Sabina Gold & Silver Corp.
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Sabina Gold & Silver Corp.

November 17, 2010 14:15 ET

Sabina Gold & Silver Extends Umwelt Strike Length to 650 Metres at Back River Project, Nunavut

Hole 10GSE109 Returns 12.15 g/t Au Over 14.2m

Hole 10GSE119 Returns 4.65 g/t Au Over 23.93m Including 20.31 g/t Au Over 1.7m

Hole 10GSE129 Returns 442.1 g/t Au Over 1.25m

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Nov. 17, 2010) - Sabina Gold & Silver Corp. (TSX:SBB) is pleased to announce further significant assay results from drilling completed in 2010 at its Umwelt discovery at the Goose property on its 100% owned Back River Project in Nunavut, Canada.

Drilling results continue to grow the deposit and demonstrate the continuity of the mineralization found at Umwelt. The mineralized zone has now been traced for over 650 metres with intercepts as deep as 250 metres. The mineralization remains open along strike and down plunge. To date, approximately 15 holes remain at the lab with assays pending.

Significant new results from the East Zone have been recently returned which continue to extend the Umwelt discovery to the south.

Hole 10GSE132 located 450 metres south of the discovery fence of holes (10GSE66, 69, 98) returned 3.25 g/t Au over 18.00 metres at a vertical depth of 250 metres. This hole is the southernmost hole drilled to date on the zone.

Similar results were encountered in hole 10GSE126 (4.12 g/t Au over 27.60 metres), hole 10GSE119 (4.65 g/t Au over 23.95 metres) and hole 10GSE117 (2.52 g/t Au over 36.40 metres) located 50, 100 and 150 metres respectively north of hole 10GSE132.

Noteworthy new results were also returned for holes drilled to confirm continuity in the core of the East Zone and include hole 10GSE109 which returned 12.15 g/t Au over 14.20 metres and hole 10GSE 129 which intersected a narrow but high grade interval of 442.1 g/t Au over 1.25 metres.

Hole 10GSE115 drilled below discovery hole 10GSE66 returned 6.03 g/t Au over 10.35 metres at a down hole depth of 169 metres indicating an increase in thickness at depth. Mineralization remains open down dip. Hole 10GSE115 encountered some drilling difficulties and did not reach the projected West Zone.

"Results continue to impress at Umwelt," said Tony Walsh, President & CEO. "Drilling results received to date have encountered gold mineralization in approximately 90% of the holes in the zone. This is a considerable success rate. While a great deal of the work towards the end of the 2010 campaign focussed on infill drilling to allow for a resource calculation on a portion of Umwelt, our step-out holes continue to identify new opportunities to make the deposit bigger," he said. "Both the Llama and Umwelt discoveries remain open along strike and down plunge and we look forward to a more aggressive program in 2011 to advance the projects."

Sabina's work at Back River has focussed on the Goose property which is just one of the seven claim blocks on the Back River property. The target areas at Goose are within an 8 km corridor and have been identified using an exploration tool box developed by Sabina's geological team. This tool box is based on (among other things) interpreting geological and geophysical signatures used to identify areas on the iron formation that have been altered by high temperature geological events. Each of the other claims blocks, as well as, the adjacent 100% owned Wishbone Property host similar iron formations and the assessment of these areas using the tool box will begin in 2011. These targets represent years of prospective gold exploration on claims in close proximity to each other.

The Company is currently planning its 2011 exploration campaign and expects to spend approximately $40 - $45 million at its Nunavut properties with a major focus on Back River. The 2011 plan and budget are subject to final board review and approval.

Pursuant to a private placement completed with Silver Wheaton ("SLW") in 2006, SLW holds warrants to purchase 3.9 million common shares of the Company at a strike price of $2.75 per share. SLW has advised the Company that they plan to exercise these warrants. The exercise of these warrants represents an additional $10,725 million to Sabina's treasury and enhances SLW's shareholding in the Company. Post-exercise, SLW will hold 11.7 million shares or 8.7% of the Company.

