Arian Silver Corporation
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Arian Silver Corporation

June 16, 2008 02:00 ET

Exploration Update-Tepal Project

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - June 16, 2008) -

Arian Silver Corporation ("Arian" or the "Company") (TSX VENTURE:AGQ)(AIM:AGQ)(PLUS:AGQ)(FRANKFURT:I3A) is pleased to announce that it has received all outstanding assay results from the Phase-1 diamond-drill programme at its Tepal Project, Michoacan State, Mexico. A total of approximately 7,200m in 42 holes were drilled on the property and 30 of these holes intersected significant gold-copper mineralization. The drilling confirmed the existence of two significant mineralised porphyry zones and a newly discovered porphyry zone to the east.



Highlights:

- Phase-1 Drilling Completed.

- Results include: -

- 224m at 0.52 g/t Au, 0.25% Cu, (1.09 g/t AuEq)

- 124m at 0.85 g/t Au, 0.37% Cu, (1.71 g/t AuEq)

- 114m at 0.84 g/t Au, 0.38% cu, (1.70 g/t AuEq)

- 100m at 0.75 g/t Au, 0.33% Cu, (1.50 g/t AuEq)

- 90m at 1.17 g/t Au, 0.48% Cu, (2.25 g/t AuEq)

- Resource zones are open in multiple directions

- Additional gold-copper porphyry-style mineralisation discovered


Hecla, Teck and Inco previously explored the Tepal Property and discovered two gold-copper porphyries, namely the North and South Zones. Surface mapping and sampling by Arian has discovered a third area of gold-copper porphyry mineralisation, which has been named the East Zone.

The drill programme was designed to confirm the historic drill data and to make the historic resources NI 43-101 compliant. Several holes were drilled into the East Zone to further test its potential. The programme achieved both goals and also indicated that the resources areas are open in multiple directions and exploration drilling has identified new, previously unexplored gold-copper porphyries. The results of the drilling programme are set out in Appendix 1 to this release.

Arian's Chief Executive Officer, Jim Williams, said, "The drilling programme has confirmed the historic resources at Tepal and that the zones of mineralisation are open in multiple directions. These results together with the discovery of a third new gold-copper porphyry demonstrate that there is excellent potential for significantly more resources at Tepal. We have already issued an initial NI 43-101 resource for Tepal and we are on schedule to update this resource estimation during Q3 of this year. We believe that Tepal has the potential to be a significant gold/copper project within a world-class mining district."

About the Project

The 14,000-hectare Tepal Property is located in Michoacan State, Mexico, approximately 200km southwest of the state capital, Morelia, and covers a relatively newly discovered porphyry district located in southern Mexico. Arian has defined an initial N.I. 43-101 inferred mineral resource estimate of 2.58M oz AuEq at Tepal (78.8MT @ 0.47 g/t Au, 0.24% Cu or 1.03 g/t AuEq). See Arian's press release dated 10 March 2008 entitled, "Initial NI 43-101 Resource Calculation at Tepal" with respect to this resource estimate.

All technical information for the Tepal Project is obtained and reported under a formal quality assurance and quality control (QA/QC) programme. The core is logged and photographed by Arian staff and then split using a diamond saw. Half the core is stored on-site in a secure core shed and the other half is sampled, bagged and secured before transporting to ALS Chemex's sample preparation facility in Guadalajara, Mexico. The entire half-core is crushed and two kilograms is pulverised and homogenised. 150-gram pulp samples are then freighted to ALS Chemex's analytical laboratory in Vancouver, British Columbia for analysis. Systematic assaying of duplicates is performed for precision and accuracy; check assays are regularly conducted by ALS Chemex. Each sample has its own unique sample number.

Approximately 5% of the analysed samples are re-sampled and sent to the SGS-Lakefield preparation and analytical facility in Durango, Mexico. Results from all duplicate analyses are compared to identify potential analytical or sampling errors.

The SGS Lakefield and ALS Chemex laboratories are independent of Arian.

The samples were analysed for 32 elements by ICP (inductively coupled plasma), preceded by an Aqua Regia digestion. Gold was analysed by fire assay with an atomic absorption finish. High-grade samples (gold greater than 3 g/t and silver greater than 100 g/t) were re-analysed by a fire assay with a gravimetric finish.

