Majority (51%) Ownership Milestone at Pilar; Right to Purchase Remaining 49%
Pilar Expansion Acquisition Expected to Finalize in Coming Weeks
Outlines Operational Plans for Q4/ 2023
Calgary, September 19, 2023 - Tocvan Ventures Corp. (the "Company") (CSE:TOC) (OTC:TCVNF) (FSE:TV3), is pleased to announce it has submitted the exercise notice to Colibri Resources Corp. for the majority ownership (51%) of the Pilar gold-silver project in Sonora, Mexico. The Company has the right to purchase the remaining 49% of the Pilar Project and plans to do so, subject to the conditions of the property option agreement. In addition, due diligence is complete for the land expansion acquisition surrounding Pilar (see News Release, July 27, 2023) and the Company looks to have a definitive agreement completed in the following weeks. Recent placer activity, historic workings, and prospective geology all indicate the area is highly prospective for gold and silver.
"This is a major milestone as we advance towards full ownership of Pilar and consolidate the district with its exciting gold and silver potential," stated Brodie Sutherland, CEO. "Over the last four years we have been able to unlock the potential of Pilar through surface work, drilling, and metallurgical studies. We now look to make the next steps towards expanding the potential of the district trough quickly advancing discovery drilling across the area. Our goal is to build out a resource estimate at Pilar and expand on that potential through additional discoveries across the vast expansion area."
Figure 1. Pilar Expansion area coves over 21 square-kilometers of prospective ground surrounding the established Pilar project. Recent placer activity, historic workings and prospective geology all indicate the area is highly prospective.
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The Company plans to restart field operations at the close of the expansion acquisition with the primary focus to advance new target areas already identified quickly towards drill targeting. Drilling at Pilar and within the new expansion area is planned to total 2,000-meters before year end. Work related to mine permitting is also scheduled for Q4/ 2023 to prepare for final permit application. Continued metallurgical work is planned to advance the understanding of gravity and agitated leach methods for gold and silver recovery. Aggressive drill targeting aimed at driving new discovery and infill drilling at Pilar is scheduled for 2024.
El Picacho Project
The Company will return to El Picacho for groundwork to advance the next phase of drilling on the Project. Beyond follow up at the San Ramon target where the Company drilled 44.2-meters at 0.6 g/t Au, 6-kilometers of prospective trend remains untested and open for drilling.
Figure 2. Pilar Expansion preliminary target areas (red dots) and their relative distance to Pilar. Preliminary targets are based prospective geology, satellite data interpretation, known historic workings and recent placer mining.
About the Pilar Property
The Pilar Gold-Silver property has recently returned some of the region's best drill results. Coupled with encouraging gold and silver recovery results from metallurgical test work, Pilar is primed to be a potential near-term producer. Pilar is interpreted as a structurally controlled low-sulphidation epithermal system hosted in andesite rocks. Three primary zones of mineralization have been identified in the north-west part of the property from historic surface work and drilling and are referred to as the Main Zone, North Hill and 4-T. The Main Zone and 4-T trends are open to the southeast and new parallel zones have been recently discovered. Structural features and zones of mineralization within the structures follow an overall NW-SE trend of mineralization. Mineralization extends along a 1.2-km trend, only half of that trend has been drill tested so far. To date, over 23,000-m of drilling has been completed.
2022 Phase III Diamond Drilling Highlights include (all lengths are drilled thicknesses):
116.9m @ 1.2 g/t Au, including 10.2m @ 12 g/t Au and 23 g/t Ag
108.9m @ 0.8 g/t Au, including 9.4m @ 7.6 g/t Au and 5 g/t Ag
63.4m @ 0.6 g/t Au and 11 g/t Ag, including 29.9m @ 0.9 g/t Au and 18 g/t Ag
2021 Phase II RC Drilling Highlights include (all lengths are drilled thicknesses):
39.7m @ 1.0 g/t Au, including 1.5m @ 14.6 g/t Au
47.7m @ 0.7 g/t Au including 3m @ 5.6 g/t Au and 22 g/t Ag
29m @ 0.7 g/t Au
35.1m @ 0.7 g/t Au
2020 Phase I RC Drilling Highlights include (all lengths are drilled thicknesses
94.6m @ 1.6 g/t Au, including 9.2m @ 10.8 g/t Au and 38 g/t Ag;
41.2m @ 1.1 g/t Au, including 3.1m @ 6.0 g/t Au and 12 g/t Ag ;
24.4m @ 2.5 g/t Au and 73 g/t Ag, including 1.5m @ 33.4 g/t Au and 1,090 g/t Ag
15,000m of Historic Core RC drilling. Highlights include:
Bulk Sample and Metallurgy Results
Head Grade of 1.9 g/t Au and 7 g/t Ag
Bulk Heap Leach Results of coarse fraction, 62% recovery of Au and 47% recovery of Ag
Agitated Leach Results, 80% recovery of Au and 94% recovery of Ag after just 24-hours of retention time
Initial Gravity and Agitated Leach tests returned over 95% recovery of Au, over 73% recovery of Ag
About the El Picacho Property
The El Picacho Gold-Silver property is interpreted as an orogenic gold system within the regional Caborca Orogenic Gold Belt known for producing gold mines that include La Herradura (>10 Moz Au) and San Francisco (>3 Moz Au). The project is 140 kilometers north of Hermosillo and only 18 kilometers southwest of the producing San Francisco Mine. The Project totals 24 square kilometers (2,400 ha). Five primary zones of mineralization have been identified across the property totalling over six kilometers of prospective trends. Surface sampling and historic workings have identified high-grade gold and silver values. The project has only seen widely spaced reconnaissance drilling with no follow-up. Tocvan believes this provides an excellent opportunity for discovery of a multi-million ounce district. In December of 2022, the Company completed its first ever drill program at El Picacho leading to the discovery of significant near surface mineralization at the San Ramon target highlighted by 44.2m @ 0.6 g/t Au.
About Tocvan Ventures Corp.
Tocvan is a well-structured exploration development company. Tocvan was created in order to take advantage of the prolonged downturn in the junior mining exploration sector, by identifying and negotiating interest in opportunities where management feels they can build upon previous success. Tocvan has approximately 40 million shares outstanding and is earning 100% into two exciting opportunities in Sonora, Mexico: the Pilar Gold-Silver project and the El Picacho Gold-Silver project. Management feels both projects represent tremendous opportunity to create shareholder value.
Brodie A. Sutherland, P.Geo., CEO for Tocvan Ventures Corp. and a qualified person ("QP") as defined by Canadian National Instrument 43-101, has reviewed and approved the technical information contained in this release.
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