Avino Silver & Gold Mines Ltd.
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Avino Silver & Gold Mines Ltd.

September 17, 2008 11:52 ET

Avino Reports Further High-Grade Drill Results From San Gonzalo Zone-Drills 3.0 m of 10.28 g/t Gold and 545 g/t Silver

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Sept. 17, 2008) - Avino Silver & Gold Mines Ltd. (TSX VENTURE:ASM)(OTCBB:ASGMF)(FRANKFURT:GV6)(BERLIN:GV6)has reported further high-grade silver and gold assays from drilling at the Avino Mine property near Durango, Mexico. The new results, from the San Gonzalo zone located northeast of the original mine workings, include some of the best values recorded since drilling began on the vein in 2006.

Hole SG-08-01 on the San Gonzalo vein intersected a 2.75-metre zone 1.13 g/t gold and 155 g/t silver of gold and silver mineralization with the following values:



SG-08-01
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From To Length Au Ag Cu Pb Zn
(m) (m) (m) (g/t) (g/t) (ppm) (ppm) (ppm)
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143.05 144.40 1.35 1.330 168.6 309 530 3598
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144.40 145.80 1.40 0.930 142.1 131 560 1540
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Hole SG-08-02 intersected two zones of mineralization. The first zone, located above the San Gonzalo vein in the hanging wall, measured 1.60 metres grading 1.72 g/t gold and 704 g/t silver. The second zone, located within the vein, measured 3.0 metres grading 10.28 g/t gold and 545 g/t silver. Intersection and grade details were as follows:



SG-08-02
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From To Length Au Ag Cu Pb Zn
(m) (m) (m) (g/t) (g/t) (ppm) (ppm) (ppm)
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257.50 258.05 .55 .420 150.2 318 2832 5393
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258.05 258.70 .65 3.840 1564.4 264 13100 13900
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258.70 259.10 .40 0.075 68.1 79 266 502
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263.05 263.75 .70 10.765 1275.6 7394 106000 146000
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263.75 263.95 .20 0.115 62.3 364 4916 31000
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263.95 264.70 .75 2.606 587.4 4327 76200 200000
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264.70 265.30 .60 7.337 224.1 2363 146000 355000
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264.30 266.05 .75 22.560 204.2 917 80000 126000
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SG-08-02 was drilled to explore a gap between previous holes SG-07-14 (5.40 m @ 1.52 g/t gold and 774 g/t silver) and hole SG-07-22 (2.26 m. @ 1.497 g/t gold 152g/t silver).

Further infill drilling is also underway to upgrade and expand the current NI 43-101 resource. Please visit www.avino.com to view the Longitudinal Section diagram showing location of San Gonzalo holes.

Progress Continues Towards San Gonzalo Bulk Sampling

The planned bulk sampling program for San Gonzalo is progressing on schedule and within budget. All necessary permit applications (explosives, environmental and operational), are complete, with written approvals expected shortly from government agencies. Refurbishing of the mill is nearly complete, including upgrades to the flotation system, cyclone and filters. The company is in discussions with potential buyers of the concentrate and also with contractors for crushing and extraction of material from the San Gonzalo vein.

Avino's Regional Drilling Program

Avino has also conducted drilling on regional targets on the large Avino mine property including La Blanca, San Jose, Santa Ana, Aquila Mexicana and Elena/Tolosa. The results are summarized below:

La Blanca: Two holes - LBL 08-01 and 02

Neither hole intersected significant mineralization.

San Jose Area: Six holes - SJ-08-01 thru 06

No significant intersections were reported, except for SJ-08-03 which intersected 0.4 metres @ 0.745 g/t gold and 98.5 g/t silver in what may be the La Estela vein. Minor intersections were reported in SJ-09-06

Santa Ana Area: Four holes - STA-08-01 thru 04

Minor intersections reported in STA-08-04 but nothing significant.

Aguila Mexicana: Seven holes - AM-08-01 thru 07

Hole AM-08-02 intersected 5.05 metres @ 0.49 g/t gold 75.38 g/t silver.



AM-08-02 Details
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From To Length Au Ag Cu Pb Zn
(m) (m) (m) (g/t) (g/t) (ppm) (ppm) (ppm)
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195.05 195.90 .85 .221 189.4 155 238 438
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195.90 196.80 .90 .100 19.1 139 155 384
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196.80 197.90 1.10 .245 82.6 738 14400 34000
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197.90 199.10 1.20 .905 42.1 467 13800 46500
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199.10 200.10 1.00 1.046 77.1 1552 3977
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Hole AM-08-04 intersected 3.30 metres grading 0.34 g/t gold and 151 g/t silver.



AM-08-04 Details:
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From To Length Au Ag Cu Pb Zn
(m) (m) (m) (g/t) (g/t) (ppm) (ppm) (ppm)
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205.10 206.15 1.05 0.309 85.4 1092 4672 4835
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206.15 207.15 1.00 0.259 132.7 3278 6780 1116
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207.15 207.80 .65 0.600 277.4 1017 1979 1020
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207.80 208.40 .60 0.243 159.4 693 786 693
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AM-08-02 AND AM-08-04 generated the first good drill values from the Aguila Mexicana zone, and they represent viable targets for future exploration.

Avino vein (Elena/Tolos or ET Vein)

Eight holes (ET-08-01 thru ET-08-08) were drilled on the main Avino Vein or ET Zone. These holes are part of a series of holes drilled in 2006 and 2007. Details of the drilling will be released separately. Production from the Avino Vein ceased in November 2001 when the mine closed due low metals prices and closure of a key smelter.

Founded in 1968, Avino has established a long record of mining and exploration. The Company's focus is the acquisition and aggressive exploration of top silver prospects throughout North America. Avino remains well funded.

This news release was prepared by Chris J. Sampson, P. Eng., a qualified person under NI 43-101.

Founded in 1968, Avino has established a long record of mining and exploration. The Company's focus is the acquisition and aggressive exploration of top silver prospects throughout North America. Avino remains well funded.

ON BEHALF OF THE BOARD

David Wolfin, President

The TSX Venture Exchange has not reviewed and does not accept the responsibility for the accuracy or adequacy of this release.

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