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

June 22, 2015 08:00 ET

Avino Reports Results From 2014 / 2015 Bralorne Gold Mine Drill Program

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwired - June 22, 2015) - Avino Silver & Gold Mines Ltd. (TSX VENTURE:ASM)(NYSE MKT:ASM)(FRANKFURT:GV6) ("Avino" or "the Company") today announces the results from the 2014 drill program as well as results from the program thus far in 2015 at its wholly owned Bralorne Gold Mine property located 240 km north of Vancouver, British Columbia.

Surface diamond drilling was carried out on the Bralorne property from December 2014 through April 2015. Thirty-two holes were completed during this period, totaling 7,793.0 metres. The program commenced in December of 2014, stopped for the holiday season and was put on hold in April 2015 to allow assay compilation to be completed in order to formulate a plan for follow up drilling. As was expected, the results indicated that significant mineralization exists in the undeveloped gap zones between the historic Bralorne, Pioneer and King Mines; further exploration is necessary to increase the resource base.

"Overall the recent drilling results were quite positive with a number of zones having been identified that warrant underground mine investigation and further drilling. Many of the drill holes intersected visible gold within the veins, which attests to the significant endowment of coarse gold in this historically productive mining camp and the presence of gold in quartz veins in the past has been a strong indicator of potentially economic mineralization. The mineralized zones outlined are more continuous vertically than horizontally, which is a characteristic of the known deposits at Bralorne and is common amongst other mesothermal-type gold quartz vein deposits such as at the Red Lake and Timmins gold districts. This vertical continuity suggests good potential for significant discoveries at depth."

- Dr. Mathew Ball, Vice President of Operations Canada, Avino Silver & Gold Mines Ltd.

Operational Update

Avino is pleased to report that the permit to raise the tailings dam (according to the original design) has been received. The Company has retained independent engineering firms to oversee and build the dam raise; work is expected to commence this summer.

Avino is committed to modernizing the operation, upgrading the mining equipment, and expanding the mine. The Company is experienced with turnaround situations as proven with the reactivation of the Avino Mine in Mexico and plans to issue a comprehensive operational update when key milestones have been achieved.

2014 Drilling

In 2014, a total of 1218.9 metres (3,999 feet) of NQ core was drilled in 10 holes to explore the Shaft and Prince veins in the northern part of the property. Seventeen significant intercepts were identified (significant is defined for this purpose as greater or equal to 0.10 ounce per ton gold), and these are listed in the table below:

Hole Azimuth Inc. From
(m)
To
(m)
Length
(m)
True Width
(m)
Au
(g/T)
Au
(oz/ton)
Gold Vein
SB14-001 197.3 -44.0 10.9 11.2 0.3 0.1 3.98 0.116 QVZN
SB14-001 197.3 -44.0 62.8 63.0 0.2 0.2 6.10 0.178 QVZN
SB14-001 197.3 -44.0 76.7 77.7 1.0 0.9 26.96 0.786 3 Prince
SB14-001 197.3 -44.0 78.6 78.9 0.2 0.2 12.32 0.359 Prince FW
SB14-002 139.0 -45.0 39.4 39.9 0.5 0.4 41.00 1.196 4 Shaft
SB14-003 190.5 -46.8 33.8 34.6 0.8 0.6 5.80 0.169 QVZN
SB14-003 190.5 -46.8 43.3 45.8 2.3 2.2 10.25 0.299 Shaft
SB14-003 190.5 -46.8 52.4 52.6 0.2 0.2 6.56 0.191 Shaft FW
SB14-003 190.5 -46.8 90.5 90.8 0.3 0.2 6.60 0.193 QVZN
SB14-004 174.0 -64.8 55.0 56.1 1.1 0.7 10.60 0.309 Shaft
SB14-004 174.0 -64.8 59.3 59.6 0.4 0.3 7.27 0.212 Shaft FW
SB14-005 151.3 -46.5 46.9 47.9 1.0 0.8 7.12 0.208 Shaft
SB14-006 168.4 -46.6 12.1 12.3 0.2 0.2 7.74 0.226 QV
SB14-007 165.5 -64.0 14.1 14.4 0.3 0.2 4.24 0.124 ALT
SB14-008 181.0 -54.4 86.6 86.9 0.3 0.2 87.84 2.562 2 Shaft
SB14-009 158.4 -50.6 78.2 79.1 0.9 0.7 11.50 0.335 4 Shaft
SB14-010 141.0 -51.6 83.7 85.3 1.6 1.1 4.65 0.136 Shaft
Explanation: Gold = number of grains of visible gold, QV=quartz vein, QVZN=quartz vein zone, ALT = altered zone oz/ton= ounce per short ton, Au = gold, Inc.=inclination,
Cautionary Note: The company considers all intercepts assaying 0.1 oz/ton Au or greater as significant, but cautions that these intercept data are preliminary in nature and not conclusive evidence of the likelihood of the occurrence of an economic mineral deposit.

Shaft Vein Results

Seven significant intercepts were identified on the Shaft vein. The results indicate a mineralized zone above the 400 level that is approximately 75 metres in strike length and vertical extent.

