Astral Mining Corporation

Astral Mining Corporation

November 14, 2006 09:15 ET

Metallic Gold Check Assays Increase Grade of Trench # 3 by 132% on Astral's Jumping Josephine Gold Discovery

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(CCNMatthews - Nov. 14, 2006) - Astral Mining Corporation (TSX VENTURE:AST)(Frankfurt WKN# A0JDX3) is pleased to announce results of check assays from mineralized channel samples from trenches at the JJ Main Zone discovery on the Jumping Josephine "JJ" Project in southern British Columbia. Re-assaying using the metallic gold assay technique returned 7.38g/t gold over 8m (an increase of 132%) from one of the mineralized intervals in Trench #3, including 27.14 g/t gold over 2m (originally 10.55g/t gold over 2m). Results from an expanded Phase I trenching program have been submitted for assay and will be released when available.

Overall the metallic gold assay results significantly enhance the JJ Main Zone channel samples previously reported by the Company on October 2nd and 16th, 2006 news releases. Four of the six intervals re-assayed returned higher averaged results and two returned slightly lower values. A summary of the metallic gold assay results are compared to original fire assay results in Table 1.

Table 1: Comparison of Original 30g Fire Assay results with Metallic Gold
Assay Results
Interval Original Fire Screen Fire
Trench From To (m) Assay (g/t gold)(i) Assay (g/t gold)
T01 41 43 2 1.86 0.99
T01 32 35 3 3.99 6.84
T02 20 25 5 21.43 19.20
(including) 21 24 3 34.67 30.64
T03 16 26 10 5.01 5.05
T03 44 52 8 3.18 7.38
(including) 48 50 2 10.55 27.14
T04 38 41 3 0.51 0.82
(i)Original fire assay results were reported in news releases issued on
October 2 and October 16, 2006.

New data indicates that coarse gold is likely a factor in the JJ Main stockwork zone and as such potentially mineralized material will be submitted directly for metallic gold assay in future programs. Awaited trenching samples were submitted in late October for gold analysis by this method and multi-element analysis by conventional aqua-regia digestion with ICP-MS finish. Updated maps and photographs of the JJ Project and JJ Main Zone discovery are available on the Company's website.

Technical Summary:

Astral's JJ property is located in the West Kootenay region of southeastern B.C. in a mining district that has had historical production in excess of nine million ounces of high-grade gold, yet has remained underexplored since before the Second World War. Numerous gold showings were discovered in several areas of the JJ property during 2003 by Kootenay Gold through intensive prospecting. Kootenay Gold subsequently assembled a claim position in the area surrounding and including several small past producers in the Granville Mountain (Bonanza pass) area. Astral is earning a 60-per-cent interest from Kootenay Gold in the 11,785-hectare project.

Fifty-four one-metre samples comprising six mineralized intervals and adjacent wallrock were re-assayed using the 500g 'metallic gold assay' technique at Acme Analytical Laboratories, Vancouver B.C., resulting in an overall increase in grade. The metallic gold assay method is favoured for ore-grade gold determinations in rocks where the presence of coarse gold may produce inconsistent results. Visible gold has not yet been observed at JJ Main, though high grades in some samples prompted re-assay to evaluate possibility of a 'nugget effect'. Selected one metre samples of reject material from originally submitted mineralized intersections were weighed, crushed and sieved, producing a fine (-150 micron) fraction and an oversize fraction. The entire coarse fraction was fire assayed returning a total gold value for that portion, and a one assay ton (30g) sample of the fine fraction was fire assayed. The resulting values were reported separately and combined as a weighted average for a total gold grade in sample. This method is favourable in high grade samples as it uses a large sample size (up to 0.53kg in this work), compared to the 0.03kg sample of the standard fire assay method, and is able to more accurately estimate the total gold content.

Currently Astral is awaiting results from further trenching and channel sampling completed on the JJ Main target in October. The Company is planning further trenching and initial drill-testing of JJ Main for the spring of 2007 and will be carrying out an extensive exploration program to advance a number of other prospects on the JJ Property during the balance of the 2007 field season.

Original channel samples were collected by Astral staff in 1m intervals from fresh rock material using a gas powered rock saw. Samples were submitted to Acme Analytical Laboratories Ltd, Vancouver for analysis. Exploration work reported in this release was completed under the supervision of Astral's Project Geologist Dale Brittliffe B.Sc.. Technical information contained in this release has been reviewed by Dr. David Terry, P.Geo., Director and Vice President of Exploration for Astral Mining Corporation, a Qualified Person as defined in National Instrument 43-101.

Astral Mining Corporation is a Canadian-based company engaged in the exploration and development of precious mineral properties in North America. By focusing on exploration in mining-friendly districts the company minimizes the political and social risks encountered in many other parts of the world. With an experienced technical team and seasoned management Astral is poised to leverage this expertise into early exploration success.


Mr. Manfred Kurschner, President & CEO

Cautionary Note to US Investors: This news release may contain information about adjacent properties on which we have no right to explore or mine. We advise U.S. investors that the SEC's mining guidelines strictly prohibit information of this type in documents filed with the SEC. U.S. investors are cautioned that mineral deposits on adjacent properties are not indicative of mineral deposits on our properties. This news release may contain forward-looking statements including but not limited to comments regarding the timing and content of upcoming work programs, geological interpretations, receipt of property titles, potential mineral recovery processes, etc. Forward-looking statements address future events and conditions and therefore involve inherent risks and uncertainties. Actual results may differ materially from those currently anticipated in such statements.

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