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ShareProphets – Do You Feel Lucky, Punk? This Small Gold Explorer May Hit the Jackpot – or Not

By Malcolm Stacey – ShareProphets

Hello Share Turners. Say what you like about Fulham-based ECR Minerals (ECR) it is a mining company which likes to keep its shareholders up to date for every step of the way. It seems to me hardly a week goes by without it posts some news or other. The danger is that we tire of reading everything and consequently miss something which is important.

ECR describes itself as a precious metals exploration and development company. Its exploring for gold in the state of Victoria, Australia. Now you need the mining expertise of my brainy Shareprophets colleague Gary Newman to understand this company’s many pronouncements.

But it seems to me from their latest bulletin, that recent exploratory drilling may be encouraging. It points to a possibility of accessible gold at its Black Cat holding in the state of Victoria. ECR’s wholly owned Australian subsidiary Mercator Gold Australia Pty Ltd has 100% ownership of the project. I believe some deeper drilling is now required.

The Black Cat area has not been mined before, so I suppose anything might happen. But the company’s CEO Craig Brown said ‘I’m delighted with the positive outcomes from this programme. As well as some encouraging grades, the drilling has provided important geological information which may help vector further exploration in the project area towards achievement of ECR’s prime strategic objective, which is the discovery of a multi-million ounce gold deposit.”
Well, that’s not exactly mind-blowing news, and you can expect him to be optimistic. But imagine the jump in share price if a ‘multi-million ounce gold deposit’ is found out there. As always, there is a huge investment risk in exploring for gold. And the safer way to invest in the big glitter is choose already successful miners.

But if you’re not adverse to highly speculative punts (though I am) and you only consider a small outlay, then ECR might be worth some further research.

Unlike the Punter’s Return.

Link to ShareProphets article here

ECR Minerals #ECR – New Gold Discovery – Blue Moon Deposit, Victoria, Australia

ECR Minerals plc (LON:ECR), the precious metals exploration and development company, is pleased to announce further results from the reverse circulation (RC) drilling programme completed in February and March 2019 at the Blue Moon gold prospect in the state of Victoria, Australia.

The Blue Moon prospect is located within the Bailieston gold project (EL5433), which is 100%-owned by ECR’s wholly owned Australian subsidiary Mercator Gold Australia Pty Ltd (“MGA”).

Readers are advised to review the Company’s announcement dated 28 January 2019 regarding the initiation of the Blue Moon drilling programme, which can be viewed through the following link:

https://polaris.brighterir.com/public/ecr_minerals/news/rns/story/x2q8qzx

Readers are also advised to review the Company’s announcement dated 14 March 2019 regarding the results of RC holes BBM004, BBM006 and BBM007 drilled at Blue Moon, which included high grade intervals and significant widths of anomalous gold grades. The announcement can be viewed through the following link:

https://polaris.brighterir.com/public/ecr_minerals/news/rns/story/wk5q62w

Highlights:

  • Twelve reverse circulation (RC) holes completed for 1,718 metres drilled at Blue Moon, with significant intersections of gold mineralisation in nine holes (see Table 1, and further information in Table 2).
  • Based on the results of this programme, together with other exploration as previously reported, Blue Moon constitutes a new gold discovery within the Bailieston project area.
  • Across the full RC drilling programme, significant intersections included:
    • 2 metres at 17.87 g/t gold within a zone of 15 metres at 3.81 g/t gold from 51 metres in BBM007;
    • 3 metres at 3.88 g/t gold within a zone of 11 metres at 2.42 g/t gold from 169 metres in BBM006;
    • 1 metre at 2.15 g/t gold at the top of a zone of 16 metres at 0.28 g/t gold from 85 metres in BBM004;
    • 2 metres at 1.40 g/t gold within a zone of 14 metres at 0.54 g/t gold in BBM005 from 132 metres;
    • 1 metre at 1.94 g/t gold from 138 metres and 5 metres at 0.46 g/t gold from 152 metres in BBM010;
    • 5 metres at 1.09 g/t gold from 97 metres in BBM013.
  • The RC programme was devised following the results of a diamond drilling programme completed in 2018 which intersected gold mineralisation in all three holes, together with field mapping and soil geochemical sampling undertaken subsequently.
  • The RC drilling results indicate that the host sandstone is thicker and the gold grades significantly higher on the westerly section, and further exploration will therefore seek to follow the system to the west, subject to agreeing access with landowners.
  • Further exploration to the west would initially comprise surface geochemical sampling, potentially followed by drill testing.