Including the proceeds from the SLW warrants, the Company expects to end the year with more than $80 million in cash. This significant cash position will enable continued aggressive exploration and development of the Company's Nunavut projects for 2011 and through 2012.

UMWELT

The Umwelt discovery was announced on June 21, 2010 and is located approximately 1.3 km south of the new Llama zone discovered in May 2010 and approximately 3 km to the north of the Goose deposit. The discovery was targeted based on its similar geological and geophysical signature to both these deposits. A total of 15,950 metres in 58 holes have been drilled at Umwelt and new assay results confirm the continuity of mineralization at Umwelt over a 650 metre strike length to vertical depths as deep as 250 metres. The strong continuity and shallowness of this zone could provide the opportunity for open pit extraction.

The mineralized zones are hosted within a turbiditic sedimentary sequence containing silicate and oxide facies iron formations. Gold dominantly occurs with quartz +/- carbonate veining and arsenopyrite +/- pyrite +/- pyrrhotite in the iron formation. Visible gold has been noted in many but not all holes drilled to-date. Drilling at Umwelt has identified an anti-form structure with a fold hinge that plunges to the south. Thick zones of gold mineralization are associated with the fold hinge in what is now known as the East Zone. Mineralization also occurs along a separate iron formation horizon immediately to the west known as the West Zone. The relationship between the East and West zones is uncertain but the West Zone may be a refolded limb of the East zone and will be targeted early in 2011.

True widths are estimated to be 70% of the drill widths.

Complete assay results will be required to confirm this interpretation.

Recently received Drilling highlights include:

Umwelt Drilling Significant Results
Hole ID From (m) To (m) Length (m) Au (g/t) Zone
10GSE109 24.50 32.80 8.30 2.48 East
  49.00 50.00 1.00 6.55 East
  54.00 68.20 14.20 12.15 East
  72.50 75.70 3.20 18.57 East
           
10GSE115 169.00 179.35 10.35 6.03 East
           
10GSE117 221.60 258.00 36.40 2.52 East
           
10GSE119 237.20 238.90 1.70 20.31 East
  247.15 271.10 23.95 4.65 East
  including 248.20 249.00 0.80 66.6 East
  including 260.00 271.10 11.10 3.29 West
           
10GSE126 271.00 272.00 1.00 7.18 East
  291.00 318.60 27.60 4.12 East
  including 292.00 295.00 3.00 14.65 East
  including 315.90 316.50 0.60 54.12 West
  339.00 344.70 4.70 5.97 West
           
10GSE129 98.09 113.63 15.54 2.19 East
  123.00 124.00 1.00 3.19 East
  131.00 132.00 1.00 3.55 East
  190.75 192.00 1.25 442.1 East
           
10GSE132 318.70 320.80 2.10 4.23 East
  337.00 355.00 18.00 3.25 East
  including 337.00 338.00 1.00 16.39 East
  including 347.00 352.00 5.00 4.85 East

* Drill widths reported. True widths to be determined

Continued evaluation of geology and mineralization within the Umwelt Lake area is ongoing.

RESOURCE UPDATES

The Company recently retained the services of Scott Wilson / Roscoe Postle Associates (SW / RPA) to generate 43-101 compliant resource updates for the Llama and Umwelt deposits once all assays have been received. A representative of SW / RPA visited the site in early September. These updated resource estimates are expected in early 2011.

The Company is also preparing a new resource estimate for the original Goose deposit to determine its potential for an open pit. If all studies are positive, the Company anticipates moving to a scoping study early in 2011.

SABINA GOLD & SILVER CORP.

Sabina Gold & Silver Corp. is an emerging precious metals company with district scale, world class undeveloped assets in one of the world's newest, most politically stable mining jurisdictions: Nunavut, Canada.

The properties consist of the Hackett River silver-zinc Project, the Back River Gold Project, both advanced exploration properties, as well as the Wishbone Claims, a vastly prospective grass roots project.

The combined holdings total approximately 3,000 square kilometres and cover the largely unexplored Wishbone Greenstone belt.

