July 13, 2020 – Toronto, Ontario: Royal Road Minerals Limited (TSXV:RYR) (“Royal Road” or the “Company”) is pleased to announce initial interim drilling results from its current diamond drilling campaign at its Luna Roja gold project in northeastern Nicaragua.
The Luna Roja project forms a part of the Company's Strategic-Alliance agreement (see press release; September 6, 2017) with Hemco Mineros Nicaragua (“Hemco” a subsidiary of Colombia’s Grupo Mineros S.A. MINEROS:CB) and is located in the highly prospective Golden Triangle of northeastern Nicaragua, a region that has produced some eight million ounces of gold since the early 1900's. Hemco Mineros Nicaragua own and operate the Bonanza gold mine which is located approximately 26 kilometers to the northwest of Luna Roja. Royal Road Minerals is operator of the Strategic Alliance.
In 2019, Royal Road and Hemco completed an initial 17-hole (2472 meter), scout drilling program at Luna Roja (see press release October 2nd 2019) . This was the first drilling program to be completed on the project. Promising results included; LR-DDH-3, 49m at 2.8 g/t gold (including 22m at 5.3 g/t gold); LR-DDH-12, 49m at 2.4 g/t gold, (including 18m at 5.4 g/t gold) and LR-DDH-016, 69m at 1.5 g/t gold (including 15m at 2.5 g/t gold).
A follow-up drilling program commenced at Luna Roja on May 2nd of this year. The program comprises some 3000 meters of diamond drilling aimed at locally extending known gold mineralization and exploring newly identified and deeper ground microgravity targets.
Results have been returned for the first 9 drill-holes (see Table 1; intersections are not true widths and the Company does not have sufficient information to make a determination of the true widths of the drill hole intersections of the mineralized zones). Significant intersections include:
LR-DDH-19 30m at 1.2 g/t gold and;
22m at 1.1 g/t gold
LR-DDH-22 65m at 6.9 g/t gold (including 41 meters at 10.0 g/t gold)
LR-DDH-23 12m at 2.7 g/t gold
LR-DDH-24 13m at 1.2 g/t gold
Drill hole LR-DDH-22 was drilled to test the downdip extension of LR-DDH-3 (see Figure 1) and passed through a hanging-wall of low-grade skarn mineralization before intersecting a higher grade breccia body at depth. The breccia-body effectively extends breccia-controlled gold mineralization from exposure at surface and over a vertical distance of at-least 120 meters.
An east-northeast trending fault is interpreted to downthrow the gold-skarn system to the south (see Figure 1) and defines a “deeper-domain” where skarn mineralization may be concealed at depth below outcropping marlstone. Low-grade skarn mineralization is evident in this domain at surface in artisanal workings, in soil geochemistry and in 2019 drilling (LR-DDH-17, 8 meters at 0.9 g/t gold). Microgravity data collected from this deeper-domain has identified a curved gravity high feature which management believe may be indicative of higher grade gold-skarn mineralization (possibly endo-skarn) at depth. Drill holes LR-DDH-20 and 21 were both terminated above this gravity high anomaly (see Figure 2) and failed to reach objective. Further deeper drilling is planned to fully test the gravity high anomaly.
“These drill results answer key questions in respect of grade distribution and depth-potential at Luna Roja” said Dr Tim Coughlin, Royal Road’s President and CEO. “It appears that the gold-skarn system is characterized by steeper-dipping, higher-grade, breccia bodies, surrounded by lower-grade gold mineralization which is oriented broadly parallel to bedding. Both styles of mineralization show promise in respect of extending gold mineralization at depth, which will be an important parameter in terms of quantifying plus million ounce potential at Luna Roja”.