Craig Brown, Chief Executive Officer of ECR Minerals plc, commented: “I am pleased to announce the complete results of the RC drilling programme undertaken at the Blue Moon prospect and the new gold discovery we have now confirmed.

Within this follow-up programme, we have reported gold grades of up to 17.87 g/t gold over 2 metres from 57 metres and have significantly increased our knowledge of the geology at Blue Moon. This represents considerable advancement when set against the diamond drilling results reported in July 2018 from the first three holes at Blue Moon, which included a significant intersection of 39 metres at 0.3 g/t gold from 24.2 metres.

With the knowledge gained from the RC programme we believe that the gold mineralisation intensifies further west and now have a clear action plan to follow the system. We are excited by the findings and will continue our work at Blue Moon and other prospects in the Bailieston project area, with our strategic objective remaining a multi-million ounce gold discovery.”

Further Information

A map showing the location of all drill holes completed at Blue Moon by MGA may be viewed through the following link: https://www.ecrminerals.com/images/BBM_As_2019.jpg

As previously announced, gold mineralisation at Blue Moon is associated with sandstone plus dykes intruding the sandstone and adjacent to it. Sericitic alteration, silicification, sulphide development and gold mineralisation are restricted to the host sandstone with rare sulphides developed in the dykes. Quartz is generally low to absent, even in drill hole BBM007 where quartz was estimated at up to 2% and arsenopyrite at up to 1%.

MGA’s 2018 diamond drilling did not obtain fresh samples from beneath the oxide zone. The twelve reverse circulation (RC) holes completed in February and March 2019 (BBM004-15) aimed to intercept the sandstone on 50 metre spacing across three sections and to gain samples from beneath the oxide zone. Samples from the RC drilling were sent to Gekko Systems in Ballarat, Victoria for fire assay.

Table 1
Significant Intersections from February-March 2019 RC Drilling at the Blue Moon Gold Prospect
EL5433, Victoria, Australia

NB:
Intersections reported are apparent width.
Results from holes BBM004, BBM006 and BBM007 previously announced on 14 March 2019.

Hole ID Interval (m) From (m) To

(m)

Grade

(g/t gold)

BBM004

16

85 101 0.28
inc.

1

85 86 2.15
inc.

1

90 91 1.02
BBM005

14

132 146 0.54
inc.

2

134 136 1.40
BBM006

11

169 180 2.42
inc.

3

170 173 3.88
inc.

4

176 180 2.21

4

199 203 1.19
BBM007

15

51 66 3.81
inc.

11

55 66 5.16
inc.

6

55 61 8.32
inc.

2

57 59 17.87
BBM008

2

57 59 0.64
BBM009

1

98 99 0.88
BBM010

1

138 139 1.94

5

152 157 0.46
BBM013

5

97 102 1.09
BBM014

6

133 139 0.72

COMPETENT PERSON STATEMENT

This announcement has been reviewed by Dr Rodney Boucher of Linex Pty Ltd, which provides geological services, including the services of Dr Boucher, to the Company’s wholly owned subsidiary Mercator Gold Australia Pty Ltd. Dr Boucher has a PhD in geology, is a Member and RPGeo of the Australian Institute of Geoscientists and a Member of the Australian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy, and is a qualified person as that term is defined by the AIM Note for Mining, Oil and Gas Companies.

MARKET ABUSE REGULATIONS (EU) No. 596/2014

The information contained within this announcement is deemed by the Company to constitute inside information as stipulated under the Market Abuse Regulations (EU) No. 596/2014 (MAR). Upon the publication of this announcement via Regulatory Information Service (RIS), this inside information is now considered to be in the public domain.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT:

ECR Minerals plc Tel: +44 (0)20 7929 1010
David Tang, Non-Executive Chairman
Craig Brown, Director & CEO

Email:

info@ecrminerals.com

Website: www.ecrminerals.com
WH Ireland Ltd Tel: +44 (0)161 832 2174
Nominated Adviser
Katy Mitchell/James Sinclair-Ford
SI Capital Ltd Tel: +44 (0)1483 413500
Broker
Nick Emerson

ABOUT ECR MINERALS PLC

ECR is a mineral exploration and development company. ECR’s wholly owned Australian subsidiary Mercator Gold Australia Pty Limited has 100% ownership of the Avoca, Bailieston, Creswick, Moormbool and Timor gold exploration licences in central Victoria, Australia and the Windidda gold project in the Yilgarn Region, Western Australia.

ECR has earned a 25% interest in the Danglay epithermal gold project, an advanced exploration project located in a prolific gold and copper mining district in the north of the Philippines. An NI43-101 technical report was completed in respect of the Danglay project in December 2015 and is available for download from ECR’s website.

