Almaden Minerals Ltd.
TSX : AMM
NYSE MKT : AAU
NYSE Amex : AAU

Almaden Minerals Ltd.

June 25, 2012 16:00 ET

Almaden Hits 25.00 Meters of 4.22 g/t Gold and 15.41 g/t Silver (4.5 g/t AuEq) On Main Ixtaca Zone

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - June 25, 2012) - Almaden Minerals Ltd. ("Almaden" or "the Company") (TSX:AMM)(NYSE MKT:AAU)(NYSE Amex:AAU) is pleased to announce further results from the on-going 4 drill exploration program on the Company's 100% owned Tuligtic project, Mexico with holes TU-12-133, 138, 139, 141 through 144 and 146 through 150. Holes TU-12-138, 143, 144 and 146 were drilled into the Ixtaca North Zone a developing parallel zone to the Main Ixtaca Zone. Results from these holes continue to show that this zone, as presently interpreted, exists over a strike length of nearly 700 meters. Highlights from the current group of assays include the following intercepts (a more complete list of intercepts is shown in the table below):

Hole TU-12-133 MAIN IXTACA ZONE, SECTION 10525:
142.20 meters @ 0.40 g/t gold and 41.2 g/t silver (1.2 g/t gold equivalent)
Including 6.00 meters @ 1.84 g/t gold and 112.1 g/t silver (4.1 g/t gold equivalent)
And 12.00 meters @ 1.71 g/t gold and 216.5 g/t silver (6.0 g/t gold equivalent)
Hole TU-12-138 IXTACA NORTH ZONE, SECTION 10650:
95.20 meters @ 0.54 g/t gold and 61.1 g/t silver (1.8 g/t gold equivalent)
Including 9.50 meters @ 1.27 g/t gold and 234.3 g/t silver (6.0 g/t gold equivalent)
Hole TU-12-144 IXTACA NORTH ZONE, SECTION 10650:
47.10 meters @ 0.52 g/t gold and 3.73 g/t silver (0.6 g/t gold equivalent)
and 48.00 meters @ 0.52 g/t gold and 32.04 g/t silver (1.2 g/t gold equivalent)
Including 8.40 meters @ 1.68 g/t gold and 59.33 g/t silver (2.9 g/t gold equivalent)
Hole TU-12-146 IXTACA NORTH ZONE, SECTION 10400:
62.50 meters @ 0.58 g/t gold and 33.35 g/t silver (1.3 g/t gold equivalent)
Including 4.25 meters @ 1.00 gold and 96.91 g/t silver (2.9 g/t gold equivalent)
Hole TU-12-147 MAIN IXTACA ZONE, SECTION 10250:
240.66 meters @ 1.09 g/t gold and 16.63 g/t silver (1.4 g/t gold equivalent)
Including 61.50 meters @ 1.95 gold and 7.42 g/t silver (2.1 g/t gold equivalent)
And 5.10 meters @ 14.96 g/t gold and 56.05 g/t silver (16.1 g/t gold equivalent)
And 33.50 meters @ 2.96 g/t gold and 35.1 g/t silver (3.7 g/t gold equivalent)
And 0.75 meters @ 87.60 g/t gold and 207 g/t silver (91.7 g/t gold equivalent)

J.D. Poliquin, Chairman of Almaden commented, "We are very pleased with these new results which continue to confirm and show the Ixtaca zone to be a robust and wide system of veining with sections that carry high gold and silver grades. Including the veining of the newly discovered Ixtaca North zone, the Ixtaca vein system is wider than previously known. The new results reported today from the Ixtaca North continue to show that strong mineralisation and high gold grades exist here as well. Drilling to date on the Ixtaca vein system shows good continuity of mineralisation in both horizontal and vertical dimensions."

The Company currently has four drills operating on the Tuligtic project. Almaden plans to continue drilling operations throughout 2012. Below is a plan map, relevant sections and table of significant intervals which will be posted to the Company's website (www.almadenminerals.com).

