TORONTO, ONTARIO - October 22, 2020 - Americas Gold and Silver Corporation (TSX: USA) (NYSE American: USAS) (“Americas” or the “Company”), is pleased to provide an update on exploration drilling at its Galena Complex, 60% owned by Americas and 40% owned by Mr. Eric Sprott, and an update on the Cosalá Operations.
- At the Galena Complex, the first hole targeting the “triple point”, the intersection of the 175, 185 and Silver Veins crossed all three veins approximately 250 feet below current infrastructure and 250 feet above the expected convergence point. Drilling of the second deeper hole has just commenced to pierce the projected convergence area.
- Hole 55-153:
582 g/t silver and 30.7% lead (or 1,695 g/t AgEq) over 2.2 meters (185 Vein)
219 g/t silver and 9.5% lead (or 564 g/t AgEq) over 1.9 meters (175 Vein)
271 g/t silver and 2.3% lead (or 365 g/t AgEq) over 1.9 meters (Silver Vein)
- Earlier drilling of the 360 Complex from the 4300 Level was an important contributor to the increase in the Mineral Resource as of June 30, 2020. More recent drilling continues to impress with high grades and multiple new vein discoveries.
- Holes 43-246 and 43-247 intersected 8 closely spaced, parallel veins including 4 newly discovered veins. These veins are close to existing infrastructure with good grades and minable widths with full assay results detailed in the 360 Complex section. Key intercepts from 43-246 and 43-247 include and hole 43-239 include:
- Hole 43-246: 548 g/t silver and 18.9% lead (or 1,239 g/t AgEq) over 3.4 meters
- Hole 43-247: 235 g/t silver and 19.7% lead (or 944 g/t AgEq) over 6.6 meters
- Hole 43-239: 809 g/t silver and 37.2% lead (or 2,148 g/t AgEq) over 0.6 meters
- Continued drilling of the 72 Vein area yielded more strong results and will be followed up from new drill stations in early 2021.
- Hole 55-152: 1,783 g/t silver and 2.3% Cu (or 2,018 g/t AgEq) over 0.3 meters
- Targeted Mineral Resource addition for the remainder of Phase 1 drilling through June 2021 is expected to be at least another 50 million ounces of silver.
“Galena Complex exploration results to date have been tremendous,” stated Americas President and CEO Darren Blasutti. “As of June 30, the Company added 60% of the conceptual target silver ounces with approximately 33% of drilling completed. We are excited to have multiple targets that are each generating significant intercepts that have the potential to add profitable ounces. Given the success to date, we have added a third drill to accelerate drilling of the remaining 23,000 meters of the Phase 1 program. Galena Complex geologists are already planning the Phase 2 program for the second half of 2021 which is expected to include high grade vein follow-up and potential discovery of new mine level and district level discoveries.”
Galena Complex Exploration
The current exploration program has budgeted approximately 39,000 meters of drilling with approximately 16,000 meters (or 41%) complete as of September 30th, 2020. Based on the success to date, the Company added an additional in-house drill and now has a total of three drills exploring. One drill will remain dedicated to the “triple point”, which represents the convergence of the 175, 185 and Silver Veins. A second drill will continue to focus on the up-dip extension of the 360 Complex. The third drill will begin exploration on the prospective East Coeur area.
A full table of drill results can be found at:
Figure 1: Galena Complex
The Company has commenced drilling from a newly developed drill station, DDS#1, targeting what has been described as the “triple point” where the high-grade 175, 185 and Silver Veins are projected to converge. The first hole, 55-153 shown in Figure 2, intersected all three veins, close to each other, approximately 250 feet below the 5500 Level. Based on the vein angles, the convergence point is expected approximately 250 feet below this current hole.
As shown in the Figure 2, many of the holes planned from DDS#1 are targeting the individual veins and not the convergence of the 175, 185 and Silver Veins. Based on the orientation of the “triple point”, the Company anticipates that fully delineating this target will require establishment of another drill station further to the east, DDS#3 as shown in Figure 2. This drill station requires an additional 120 meters of development which is expected to be completed by December 2020.