The Back River Project is comprised of the George and Goose Lake gold deposits and contain measured & indicated gold resources of 3.4 million tonnes grading 10.9 g/t Au for 1.19 million ounces and inferred resources of 3.6 million tonnes grading 10.2 g/t Au for 1.16 million ounces of gold.

Quality Assurance

Mr. Doug Cater, P. Geo, and Project Manager, Back River Project of Sabina Gold & Silver Corp is a Qualified Person under the terms of NI43-101 and has reviewed the technical content of this press release and approved its dissemination.

Mineral resources for Goose Lake and George Lake were generated by RSG Global Consulting Pty Ltd (Coffey Mining) in September 2007, and are posted on www.sedar.com.

Diamond drill core was sent to TSL Laboratories in Saskatoon, Sask. Quality control is monitored on a continual basis and utilizes a system of standards, blanks and duplicates to ensure analytical accuracy. The protocols and procedures used in 2010 are the same as those used in earlier campaigns by Sabina Gold & Silver Corp. and Dundee Precious Metals (previous operator at Back River) and have been deemed appropriate in the above noted 43-101 compliant resource reports.

Forward Looking Statements

Statements relating to exploration, pre-feasibility work and future operations at the Back River Project and the expected results of this work are forward-looking statements within the meaning of securities legislation of certain Provinces in Canada. Forward looking statements are statements that are not historical facts and are generally, but not always, identified by the words "expects", "plans", "anticipates", "believes", "intends", "estimates", "projects", "potential""and similar expressions, or that events or conditions "will", "would", "may", "could" or "should" occur. Information inferred from the interpretation of drilling results may also be deemed to be forward looking statements, as it constitutes a prediction of what might be found to be present when and if a project is actually developed. These forward-looking statements are subject to a variety of risks and uncertainties which could cause actual events or results to differ materially from those reflected in the forward-looking statements, including, without limitation: risks related to fluctuations in metal prices; uncertainties related to raising sufficient financing to fund the planned work in a timely manner and on acceptable terms; changes in planned work resulting from weather, logistical, technical or other factors; the possibility that results of work will not fulfill expectations and realize the perceived potential of the Company's properties; risk of accidents, equipment breakdowns and labour disputes or other unanticipated difficulties or interruptions; the possibility of cost overruns or unanticipated expenses in the work program; the risk of environmental contamination or damage resulting from Sabina's operations and other risks and uncertainties, including those described in Sabina's Annual Report for the year ended December 31, 2009.

Forward-looking statements are based on the beliefs, estimates and opinions of Sabina's management on the date the statements are made. Sabina undertakes no obligation to update these forward-looking statements should management's beliefs, estimates or opinions, or other factors, should change.

This news release has been authorized by the undersigned on behalf of Sabina Silver Corporation.

Tony Walsh, President & CEO

Table 2 - All unreported results received to date. ( as of Nov 11, 2010)
                 
Hole ID Easting Northing Depth (m) From (m) To (m) Length (m) Au (g/t) Comment
10GSE102 429324 7270781 245         NSV
10GSE103 429921 7271022 285.2         NSV
10GSE106 429609.2 7271155 266 161.45 162.24 0.79 11.68 West
10GSE106       179 179.5 0.5 13.07 West
10GSE107 429920.7 7271022 389         NSV
10GSE109 429784.6 7270908 233 24.5 32.8 8.3 2.48 Other
10GSE109       49 50 1 6.55 East
10GSE109       54 68.2 14.2 12.15 East
10GSE109       72.5 75.7 3.2 18.57 East
10GSE109       80 81.3 1.3 2.07 East
10GSE109       85 86 1 1.2 East
10GSE109       89 89.6 0.6 1.54 East
10GSE109       94.7 101.3 6.6 1.9 East
10GSE109       147 148.5 1.5 1.11 Previously released
10GSE109       170 171.5 1.5 1.32 Previously released
10GSE110 429649.9 7271320 317 207.6 208.45 0.85 1.06 East
10GSE111 428477.4 7272405 185 91 96.8 5.8 1.19  
10GSE113               NSV
10GSE114               NSV
10GSE115 429869.6 7271111 347 169 179.35 10.35 6.03 East
10GSE115       186 187 1 1.9 Other
10GSE115       269 270 1 1.47 Other
                 
