Fortuna intercepts 736 g/t Ag and 4.8 g/t Au over 19.3 m at Trinidad North discovery, San Jose Mine, Mexico
Vancouver, May 22, 2013 - Fortuna Silver Mines Inc. (NYSE: FSM | TSX: FVI | BVL: FVI | Frankfurt: F4S.F) is pleased to report continued success in the exploration drilling at the Trinidad North discovery at the San Jose Mine in Mexico. Drilling continues to intercept high-grade silver-gold mineralization over wide widths with the mineralization remaining open to the north and to depth.
Jorge Ganoza, President & CEO, commented: "What is starting to emerge from this discovery is a new zone with consistent grades and thicknesses comparable with the best silver deposits in the world. We look forward to the continued exploration of the Trinidad North discovery and an assessment of its impact on the company's silver and gold production."
Trinidad North Highlights:
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Dr. Thomas I. Vehrs, Vice President of Exploration, commented: "Exploration drilling at the Trinidad North discovery continues to intersect high-grade silver-gold mineralization over estimated true widths ranging from approximately 5 meters to over 19 meters. The grades and widths intercepted in drill holes SJO-288 and SJO-295 are excellent and clearly indicate a strong mineralized system that remains open. The company is advancing with the preparation of underground access at the 1300 meter level to allow for further exploration to test for extensions of the Trinidad North discovery to the north and to depths below the 1000 meter elevation. This is a robust mineralized system that has excellent potential for expansion."
A summary of the assay results for the principal mineralized intervals in the seven drill holes completed in April and early May is appended to this news release. The reader is referred to the Fortuna Silver news releases of February 4, 2013 and April 22, 2013 for the results of previously released drill holes from the Trinidad North zone. Please see the following link to the longitudinal section for the location of the Trinidad North drill results relative to the existing Mineral Reserves and Mineral Resources of the San Jose Mine: http://www.fortunasilver.com/i/pdf/LS_TrinidadNorth.pdf.
Quality Assurance & Quality Control
Following detailed geological and geotechnical logging, drill core samples are split on-site by diamond sawing. One-half of the core is submitted to the ALS Chemex Laboratory in Guadalajara, Mexico. The remaining half core is retained on-site for verification and reference purposes. Following preparation, the samples are assayed for gold and silver by standard fire assay methods and for silver and base metals by ICP and atomic absorption methods utilizing aqua regia digestion. The QA-QC program includes the blind insertion of certified reference standards and assay blanks at a frequency of approximately 1 per 15 normal samples as well as the inclusion of duplicate samples for verification of sampling and assay precision levels.
Thomas I. Vehrs, Ph.D., Vice President of Exploration, is a Qualified Person for Fortuna Silver Mines Inc. as defined by National Instrument 43-101. Dr. Vehrs is a Founding Registered Member of the Society for Mining, Metallurgy, and Exploration, Inc. (SME Registered Member Number 3323430RM) and is responsible for ensuring that the information contained in this news release is an accurate summary of the original reports and data provided to or developed by Fortuna Silver Mines.
Fortuna Silver Mines Inc.
Fortuna is a growth oriented, silver and base metal producer focused on mining opportunities in Latin America. Our primary assets are the Caylloma silver mine in southern Peru and the San Jose silver-gold mine in Mexico. The company is selectively pursuing additional acquisition opportunities. For more information, please visit our website at www.fortunasilver.com.
ON BEHALF OF THE BOARD
Jorge A. Ganoza
President, CEO and Director
Fortuna Silver Mines Inc.
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Assay Results for Principal Mineralized Intervals at the Trinidad North Discovery, Mexico:
*Ag Eq values calculated at Au : Ag ratio of 53.37 based on metal prices as of December 31, 2012 (Au: US$ 1,572.19; Ag: US$29.46), metallurgical recoveries of 89% for both Au and Ag, and lower cutoff of 70 g/t Ag Eq.