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The information in this news release was compiled, reviewed and verified by Dr. Tim Coughlin, BSc (Geology), MSc (Exploration and Mining), PhD (Structural Geology), FAusIMM, President and CEO of Royal Road Minerals Ltd and a qualified person as defined by National Instrument 43-101. Royal Road Minerals employees are instructed to follow standard operating and quality assurance procedures intended to ensure that all sampling techniques and sample results meet international reporting standards. More information can be found on Royal Road Minerals web site at www.royalroadminerals.com
&... Assurance and Quality Control:
Diamond drill core is cut in half over 1-meter downhole intervals using a core saw. Samples are prepared and assayed by independent and ISO accredited laboratories of Bureau Veritas Minerals (BVM) and their local subsidiaries. Bagged 1-meter samples are collected from site and delivered to BVM sample preparation laboratories in Managua. Samples are prepared using the BVM codes PRP70-250 plus PUL85, where samples are crushed to 70% less than two millimeters, a riffle split of 250 grams is collected and then pulverized to better than 85 per cent passing 75 microns. Prepared sample pulps are then sent for analysis to BVM labs in Vancouver Canada. Gold is analyzed by fire assay with an atomic absorption finish and a measurement range of 0.005 to 10 ppm. Samples over 10-ppm gold are re-analyzed by fire assay with a gravimetric finish. Multielement concentrations are analyzed by four-acid digestion and inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometer. Samples over 10,000ppm Cu, Zn, Pb or Mn and 200 ppm W, are re-analyzed with four acid digestion and Inductively Coupled Plasma Emission Spectrometer (ICP-ES). Commercially prepared standards (gold-copper pulps), blanks (pulps and coarse chips) and field duplicates are inserted into the sample stream by Royal Road Minerals for a total of 15% QA/QC to ensure sample precision. In the case of duplicate analyses of a sample, the average of both analyses is used as the final reported value. Unless otherwise stated, gold grades are not capped for calculation of length-weighted averages.
This news release contains certain statements that constitute forward-looking information and forward-looking statements within the meaning of applicable securities laws (collectively, “forward-looking statements”) including statements relating to the Hemco-Mineros Alliance and those describing the Company’s future plans and the expectations of its management that a stated result or condition will occur. Such forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause the actual results, performance or achievements of the Company, or developments in the Company’s business or in the mineral resources industry, or with respect to the Hemco-Mineros Alliance, to differ materially from the anticipated results, performance, achievements or developments expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements include all disclosure regarding possible events, conditions or results of operations that is based on assumptions about, among other things, future economic conditions and courses of action, and assumptions related to government approvals, and anticipated costs and expenditures. The words “plans”, “prospective”, “expect”, “intend”, “intends to” and similar expressions identify forward looking statements, which may also include, without limitation, any statement relating to future events, conditions or circumstances. Forward-looking statements of the Company contained in this news release, which may prove to be incorrect, include, but are not limited to, those related to the Hemco-Mineros Alliance, Hemco-Mineros, and the Company’s plans exploration plans.
The Company cautions you not to place undue reliance upon any such forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date they are made. There is no guarantee that the anticipated benefits of the Hemco-Mineros Alliance and the Company’s business plans or operations will be achieved. The risks and uncertainties that may affect forward-looking statements include, among others: economic market conditions, anticipated costs and expenditures, government approvals, and other risks detailed from time to time in the Company’s filings with Canadian provincial securities regulators or other applicable regulatory authorities. Forward-looking statements included herein are based on the current plans, estimates, projections, beliefs and opinions of the Company management and, in part, on information provided to the Company by Hemco-Mineros, and, except as required by law, the Company does not undertake any obligation to update forward-looking statements should assumptions related to these plans, estimates, projections, beliefs and opinions change.
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In Colombia Royal Road Minerals operates through its wholly-owned Colombian companies Minerales Camino Real SAS founded in 2015 and Exploraciones Northern Colombia SAS acquired from previous owners in 2019. In Argentina Royal Road Minerals operates through its wholly owned Argentinian company, Minerales Camino Real Argentina. In Saudi Arabia and Morocco the Company operates through its 50% owned Saudi Arabian registered subsidiary, Royal Road Arabia.