SOURCE: Sacre-Coeur Minerals, Ltd.

January 17, 2008 03:01 ET

Sacre-Coeur's Trench Data Confirms High Grade Soil Anomolies on Northwest Project; 12 Meters @ 7.00 g/t AU

VANCOUVER, BC--(Marketwire - January 17, 2008) - SACRE-COEUR MINERALS, LTD. (the "Company") (TSX-V: SCM) (FRANKFURT: S5N) is pleased to report that initial results from its trenching program recently conducted on a portion of its Northwest Project area in Guyana confirmed the high grade soil sampling reported by the Company in September 2007. Trench NW TR 19A yielded 12 meters averaging 7.00 g/t Au, which include a vein with true width of 0.8 meters grading 188.92 g/t Au hosted in mineralized country rock.

In follow up to the soil sampling program on a portion of its Northwest Project area reported in a release issued September 13, 2007, the Company conducted a mechanized trenching program to further test the anomalous area indicated by soil sampling. Assays for the first two of more than twenty trenches have been received. Because the mineralized zones are sub-horizontal, trench channel samples were oriented near vertical (normal to the dip of the mineralized structures) at sample stations located at one meter intervals along the trenches. The results from the first two trenches are presented in the table below.

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Trench Number   Sample Sta.  From (m)  To (m)  Interval (m)  Assay (g/t Au)
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  NWTR 03C              3m        0.0     1.6           1.6           0.76
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                        4m        0.0     1.6           1.6           1.70
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                        5m        0.0     1.2           1.2           0.36
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                        6m        1.8     2.5           0.7           0.54
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                        7m        1.3     1.9           0.6           0.35
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                        8m        1.0     1.6           0.6           1.85
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                        9m        0.9     2.0           1.1           2.80
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                       10m        0.5     1.8           1.3           2.87
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                       11m        0.0     1.3           1.3           2.83
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                       12m        0.5     1.5           1.0           2.75
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                       13m        0.7     2.1           1.4           0.77
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                       14m        1.5     1.9           0.4           0.54
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NWTR 19A                0m        0.0     0.8           0.8         188.92
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                        1m        0.0     1.2           1.2           0.23
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                        2m        1.8     3.9           2.1           0.54
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                        3m        0.0     2.1           2.1           1.19
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                        4m        0.0     1.7           1.7           1.55
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                        5m        0.0     2.7           2.7           1.14
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                        6m        0.0     3.3           3.3           1.64
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                        7m        2.7     6.9           4.2           2.46
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                        8m        2.6     6.8           4.2           1.77
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                        9m        4.7     6.2           1.5           1.38
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                       10m        4.4     6.2           1.8           1.11
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                       11m        3.0     4.7           1.7           1.31
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Notes:  1) Samples are cut normal to the dip of the structure, thus
           represent true width.

        2) Samples presented in this table are assayed by Loring
           Laboratories as further described below.

        3) Assays are uncut.

                                 Trench Survey Data
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                      Trench No.    East      North     Azimuth
                                    (m)        (m)      (true N)
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                       NWTR03C     824,313   837,125       285
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                       NWTR19A     824,380   837,220       345
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Though assays for most of the trenches remain outstanding, geologic mapping of the trenches indicates a package of closely spaced sub-horizontal veins of similar tenor greater than 10 meters thick persisting over an area measuring approximately 1200 meters by 350 meters. Visible gold was observed in a number of the trenches. Based on the assay results from these initial two trenches, the host rock between veins appears also to be mineralized. Core drilling on this project area is expected to commence in Q1 2008. Peter Christopher of PAC Geological Consulting Inc., Vancouver, has recently conducted a site visit and is presently preparing a Technical Report in accordance with N.I. 43-101 on the property.

According to Irwin Olian, CEO of the Company, "Our Northwest Project is shaping up as an exciting gold prospect with exceptional grades demonstrated in our sampling and trenching results to date. In addition, the surface mineralized zone appears to be quite expansive. We are anticipating commencement of our diamond drilling program on this site shortly, while we work with all due speed to advance our Million Mountain project simultaneously. 2008 is shaping up as a promising year for Sacre-Coeur on both of our two key gold projects."

Assay Data

The Company uses Acme Laboratories for its core sample assays. Samples are prepared at Acme's Georgetown Guyana prep facility. Prepared samples are shipped to Acme's analytical lab in Santiago, Chile for determination. Acme's facilities are ISO certified. Every tenth sample is split and a duplicate sample is shipped to ALS Chemex Vancouver, BC facility for check assay. As well, splits of all samples determined by Acme to be 5 g/t Au or greater are also shipped to ALS Chemex for check assay. The results presented herein are composites of the assay of the coarse metallic fraction (+200 mesh) and the assay for the -200 mesh pulp to produce a total contained gold assay.

The Company uses Loring Laboratories - Guyana, a subsidiary of Loring Laboratories, Ltd. of Calgary Alberta to analyze geo-chem and other field samples. Splits of every 10th sample and splits of all samples returning assay of greater than 5.0 g/t Au are sent to ALS Chemex Vancouver BC facility for check assay. The results presented herein are composites of the assay of the coarse metallic fraction (+200 mesh) and the assay for the -200 mesh pulp to produce a total contained gold assay.

Technical Staff

The Company's exploration program is overseen by Gregory B. Sparks, P. Eng., Senior Vice President Mining and Exploration for the Company. Mr. Sparks is a Qualified Persons under NI 43-101. Mr. Luis Gana is Chief Geologist Northwest Region. He is assisted by Joseph Calpito, Senior Project Geologist. Mr. Henry Salvado is Chief Geologist Puruni Region (which includes Million Mountain Project). He is assisted by Messrs. Alan Davies, Carlos Toro-Taylor, and Bjorn Jeune, all Senior Project Geologists. Mr. Ardito Martohardjono, a Director of the Company and laboratory specialist, provides assistance establishing lab protocols and sample handling and assay quality control.

About Sacre-Coeur

The Company is engaged in the acquisition, exploration and development of properties for the potential mining of gold, metals and diamonds in South America, initially focussing on exploration for gold on its properties in Guyana. The Company presently has an interest in approximately 850 square miles of mineral properties in Guyana, including the Million Mountain Property. The Company has offices in Vancouver, Canada and Georgetown, Guyana. More information about the Company is available at www.scminerals.com.

ON BEHALF OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF
SACRE-COEUR MINERALS, LTD.

 "Gregory B.  Sparks"
Gregory B. Sparks, P. Eng.

Sr VP Mining & Exploration

The TSX Venture Exchange has not reviewed and does not accept responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of the content of the information contained herein. The statements made in this press release may contain certain forward-looking statements that involve a number of risks and uncertainties. Actual events or results may differ from the Company's expectations.

Contact Information

  • For further information, contact:

    Irwin Olian
    President and CEO
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    Phone: 604-899-0100
    Fax: 604-899-0200

    Lee Dunston
    Corporate Communications
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    Phone: 604-899-0100
    Fax: 604-899-0200

    Sacre-Coeur Minerals, Ltd
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    650 West Georgia Street
    Vancouver, BC
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