District-scale Gold Exploration in Yukon
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Triumph Gold Corp. (TSXV:TIG,OTC:TIGCF,FWB:8N61) is a precious metals exploration and development company focused on advancing its district-scale Freegold Mountain project in the Yukon. The property hosts three known deposits including multiple showings with successful drilling, trenching and sampling. The highlight of the property is the world-class exploration on one of Yukon’s richest porphyries, the Blue Sky porphyry.
With gold prices on the rise, emphasis is being placed on discovering large high-grade gold deposits. While the company has not found a deposit to fit this description, it has delineated three gold resources on its property to date and is working towards enhancing the grade and size of the resources. The Blue Sky porphyry and WAu Breccia also host significant grades of copper that show the potential for further mining development.
The Freegold Mountain property has access to excellent infrastructure. The Yukon and Canadian federal government have invested C$360 million in the Resource Gateway project which is expected to be used to upgrade the infrastructure in the Nahanni and Dawson ranges, including the Mount Freegold Road which is situated alongside the property.
The Freegold Mountain project has over 86 years of property data, which has helped the company outline several discovery zones throughout the property. A 2017 drill program targeted the Revenue, Nucleus and Generation zones. Results from the Revenue zone returned one-meter grading 81.3 g/t gold. The program also led to the discovery of a high-grade, gold-rich porphyry mineralization zone that covers 450 meters and remains open in all directions.
The following year, Triumph Gold launched an exploration and drilling program to test the six-kilometer-long coincident geochemical and geophysical anomaly and followed up on areas of high-grade mineralization from the 2017 program. The company unearthed two new mineralized zones at the WAu breccia and the Blue Sky zone, one of the longest and highest grading gold-copper porphyries in the Yukon.
In 2019 Triumph Gold began a ground-breaking drill program that tested the down-dip extension of the Blue Sky porphyry, WAu breccia and a 2.8-kilometer-long chargeability anomaly that underlies the six-kilometer-long soil anomaly that encompasses the Nucleus, Revenue and Blue Sky zones. Initial results from Triumph Gold’s 2019 drill program intersected 400 meters of 1.2 g/t gold equivalent and 102 meters of 1.3 g/t gold equivalent. The company has announced a follow-up exploration program in 2020 designed to advance the underexplored, near-surface gold targets on the project.
In addition to its Freegold Mountain project, Triumph Gold also owns two non-core assets in British Columbia and the Yukon. The Tad/Toro project shares similar geology to the Freegold Mountain project, which is 40 kilometers northwest of the property. The property hosts two areas of interest: the Main zone and the Nit occurrence. Both areas require further follow-up work before developing a resource estimate.
The Andalusite Peak project is located in northwestern British Columbia and is situated in the 27-kilometer-long Horn Mountain “blowout” lithocap belt. Triumph Gold has recently optioned the property to Rio Tinto (ASX:RIO), who can earn a 100 percent interest in the project over five years. The project covers an alteration zone in the center of the belt and hosts three targets: Julep, Gentleman and the Tennessee trend. The eastern side of the Julep and Gentleman mineralized trend has a strike length of 550 meters and remains unexplored to the south and downslope to the east and west. On the western edge of the property, the Tennessee trend extends at least one kilometer along the ridge. The trend widens to 300 meters and is open in all directions.
Attesting to Triumph Gold’s success and vision are key shareholders including Newmont Corp. (NYSE:NEM), which holds a 12.8 percent interest, and Zijin Mining Fund, China which holds 9.8 percent. Other institutions own approximately 42 percent.
Triumph Gold Company Highlights
- The Freegold Mountain project is a district-size play that is 35-kilometers-long with 200-square-kilometers of contiguous claims. This is five times the size of Manhattan.
- The property hosts three NI 43-101 deposits that are all open for growth.
- Positive results from metallurgical work with over 97 percent gold recovery.
- The 2017 drill program defined target areas and included an intersection of 81.3 g/t gold over one meter, followed up last year with the discovery of the Yukon’s richest porphyry.
- This newly defined 450-meter strike length of high-grade gold-rich porphyry mineralization is open in all directions and at depth.
