Franconia Minerals Corporation
TSX VENTURE : FRA

Franconia Minerals Corporation

April 23, 2007 09:30 ET

Franconia Minerals Announces Non-Brokered Private Placement Financing

SPOKANE, WASHINGTON--(CCNMatthews - April 23, 2007) -

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FRANCONIA MINERALS CORPORATION (TSX VENTURE:FRA) (the "Corporation") is pleased to announce a non-brokered private placement financing of up to Cdn$6,000,000 through the issuance of units at Cdn$1.60 per unit.

Each unit will consist 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$1.92 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 the Toronto Stock Exchange has been equal to or greater than $2.40 for a period of 15 consecutive trading days commencing on the second anniversary after the date of issuance of the warrants; and b) three years from the date of issue.

The current financing is in addition to the recent brokered private placement financing of approximately Cdn$11.7million completed by the Corporation on April 13, 2007.

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 the Corporation's continued work on the pre-feasibilty study on the Maturi-Birch Lake combined operation, other exploration programs 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 7% of the gross proceeds and warrants equal to 10% of the units issued. These warrants will have an exercise price of Cdn$1.92 and expire 24 months from the date of issue.

Franconia Minerals Corporation trades on the TSX-V 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 50,933,731 shares issued and outstanding.

Brian Gavin, President

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. THE TSX VENTURE EXCHANGE HAS NOT REVIEWED AND DOES NOT ACCEPT RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE ADEQUACY OR ACCURACY OF THIS RELEASE.

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