10GSE117 430055.5 7270875 327.3 209 211 2 2.63 East
10GSE117       221.6 258 36.4 2.52 East
10GSE117     includes 221.6 225 3.4 6.59 East
10GSE117     and 228 232 4 4.14 East
10GSE117     and 243 246 3 4.75 East
10GSE117       290 291 1 8.28 East
10GSE117       293 293.7 0.7 1.2 East
10GSE118 429626.3 7271037 143 6 9 3 1.37 East
10GSE118       12 15 3 2.26 East
10GSE118       120 121 1 1.06 West
10GSE118       127 128 1 2.61 West
NSV = No significant value            
Hole ID Easting Northing Depth (m) From (m) To (m) Length (m) Au (g/t) Comment
10GSE119 430091.1 7270839 356 223.15 224 0.85 1.8 East
10GSE119       237.2 238.9 1.7 20.31 East
10GSE119       247.15 271.1 23.95 4.65 East
10GSE119     includes 248.2 249 0.8 66.6 East
10GSE119       260 271.1 11.1 3.29 East
10GSE119     includes 264 269 5 6.04 East
10GSE121 429617.9 7270965 119 49 52 3 1.12 West
10GSE122 429720.4 7270920 209 5.8 7.2 1.4 15.52 East
10GSE122       18 19 1 3.34 East
10GSE122       24.45 25.35 0.9 5.54 East
10GSE122       42 42.8 0.8 5.66 East
10GSE122       121 124.05 3.05 4.28 West
10GSE126 430147 7270820 410 250.85 253 2.15 2.01 East
10GSE126       259 259.08 0.08 4.7 East
10GSE126       263.8 268 4.2 2.37 East
10GSE126       271 272 1 7.18 East
10GSE126       291 318.6 27.6 4.12 East
10GSE126     includes 292 295 3 14.65 East
10GSE126     and 315.9 316.5 0.6 54.12 East
10GSE126       339 344.7 4.7 5.97 East
10GSE127 429726.4 7271054 257 24 25 1 1.2 East
10GSE127       45 49 4 3.84 East
10GSE127     includes 45 46.34 1.34 7.99 East
10GSE129 429826.7 7271008 314 98.09 113.63 15.54 2.19 East
10GSE129       123 124 1 3.19 East
10GSE129       128 129 1 1.1 East
10GSE129       131 132 1 3.55 East
10GSE129       190.75 192 1.25 442.1 East
10GSE129       199 200 1 1.34 East
10GSE129       204 205 1 1.25 East
10GSE129     and 258.8 264.28 5.48 1.55 West
NSV = No significant value            
Hole ID Easting Northing Depth (m) From (m) To (m) Length (m) Au (g/t) Comment
10GSE131 429656.4 7270932 191 66.31 72.35 6.04 2.45 West
10GSE131     includes 68.33 72.35 4.02 3.31 West
10GSE131       74.8 75.75 0.95 1.85 West
10GSE132 430217.5 7270814 452 161 163 2 1.05 Other
10GSE132       318.7 320.8 2.1 4.23 East
10GSE132       337 355 18 3.25 East
10GSE132     includes 337 338 1 16.39 East
10GSE132     and 347 352 5 4.85 East
10GSE133 429834 7270885 257 22.68 24 1.32 12.45 East
10GSE133       29 31 2 5.11 East
10GSE133       50 55 5 5.58 East
10GSE133     includes 53 54 1 25.09 East
10GSE133       69 69.5 0.5 4.75 East
10GSE133       81.8 82.4 0.6 14.71 East
10GSE133       93.8 94.45 0.65 33.06 East
10GSE133     and 95.5 96.57 1.07 1.34 East
10GSE135 429390.7 7271606 206 8.5 10 1.5 2.16 West
10GSE137 430145 7270753 386 249.9 251 1.1 2.45 Previously released
10GSE137       272.8 273.8 1 2.38 East
NSV = No significant value            

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