Rye Patch Gold Corp.
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Rye Patch Gold Corp.

September 23, 2009 09:00 ET

Rye Patch Gold Initiates Lincoln Hill and Wilco Drill Programs

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Sept. 23, 2009) - Rye Patch Gold Corp (TSX VENTURE:RPM)(TSX VENTURE:RPM.WT)(OTCBB:RPMGF) ("Rye Patch" or the "Company") is pleased to announce drilling programs at the Lincoln Hill and Wilco projects are underway. Presently, there are two reverse circulation (RC) drill rigs operating - one at each property. A third drill (core) is scheduled to start at Lincoln Hill in mid-October.

At Lincoln Hill, the reverse circulation drill is testing the newly identified high-grade gold/silver targets located within a blanket-like surface halo gold zone. The surface halo mineralisation has a flat geometry comprised of multiple stockwork quartz-vein arrays which cover a large portion of the Lincoln Hill property. The blanket zone has gold and silver starting at the surface and geologic drill sections show the zone is between 20 and 75 metres thick. The drill program will consist of 2,500 metres (8,000 ft) of RC and 1,000 metres (3,000 ft) of core drilling, and is budgeted at US$680,000.

At Wilco, the drill program is focusing on a potential high-grade gold feeder system within the North Basin target. The last drillhole from the 2008 campaign, WR-087, returned the thickest and highest grade gold zone on the property - 38.1m @ 2.61 g/t Au. The North Basin has gold shows around the margin of its 1 kilometre diameter dimension, and geophysics shows a magnetic low (magnetite alteration) located under the centre of the basin. The drill program is budgeted at US$320,000.

The cost of these drill programs will total US$1 million with the majority of the funds being directed toward high-grade gold and silver targets. The Company has additional funding available for a follow-up program.

"The drill programs at Lincoln Hill and Wilco are designed to follow up on high-grade gold intercepts drilled at these properties in 2008. Success at one or both of these projects has the potential to contribute considerable to Rye Patch's significant gold and silver resource tally. To date, the Company has delivered gold resources at a robust finding cost of one dollar per ounce of gold and gold equivalents, and I believe our 2009 drill program can continue to deliver exciting results," commented William C. (Bill) Howald, the Company's CEO and President.

As released on May 11, 2009 for the Wilco project and on June 2, 2009 for the Jessup project, Rye Patch Gold's resource inventory has 1,164,000 ounces of gold and gold equivalent in the measured and indicated category plus 2,177,315 ounces of gold and gold equivalent in the inferred category. Table 3 summarizes Rye Patch Gold's precious metal inventory in Nevada, USA.

Table 3: Rye Patch Gold's NI43-101 Resource Inventory
Gold &
Resource Gold Silver Contained Contained Equiv.
Category Tons Grade Grade Gold Silver Ounces
Property (1) (X 1,000) opt opt Ounces Ounces (3)
Wilco(2) Measured 8,296 0.020 0.134 164,000 1,111,000 188,000
Indicated 34,660 0.015 0.105 522,000 3,638,000 600,000
Inferred 134,303 0.012 0.148 1,660,000 19,871,000 2,084,315
Jessup(2) Measured 8,571 0.015 0.255 128,000 2,184,000 161,000
Indicated 13,936 0.012 0.209 172,000 2,906,000 215,000
Inferred 4,954 0.016 0.231 77,000 1,146,000 93,000
Total Measured and Indicated Resources 986,000 9,839,000 1,164,000
Total Inferred Resources 1,737,000 21,017,000 2,177,315
(1) Conforms to 43-101 definitions for resources. All numbers are rounded.
(2) Cutoff grade for Wilco Measured and Indicated resource is reported at
0.0056 opt Au for oxide mineralisation and 0.042 opt Au for sulphide
mineralisation. The Inferred resource is reported at 0.0056 opt Au for
oxide, sulphide and carbonaceous ore types; however, a higher opt Au
cut-off grade may be required to upgrade the inferred resource to the
measured and indicated resource category. Cut-off grade for Jessup is
reported at 0.005 opt Au for oxide mineralisation and 0.010 opt Au for
transition and sulphide mineralisation;
(3) Wilco and Jessup Resource includes Au equivalent ounces (Aueq.); where
Aueq. equals (Ag opt X $Ag/oz) + (Au opt X $Au/oz)/$Au/oz, for Au/oz
equals $750, and Ag/oz equals $16. Metallurgical recoveries and net
smelter returns are assumed to be 100%.

Mr. William Howald, AIPG Certified Professional Geologist #11041, Rye Patch Gold's CEO and President, is the Qualified Person as defined under National Instrument 43-101. He has verified the information and has reviewed and approved the contents of this news release.

Rye Patch Gold Corp. is a Tier 1, Nevada-focused and discovery-driven company seeking to build a sizeable inventory of gold and silver resource assets in the mining friendly state of Nevada, USA. The Company's seasoned management team is engaged in acquisition, exploration and development of quality resource-based gold and silver projects. Rye Patch Gold is developing its primary assets - the advanced-stage Wilco project located within the emerging Oreana gold trend in west-central Nevada and the Jessup project in Churchill County, Nevada. The Company has established gold and silver resource milestones and time frames in order to build a premier resource development company. For more information about Rye Patch Gold, please visit our website at www.ryepatchgold.com.

On behalf of the Board of Directors

William C. (Bill) Howald, CEO & President

This news release contains forward-looking statements, which address future events and conditions, which are subject to various risks and uncertainties. The Company's actual results, programs and financial position could differ materially from those anticipated in such forward-looking statements as a result of numerous factors, some of which may be beyond the Company's control. These factors include: the availability of funds; the timing and content of work programs; results of exploration activities and development of mineral properties, the interpretation of drilling results and other geological data, the uncertainties of resource and reserve estimations, receipt and security of mineral property titles; project cost overruns or unanticipated costs and expenses, fluctuations in metal prices; currency fluctuations; and general market and industry conditions.

Forward-looking statements are based on the expectations and opinions of the Company's management on the date the statements are made. The assumptions used in the preparation of such statements, although considered reasonable at the time of preparation, may prove to be imprecise and, as such, undue reliance should not be placed on forward-looking statements.

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