Figure 2: Triple Point Drilling
With drift repair and rail replacement complete on the 4300 Level, the Company has been able to drill the up-dip projection of the 360 Complex. This area is readily accessible from existing infrastructure. The Company anticipates the discoveries to date will quickly convert to minable tonnes.
Figure 3: 360 Complex drilling
Figure 3 includes only intercepts since June 30, 2020.
Key intercepts from recent drilling on the 4300 Level drilling include:
The East Coeur target occupies the area between Galena’s historically prolific West Argentine mining front and the Coeur mine. The planned drill program will follow up on limited but encouraging historical data situated in an attractive rock package. Previous drilling included 631 g/t silver over 2.1 meters in Hole 43-159 and 1,423 g/t silver over 2.2 meters in Hole 43-153.
In February 2020, the Company announced that an illegal blockade was put in place at the Cosalá Operations by a group of individuals including a small minority of the Company’s hourly workforce. As a result, the Cosalá Operations were put on care and maintenance. The Company has made all possible efforts with the affected workers and the Mexican government to remove the illegal blockade in a safe and sustainable manner. It was clear from the onset that the illegal blockade is unrelated to any alleged existing labour issue, but rather motivated by the self-interest of certain opportunistic individuals. Throughout this ordeal, the Company has consistently been supportive of a workers right to freely associate including a democratic election to ratify legitimate union representation free from threats and intimidation.
In August 2020, the Company announced that the illegal blockade had been resolved to permit some Company personnel the opportunity to re-enter the mine operations. This access has not been maintained. With the re-opening of Mexican government offices in August, the Company’s employees were expected to vote in September 2020 for new union representation and did so on September 17. In advance of the vote, there were a number of irregularities that came to light, which indicated that there could not be a fully democratic vote with freedom of association.
As a result, the Company does not believe there are conditions currently present to invest the required capital to re-start the Cosalá operations. The Company continues to work with all legitimate stakeholders and remains hopeful that a resolution, consistent with the rule of law and featuring an election free from threats and intimidation, can be achieved so that operations can re-commence in the near term.
About Americas Gold and Silver Corporation
Americas Gold and Silver Corporation is a high-growth, precious metals mining company with multiple assets in North America. The Company’s newest asset, the Relief Canyon mine in Nevada, USA, has poured first gold and is expected to ramp up to full production over the course of 2020. The Company also owns the Cosalá Operations in Sinaloa, Mexico and manages the 60%-owned Galena Complex in Idaho, USA. The Company holds the San Felipe development project in Sonora, Mexico. For further information, please see SEDAR or www.americas-gold.com.
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Americas Gold and Silver Corporation
Niel de Bruin, Director of Geology, who is an employee of the Company and a “qualified person” under National Instrument 43-101, have approved the applicable contents of this news release.
The diamond drilling program used NQ-size core. Americas standard QA/QC practices were utilized to ensure the integrity of the core and sample preparation at the Galena Complex through delivery of the samples to the assay lab. The drill core was stored in a secure facility, photographed, logged and sampled based on lithologic and mineralogical interpretations. Standards of certified reference materials, field duplicates and blanks were inserted as samples shipped with the core samples to the lab.
Analytical work was carried out by American Analytical Services Inc. (“AAS”) located in Osburn, Idaho. AAS is an independent, ISO-17025 accredited laboratory. Sample preparation includes a 30-gram pulp sample analyzed by atomic absorption spectrometry (“AA”) techniques to determine silver, copper, and lead, using aqua regia for pulp digestion. Samples returning values over 514g/t Ag are re-assayed using fire-assay techniques for silver. Additionally, samples returning values over 23% Pb are re-assayed using titration techniques.
Duplicate pulp samples were sent out quarterly to ALS Global, an independent, ISO-17025 accredited laboratory based in Reno, Nevada to perform an independent check analysis. A conventional AA technique was used for the analysis of silver, copper and lead at ALS Global with the same industry standard procedures as those used by AAS. The assay results listed in this report did not show any significant contamination during sample preparation or sample bias of analysis.
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 AgEq was calculated using metal prices of $20.00/ oz silver, $3.00/lb copper and $1.05/lb lead
 Meters represent “True Width” which is calculated for significant intercepts only and based on orientation axis of core across the estimated dip of the vein