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Troilus Expands Western Footprint of J Zone; Intersects 2.12 g/t AuEq Over 13m and 1.10 g/t AuEq Over 68m Within 200m of Surface

May 12, 2021

Troilus Gold Corp. is reporting positive drill results from the J Zone as part of the ongoing exploration and infill program on its 100%-owned Troilus Gold Project, the largest gold and copper development project within the Frotêt-Evans Greenstone Belt in Quebec.  The identification of a substantial new western extension of the J Zone, traced over a minimum of 200 metres in strike, previously modelled as waste within the pit shell proposed in the Preliminary Economic Assessment (“PEA”) (See August 31, 2020 press release), has the potential to add substantial value to the Company’s development model.

Highlights from the J Zone drill results include:

  • ZJ21-226 was drilled 50 metres beyond any previous historic holes, identifying a new parallel zone of gold mineralization within 200m from surface:
      • 1.10 g/t AuEq over 68m, incl. 1.65 g/t AuEq over 10m
      • 2.23 g/t AuEq over 3m
  • ZJ21-225 drilled 50m beyond all historic holes, defined strong mineral continuity to the northwest, an undrilled area of the PEA pit previously considered waste. Furthermore, excellent grades and widths were intersected over 300 metres beyond the PEA pit shell, extending down dip mineralization over 650 metres below surface:
      • 1.01 g/t AuEq over 34m, incl. 1.40 g/t AuEq over 15m and 1.60 g/t AuEq over 5m, located 100m from surface and within the PEA pit shell
      • 2.12 g/t AuEq over 13m, incl. 7.13 g/t AuEq over 1m and 4.39 g/t AuEq over 3m, located outside of the PEA pit shell 

These results have defined new extensions of mineralization within and outside of the pit shell proposed in the PEA, one of which identified a new gold zone with continuous mineralization over 68 metres within 200m from surface (see drill hole TLG-ZJ21-226, Figure 3). Gold mineralization at the J Zone target currently covers an area of approximately 1.5km by 1km and remains open in all directions (see Figure 1).

“The latest results from the J Zone drilling continue to validate our belief in the scale potential of the gold system on our property,” commented Justin Reid, CEO of Troilus Gold. “The Troilus Mine operated for 14 years starting in 1996, during a very weak gold environment which, among other factors, resulted in minimal expansion drilling outside of the main mineralized zones to replace the mine’s reserves.  In the few years since acquiring Troilus, systematic drilling driven by a new geological model and an improved understanding of the structural controls of the mineralization has significantly expanded the footprint of mineralization across the entire deposit, including the most recent results in the J Zone where we identified new broad gold zones that are near surface and directly adjacent to the former operation. We expect these results to have a meaningful impact on the economics of the project.”

These are the first results from the J Zone since it was extensively drilled during the successful 2019 mineral expansion program that showcased open pit potential at Troilus. In 2020, drilling focused primarily on the new and expanding Southwest Zone (see 2021 press releases dated Jan. 12, Feb. 9, Feb 24, Mar. 16, and Apr. 8), however 2 drills were mobilized to the J Zone earlier this year with the aim to continue improving drill resolution while defining the extent of the mineral boundaries.

These intercepts are demonstrating new hanging wall mineral extensions that appear to be widening as they are drilled deeper, as has been observed in the lower levels of J Zone and the Southwest Zone. Furthermore, the new zone appears to be higher grade than the previously defined mineralization at J Zone.

Additional drilling has been planned in this new area of interest and currently two drill rigs are focused on expansion and delineation in advance of a mineral resource update and Pre-Feasibility Study planned for completion in the second half of 2021. Troilus has completed 32,000 metres of drilling since January 2021 and intends to drill approximately 10,000 metres per month throughout the summer.   

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