Hole # From (m) To (m) Interval (m) Au (g/t) Ag (g/t) AuEq (g/t) AgEq (g/t)
TU-12-133 38.80 181.00 142.20 0.40 41.2 1.2 61
including 96.75 102.75 6.00 1.84 112.1 4.1 204
including 121.00 134.50 13.50 0.53 50.2 1.5 77
including 152.80 164.80 12.00 1.71 216.5 6.0 302
TU-12-138 43.50 87.27 43.77 0.59 4.3 0.7 34
including 61.00 71.50 10.50 0.88 4.9 1.0 49
including 84.00 87.27 3.27 2.07 10.5 2.3 114
TU-12-138 135.50 184.25 48.75 0.22 16.7 0.6 28
including 179.95 182.50 2.55 2.98 216.4 7.3 365
TU-12-138 202.00 359.50 157.50 0.36 41.4 1.2 60
including 264.30 359.50 95.20 0.54 61.1 1.8 88
including 292.50 302.00 9.50 1.27 234.3 6.0 298
including 304.00 307.00 3.00 3.87 439.9 12.7 633
TU-12-139 49.70 208.70 159.00 0.42 21.8 0.9 43
including 90.75 105.70 14.95 0.84 71.0 2.3 113
including 139.00 187.20 48.20 0.72 21.4 1.2 57
including 142.00 144.00 2.00 12.58 322.3 19.0 951
TU-12-141 85.50 142.30 56.80 0.39 4.5 0.5 24
TU-12-141 176.80 279.00 102.20 0.54 5.0 0.6 32
including 234.50 263.20 28.70 0.85 7.8 1.0 50
including 257.50 263.20 5.70 2.44 25.34 3.0 148
TU-12-142 40.20 74.30 34.10 0.55 10.65 0.8 38
including 95.30 101.20 5.90 1.26 111.51 3.5 175
TU-12-142 109.33 118.60 9.27 0.47 24.9 1.0 48
TU-12-142 162.30 171.80 9.50 0.45 48.07 1.4 70
TU-12-143 27.42 79.70 52.28 0.48 4.53 0.6 29
including 53.00 67.00 14.00 0.82 1.78 0.9 43
TU-12-144 45.50 92.60 47.10 0.52 3.73 0.6 30
TU-12-144 210.00 258.00 48.00 0.52 32.04 1.2 58
including 227.40 235.80 8.40 1.68 59.33 2.9 143
TU-12-146 56.00 118.50 62.50 0.58 33.35 1.3 62
including 59.90 91.90 32.00 0.83 43.76 1.7 85
including 103.00 107.25 4.25 1.00 96.91 2.9 147
TU-12-147 21.34 262.00 240.66 1.09 16.63 1.4 71
including 26.00 87.50 61.50 1.95 7.42 2.1 105
including 45.50 70.50 25.00 4.22 15.41 4.5 226
including 47.15 52.25 5.10 14.96 56.05 16.1 804
including 49.90 51.21 1.31 49.79 207.15 53.9 2697
including 126.00 153.00 27.00 0.32 22.16 0.8 38
including 140.50 151.00 10.50 0.52 30.43 1.1 56
including 155.50 165.00 9.50 0.56 77.96 2.1 106
including 181.00 214.50 33.50 2.96 35.11 3.7 183
including 211.25 212.00 0.75 87.60 207.00 91.7 4587
including 223.00 262.00 39.00 0.47 15.2 0.8 39
TU-12-147 276.35 279.00 2.65 0.54 65.9 1.9 93
TU-12-148 62.79 95.50 32.71 0.23 20.5 0.6 32
including 78.50 88.00 9.50 0.40 43.1 1.3 63
TU-12-149 90.00 133.00 43.00 0.60 15.0 0.9 45
TU-12-149 146.00 165.50 19.50 0.21 33.6 0.9 44
TU-12-149 172.50 177.50 5.00 0.45 47.2 1.4 70
TU-12-149 204.60 215.80 11.20 0.34 75.0 1.8 92
TU-12-149 224.50 314.70 90.20 0.37 34.5 1.1 53
including 310.10 313.60 3.50 4.65 240.9 9.5 474
TU-12-150 93.36 105.46 12.10 0.12 13.0 0.4 19
TU-12-150 140.20 142.04 1.84 1.27 50.6 2.3 114

About the Ixtaca Property

The 100% owned Ixtaca zone is a blind discovery made by the Company in 2010. The Main Ixtaca and Ixtaca North Zones of veining are thought to have a north-easterly trend. Holes to date suggest that the Main Ixtaca and Ixtaca North Zones are sub vertical with local variations. This interpretation suggests that true widths range from approximately 35% of intersected widths for a -70 degree hole to 94% of intersected widths for a -20 degree hole. The drilling completed to date has traced mineralisation over 1,000 meters along this northeast trend. Based upon observations at surface and of core as drilling progresses, there seems to be a variety of veinlet orientations within the Northeast Extension Zone however overall the zone is currently interpreted to be dipping shallowly to the north and striking at 060 Azimuth. Until this interpretation is confirmed true widths for the Northeast Extension intersections cannot be calculated with confidence at this time.