- The property has excellent infrastructure with a government-maintained road going right through the entire property and roads to all deposits and targets.
- The Freegold Mountain project is located in a good jurisdiction with straight forward permitting and support from government and local communities.
- Data mining of $35 million database has allowed for low-cost exploration, which has resulted in recent successful discoveries.
- The 2018 exploration program focused on identifying new porphyry and epithermal mineralization within a six-kilometer-long soil and geophysical anomaly.
- The Blue Sky porphyry is one of the longest and highest grading gold-copper porphyries in the Yukon.
- 2019 drill program intersected 400 meters of 1.2 g/t gold equivalent and 102 meters of 1.3 g/t gold equivalent.
- Strong investor base with Newmont Mining holding 12.8 percent of shares.
- Highly-experienced management and technical team.
Freegold Mountain Project
Triumph Gold’s Freegold Mountain project covers a highly prospective section of the Big Creek fault zone in Yukon’s Dawson Range. The district-scale project shares an address with several notable mineral properties including Capstone Mining’s (TSX:CS) Minto mine, Copper North Mining’s (TSXV:COL) Carmacks copper project, Rockhaven Resources’ (TSXV:RK) Klaza project and Western Copper and Gold’s (TSX:WRN) Casino deposit. Goldcorp’s $520 million acquisition of Kaminak Gold in 2016 is immediately northeast along trend of the Big Creek fault.
Freegold Mountain’s location offers some of the best infrastructure for a project in Yukon. Located 200 kilometers northwest of Whitehorse, the property is accessible by the main paved all-weather Klondike Highway and the government-maintained Freegold Road runs through the property. Commercial grid power is also available through the spur electrical line extending into the Minto mine.
“The infrastructure that we enjoy is some of the best in the territory; in fact, this property package was put together because of the area’s great infrastructure,” said Triumph Gold Chairman John Anderson. ”This allows for cost-effective exploration and development.”
In October 2018, Triumph Gold purchased back a two percent net smelter return (NSR) interest in the Golden Revenue property, which is contained within the company’s Freegold Mountain property. The 9.9-square-kilometer Golden Revenue property is centered over the Blue Sky-Revenue-Nucleus area. The purchase of the royalty reduces the NSR in most of the Blue Sky-Revenue-Nucleus area to zero percent.
The project hosts three significant mineral deposits and numerous gold showings which represent porphyry-epithermal systems. The deposits include the high-grade gold Nucleus deposit, the Revenue copper-gold-molybdenum–silver deposit and the Tinta Hill poly-metallic vein deposit.
Freegold Mountain NI 43-101 resources
The Freegold Mountain project hosts three NI 43-101 mineral resources for the Nucleus, Revenue and Tinta Hill deposits.
Data mining and low-cost exploration
Triumph Gold’s exploration strategy for the Freegold Mountain project was initially centered on evaluating a large database representing $35 million in exploration work conducted on the property since 2006. Through careful evaluation of the data and prospectivity mapping, the company identified four high-priority targets for their 2017 exploration program.
In June 2017, Triumph launched a 13,000-meter drill program on the property with the goal of testing the targets identified as part of the data review: the Revenue, Nucleus and Generation zones. The company was able to drill 35 holes, while also undergoing 600 meters of trenching in the Tinta Hill region and collecting 993 soil samples as part of the summer’s field program.
Through the program, Triumph Gold defined a 450-meter high-grade gold-rich porphyry mineralization across multiple drill holes, which included results such as 57 meters of 1.72 g/t gold equivalent at 1.08 g/t gold and 0.285 percent copper. The company also discovered the Happy Creek showing, which is on trend with the Revenue and Nucleus geophysical anomaly. Surface grab samples from the area returned results of 5.77 g/t gold.
To the south of the Revenue zone, the company intersected high-grade gold mineralization including seven meters grading 15 g/t gold. Copper-gold mineralization was also intersected multiple times to the east of the Revenue zone, including 58.65 meters of 1.48 g/t gold equivalent grading 0.971 g/t gold and 0.22 percent copper.