Prince Vein Results

Five holes were drilled through the Shaft vein to intersect the Prince vein, about 30 metres into the footwall of the Shaft vein. Of these, a single significant intercept was identified on the Prince vein in hole SB14-001. Hole SB14-001 also intersected a splay vein in the footwall of the Prince vein. Other significant intercepts were identified on quartz veins that had not previously been identified; these are potentially new discoveries if they can be shown to be continuous. Follow-up drilling is warranted on the Shaft vein below the 400 level and possibly on the Prince vein.

2015 Drilling

In 2015, a total of 6574.2 metres (21,569 feet) of NQ core was drilled and 22 holes were completed to explore the Alhambra, 52 and 77 veins. The Alhambra vein was first tested by 3 holes drilled near the recent underground workings, and then 19 holes were completed through the 77 and 52 veins. Significant intercepts are listed in the table below:

Hole Azimuth Inc. From
(m)
To
(m)
Length
(m)
True Width (m) Au
(g/T)
Au
(oz/ton)
Gold Vein
SB15-001 189.5 -56.1 118.0 118.4 0.4 0.2 17.45 0.509 Alhambra
SB15-002 137.5 -46.9 44.7 45.5 0.8 0.2 3.81 0.111 BK
SB15-002 137.5 -46.9 81.8 82.4 0.6 0.3 25.50 0.744 QV
SB15-002 137.5 -46.9 103.6 104.4 0.8 0.6 5.64 0.165 Alhambra
SB15-003 124.0 -43.2 6.6 6.9 0.3 0.2 9.42 0.275 QV
SB15-003 124.0 -43.2 106.7 107.1 0.6 0.3 4.41 0.129 Alhambra
SB15-003 124.0 -43.2 111.6 111.8 0.2 0.2 3.42 0.100 Alhambra FW
SB15-004 214.3 -57.2 230.4 230.9 0.5 0.2 9.52 0.278 QV
SB15-005 219.2 -63.0 29.7 29.9 0.2 0.2 7.98 0.233 51B FW
SB15-005 219.2 -63.0 30.5 30.9 0.4 0.3 6.68 0.195 1 51B FW
SB15-005 219.2 -63.0 63.2 63.5 0.3 0.2 3.64 0.106 QV
SB15-005 219.2 -63.0 75.1 75.4 0.3 0.2 7.31 0.213 QV
SB15-006 190.1 -50.1 28.7 29.0 0.3 0.2 3.51 0.102 51B FW
SB15-006 190.1 -50.1 269.1 269.5 0.4 0.3 10.24 0.299 52
SB15-007 199.8 -68.5 54.5 54.7 0.2 0.1 10.78 0.314 QV
SB15-007 199.8 -68.5 213.5 213.7 0.2 0.1 6.83 0.199 1 QV
SB15-007 199.8 -68.5 278.1 278.7 0.6 0.4 15.52 0.453 4 52
SB15-007 199.8 -68.5 281.8 282.6 0.8 0.5 7.61 0.222 52 FW
SB15-008 200.8 -50.2 227.6 228.1 0.5 0.5 7.38 0.215 77
SB15-008 200.8 -50.2 244.4 244.8 0.4 0.3 9.46 0.276 QV
SB15-008 200.8 -50.2 245.9 247.3 1.4 1.2 7.56 0.220 QVZN
SB15-010 205.2 -75.0 24.3 24.9 0.6 0.2 5.12 0.149 2 QVZN
SB15-010 205.2 -75.0 59.3 60.0 0.8 0.5 5.68 0.166 1 QV
SB15-010 205.2 -75.0 76.0 76.3 0.3 0.2 3.44 0.100 QV
SB15-010 205.2 -75.0 260.8 261.2 0.4 0.2 6.84 0.199 1 QV
SB15-011 215.0 -75.5 40.0 40.5 0.5 0.3 6.38 0.186 1 QV
SB15-011 215.0 -75.5 49.9 50.4 0.5 0.1 16.48 0.481 2 QV
SB15-011 215.0 -75.5 62.7 63.0 0.3 0.2 5.05 0.147 1 QV
SB15-011 215.0 -75.5 63.5 63.7 0.2 0.1 7.47 0.218 QVZN
SB15-011 215.0 -75.5 191.7 192.7 1.0 0.6 20.50 0.598 5 77
SB15-011 215.0 -75.5 257.3 257.8 0.5 0.3 29.32 0.855 3 QV
SB15-011 215.0 -75.5 301.2 302.9 1.7 1.1 13.01 0.379 10 52
SB15-012 215.0 -66.0 29.7 30.4 0.7 0.6 13.30 0.388 QV
SB15-012 215.0 -66.0 30.9 31.2 0.3 0.3 3.60 0.105 QV
SB15-012 215.0 -66.0 63.4 63.9 0.5 0.3 15.07 0.440 QV
SB15-012 215.0 -66.0 269.9 270.4 0.5 0.4 13.83 0.403 1 52 HW
SB15-012 215.0 -66.0 284.0 284.9 0.9 0.6 12.54 0.366 3 52
SB15-014 224.0 -71.3 66.9 67.2 0.3 0.2 6.12 0.179 1 QV
SB15-014 224.0 -71.3 180.5 181.4 0.9 0.6 17.87 0.521 23 77
SB15-014 224.0 -71.3 286.0 286.3 0.3 0.2 6.05 0.176 1 52
SB15-015 227.0 -79.0 61.7 61.9 0.2 0.2 3.57 0.104 QV
SB15-015 227.0 -79.0 89.4 89.9 0.5 0.5 5.66 0.165 QV
SB15-015 227.0 -79.0 199.8 201.5 1.7 1.0 12.13 0.354 77
SB15-015 227.0 -79.0 314.2 314.4 0.2 0.1 34.55 1.008 12 52
SB15-016A 242.0 -75.7 36.6 36.9 0.3 0.2 4.96 0.145 QV
SB15-016A 242.0 -75.7 51.0 51.1 0.1 0.1 6.23 0.182 QVZN
SB15-016 242.3 -74.8 323.5 324.6 1.1 0.6 4.31 0.126 52
SB15-017 193.5 -59.4 31.5 31.9 0.4 0.4 6.56 0.191 2 QV
SB15-017 193.5 -59.4 54.8 55.0 0.2 0.1 4.55 0.133 ALT
SB15-017 193.5 -59.4 278.7 279.4 0.7 0.6 10.50 0.306 52
SB15-019 204.8 -50.3 184.7 185.1 0.4 0.4 4.84 0.141 QV
SB15-020 216.5 -53.0 254.8 256.5 1.7 1.5 21.53 0.628 77
SB15-021 226.0 -61.6 274.4 275.1 0.7 0.5 3.69 0.108 2 77
SB15-022 220.0 -66.8 251.5 251.9 0.4 0.3 4.38 0.128 77
Explanation: Gold = number of grains of visible gold, QV=quartz vein, QVZN=quartz vein zone, ALT = altered zone oz/ton= ounce per short ton, Au = gold, Inc.=inclination,
Cautionary Note: The company considers all intercepts assaying 0.1 oz/ton Au or greater as significant, but cautions that these intercept data are preliminary in nature and not conclusive evidence of the likelihood of the occurrence of an economic mineral deposit.

