Newcastle Minerals Ltd.
TSX VENTURE : NCM

Newcastle Minerals Ltd.

April 01, 2010 08:30 ET

Newcastle Options Gold Prospect Near Trelawney's Chester Discovery

VICTORIA, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire – April 1, 2010) - Newcastle Minerals Ltd. (TSX VENTURE:NCM) is pleased to announce that it has, subject to regulatory acceptance, negotiated an option to purchase a 100% interest in 26 mineral claims covering approximately 15,400 acres in the Townships of Potier and Neville in the Porcupine mining district of Ontario.

The claims are located three kilometres north of Trelawney Mining and Exploration Inc.'s (TSXV:TRR) Chester Project. Trelawney recently reported intersecting 107.11 metres of 8.20 grams per tonne of gold, including 313.55 grams per tonne gold over 2.56 metres, on the Chester Project.

The claims straddle the contact between mafic volcanics and a suite of diorite to granodiorite intrusive rocks, and the contact trends roughly east-west across the more southerly parts of both Potier and Neville Townships. A regional lake sediment survey conducted by the Ontario Geological Survey (published as Open File Report 6166) and a second study entitled "Central Swaze Study Area" confirms that there are at least two separate and coinciding lake sediment gold, silver and base metal anomalies defined in the southwest part of Potier Township on the western part of the claims. The lake sediment gold anomalies range from seven to nine parts per billion and greater than or equal to nine parts per billion.

Newcastle's President, Michael Romanik, said, "Although Newcastle is focused on its Pickle Lake and Carscallen projects, this new parcel of claims represents an excellent opportunity for a joint venture with the right partner."

To exercise its option and acquire a 100% interest in the claims, Newcastle must pay the optionors a total of $60,000 and issue a total of 2,700,000 shares of the Company in two stages over six months. Newcastle must also grant the optionors a 3% net smelter returns royalty, of which one-half may be repurchased for $1,000,000.

The technical information herein was prepared under the supervision of Mr. A.A. Burgoyne, P.Eng., M.Sc. of Burgoyne Geological Inc., who acts as Newcastle's Qualified Person as defined by National Instrument 43-101.

ON BEHALF OF THE BOARD

Michael Romanik, President

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