Additional information with respect to the Tepal Project is contained in the technical report prepared by A.C.A. Howe International Limited, which is dated September 18, 2006 and entitled "Technical Report on the Tepal Project, Michoacan, Mexico". A copy of the report can be obtained from Sedar at www.sedar.com.

The "qualified person" (as such term is defined in National Instrument 43-101) who prepared this current mineral resource estimate for the Tepal Project is Mr. James Hogg. Mr. Hogg is an employee of A.C.A. Howe International Limited.

Mr. Jim Williams, Chief Executive Officer of Arian, is a "Qualified Person" as defined in the AIM guidelines of the London Stock Exchange, and a "Qualified Person" as defined in the Canadian Securities Administrators National Instrument 43-101. This press release has been prepared under Mr. Williams' supervision. Mr Williams has verified the data disclosed by this release (including sampling, analytical and test data underlying the information).

Arian Silver Corporation is a silver exploration company listed on London's AIM and "PLUS", on Toronto's TSX Venture Exchange and on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange. Arian is active in Mexico, the world's second largest silver producing country. The Company's main projects are the Calicanto and San Jose projects in Zacatecas State and the Tepal project in Michoacan State. Part of Arian's forward-looking strategy lies in the envisaged use of large scale mechanized mining techniques over wider mineralized structures and to build up National Instrument 43-101 compliant resources.

Further information can be found by visiting Arian's website: www.ariansilver.com or the Company's publicly available records at www.sedar.com.

No stock exchange, securities commission or other regulatory authority has approved or disapproved the information contained in this release.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains certain "forward-looking statements". All statements, other than statements of historical fact, that address activities, events or developments that the Company believes, expects or anticipates will or may occur in the future (including, without limitation, the mineral resource estimates referred to in this press release and statements regarding exploration results, potential mineralization, potential mineral resources, future production and the Company's exploration and development plans and objectives) are forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements reflect the current expectations or beliefs of the Company based on information currently available to the Company. Forward-looking statements are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties that may cause the actual results of the Company to differ materially from those discussed in the forward-looking statements, and even if such actual results are realized or substantially realized, there can be no assurance that they will have the expected consequences to, or effects on the Company. Factors that could cause actual results or events to differ materially from current expectations include, among other things, failure to establish estimated mineral resources, the possibility that future exploration results will not be consistent with the Company's expectations, uncertainties relating to the availability and costs of financing needed in the future, changes in commodity prices, changes in equity markets, political developments in Mexico, changes to regulations affecting the Company's activities, foreign currency fluctuations, delays in obtaining or failures to obtain required regulatory approvals, the uncertainties involved in interpreting exploration results and other geological data, and the other risks involved in the mineral exploration and development industry. Any forward-looking statement speaks only as of the date on which it is made and, except as may be required by applicable securities laws, the Company disclaims any intent or obligation to update any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events or results or otherwise. Although the Company believes that the assumptions inherent in the forward-looking statements are reasonable, forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and accordingly undue reliance should not be put on such statements due to the inherent uncertainty therein.

The mineral resource figures disclosed in this press release are estimates and no assurances can be given that the indicated levels of minerals will be produced. Such estimates are expressions of judgment based on knowledge, mining experience, analysis of drilling results and industry practices. Valid estimates made at a given time may significantly change when new information becomes available. While the Company believes that the resource estimates referred to in this press release are well established, by their nature resource estimates are imprecise and depend, to a certain extent, upon statistical inferences, which may ultimately prove unreliable. If such estimates are inaccurate or are reduced in the future, this could have a material adverse impact on the Company.

Mineral resources are not mineral reserves and do not have demonstrated economic viability. There is no certainty that mineral resources can be upgraded to mineral reserves through continued exploration.



APPENDIX 1

Table 1: Tepal Phase-1 drilling: Significant Intercepts Cut-off:
greater than 10m grading greater than 0.5 g/t gold equivalents.

