042

0.601

6.10

1.44

20.58

 

245 - 255

10

-

0.458

3.05

-

15.68

 

380 - 400

20

0.012

0.135

6.10

0.41

4.62

 

410 - 420

10

0.017

0.143

3.05

0.58

4.90

 

430 - 440

10

-

0.137

3.05

-

4.69









E11-17

155 - 165

10

0.029

0.261

3.05

0.99

8.94

 

460 - 475

15

0.012

0.027

4.57

0.41

0.92









E11-18

0 - 25

25

0.037

0.485

7.62

1.27

16.61

 

80 - 90

10

0.237

0.102

3.05

8.12

3.49

 

370 - 395

25

-

0.147

7.62

-

5.03

 

400 - 410

10

0.016

0.273

3.05

0.55

9.35

 

410 - 435

25

-

0.145

7.62

-

4.97

 

520 - 540

20

-

0.141

6.10

-

4.83

 

610 - 625

15

-

0.193

4.57

-

6.61









E11-19

195 - 215

20

0.068

0.472

6.10

2.33

16.16

 

245 - 275

30

0.039

0.030

9.14

1.34

1.03

 

540 - 555

15

0.021

0.073

4.57

0.72

2.50

 

850 - 860

10

0.018

0.021

3.05

0.62

0.72

 

970 - 1100 (TD)

130

0.047

0.418

39.62

1.61

14.32

INCLUDES

990 - 1000

10

0.170

1.011

3.05

5.82

34.62









E11-20

0 - 40

40

0.041

0.627

12.19

1.40

21.47

 

95 - 105

10

0.011

0.108

3.05

0.38

3.70

 

205 - 225

20

0.029

0.077

6.10

0.99

2.64

 

245 - 255

10

0.057

0.088

3.05

1.95

3.01

 

270 - 280

10

0.018

0.047

3.05

0.62

1.61

 

295 - 330

35

0.045

0.196

10.67

1.54

6.71

 

330 - 350

20

-

0.129

6.10

-

4.42









E11-21

0 - 45

45

0.019

0.395

13.72

0.65

13.53

 

45 - 55

10

-

0.177

3.05

-

6.06

 

55 - 125

70

0.025

0.613

21.34

0.86

20.99

 

125 - 220

95

-

0.140

28.96

-

4.79

 

235 - 260

25

0.016

0.093

7.62

0.55

3.18

 

275 - 290

15

0.012

0.077

4.57

0.41

2.64

 

295 - 340

45

0.038

0.243

13.72

1.30

8.32

 

340 - 360

20

-

0.331

6.10

-

11.34









E11-22

0 - 15

15

-

0.111

4.57

-

3.80

 

15 - 50

35

0.015

0.246

10.67

0.51

8.42

INCLUDES

35 - 40

5

VOID

 

1.52

VOID

 

 

60 - 75

15

0.013

0.193

4.57

0.45

6.61

 

85 - 100

15

0.019

0.048

4.57

0.65

1.64

 

125 - 135

10

0.022

0.061

3.05

0.75

2.09

 

175 - 205

30

0.035

0.065

9.14

1.20

2.23

 

220 - 230

10

0.052

0.126

3.05

1.78

4.32

 

240 - 250

10

0.160

0.199

3.05

5.48

6.82

 

340 - 360

20

-

0.186

6.10

-

6.37

 

370 - 400

30

0.022

0.173

9.14

0.75

5.92

 

410 - 450

40

0.070

0.279

12.19

2.40

9.55

INCLUDES

425 - 435

10

0.133

0.297

3.05

4.55

10.17

 

590 - 600

10

0.014

0.069

3.05

0.48

2.36

 

630 - 705

75

-

0.242

22.86

-

8.29

 

740 - 815

75

-

0.301

22.86

-

10.31









E11-23

0 - 35

35

0.017

0.536

10.67

0.58

18.36

 

35 - 50

15

-

0.182

4.57

-

6.23

 

50 - 80

30

0.069

0.250

9.14

2.36

8.56

 

90 - 140

50

0.047

0.423

15.24

1.61

14.49

 

140 - 185

45

-

0.172

13.72

-

5.89

 

185 - 255

70

0.015

0.053

21.34

0.51

1.82

 

300 - 330

30

0.059

0.117

9.14

2.02

4.01

 

375 - 405

30

-

0.118

9.14

-

4.04

 

415 - 430

15

-

0.182

4.57

-

6.23

 

455 - 465

10

-

0.134

3.05

-

4.59

 

525 - 535

10

-

0.108

3.05

-

3.70

 

