Royal Standard Minerals Inc.
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Royal Standard Minerals Inc.

July 12, 2005 12:35 ET

RSM Commences Underground Mining and Advances Plant Facilities Construction Program at Goldwedge, Nye County, Nevada

SPARKS, NEVADA--(CCNMatthews - July 12, 2005) - ROYAL STANDARD MINERALS INC. ("RSM") (TSX VENTURE:RSM)(OTCBB:RYSMF)

RSM is pleased to announce the commencement of our mining program at the Goldwedge deposit. According to Qualified Person, Roland M. Larsen, the program includes mining of the defined mineralized zones concurrently with the second phase of decline development. The program will focus upon drifting within the eastern most gold mineralized zone accessed during the 2004 decline construction. This area will be become part of first test mining and bulk sampling program, which is currently underway. The gold values as indicated by analyses carried out previously by BSI Inspectorate and American Assay Labs. Inc. of Reno, Nevada of the first target mineralized zone returned 0.204 opt gold over 25 feet, this interval includes 15 feet of 0.329 opt gold. The best section within this interval has returned 5 feet of 0.824 opt gold (additional detailed channel sampling within this higher grade zone returned gold analyses ranging from 0.652-1.65 opt gold over 5 feet). An initial bulk sampling program has begun on this zone that as planned is to be expanded to between 3,000 and 5,000 tons. The surface facilities to process this material is currently under final construction and is expected to be completed in August, 2005.

Surface infrastructure at Goldwedge includes primary and secondary crushing facilities and the gold recovery system. The plant containment building has been completed. In addition, a heap leach pad, silt and fresh water ponds have been completed.

As previously reported in a November, 2004 press release, the zone of initial interest as part of the current mining program extends for more than 200 feet north and 200 feet south of the crosscut and drill tested to a depth of 400 feet. This area includes at least 3 distinct, separate potentially mineable gold zones. The gold mineralization is open at depth. Drilling results in this area have returned high grade gold values for holes 90-95, 64, 1 and 2 are within 50 feet of the crosscut at elevations that are within 20-100 feet of the crosscut. Drill hole 65 is within the 200 feet of the cross cut.



90-95 25 feet of 0.675 opt and includes 10 feet of 1.425 opt
gold, this hole includes a second section of 5 feet of
0.620 opt gold

64- 40 feet of 1.89 opt

65- 10 feet of 1.297 opt

1- 5 feet of 0.31 opt
2 20 feet of 0.20 opt, includes 5 feet of 0.31

Drill hole assays obtained within the 300 feet section to be bulk
sampled are presented below. Drilling by RSM in 2004 is indicated by
the 04 prefix and has been previously reported. The objective of
this drilling was to help position the first crosscut, bulk sample
testing and to attempt to identify the presence of shallow old mine
workings. Other drill data obtained previously completes the
drilling/assay data base, all of which is part of the NI-43-101
property report for this project. These drill results are presented
sequentially and confirm the continuity of grade and thickness of
multiple higher grade drill sections within this portion of the
structural zone.

DH# Drill depth(ft) interval(s)(ft) Au (opt)

04 72 150-155 5 0.809
270-275 5 0.379
275-280 5 0.540
380-385 5 4.854
385-390 5 4.796
390-395 5 0.928
380-400 20 2.702
390-395 5 0.928

04 90-92 145-150 5 0.289
150-155 5 0.483
145-160 15 0.321
225-230 5 0.368
230-235 5 0.410
225-240 15 0.316

04 91-4 110-125 15 0.337
110-115 5 0.978
190-195 5 0.320

04 64 275-285 10 0.414
300-330 30 1.890
300-305 5 0.759
305-310 5 4.541
310-315 5 5.118
315-320 5 0.324
320-325 5 0.390
505-510 5 0.261

04 90-95 140-170 30 0.569
140-145 5 1.675
145-150 5 1.174
270-275 5 0.620
320-330 10 0.594
325-330 5 1.176

Drill hole highlights located immediately north of decline/crosscut

Decline/Crosscut 25 0.204
15 0.329
5 0.824 (two
separate
samples
returned
0.652 and
1.65 opt
respectively)

Drill hole highlights located immediately south of the decline crosscut

04-02 115-120 5 0.540
165-170 5 0.205
175-185 10 0.240
180-185 5 0.318
285-295 10 0.310
360-370 10 0.210
215-220 5 0.314

66 360-385 25 1.297
360-365 5 3.697
365-370 5 0.918
370-375 5 0.486
375-380 5 0.302
380-385 5 1.082
405-410 5 0.410

74 100-105 5 0.328
100-110 10 0.214
115-120 5 0.759


The Company has purchased an underground core drill that will be employed primarily with at Goldwedge. This drill has capacity to drill long holes for testing and defining of previously discovered inferred resources plus exploration testing of the deposit.

In order to keep up with gold assays, daily sampling requirements of mine development and the exploration program, the Company has hired a very experienced assayer to manage and operate an in-house analytical lab. The company expects that this new lab will offer the essential flexibility to achieve timely analytical results of the underground drilling and development as well as detailed analyses of material going into the plant and final recovered grade distributions of the processed material as a means to develop and maintain acceptable quality controls going forward.

The Company was recently covered by Casey Research. The report can be seen at our website http://royal-standard.com/Press/2005/070705.pdf and by miningstocks.com http://royal-standard.com/Press/2005/RSM_07-02-05.doc.

RSM is an exploration company with several 100% owned advanced gold-silver exploration projects in Nevada. The Goldwedge project is the Company's first development project.

The Canadian Venture Exchange does not accept responsibility for adequacy or accuracy of this release as per Exchange Policy 3.3 section 6.5.

Royal Standard Minerals cautions that the statements made in this press release and other forward looking statements made on behalf of the Company may be affected by such other factors including, but not limited to, volatility of mineral prices, product demand, market competition, imprecision of mineral estimates, and other risks detailed herein and from time to time in the Securities and Exchange Commission filings of the Company.

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