ECR’s wholly owned Argentine subsidiary Ochre Mining has 100% ownership of the SLM gold project in La Rioja, Argentina. Exploration at SLM has focused on identifying small tonnage mesothermal gold deposits which may be suitable for relatively near-term production.

Table 2
Complete Results and Hole Details
February-March 2019 RC Drilling at the Blue Moon Gold Prospect
EL5433, Victoria, Australia

NB:
Intersections reported are apparent width.
Results from holes BBM004, BBM006 and BBM007 previously announced on 14 March 2019.
Azimuth of all holes was 179 degrees magnetic (190 degrees true).
Coordinates are MGA zone 55.

Hole ID Easting Northing Interval (m) From

(m)

To

(m)

Grade

(g/t gold)

Hole depth (m) Declination
BBM004 326,158 5,922,563

16

85 101 0.28 120 -80
inc.

1

85 86 2.15
inc.

1

90 91 1.02
BBM005 326,158 5,922,561

14

132 146 0.54 167 -87
inc.

2

134 136 1.40
BBM006 326,158 5,922,569

11

169 180 2.42 210 -90
inc.

3

170 173 3.88
inc.

4

176 180 2.21

4

199 203 1.19
BBM007 326,158 5,922,565

15

51 66 3.81 78 -61
inc.

11

55 66 5.16
inc.

6

55 61 8.32
inc.

2

57 59 17.87
BBM008 326,262 5,922,545

2

57 59 0.64 84 -61
BBM009 326,262 5,922,547

1

98 99 0.88 115 -80
BBM010 326,261 5,922,550

1

138 139 1.94 165 -87

5

152 157 0.46
BBM011 326,261 5,922,553 No significant intersections 211 -90
BBM012 326,212 5,922,553 No significant intersections 78 -61
BBM013 326,212 5,922,556 5 97 102 1.09 125 -80
BBM014 326,212 5,922,558 6 133 139 0.72 154 -87
BBM015 326,212 5,922,561 No significant intersections 211 -90

ECR Minerals (ECR) High Grade Gold Assays from Drilling at Blue Moon Prospect Victoria, Australia

ECR Minerals plc (LON:ECR), the precious metals exploration and development company, is pleased to announce the receipt of significant gold assays in relation to the reverse circulation (RC) drilling programme recently completed at the Blue Moon prospect, which is located within the Bailieston gold project area in the state of Victoria, Australia.

ECR’s wholly owned Australian subsidiary Mercator Gold Australia Pty Ltd (“MGA”) has 100% ownership of the Bailieston project.

Significant intersections from three of twelve RC holes drilled by MGA at Blue Moon are reported below. Assay results for the remaining nine holes are pending. A map showing the location of drill holes completed at Blue Moon by MGA may be viewed through the following link:

https://www.ecrminerals.com/images/BBM_As_2019.jpg

Readers are advised to review the Company’s announcement dated 28 January 2019 regarding the commencement of the Blue Moon drill programme, which can be viewed through the following link:

https://polaris.brighterir.com/public/ecr_minerals/news/rns/story/x2q8qzx

Readers are also advised to review the Company’s further progress update announcement dated 28 February 2019 which highlighted the presence of visible gold in drill cuttings from Blue Moon, which can be viewed through the following link:

https://polaris.brighterir.com/public/ecr_minerals/news/rns/story/w3og3dw

HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Following the reporting of visible gold from hole number BBM007 (see 28 February 2019 announcement), assay results received for BBM007, BBM006 and BBM004 have shown both high grade intervals and significant widths of anomalous gold grades;
  • Significant intersections are reported in Table A below and include 2 metres @ 17.87 g/t gold from 57 metres down hole in BBM007 within a zone of 15 metres at 3.81 g/t gold from 51 metres;
  • In addition, BBM006 returned 3m @ 3.88 g/t gold from 170 metres down hole within a zone of 11 metres @ 2.42 g/t gold from 169 metres;
  • These results from Blue Moon indicate that a high grade zone exists within the target sandstone host and further results and work will be required to understand any concentration of mineralisation within shoots.

Craig Brown, Chief Executive Officer of ECR Minerals commented: “These results quantify the field geologists’ assessment of visible gold at Blue Moon during drilling of BBM007 and provide great encouragement for the Company and the Bailieston gold project.

To achieve an intersection of 17.87g/t gold over 2 metres is notable. But also of significance is that this was part of an intersection of 15 metres at 3.81g/t gold from relatively shallow depth.