585 - 615

30

-

0.133

9.14

-

4.55









E11-24

0 - 10

10

-

0.117

3.05

-

4.01

 

10 - 20

10

0.027

0.207

3.05

0.92

7.09

 

35 - 85

50

0.020

0.133

15.24

0.68

4.55

 

130 - 140

10

0.039

0.142

3.05

1.34

4.86

 

155 - 170

15

0.051

0.210

4.57

1.75

7.19

 

560 - 615

55

0.043

0.341

16.76

1.47

11.68

 

630 - 775

145

0.069

0.549

44.20

2.36

18.80

INCLUDES

645 - 655

10

0.123

0.160

3.05

4.21

5.48

INCLUDES

705 - 725

20

0.195

2.437

6.10

6.68

83.46

 

795 - 810

15

-

0.151

4.57

-

5.17

 

810 - 910

100

0.309

0.911

30.48

10.58

31.20

INCLUDES

810 - 840

30

1.257

2.114

9.14

43.05

72.40

INCLUDES

815 - 820

5

3.562

5.200

1.52

121.99

178.08

INCLUDES

820 - 830

10

VOID

 

3.05

VOID

 









E11-25

0 - 100

100

0.046

0.908

30.48

1.58

31.10

INCLUDES

20 - 45

25

0.043

1.686

7.62

1.47

57.74

INCLUDES

70 - 90

20

0.079

1.319

6.10

2.71

45.17

INCLUDES

80 - 90

10

0.127

1.428

3.05

4.35

48.90

 

100 - 110

10

-

0.269

3.05

-

9.21

 

110 - 125

15

0.015

0.410

4.57

0.51

14.04

 

135 – 160

25

0.027

0.134

7.62

0.92

4.59

 

185 – 195

10

-

0.144

3.05

-

4.93

 

205 – 220

15

0.029

0.072

4.57

0.99

2.47

 

255 – 265

10

0.021

0.071

3.05

0.72

2.43

 

335 – 405

70

0.03

0.423

21.34

1.03

14.49

INCLUDES

390 – 405

15

0.045

1.339

4.57

1.54

45.86

 

500 – 510

10

0.046

0.210

3.05

1.58

7.19

 

510 – 520

10

-

0.298

3.05

-

10.21

 

535 – 545

10

-

0.116

3.05

-

3.97

 

570 – 580

10

-

0.362

3.05

-

12.38

 

610 – 625

15

-

0.109

4.57

-

3.73

 

625 – 635

10

0.020

0.381

3.05

0.68

13.05









E11-26

0 - 15

15

0.034

0.451

4.57

1.16

15.45

 

25 - 70

45

-

0.278

13.72

-

9.52

 

70 - 140

70

0.062

0.835

21.34

2.12

28.60

INCLUDES

90 - 105

15

0.187

2.150

4.57

6.40

73.63

 

140 - 150

10

-

0.131

3.05

-

4.49

 

150 - 180

30

0.023

0.252

9.14

0.79

8.63

 

180 - 190

10

-

0.120

3.05

-

4.11

 

190 - 225

35

0.013

0.113

10.67

0.45

3.87

 

225 - 235

10

-

0.141

3.05

-

4.83

 

235 - 355

120

0.032

0.637

36.58

1.10

21.82

INCLUDES

270 - 280

10

0.048

1.125

3.05

1.64

38.53

INCLUDES

310 - 325

15

0.019

1.389

4.57

0.65

47.57

 

355 - 365

10

-

0.113

3.05

-

3.87

 

380 - 395

15

0.011

0.114

4.57

0.38

3.90









E11-27

10 – 45

35

0.057

0.463

10.67

1.95

15.86

 

90 - 105

15

0.012

0.027

4.57

0.41

0.92

 

130 - 140

10

0.031

0.620

3.05

1.06

21.23

 

210 - 245

35

0.074

0.304

10.67

2.53

10.41

INCLUDES

225 - 235

10

0.177

0.855

3.05

6.06

29.28

 

255 - 280

25

0.021

0.091

7.62

0.72

3.12

 

395 - 425

30

0.022

0.157

9.14

0.75

5.38

INCLUDES

400 - 405

5

VOID

 

1.52

VOID

 

 

465 - 500

35

0.021

0.128

10.67

0.72

4.38

 

515 - 525

10

0.011

0.035

3.05

0.38

1.20

 

540 - 550

10

0.014

0.189

3.05

0.48

6.47

 

570 - 585

15

0.018

0.208

4.57

0.62

7.12

 

630 - 660 (TD)

30

-

0.255

9.14

-

8.73









 

 

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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