Franconia Minerals Corporation
TSX VENTURE : FRA

Franconia Minerals Corporation

January 15, 2007 09:30 ET

Franconia Engages CIBC Mellon Trust Company as Principal Transfer Agent and Registrar

SPOKANE, WASHINGTON--(CCNMatthews - Jan. 15, 2007) - Franconia Minerals Corporation ("Franconia" or the "Corporation")(TSX VENTURE:FRA) is pleased to announce that, effective January 15, 2007, CIBC Mellon Trust Company has become the Corporation's principal transfer agent and registrar of the Corporation's common shares in Canada and the United Kingdom. As part of the Corporation's withdrawal from the PLUS Market (formerly OFEX) in the United Kingdom (see Franconia News Release of November 20, 2006,) the Corporation terminated the services of Capita IRG Plc as its principal transfer agent and registrar for its common shares and depositary interests. CIBC Mellon Trust Company, who had previously acted as co-transfer agent and registrar of the Corporation's common shares in Canada, will take over the role of Capita IRG Plc.

Franconia Minerals Corporation trades on the TSX-V under the symbol FRA. (For additional information see www.franconiaminerals.com.) The directors of Franconia Minerals Corporation accept responsibility for this announcement. Franconia currently has 43,365,120 shares issued and outstanding.

Brian Gavin, President

FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENT: Although Franconia Minerals Corporation believes many of its resource properties have promising potential; its properties are in the early stages of exploration. None have yet been shown to contain proven or probable mineral reserves. There can be no assurance that such reserves will be identified on any property, or that, if identified, any mineralization may be economically extracted. Incorporated in Alberta Canada No. 207953670

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