Mr. Norm Dircks, P.Geo., a qualified person ("QP") under the meaning of NI 43-101, is the QP and project manager of Almaden's Ixtaca program and reviewed the technical information in this news release. The analyses reported were carried out at ALS Chemex Laboratories of North Vancouver using industry standard analytical techniques. For gold, samples are first analysed by fire assay and atomic absorption spectroscopy ("AAS"). Samples that return values greater than 10 g/t gold using this technique are then re-analysed by fire assay but with a gravimetric finish. Silver is first analysed by Inductively Coupled Plasma - Atomic Emission Spectroscopy ("ICP-AES"). Samples that return values greater than 100 g/t silver by ICP-AES are then re analysed by HF-HNO3-HCLO4 digestion with HCL leach and ICP-AES finish. Of these samples those that return silver values greater than 1,500 g/t are further analysed by fire assay with a gravimetric finish.

Blanks, field duplicates and certified standards were inserted into the sample stream as part of Almaden's quality assurance and control program which complies with National Instrument 43-101 requirements. Gold equivalent ("AuEq" or "Gold Eq.") and silver equivalent ("AgEq" or "Silver Eq.") values were calculated using silver to gold ratios of 50 to 1. The ratio of 50 to 1 was used for the sake of consistency with past news releases. Intervals that returned assays below detection were assigned zero values. Metallurgical recoveries and net smelter returns are assumed to be 100% for these calculations.

About Almaden

Almaden is a well-financed (cash, gold inventory and equity investments totalling approximately $41.2 MM as of March 21, 2012) mineral exploration company working in North America. The company has assembled mineral exploration projects, including Tuligtic, through its grass roots exploration efforts. While the properties are largely at early stages of development they represent exciting opportunities for the discovery of significant gold, silver and copper deposits as evidenced at Ixtaca. Almaden's business model is to find and acquire mineral properties and develop them by seeking option agreements with others who can acquire an interest in a project by making payments and exploration expenditures. Through this means the company has been able to expose its shareholders to discovery and capital gain without the funding and consequent share dilution that would be required if the company were to have developed these projects without a partner. The company intends to expand this business model, described by some as prospect generation, by more aggressively exploring several of its projects including the Ixtaca Zone.

On Behalf of the Board of Directors

Morgan J. Poliquin, Ph.D., P.Eng., President, CEO and Director

Almaden Minerals Ltd.

Except for the statements of historical fact contained herein, certain information presented constitutes "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the United States Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and Canadian securities laws. Such forward-looking statements, including but not limited to, those with respect to potential expansion of mineralization, potential size of mineralized zone, and size and timing of exploration and development programs, estimated project capital and other project costs and the timing of submission and receipt and availability of regulatory approvals involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors which may cause the actual results, performance or achievement of Almaden to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Such factors include, among others, risks related to international operations and joint ventures, the actual results of current exploration activities, conclusions of economic evaluations, uncertainty in the estimation of mineral resources, changes in project parameters as plans continue to be refined, environmental risks and hazards, increased infrastructure and/or operating costs, labour and employment matters, and government regulation and permitting requirements as well as those factors discussed in the section entitled "Risk Factors" in Almaden's Annual Information form and Almaden's latest Form 20-F on file with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission in Washington, D.C. Although Almaden has attempted to identify important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially, there may be other factors that cause results not to be as anticipated, estimated or intended. There can be no assurance that such statements will prove to be accurate as actual results and future events could differ materially from those anticipated in such statements. Almaden disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, other than as required pursuant to applicable securities laws. Accordingly, readers should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements

To view the maps accompanying this press release please click on the following link: http://media3.marketwire.com/docs/AlmMaps625.pdf

Neither the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX) nor the NYSE AMEX have reviewed or accepted responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of the contents of this news release which has been prepared by management.

Contact Information

  • Almaden Minerals Ltd.
    Morgan J. Poliquin, Ph.D., P.Eng.
    President, CEO and Director
    (604) 689-7644
    (604) 689-7645 (FAX)
    www.almadenminerals.com