SOURCE: Sacre-Coeur Minerals, Ltd.

February 21, 2006 08:00 ET

SACRE-COEUR MINERALS Reports High Grade Results From Initial Core Holes at Million Mountain Property in Guyana

VANCOUVER, BC -- (MARKET WIRE) -- February 21, 2006 -- SACRE-COEUR MINERALS, LTD. (the "Company") (TSX-V: SCM) is pleased to announce that on its Million Mountain Project located in the Lower Puruni Region in central Guyana, initial assays for the upper portions of the first two holes drilled into the high grade shear zone identified by the Company's March 2005 trenching program have intersected high grades consistent with those returned by the trench sampling program. Drill hole MM01-05, drilled at -45° to a total depth of 200m, intersected the shear zone at a depth of 24.0 meters and includes 16.5 meters grading 14.86 g/t Au to the end of the data received to date. This interval includes 9.0 meters grading 19.37 g/t Au. Drill hole MM02-05, drilled at -60° to a total depth of 286 meters, intersected the shear zone at 29.5 meters and includes 9.4 meters grading 12.98 g/t Au to the end of the data received to date. This interval includes 2.0 meters @ 20.58 g/t Au and 3.0 meters @17.23 g/t Au.

Cross-section Normal to Strike of Shear Zone Through Plane of Holes MM01&02-05

The diagram associated with the press release can be viewed on the FSC website by clicking onto the link supplied below:

In both holes, data is temporarily truncated at a depth of approximately 40 meters because delivery of the core saw ordered by the Company in late 2005 was significantly delayed beyond its control and necessitated acquiring an alternate saw in Guyana to meet the needs of the accelerated drilling program in the interim. Accordingly, only those portions of the core which were drilled through near-surface, relatively soft saprolite and which were free of indurate quartz were able to be hand-split and submitted for assay to date.

Four additional holes have targeted the high grade shear zone to the Southeast along strike, drilled as two fans each of 45° and 60° holes as above. The upper portions of these holes which were hand-split and submitted for assay were above the projected hanging wall of the shear zone and thus returned insignificant values as expected. Sawing and logging below the zone of soft saprolite has now commenced and the remainder of the samples are will soon be submitted for assay. Results will be released as soon as practicable following receipt by the Company.

Assays presented are characterized as "preliminary," as it is the intention of the Company to have duplicate assays run on all samples by Loring Laboratories - Guyana, a subsidiary of Loring Laboratories, Ltd. of Calgary, Alberta, and by ALS Chemex at its Vancouver, B.C. facility. The results reported as "preliminary" are those determined by Loring only, as the sample splits from the initial holes have not yet reached ALS Chemex. This check assaying procedure is aimed at ensuring maximum reliability of assays, while enjoying the benefit of the relatively quick turn-around from a local lab. Past comparisons of splits between Loring - Guyana and other North American ISO certified labs have been favorable, including those for trench samples taken by third party QP, Dr. Peter Christopher, in March 2005.

This initial drilling was performed under contract by Kanuku Explorations, Inc., a subsidiary of Fry International, while the company awaits the arrival of its new Atlas Copco Exploration Products CS-14 core drill in Guyana. All holes have been continuously cored utilizing HQ equipment through the saprolite and then reducing to NQ for coring un-oxidized rock (typically highly altered granite breccia with pyrite and arsenopyrite). Core recovery in saprolite has remained in excess of 90%, and approaches 100% in un-oxidized rock.

According to Irwin Olian, CEO of the Company, "It is extremely gratifying to see the hard work of our geological team yield high grade results at the very outset of our core drilling program. This certainly demonstrates the effectiveness of our exploratory program over the past year and tends to validate the geologic model developed by our technical team headed up by Greg Sparks, P.Eng, and assisted by Dr. Hendrikus Aarden, P. Geol., Tim Sadler, P.Eng, and Geologist, Thomas Clarke. We look forward with great anticipation to further results from the underlying host-rock zone and to an expansion of our core drilling program."

About Sacre-Coeur

The Company is engaged in the acquisition, exploration and development of properties for the potential mining of gold, metals and diamonds in South America, initially focussing on exploration for gold on its properties in Guyana. The Company presently has an interest in approximately 850 square miles of mineral properties in Guyana, including the Million Mountain Property. The Company has offices in Vancouver, Canada and Georgetown, Guyana. More information about the Company is available at


"Gregory B. Sparks"
Gregory B. Sparks, P.Eng.

Sr. VP Mining & Exploration
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