2018 exploration program
In March 2018, Triumph Gold launched an 18,000-meter drill program and a large exploration program at the Nucleus and Revenue deposits, as well as the Blue Sky, Happy Creek (Maximus II), Drone, Kiersten, Irene and Cabin zones. The 2018 exploration program was primarily focused on testing a six-kilometer-long geophysical anomaly that surrounds the Nucleus and Revenue deposits and followed up on areas of high-grade mineralization that were intercepted in 2017. At the end of the program, Triumph Gold completed 17,532.68 meters of drilling, 921 meters of excavator trenching, 209 meters of channel trenching, 30-line-kilometers of deep penetration IP and 48-line-kilometers of ground mag geophysics. The company also collected 865 infill soil samples and 55 rock samples.
The program was able to expand and define the WAu breccia which was first discovered in 2017. The company intersected the breccia in five holes which returned 72 meters of 1.33 g/t gold equivalent, 128 meters of 1.27 g/t gold equivalent and 43.02 meters of 1.50 g/t gold equivalent. The company also defined a 500-meter-long corridor containing high-grade porphyry and breccia mineralization that remains open along strike and to depth.
Triumph Gold intersected strong gold-rich porphyry mineralization in the first three drill holes at the Blue Sky porphyry zone. Assay results from the zone include 125.13 meters grading 1.24 g/t gold, 0.31 percent copper, 7.0 g/t silver and 0.01 percent molybdenum, 94.50 meters of 1.53 g/t gold, 5.8 g/t silver, 0.28 percent copper and 0.01 percent molybdenum and 149.26 meters of 0.3 g/t gold, 2.5 g/t silver, 0.15 percent copper and 0.02 percent molybdenum.
Twelve holes were completed between the Granger and Guder zones. Drilling at the Granger zone tested a shallow oxide gold target that rests between the Revenue diatreme and Nucleus gold deposit. Highlights from the zone include 18.39 meters grading 0.98 g/t gold, 18 meters grading 0.61 g/t gold and 55.21 meters grading 0.45 g/t gold.
At the Guder zone, Triumph Gold intersected 37.50 meters grading 0.26 g/t gold, 3.3 g/t silver and 0.17 percent copper and 26.38 meters grading 0.26 g/t gold and 0.11 percent copper. The company believes that the mineralization might be part of a larger mineralized zone that was intersected in several historical drill holes.
Mineralization was also intersected at the Revenue diatreme. Highlights from the Revenue zone include 44 meters of 1.08 g/t gold equivalent, 19.81 meters of 1.24 g/t gold equivalent and 11 meters of 2.04 g/t gold equivalent. Definition drilling at the Nucleus deposit intersected high-gold grades that exceeded the current inferred resources in 16 of the 21 holes drilled there. Highlights from the program include 0.84 meters grading 19.8 g/t gold, 45.19 meters grading 1.196 g/t gold and 59.50 meters grading 1.184 g/t gold.
The program also uncovered two new copper-gold showings: Drone and Maximus II. The Drone zone is a 100-meter by 25-meter area 500 meters east of the Nucleus deposit and 500 meters west of the Keirsten zone porphyry system. The zone remains open in all directions and has never been drilled or explored. The Maximus II showing was discovered one-kilometer northeast of the drilling at Blue Sky. The showing consists of multiple thick domains of dense veining and vein breccias over a 70-meter strike length. The showing remains open in all directions.
Triumph Gold is currently in the midst of its 2019 drilling and exploration program which will target high-grade gold and copper mineralization that was intersected in the 2018 exploration season. The company will be using a drill capable of reaching depths of 1,600 meters to test the down-dip extension of the Blue Sky, WAu breccia and a 2.8-kilometer-long chargeability anomaly that underlies the six-kilometer-long soil anomaly that encompasses the Nucleus, Revenue and Blue Sky zones.
To date, the company has completed its drilling at the Irene gold vein, which was drill tested over a 450-meter strike length. Highlights from the program include 6.13 meters grading 2.38 g/t gold, two meters grading 3.09 g/t gold and 2.82 meters grading 1.91 g/t gold.
Triumph Gold has also completed a sampling program at the Drone zone as well as surface sampling over the six-kilometer-long Revenue-Nucleus soil anomaly. The Drone zone returned bonanza-grade gold concentrations up to 450 g/t gold and high-grade copper values of up to 2.09 percent copper.
