VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - March 1, 2013) - Iconic Minerals Ltd. (TSX VENTURE:ICM)(FRANKFURT:YQG) is pleased to announce commencement of exploration drilling at its New Pass Property, located in Central Nevada, approximately 27 miles (43 km) west of Austin. The program, which is part of a 50/50 joint venture with McEwen Mining Inc., will attempt to expand the existing resource (see below) at this bulk minable, heap leach gold/silver target. Meanwhile, Iconic has initiated work on permitting a Plan of Operation for its Hercules project, located in the Como Mining district, Lyon County, Nevada approximately 9 miles (15 km) east of the famous Comstock Mine. The Hercules project is a joint venture with Willow Creek Enterprises, Inc.
New Pass Project
The New Pass project currently contains an NI 43-101 compliant Inferred Resource of 15,515,488 short tons (14,075,414 metric tons) averaging 0.022 ounce per ton (0.75 grams/metric ton) gold equivalent or 341,750 ounces of gold equivalent. This resource is comprised of 282,986 ounces of gold and 3,134,129 ounces of silver. The resource is open-ended and open down dip. Iconic has permitted a Plan of Operation which will allow drilling of an additional 40+ holes. Phase 1 of the 2013 program will consist of approximately 15 angled reverse circulation drill holes designed to test north along the current resource trend and fill a gap in the resource where no drilling has been done.
Permitting of a Plan of Operation at Hercules is part of an ongoing joint venture with Willow Creek Enterprises, Inc. The joint venture will allow the sequential acquisition by the Company of a 70% interest in the project over a five year period, by expending a total of US$3 million on the property. The permit will allow Iconic to drill an additional 100+ holes on the property. The area of mineralization which will be permitted and drilled is roughly 7,000 feet (2,100 m) by 5,000 feet (1,500 m). The Hercules project is a high level epithermal vein and disseminated gold/silver prospect occurring within Tertiary volcanic rocks. The Company acquired the project because of its potential for bulk minable heap leachable gold-silver mineralization.
Richard Kern, Certified Professional Geologist (#11494) and CEO of Iconic is the Qualified Person who has prepared and reviewed this press release in accordance with NI 43-101 reporting standards.
On behalf of the Board of Directors
Richard Barnett, Chief Financial Officer
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