Aegean Metals Group Inc.

Aegean Metals Group Inc.

November 28, 2012 17:26 ET

Aegean Metals Group Reports Initial Surface Rock Sampling Results from Hot VMS Au-Cu-Zn Prospect, Artvin Province, Northeast Turkey

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Nov. 28, 2012) - Aegean Metals Group Inc. (TSX VENTURE:AGN) ("Aegean" or the "Company") is pleased to report the initial surface rock sampling assay results from the Company's Hot VMS gold-copper ("Au-Cu") prospect ("Hot") located in the Artvin Province, Northeast Turkey. The results showed long intervals of significant gold and other metals from road cuts crosscutting Hot's VMS mineralized zone.


  • Initial rock sampling assay results include 90 m of 1.74 g/t Au and 128 m of 1.34 g/t Au
  • Rock samples were taken from separate road cuts, 400 metres apart, along strike and within "stringer zone-type" mineralization in Mesozoic volcanic and volcaniclastic rocks.


The 100%-owned, 7,394-hectare, Hot prospect was acquired and unified through the combination of a Turkish auction in January 2012 and an agreement to purchase of contiguous properties from Teck Madencilik Sanayi A.Ş., the Turkish subsidiary of Teck Resources Limited ("Teck") in September 2012. Both acquisitions were completed while Aegean was still a private company.

"Stringer zones" are often associated with and represent the feeder zones for massive sulfide deposits. Near the small village of Yukarimaden and close to the Georgian border, the road cuts, from which rock samples were taken, are approximately 400 metres apart and are along the projected strike of "stringer zone" VMS mineralization, which is believed to be more than a kilometre in length. 5-metre rock chip samples were collected near the middle and topographically lowest part of a seven kilometre long high sulfide (5-15% pyrite) zone trend. The high sulfide trend averages nearly 200 metres in width and appears to be characterized by isoclinally folded metavolcanics and metasedimentary rocks of Jurassic-Cretaceous age. The results reported in this release are the first published numbers of "stringer zone" Au-Cu-Zn mineralization at the Hot prospect.

"The gold mineralization at the Hot prospect represents a new chapter in the history of the old Hot Maden copper district in northeast Turkey," says Aegean VP of Exploration, Tom Henricksen. "The nearby Murgul Mine and high-grade Cerattepe deposit, both principally VMS/"stringer zone" copper deposits, show the potential for a significant VMS discovery at Hot."

A total of 56 out of 71 rock chip samples contain Au grades between 0.10 g/t to 14.40 g/t (See Figure 1). The detailed results from some of Aegean's initial rock sampling for Hot are outlined in the table below.

Table 1 - Rock Chip Samples Details:
Sample Type Cu Pb Zn Au
AMG 5509 5m RC 0.031 0.003 0.015 0.112
AMG 5510 5m RC 0.06 0.004 0.018 0.121
AMG 5512 7m RC 0.01 0.005 0.002 0.311
AMG 5513 5m RC 0.037 0.006 0.011 0.206
AMG 5514 5m RC 0.031 0.005 0.004 0.434
AMG 5515 5m RC 0.325 0.47 1.95 0.648
AMG 5516 5m RC 0.6 0.032 2.66 0.483
AMG 5517 5m RC 0.274 0.006 1.395 0.262
AMG 5518 5m RC 0.119 0.002 0.025 0.11
AMG 5519 5m RC 0.187 0.002 0.013 0.139
AMG 5520 5m RC 0.056 0.095 0.286 0.328
AMG 5521 5m RC 0.271 0.618 2.05 3.28
AMG 5522 5m RC 0.321 0.49 1.99 3.21
AMG 5523 5m RC 0.054 0.111 0.098 4.01
AMG 5524 5m RC 0.011 0.306 0.01 1.42
AMG 5525 5m RC 0.008 0.185 0.008 1.9
AMG 5528 5m RC 0.078 0.099 0.554 1.135
AMG 5529 5m RC 0.095 0.025 1.91 0.419
AMG 5530 5m RC 0.255 0.465 2.33 0.533
AMG 5531 5m RC 0.093 0.077 1.35 0.348
AMG 5532 6m RC 0.113 0.028 0.832 0.122
AMG 5533 5m RC 0.117 0.005 0.095 0.11
AMG 5534 5m RC 0.235 0.004 0.023 0.174
AMG 5535 5m RC 0.159 0.005 0.044 0.112
AMG 5536 5m RC 0.154 0.005 0.045 0.189
AMG 5537 5m RC 0.918 0.003 0.024 14.4
AMG 5538 5m RC 0.117 0.004 0.039 0.233
AMG 5539 5m RC 0.021 0.004 0.019 0.455
AMG 5542 5m RC 0.104 0.006 0.126 0.709
AMG 5543 5m RC 0.278 0.002 0.15 0.122
AMG 5547 5m RC 0.057 0.001 0.012 1.585
AMG 5549 5m RC 0.165 0 0.028 0.382
AMG 5550 5m RC 0.908 0 0.023 1.095
AMG 5552 5m RC 0.072 0.001 0.014 0.122
AMG 5553 5m RC 0.755 0.001 0.01 5.91
AMG 5554 5m RC 0.286 0 0.021 2.43
AMG 5555 5m RC 0.228 0 0.01 0.214
AMG 5556 5m RC 0.267 0 0.029 4.77
AMG 5557 5m RC 0.163 0 0.025 1.895
AMG 5558 5m RC 0.486 0 0.021 2.03
AMG 5559 5m RC 0.443 0 0.023 6.53
AMG 5560 5m RC 0.218 0.001 0.036 2.37
AMG 5561 5m RC 0.09 0.001 0.01 0.493
AMG 5562 5m RC 0.052 0.001 0.004 0.339
AMG 5563 5m RC 0.047 0.001 0.005 0.505
AMG 5564 5m RC 0.039 0.001 0.004 0.517
AMG 5567 5m RC 0.018 0.001 0.005 0.213
AMG 5569 5m RC 0.016 0.001 0.004 0.317
AMG 5570 5m RC 0.041 0.001 0.027 0.713
AMG 5572 3.5m RC 0.006 0.002 0.027 0.21
AMG 5573 5m RC 0.004 0.599 0.012 0.469
AMG 5574 5m RC 0.001 0.041 0.007 0.41
AMG 5575 5m RC 0.004 0.947 0.018 0.354
AMG 5576 1m RC 0.001 0.012 0.012 0.463
AMG 5584 1m RC 1.546 0.003 0.011 0.12
AMG 5585 5m RC 0.039 0.077 0.223 0.165
* Samples AMG 5525, AMG 5563, AMG 5536 are duplicate samples of AMG 5524, AMG 5562 and AMG 5535, respectively.