Alhambra Vein Results

Significant intercepts were identified in all of the Alhambra holes; however, when composite grades are calculated over a 1.2 metre (4 foot) minimum mining width, only one intercept is marginally significant at 0.109 oz/ton over 1.2 metres. The results suggest that high grade mineralization does not extend very far beyond the current mine workings on that vein. Hole SB15-002 also intersected 1.9 feet that assayed 0.744 oz/ton gold before intersecting the Alhambra structure. This intercept is interpreted as a splay vein between the BK9870 and Alhambra veins. Follow-up investigation is warranted.

77 Vein Results.

The 77 vein was historically the most productive vein in the Bralorne mining camp. Drilling in 2015 targeted the extension of this vein southwards into the gap area between the former Bralorne and Pioneer mines. Significant intercepts were identified in 7 holes, of which four are also significant when averaged over a minimum mining width of 1.2 metres (4 feet). The drilling defined two steeply plunging mineralized shoots. The easternmost shoot is approximately 23 metres in horizontal extent and 150 metres in vertical extent. This shoot occurs entirely within soda granite. The western shoot is approximately 30 metres in strike length and 75 metres in vertical extent. Additional drilling is warranted to further test the down plunge extents initially as far as, and below the 800 Level. Additional drilling is also warranted to follow-up previous intercepts west of the soda granite that may be the top of another shoot.

52 Vein Results

The 52 vein lies parallel to the 77 vein and was also explored in 2015 along its southern extension in the gap between the former Bralorne and Pioneer mines. Significant intercepts were identified in 7 holes, of which five are significant when averaged over a minimum mining width of 1.2 metres (4 feet). The drilling defined a single mineralized shoot with a horizontal dimension of about 38 metres and a vertical extent of 122 metres. The shoot is open to depth and possibly also upwards. Visible gold was observed in many of the holes that intersected this zone. Mine advancement should be considered for detailed investigation of the gold content. Further drilling is warranted to test the extents of this shoot. Drilling is also warranted to follow-up previous hole SB88-78 that intersected a banded quartz vein that assayed 1.19 oz/ton over 0.4 metres (1.4 feet).

Qualified Person

Avino's Bralorne Mine project is under the supervision of Dr. Mathew Ball, P.Geo. Dr. Ball is a qualified person ("QP") within the context of National Instrument 43-101. Dr. Ball has reviewed and approved all the applicable technical data herein.

About Avino

Avino's mission is to create shareholder value through profitable organic growth at the historic Avino property near Durango, Mexico, and the Bralorne Property in southwestern British Columbia, Canada. We are committed to managing all business activities in an environmentally responsible and cost-effective manner, while contributing to the well-being of the communities in which we operate.

ON BEHALF OF THE BOARD

David Wolfin, President & CEO, Avino Silver & Gold Mines Ltd.

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