Vancouver, Canada - TheNewswire - June 19, 2020 - Nexus Gold Corp. ("Nexus" or the "Company") (TSXV:NXS) (OTC:NXXGF) (FSE:N6E) is pleased to report phase one drilling has commenced at the Company's 100% owned McKenzie Gold Project, located in Red Lake, Ontario.
The initial phase one program will consist of a minimum of 1000 meters of diamond drilling to test the mineralization potential of several gold targets occurring within an east-west trending corridor along the southern contact of the Dome Stock occurring within volcanic rocks of the Balmer Assemblage.
Historic drilling conducted in 2005 along this corridor returned significant values, including 7.49 grams-per-tonne ("g/t") gold ("Au") over 8.2 meters, 15.54 g/t Au over 0.8m (includes 13.08 g/t over 0.3m and 17.02 over 0.5m), 4.47 g/t gold over 1.4m, and 2.15 g/t Au over 5.5m.
"We're pleased to begin our first drill program at McKenzie," said president and CEO, Alex Klenman. "The limited historical work to date, which has produced some narrow high-grade drill intercepts and several bonanza grade grab samples, certainly makes a compelling case for more intensive drilling. Our plan is to focus on the known mineralized zones. We are going to take our time and methodically drill our way through these target areas in multiple phases. It's obvious a good drill hole can have a significant impact, so we're prepared to be patient and test the areas we feel will give us the best return," continued Mr. Klenman.
The initial drill program at McKenzie is designed to expand on 2005 drilling and to follow up on anomalous rock samples that were collected as part of the 2019 fall prospecting program completed in the St. Paul's Bay area of the property. The prospecting program traced the mineralized contact corridor to the property's eastern boundary to further determine areas of interest on the property's southern end. The focus of the prospecting was concentrated in and around Perch Lake, in the Saint Paul's Bay area, located in the southernmost section of the property (figure 2).
The Company anticipates executing additional drilling to test targets located in the northern portion of the property later in the year.
About the McKenzie Gold Project
The 100%-owned McKenzie Gold Project is a 1,400-hectare high-grade gold prospect located in the heart of the historic Red Lake gold camp, in western Ontario, Canada. Areas of high-grade gold mineralization have been established within the northern portion of the claim block (McKenzie Island), with significant gold values having been drilled along a 600-meter strike in the southern portion of the property (St. Paul's Bay area).
As reported in a Company news release dated October 11, 2019, Nexus received a compilation summary of important historic data from project geological consultants, Rimini Exploration. The compilation integrated the regional geological and regional geophysical data, thus allowing the Company's geological staff to compare these trends to the information obtained through ground exploration conducted to date on the property. The more comprehensive data from the summary, coupled with the new data from the phase two prospecting program, was utilized in determining suitable areas to drill test.
The Rimini compilation summary produced historical data the Company was previously unaware of regarding multiple historical grab samples taken on the McKenzie claim block. The Company had previously disclosed several high-grade historical grab sample results on the property, including 331.14 g/t Au, 18.02 g/t Au, 212.8 g/t Au, 313 g/t Au, 18.02 g/t Au and 9.37 g/t Au. In the summer of 2019 Nexus conducted it's first ground reconnaissance program at McKenzie and results returned notable sample assays, including 135.4 g/t Au and 9.3 g/t Au (see Company news release dated June 25, 2019).
Additional high-grade historical grab samples previously unknown to the Company and revealed in the Rimini summary include several high-grade assays, including 142.49 g/t Au, 115.2 g/t Au, 114.57 g/t Au, 93.71 g/t Au, 68.03 g/t Au, 53.01 g/t Au, and 16.65 g/t Au from areas located on McKenzie Island (north block).
The data compilation summary also indicated that little to no exploration has been conducted over the actual lake portion of the claim block. The Company has noted from the regional data that a number of northerly trending geophysical trends extend within the lake itself and is viewing these trends as potential faults or breaks within the Dome Stock.
Preliminary review of lake sediment sampling conducted on the property in 1989 indicates coincidental anomalous gold geochemical values occurring. Historical values obtained from the analysis of +150 mesh screened lake sediment samples returned values of 0.159 ounce-per-ton (5.45 g/t) Au, 0.154 ounce per ton (5.28 g/t) Au, and 0.116 once per ton (3.98 g/t) Au. The Company intends to conduct more exploration activity within the lake-bound portion of the project area to determine the prospectivity of a large underexplored section of the property.
* Note the reported lengths are intercepts and are not true widths
Warren Robb P.Geo., Vice President, Exploration, is the designated Qualified Person as defined by National Instrument 43-101 and is responsible for the technical information contained in this release.
Nexus Closes Initial Tranche of Flow-Through Private Placement
The Company is also pleased to announce that it has completed an initial tranche of its non-brokered private placement of flow-through units (each, an "FT Unit"). In connection with completion of the initial tranche, the Company has issued 2,545,456 FT Units, at a price of $0.055 per FT Unit, for gross proceeds of $140,000. Each "FT Unit" issued in the initial tranche is comprised of one common share, and one common share purchase warrant (each, a "Warrant") exercisable to acquire an additional common share at a price of $0.07 until June 19, 2023.
The Company anticipates completing a further tranche of the placement and will look to raise up to a total of $250,000 through the offering of FT Units. The gross proceeds from all tranches of the placement will be used to fund Canadian Exploration Expenses (within the meaning of the Income Tax Act (Canada)) which shall qualify as "flow-through mining expenditures", for the purposes of the Income Tax Act (Canada). The Company anticipates incurring these expenditures in connection with an upcoming drill program to be conducted on its McKenzie Gold Project, located in Red Lake, Ontario.
In connection with the placement, the Company has issued 178,182 Warrants, and paid $9,800, to an arms-length third party that assisted in introducing a subscriber to the initial tranche of the placement. The Company may also pay finders' fees to eligible third parties who assist in introducing subscribers to a further tranche of the placement. All securities to be issued in connection with the placement will be subject to a statutory hold period in accordance with applicable securities laws, with the applicable hold period for the initial tranche expiring on October 20, 2020, and the hold period for the further tranche expiring four-months-and-one-day following closing.
About the Company
Nexus Gold is a Canadian-based gold development company with an extensive portfolio of eleven exploration projects in Canada and West Africa. The Company's West African-based portfolio totals five projects encompassing over 750-sq kms of land located on active gold belts and proven mineralized trends, while it's 100%-owned Canadian projects include the McKenzie Gold Project in Red Lake, Ontario, the New Pilot Project, located in British Columbia's historic Bridge River Mining Camp, and four prospective gold and gold-copper projects (3,700-ha) in the Province of Newfoundland. The Company is focusing on the development of several core assets while seeking joint-venture, earn-in, and strategic partnerships for other projects in its growing portfolio.
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