Franconia Minerals Corporation
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Franconia Minerals Corporation

November 02, 2006 10:30 ET

Franconia Minerals Announces Non-Brokered Private Placement Financing

SPOKANE, WASHINGTON--(CCNMatthews - Nov. 2, 2006) -

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FRANCONIA MINERALS CORPORATION (TSX VENTURE:FRA)(OFEX:FRA) (the "Corporation") is pleased to announce a non-brokered private placement financing of up to Cdn$6,000,001 through the issuance of units at Cdn$1.45 per unit.

Each unit consists of one common share and one-half common share purchase warrant. Each whole warrant entitles the holder to purchase one additional common share at an exercise price of Cdn$1.85 at any time prior to the earlier of: a) the date which is the 15th trading day after receiving notice from the Corporation that the weighted average price of the Common Shares on the TSX Venture Exchange or TSX Exchange has been equal to or greater than Cdn$3.00 for a period of 15 consecutive trading days commencing 120 days after the date of issuance of the warrants; and b) eighteen months from the date of issue. The completion of the private placement is subject to the receipt of conditional listing approval from the TSX Venture Exchange. The net proceeds from the offering will be used for drilling at the Corporation's Red Knoll, Arizona copper target, pre-feasibilty study on Maturi-Birch Lake combined operation, and for general corporate purposes. The units will be subject to a 4 month and one day hold period.

The Corporation is proposing to pay a finder's fee in cash equal to 6% of the gross proceeds and issue brokers warrants equal to 6% of the units issued. The broker warrants will have terms identical to the warrants issued pursuant to the unit offering.

Franconia Minerals Corporation trades on both the TSX-V in Canada and OFEX in the UK under the symbol FRA. (For additional information see www.franconiaminerals.com.) The directors of Franconia Minerals Corporation accept responsibility for this announcement. Franconia presently has 38,981,138 shares issued and outstanding.

FRANCONIA MINERALS CORPORATION

Brian Gavin, President

This document, which has been issued by Franconia Minerals Corporation (Franconia), has been approved solely for the purposes of Section 21 of the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000, by Lion Capital Corporation Limited (Lion), 4th Floor, 2 Cromwell Place, London SW7 2JE, who is authorised to carry on Investment Business by the Financial Services Authority. Lion, is acting as advisers for Franconia and to no-one else and will not be responsible to anyone other than Franconia for providing protections afforded to customers of Lion for providing advice in relation to any investment made pursuant to this announcement and makes no recommendation for the suitability of any investment, which is the subject of this announcement. FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENT: Although Franconia Minerals Corporation believes many of its properties have promising potential, its properties are in the early stages of exploration. None have yet been shown to contain proven or probable mineral reserves. There can be no assurance that such reserves will be identified on any property, or that, if identified, any mineralization may be economically extracted. Incorporated in Alberta Canada No. 207953670.

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