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Gold
Drill-hole Zone From To Thickness Gold Copper Equivalents #
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(m) (m) (m) (g/t) (%) (g/t)
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AS-07-001 South 5 178 173.0 0.53 0.28 1.16
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inc 5.0 58.0 53.0 0.36 0.27 0.97
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inc 58.0 118.0 60.0 0.73 0.26 1.32
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inc 118.0 178.0 60.0 0.48 0.30 1.17
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AS-07-002 East No Significant Intercepts
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AS-07-003 East No Significant Intercepts
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AS-07-004 North 0 172 172 0.90 0.43 1.88
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inc 0 116 116 1.15 0.51 2.31
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inc 0.0 11.0 11.0 0.28 0.47 1.35
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inc 11.0 44.0 33.0 1.37 0.65 2.85
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inc 48.0 82.0 34.0 1.74 0.65 3.23
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inc 82.0 116.0 34.0 0.74 0.32 1.46
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inc 116.0 172.0 56.0 0.36 0.26 0.95
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AS-07-005 South 0.0 100.0 100.0 0.75 0.33 1.50
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inc 0.0 36.0 36.0 0.91 0.35 1.72
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inc 36.0 60.0 24.0 0.36 0.13 0.65
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inc 60.0 100.0 40.0 0.84 0.43 1.81
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AS-07-006 North 0.0 90.0 90.0 1.17 0.48 2.25
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inc 0.0 32.0 32 1.08 0.34 1.85
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inc 35.5 60.0 24.5 1.94 0.77 3.68
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inc 60.0 88.0 28.0 0.81 0.47 1.88
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& 106.0 185.0 79.0 0.47 0.30 1.15
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inc 108.0 148.0 40.0 0.62 0.39 1.51
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inc 156.0 185.0 29.0 0.43 0.29 1.09
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AS-07-007 South 0.0 224.0 224.0 0.52 0.25 1.09
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inc 0.0 162.5 162.5 0.58 0.27 1.21
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inc 0.0 64.5 64.5 0.43 0.27 1.04
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inc 64.5 97.5 33.0 0.98 0.39 1.88
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inc 97.5 126.5 29.0 0.39 0.18 0.80
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inc 126.5 144.0 17.5 1.08 0.39 1.96
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inc 144.0 162.5 18.5 0.30 0.13 0.58
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inc 169.5 224.0 54.5 0.43 0.20 0.89
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& 237.5 250.5 13.0 0.36 0.20 0.80
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AS-07-008 North 5.5 25.5 20.0 0.52 0.21 1.01
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& 86.0 136.5 50.5 0.42 0.35 1.22
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AS-07-009 South 0.0 26.0 26.0 0.45 0.30 1.13
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& 26.0 48.5 22.5 0.19 0.08 0.37
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& 48.5 134.5 86.0 0.40 0.21 0.89
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AS-07-010(i) North 0.0 26.0 26.0 0.39 0.54 1.63
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& 74.0 100.5 26.5 0.49 0.36 1.32
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AS-07-011(i) South 140 151.5 11.5 0.17 0.11 0.41
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AS-07-012(i) North 58 60 2.0 0.27 0.15 0.61
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AS-07-012A North 43.5 64 20.5 0.34 0.19 0.78
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& 72 100 28.0 0.32 0.15 0.66
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125.5 154 28.5 0.38 0.22 0.89
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AS-07-013 South 50 180 130.0 0.45 0.20 0.91
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inc 73.5 104 30.5 0.57 0.23 1.08
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inc 116 171.5 55.5 0.51 0.21 0.99
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AS-07-014(i) North 23.5 34 10.5 0.49 0.28 1.14
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& 55.5 84 28.5 0.30 0.26 0.90
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& 86 200 114.0 0.84 0.38 1.70
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inc 86 108 22.0 0.57 0.33 1.32
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inc 115.5 188 72.5 1.01 0.42 1.97
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inc 193.5 200 6.5 0.65 0.41 1.57
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AS-07-015 South 0 124 124 0.85 0.37 1.71
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inc 0 90 90 0.87 0.39 1.75
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inc 0 36 36.0 0.59 0.25 1.16
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inc 36 90 54.0 1.04 0.47 2.13
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inc 108 124 16.0 0.97 0.46 2.01
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& 124 168 44.0 0.37 0.18 0.78
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AS-07-016 North 0 19 19.0 0.26 0.26 0.85
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inc 19 112 93.0 0.72 0.38 1.58
