Astur Gold Corp.

Astur Gold Corp.

June 22, 2010 06:00 ET

Astur Gold Appoints New Chief Geologist for Salave Gold Project in Asturias, Spain

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - June 22, 2010) - Astur Gold Corp. (TSX VENTURE:AST)(FRANKFURT:CDC) (the "Company") is pleased to announce the appointment of Casimiro Maldonado de Castro as Chief Geologist for the Salave Gold Project in Asturias, Spain.

Mr. Maldonado designed and managed exploration campaigns for Rio Narcea Gold Mines Ltd. and was the Managing Geologist for the Salave Feasibility Study from 2004 to 2006. In addition to Salave, he has worked on the deposits of El Valle, Carles, Godan, La Ortosa Ibias, Ossa Morena, Navelgas and Aguablanca for Rio Narcea and additional projects for Anglo American. He is a member of ICOG (Ilustre Colegio Oficial de Geólogos) with over 30 years of geological experience and holds an Honours degree in geological sciences. He also has a deep knowledge of Iberian Peninsula Geology, specifically the Asturias Gold Belt.

"We are pleased to have a geologist of Mr. Maldonado's calibre join Astur Gold," stated Company President Emilio Hormaeche. "He brings a wealth of mining and exploration experience that will be a great asset to our company. His knowledge of the Salave deposit is unparalleled."


The Company is focused on developing its 100% owned Salave Gold Project in northern Spain. Salave is one of the largest and highest grade undeveloped gold deposits in Western Europe. The property has a recently updated NI 43-101 compliant mineral resource estimate containing 1,683,000 oz of gold in the Measured & Indicated category (17,945,000 tonnes grading 2.9 g/t Au) with an additional 338,000 oz of gold in the Inferred category (3,770,000 tonnes grading 2.8 g/t Au). The property is the subject of a NI 43-101 report, "Technical Report on Salave Gold Deposit, Spain", March 5, 2010, which is available on the SEDAR website,

There is excellent exploration potential with four of the principal high grade zones of mineralization open at depth and additional exploration areas to the west that have never been tested. Previous metallurgical tests indicate recoveries in the order of 90%. The region has excellent infrastructure and a history of mining.

Previous drilling focused on depths to 250 meters, with only a nominal number of holes exceeding the 300 meter level. The most recent drill hole for Salave was Hole RN-70 (2005) which intersected high grade mineralization that assayed 33.9 g/t gold over 39.8 meters in two zones between down hole depths of 252.2 and 302.7 meters.

Brian McEwen, P. Geol. is the qualified person as defined in NI 43-101 is responsible for the scientific and technical information and has reviewed the contents of this news release.


Signed "Cary Pinkowski"

Cary Pinkowski, Chief Executive Officer and Director

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