The polymetallic mineralization at Hot has been known for a long time with production records existing from Russian mining activities before 1900. Records show that the Hot Mines' copper veins were exploited from 1888 to 1904. Approximately 500 to 700 tons of copper per year was obtained from high-grade copper veins, up to a metre in width, during this period. The mine operation was interrupted between 1904 and 1911. The mine was given to the Russian Hot Company in 1913 and operated until around 1921, when the Russians were expelled from the area.

The oldest tunnels were re-opened and sampled by the Turkish government company, MTA, in 1942 and 1943. The MTA also conducted geophysical studies, including IP and Turam (EM), that delineated buried potential VMS deposits and near surface "stringer zone" type sulfide mineralization. Three of five proposed drill holes were drilled on the copper veins in the 1970s, but the results have not been located.

In 2012, Aegean geologists recognized intense silicification and phyllic alteration associated with "stringer zone", which may extend undercover to the north. The accompanying IP and Turam (EM) anomalies, although historical in nature, suggest that the "stringer zone" gold may be more extensive, and may indicate buried massive sulfides, to the north and south of the geochemical anomaly reported in this news release. This "stringer zone" gold area is outside the area of the copper veins previously drilled by MTA. The local residents in the area have reported other previous drilling and the Company is seeking to determine the results of this drilling.

Aegean is currently digitizing all data compiled by the MTA over the last 60 years for the Hot prospect area, formerly called the Hot Maden prospect. In addition, the Company is conducting additional geologic mapping, geochemical sampling, and geophysical activities in the next several months (See Figure 3). The Company will be completing a Technical Report on Hot in the first quarter of 2013 as part of the requirements of NI 43-101.

To view Figures 1 to 3, visit the following link:

Review by Qualified Person, Quality Control and Reports

Dr. Thomas Henricksen, is a qualified person is a qualified person as defined by National Instrument 43-101 and prepared or reviewed the preparation of the scientific and technical information in this press release with respect to the assay results from the drilling program. Dr. Henricksen is a registered professional geologist in the State of Wyoming (Membership # 3069), a professional association and designation recognized by the Canadian regulatory authorities. Dr. Henricksen verified the data disclosed in this release, including the sampling, analytical and test data underlying the information contained in this release. Verification included a review and validation of the applicable assay databases and reviews of assay certificates.

71 Rock chip samples, 1-5 metres in length and weighing approximately 3-5 kilograms, were collected on the Hot prospect by Aegean employees. The samples were shipped by bus to the ALS Chemex Laboratory in Izmir, Turkey. Gold was analyzed by fire assay on a 30 gram sample with atomic adsorption spectrophotometer (AAS) finish. Samples above 10.0 g/t Au were repeated by fire assay on a 30-gram sample with gravimetric finish. Multi-elements were analyzed by inductively coupled plasma mass spectroscopy (ICP-MS) following multi-acid digestion. Blank, standard and duplicate samples were routinely inserted for quality assurance and quality control. More technical information on the Company's properties are available on

About Aegean Metals Group Inc.

Aegean Metals Group Inc. (TSX VENTURE:AGN) is a junior exploration company based in Canada with a primary focus in the acquisition, exploration and development of gold and copper properties. The Company currently holds major interests with Teck in two epithermal/mesothermal gold prospects in western Turkey, Ergama and Kizildam, as well as its 100%-owned Hot VMS gold and base metal prospect in northeast Turkey. For more details on the Company, please visit

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