Within the Blue Sky zone, 13 grab samples had an average grade of 4.5 g/t gold but the values could range as high as 16.8 g/t gold. Samples taken from two new trenches at the Granger zone returned 18.5 meters grading 0.70 g/t gold and 3.5 meters grading 1.04 g/t gold.
During its 2019 drilling program, Triumph Gold intersected 400 meters of 1.2 g/t gold equivalent and 102 meters of 1.3 g/t gold equivalent in the first of three areas tested for a deep porphyry. The 400-meter intersection revealed epithermal style mineralization at the WAu Breccia with 1.21 g/t gold equivalent containing 0.73 g/t gold and 0.23 percent copper, more than doubling the previously known depth of mineralization. Based on these positive results, the company has added another drill hole to the program to test for further high-grade porphyry mineralization beneath the WAu Breccia.
2020 exploration program
In July 2020 Triumph Gold announced its plans to continue to explore its Freegold Mountain Project in order to advance underexplored, near-surface gold targets on the property. The company intends to focus on epithermal targets south of the Nucleus and Revenue Zones in addition to shallow gold targets related to the gold-rich porphyry copper mineralization surrounding the Revenue Resource area.
Triumph Gold’s 2020 exploration program is expected to target a number of prominent zones of mineralization, including the Irene-Goldstar Epithermal Gold-Silver Corridor, the highly-prospective Melissa Epithermal Zone, the Keirsten Zone and Revenue East. By following up on existing drill targets, Triumph Gold hopes to unlock high-grade areas of gold at Freegold Mountain.
The 6,474-hectare Tad/Toro project is located on Hayes Creek within the Dawson Range in central Yukon. The property is 100 kilometers northwest of Carmacks, which is 177 kilometers by road from the territory’s capital, Whitehorse. The project is situated within the 100-kilometer-long Big Creek portion of the Dawson Range copper-gold belt, which hosts several deposits and mineralized showings, such as the Casino copper-gold-molybdenum porphyry deposit, the Laforma low sulfidation epithermal vein deposit and the Antoniuk intrusion-related gold deposit.
The Main zone exhibits extreme oxidation within many unsampled oxidized and brecciated sections on the property, according to a historical drill core. Historical drill results from the Main zone include 7.15 meters grading 1.05 g/t gold and 19.5 g/t silver, 0.91 meters grading 1.37 g/t gold and 30.2 g/t silver and 0.3 meters grading 0.69 g/t gold and 116.6 g/t silver.
A 2007 sampling program resulted in the testing of an unsplit drill interval. Results from the interval include 7.9 meters grading 1.13 g/t gold and 8.7 g/t silver including 0.9 meters grading 5.07 g/t gold and 29.5 g/t silver. Based on these results, the remaining unsplit core from the 1969 to 1970 drill program requires sampling.
The Tad/Toro project also hosts the Nit occurrence, which is comprised of three large gold soil geochemical anomalies that have not been adequately trenched or drill tested. In 1986, a limited trenching program was completed at the Nit occurrence. Highlights from the program include 37.8 meters grading 0.46 g/t gold and 26.1 g/t silver and 30 meters grading 0.55 g/t gold and 106.6 g/t silver. Follow up work on the Nit occurrence is required to test the area further.
Andalusite Peak Project
The Andalusite Peak project is located in northwestern British Columbia. The property is 65 kilometers north of the Red Chris copper-gold mine, 20 kilometers west of Highway 37 and seven kilometers south of the Kutcho Creek mining road.
In August 2019, Triumph Gold and Rio Tinto entered an option agreement for the Andalusite Peak project. Under the agreement, Rio Tinto can earn a 100 percent interest in the project by paying Triumph Gold $3 million over five years. Triumph Gold would retain a one percent NSR, which is capped at $50 million.
In 2016, The British Columbia Geological Survey identified and mapped a 27-kilometer-long Horn Mountain “blowout” lithocap belt. The Andalusite project covers an alteration in the center of the belt. Two similar alteration blowouts are along the belt and host Kaizen Discovery’s Tanzilla property and Teck Resources’ (TSX:TECK.A) McBride property, where porphyry-style mineralization has been identified within and beneath the alteration lithocap.
