Argonaut Gold Inc.
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Argonaut Gold Inc.

July 22, 2015 16:00 ET

Argonaut Gold Announces Additional Magino Drill Results; Infill Drilling Includes Intercepts With Higher Grade Mineralization

Infill drilling includes 38 holes for 7,228 metres of core drilling, providing additional information on historic underground zone

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - July 22, 2015) - Argonaut Gold Inc. (TSX:AR) (the "Company", "Argonaut Gold" or "Argonaut") is pleased to provide an additional update on the 2015 drill campaign at the 100% owned Magino project, located near Wawa, Ontario.

The recent infill drilling at the Magino project was focused on defining mineralization around the historic underground workings. At present, the project hosts an indicated mineral resource of 127.8 million tonnes at 1.01 grams per tonne ("g/t") gold for 4.2 million ounces and an additional inferred mineral resource of 30.0 million tonnes at 1.08 g/t gold for 1.0 million ounces. (The current drilling as detailed in this release has not been incorporated into an updated resource.)

Peter Dougherty, President and CEO of Argonaut Gold stated: "I am pleased with the infill drilling program which identified higher grade mineralization, consistent with historic drilling, in the area surrounding the prior underground workings of the Magino deposit. We plan to incorporate this infill drilling along with the recently released drill results from the Richmont zone, which extended mineralization an additional 250 metres, into an updated resource statement. The revised resource and economic information based upon the updated resource is expected to be released later in the year."

INFILL DRILLING HIGHLIGHTS:

The Company completed 38 NQ core holes totaling 7,228 metres. The focus of this drilling was to gain further insight into the area surrounding the historic underground workings. The infill drill program confirmed zones of higher grade mineralization which are consistent with previous resource modeling exercises. Specifically, during the drill campaign we completed hole # MA15-461 which had 75 meters of 4.02 grams per tonne gold which represents the best hole drilled on the project to date. Listed below are a drill location map and key drill results:

Infill Drilling hole location map: http://media3.marketwire.com/docs/1018239_MAP_1.jpg

Hole ID From
(Meters)
To
(Meters)
Width
(Meters)
Au g/t Azimuth Dip
MA15-447 59 82 23 2.44 340 -70
MA15-451 7 24 17 1.50 341 -50
MA15-452 64 128 64 1.01 171 -57
including 70 98 28 1.35
MA15-454 165 214 49 1.05 165 -51
MA15-456 176 199 23 1.67 157 -50
including 178 183 5 3.69
MA15-457 43 62 19 1.14 169 -48
MA15-458 71 136 65 0.64 166 -52
MA15-460 122 204 82 1.04 157 -81
MA15-461 154 229 75 4.02 167 -54
including 196 219 23 5.80
MA15-461 249 294 45 1.39 167 -54
including 282 294 12 3.45
MA15-462 138 171 33 0.93 162 -49
including 138 142 4 4.3
MA15-462 300 324 24 2.88 162 -49
including 301 314 13 4.86
MA15-463 233 372 139 2.21 164 -51
including 240 256 16 6.16
MA15-464 299 316 17 1.44 161 -70
MA15-465 21.9 59 37.1 0.69 163 -46
MA15-465 150 160 10 1.85 163 -46
MA15-469 57 67 10 2.44 348 -50
MA15-474 96 113 17 1.57 158 -71
MA15-483 65 90 25 0.95 156 -81
MA15-484 3 16 13 2.47 163 -61

The reported intervals are actual core length with true width of mineralization averaging near 65% of the reported intervals

Vice President of Exploration, Tom Burkhart said "Now that we have completed this phase of drilling, we look forward to including this information into an updated mineral resource. I am encouraged by the results that we received from the drilling completed so far and see it as a clear demonstration of the unrealized potential that we believe the Magino project holds."

Magino Deposit Overview: http://media3.marketwire.com/docs/1018239_MAP_2.jpg

Path Forward

The 2015 Magino drilling results will be incorporated into an updated mineral resource and Preliminary Feasibility Study (PFS) for the project which is expected to be released in late 2015.

Technical Information and Mineral Properties Reports and Quality Control

Mr. Thomas Burkhart, Argonaut's Vice President of Exploration is the Company's Qualified Person responsible for the contents of this press release and has reviewed approved the information in the release pursuant to National Instrument 43-101("NI 43-101"). For further information on the Magino Gold Project please refer to the report listed below on the Company's website www.argonautgold.com or on www.sedar.com:

Magino Gold Project Preliminary Feasibility Study Technical Report for the Magino Project, Wawa, Ontario, Canada dated January 30, 2014 and with an effective date of December 17, 2013

Argonaut Gold used Activation Laboratories in Thunder Bay as the primary laboratory for its analysis. The samples were analysed using a fire assay method with a 50 gram pulp size. All results greater than 5 grams per tonne were subsequently analysed using a metallic screen. Samples that were strongly mineralized or altered were selected for additional metallic screen analysis. Certified reference materials (standards) or blanks were inserted every 10 samples and preparation duplicates were taken every 50 samples.

Full results of the drilling programme will be posted to Argonaut's website.

About Argonaut Gold

Argonaut Gold is a Canadian gold company engaged in exploration, mine development and production activities. Its primary assets are the production stage El Castillo mine in Durango, Mexico, and La Colorada mine in Sonora, Mexico. Advanced exploration stage projects include the San Antonio project in Baja California Sur, Mexico, the Magino project in Ontario, Canada and the San Agustin project in Durango, Mexico. The Company also has several exploration stage projects, all of which are located in North America.

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Although Argonaut has attempted to identify important factors that could cause actual actions, events or results to differ materially from those described in forward-looking statements, there may be other factors that cause actions, events or results not to be anticipated, estimated or intended. There can be no assurance that forward-looking statements will prove to be accurate, as actual results and future events could differ materially from those anticipated in such statements. Argonaut undertakes no obligation to update forward-looking statements if circumstances or management's estimates or opinions should change except as required by applicable securities laws. The reader is cautioned not to place undue reliance on forward-looking statements. Statements concerning mineral reserve and resource estimates may also be deemed to constitute forward-looking statements to the extent they involve estimates of the mineralization that will be encountered if the property is developed. Comparative market information is as of a date prior to the date of this document.

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