Aura Silver Resources (TSX-V:AUU) (“Aura” or the “Company”) announces that it has entered into a binding letter agreement for an option to acquire a 100% interest in the Gold Chain project located in Mohave County, Arizona, subject to TSX Venture Exchange approval. The project is comprised of 86 Bureau of Land Management lode mining claims in western Arizona where work conducted by prior operators has indicated the property is prospective for gold. Consideration payable to earn a 100% interest in the project is payable in annual installments over a four- year period from inception and total cash of US $1,500,000 and 3,750,000 common shares of the Company (see detail below). Upon TSX Venture Exchange approval, initial payments of US $30,000 and 750,000 common shares are payable.
The Gold Chain project consists of several mineralized exposures over five kilometres, composed of epithermal-style gold mineralization. Some of these exposures were mined on a limited scale prior to 1940 and were explored by several companies during the 1980’s. Mineralization occurs along a low-angle unconformity or detachment fault where mid-Tertiary volcanics rest directly on Precambrian rocks. The gold-bearing rock is characterized by quartz-calcite veinlets or stockwork in silicified and hematized volcanics in the hanging wall of the detachment fault. Several analogous deposits have been productive in the region. Historical records reveal that drilling identified oxidized conditions extending to at least 100 metres below the surface, a condition favorable for gold recovery by leaching. Going forward, Aura plans to commence historical data compilation and field studies necessary for the construction of geologic and geochemical models, required for the design of a drill program.
Details with respect to the consideration payable for this acquisition are as follows:
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The vendors of the property hold a 2% net smelter royalty (“NSR”) on gold and silver. The Company has the right to buy down the NSR in increments of 1% by paying the vendors the sum of US $1,000,000 for each 1% of the NSR at any time prior to completion of the first year of commercial production.
This property acquisition remains subject to approval of the TSX Venture Exchange. The securities to be issued as consideration under this option agreement will be subject to a statutory hold period of four months and one day from the date of issuance.
Robert Johansing, M.Sc. Econ. Geol., P. Geo. is a qualified person as defined by NI 43-101 and has reviewed and approved the technical content of this press release.
About Aura Silver
Aura Silver is a TSX Venture listed company engaged in the acquisition, exploration and development of precious metal prospects in Canada (45.7% interest in the Greyhound project under operation by our partner, Agnico Eagle) and in Oaxaca, Mexico (100% owned Taviche project). Aura Silver has 137,450,558 common shares outstanding.
For further information regarding this press release contact: Robert Johansing, President and CEO at (805) 455-4775 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. Aura Silver’s web site is located at www.aurasilver.com.
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