In January 2019, Triumph Gold tripled the size of the property as the result of a prospecting and mapping program completed in July 2018.
In 2018, Triumph Gold discovered two new gold-silver-copper occurrences on the property: Julep and Gentleman. Grab sampling at the Julep zone returned values of 1.18 g/t gold, 11.2 g/t silver and 1.135 percent copper and 21.1 g/t silver and 2.72 percent copper. Grab sampling at the Gentleman vein returned values of 1.84 g/t gold, 17.3 g/t silver and 2.25 percent copper and 0.459 g/t gold, 2.4 g/t silver and 0.163 percent copper.
The eastern side of the Julep and Gentleman mineralized trend has a strike length of 550 meters and remains unexplored to the south and downslope to the east and west. On the western edge of the property, the Tennessee trend extends at least one kilometer along the ridge. The trend widens to 300 meters and is open in all directions.
Triumph Gold’s Management Team
John Anderson – Interim Chief Executive Officer
John Anderson has presided over the company since January 2015 focusing on financing and promoting the company. Having over 25 years of capital market experience specializing in the resource sector, he was a founder and financier of many start-up companies with experience on the TSX, NYSE, NASDAQ, London AIM and Swiss Stock Exchange. He was a founder of Deep 6 PLC, American Eagle Oil and Gas as well a founding general partner in Aquastone Capital LLC, a New York-based gold fund. John had raised more than $35 million for Triumph Gold before becoming the Chairman and subsequently another $15 million for the past three exploration years, including a strategic investment from Goldcorp. Prior to this, he worked in investor relations at Bema Gold, investment banking with Hong Kong-based Meyers Capital as well as corporate development at Manulife Financial in commercial real estate development.
Rakesh Patel – CFO
Rakesh Patel is a partner in the Audit and Assurance Group at DMCL Chartered Professional Accountants. He provides audit and advisory services to Canadian and US private and public companies. He specializes in guiding private companies entering the public markets and assisting them with the registration process. He also has extensive knowledge of Canadian and US securities rules relating to the public markets, initial public offerings, prospectuses and mergers and acquisitions.
Brian Bower — Lead Director
Mr. Bower has over 30 years’ experience as an exploration and mine geologist working primarily in British Columbia and Yukon. “Mr. Bower’s extensive experience in supporting strong technical teams were instrumental in developing projects like the New Afton Mine, the Kemess South deposit, the Blackwater project and the Mount Milligan deposit in British Columbia. He has also worked on the Casino deposits advanced exploration program in the Yukon.
Gregory Sparks – Director
Gregory Sparks is a registered Professional Engineer and is currently the Managing Director–Metals of John T. Boyd Company Mining and Geological Consultants. He has over 40 years of diverse experience relating to surface and underground mines and plants. He has held numerous senior executive roles for both exploration and development projects. Previously, he was the General Manager of Genex Construction LLC, a heavy civil construction firm. He was formerly Vice President Development of Echo Bay Mines Ltd. He has a B.Sc. in Mining Engineering from the Missouri School of Mines.
Marco Strub – Director
Marco Strub is a principal of Sircon AG, a consulting and investment research company based in Zurich, Switzerland, and was formerly a partner of Exulta AG, a portfolio management company, from 1997 to 2003. He is an Independent Director of Triumph Gold Corp., and Canada Zinc Metals Corp. (Formerly: Mantle Resources Inc.). He has also been a Director of Open Gold Corp (Range Capital Corp.) since 2009 and Mexigold Corp. (formerly, BCY Resources Inc.) since 2011. He served as a Director at Margaret Lake Diamonds, Inc. (JDV Capital Corp.) from 2011 to 2014, and as a Director of MVE Capital Corp. since 2007. He received a Master of Arts degree from the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland in 1982.
Donna Moroney – Corporate Secretary
Donna Moroney is President of Wiklow Corporate Services and has over 30 years of extensive experience in regulatory and corporate compliance in both Canada and the US. She has instructed and provided training in the areas of regulatory compliance.
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