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inc 19 76 57.0 0.96 0.51 2.12
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inc 76 112 36.0 0.39 0.21 0.86
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AS-07-017 South 164 176 12.0 0.32 0.20 0.78
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AS-07-018 North No Significant Intercepts
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AS-07-019 North 0 14 14.0 0.42 0.13 0.73
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AS-07-020 East No Significant Intercepts
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AS-07-021 East No Significant Intercepts
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AS-07-022 South No Significant Intercepts
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AS-07-023 North 188 200.6 12.6 0.31 0.27 0.92
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AS-07-024 North No Significant Intercepts
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AS-07-025 East 106 161 55.0 0.20 0.20 0.65
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Inc. 134 144 10.0 0.33 0.30 1.02
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AS-07-026 South 140 152 12.0 0.29 0.11 0.53
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& 178 230 52.0 0.44 0.21 0.91
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inc 178 208 30.0 0.54 0.24 1.08
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inc 212 230 18.0 0.33 0.17 0.71
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AS-07-027 South No Significant Intercepts
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AS-07-028 South 98 188 90.0 0.37 0.18 0.77
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Inc 120 158 38.0 0.64 0.30 1.32
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Inc 130 152 22.0 0.90 0.38 1.77
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inc 166 182 16.0 0.29 0.19 0.72
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AS-07-029 North 47.25 201 153.8 0.27 0.18 0.68
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Inc. 64 100 36.0 0.58 0.29 1.24
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inc 62 108 46.0 0.49 0.24 1.04
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inc 178 192 14.0 0.33 0.34 1.10
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AS-07-030 North 0 150 150 0.30 0.15 0.64
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Inc. 0 78 78 0.43 0.21 0.9
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Inc. 20 66 46.0 0.57 0.29 1.22
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AS-07-031 North 56 200.5 144.5 0.41 0.25 0.95
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inc 56 166 110 0.49 0.28 1.13
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AS-07-032 North 0 126 126 0.28 0.27 0.90
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& 0 70.9 70.9 0.35 0.29 1.00
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& 102.8 126 23.2 0.33 0.46 1.39
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AS-07-033 South 21.05 198 177 0.38 0.22 0.89
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Inc. 21.05 108 87 0.44 0.27 1.04
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inc 112 174 62 0.45 0.22 0.96
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& 200 234 34.0 0.29 0.16 0.66
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AS-07-034 East No Significant Intercepts
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AS-07-035 East No Significant Intercepts
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AS-07-036 South No Significant Intercepts
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AS-07-037 North 0 19 19.0 0.67 0.72 2.31
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& 19 52 33.0 0.16 1.06 2.58
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& 52 128 76.0 0.27 0.31 0.97
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& 138 180 42.0 0.27 0.27 0.89
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AS-07-038 South 0 17.5 17.5 0.32 0.20 0.79
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& 17.5 80 62.5 0.45 0.29 1.11
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inc 17.5 46 28.5 0.58 0.39 1.46
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inc 46 80 34.0 0.34 0.21 0.81
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& 90 133 43.0 0.41 0.24 0.96
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AS-07-039 South 82 124 42.0 0.37 0.26 0.96
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AS-07-040 North No Significant Intercepts
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AS-07-041
(i) Connection 198 200.5 2.5 0.13 0.22 0.63
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(i) Hole terminated in mineralization. Intercepts less than 10m as true thickness and grade is unknown.

# AuEq grades calculated using metal prices of US$600/oz for Au and US$2/lb for Cu, and assuming 100% recovery.

Additional information is illustrated in a plan of the Tepal Property obtained by accessing the following link:

http://media3.marketwire.com/docs/Tepal-June-PR1.pdf

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

Contact Information

  • Arian Silver Corporation
    Jim Williams
    CEO
    +44 (0)207 529 7511 (London)
    or
    Arian Silver Corporation
    Fuad Sillem
    Investor Relations
    +44 (0)207 529 7511 (London)
    or
    Bishopsgate Communications Limited
    Nick Rome
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    or
    Vicarage Capital Limited
    Martin Wood
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    or
    Grant Thornton Corporate Finance
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