The Company awaits further results from drilling across Blue Moon, Creswick and Black Cat and will provide updates to the market as appropriate.”

Further information

MGA completed three diamond drill holes (BBM001-3) at the Blue Moon prospect in 2018. The results of this drilling were announced on 6 July 2018, and the relevant announcement can be viewed here:

https://polaris.brighterir.com/public/ecr_minerals/news/rns/story/xp0773w

As previously announced, gold mineralisation at Blue Moon is associated with sandstone plus dykes intruding the sandstone and adjacent to it.

MGA’s 2018 diamond drilling did not obtain fresh sample from beneath the oxide zone. The twelve reverse circulation (RC) holes completed recently (BBM004-15) aimed to intercept the sandstone on 50 metre spacing across three sections and to gain samples from beneath the oxide zone.

BBM004 & 6 intercepted the host sandstone beneath the oxide zone. Logging recorded estimates of up to 4% pyrite and 2% arsenopyrite with minor quartz. No visible gold was seen in these samples.

The base of the oxide zone was at 64 metres in BBM007 within the host sandstone. Visible gold was seen in three samples (3 metres @ 13.4 g/t gold from 57 to 60 metres). It is possible these are elevated gold values as a result of supergene enrichment close to the base of the oxide zone.

Table A

Significant intersections from Q1 2019 RC drilling at the Blue Moon gold prospect

EL5433, Victoria, Australia

NB: intersections reported are apparent width.

Hole ID From To Interval (m) Grade g/t gold
BBM007
51 66 15 3.81
Inc 55 66 11 5.13
Inc 55 61 6 8.32
Inc 57 59 2 17.87
BBM006 169 180 11 2.42
Inc 170 173 3 3.88
Inc 176 180 4 2.21
& 199 203 4 1.19
BBM004 85 101 16 0.28
Inc 85 86 1 2.15
& 90 91 1 1.02

Table 2: Hole details

HoleID Easting Northing

Elevation

Zone

Hole Depth

Dec AziMag
BBM004 326158 5922563 166 55 120 -80 179
BBM006 326158 5922569 166 55 210 -90 179
BBM007 326158 5922565 166 55 78 -61 179

COMPETENT PERSON STATEMENT

The information in this announcement that relates to Exploration Results is based on information compiled by Dr Rodney Boucher of Linex Pty Ltd. Linex Pty Ltd provides geological services to Mercator Gold Australia Pty Ltd, including the services of Dr Boucher, who has a PhD in geology, is a Member and RPGeo of the Australian Institute of Geoscientists and is a Member of the Australian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy. Dr Boucher has sufficient experience that is relevant to the style of mineralisation and type of deposit under consideration and to the activity being undertaken to qualify as a Competent Person as defined in the 2012 Edition of the ‘Australasian Code for Reporting of Exploration Results, Mineral Resources and Ore Reserves’. Dr Boucher consents to the inclusion in the announcement of the material based on his information in the form and context in which it appears.

MARKET ABUSE REGULATIONS (EU) No. 596/2014

The information contained within this announcement is deemed by the Company to constitute inside information as stipulated under the Market Abuse Regulations (EU) No. 596/2014 (MAR). Upon the publication of this announcement via Regulatory Information Service (RIS), this inside information is now considered to be in the public domain.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT:

ECR Minerals plc Tel: +44 (0)20 7929 1010
David Tang, Non-Executive Chairman
Craig Brown, Director & CEO
Email:

info@ecrminerals.com

Website: www.ecrminerals.com
WH Ireland Ltd Tel: +44 (0)161 832 2174
Nominated Adviser
Katy Mitchell/James Sinclair-Ford
SI Capital Ltd Tel: +44 (0)1483 413500
Broker
Nick Emerson

ABOUT ECR MINERALS PLC

ECR is a mineral exploration and development company. ECR’s wholly owned Australian subsidiary Mercator Gold Australia Pty Ltd has 100% ownership of the Avoca, Bailieston, Creswick, Moormbool and Timor gold exploration licences in central Victoria, Australia and the Windidda gold project in the Yilgarn region, Western Australia.

ECR has earned a 25% interest in the Danglay epithermal gold project, an advanced exploration project located in a prolific gold and copper mining district in the north of the Philippines. An NI43-101 technical report was completed in respect of the Danglay project in December 2015 and is available for download from ECR’s website.

ECR’s wholly owned Argentine subsidiary Ochre Mining has 100% ownership of the SLM gold project in La Rioja, Argentina. Exploration at SLM has focused on identifying small tonnage mesothermal gold deposits which may be suitable for relatively near-term production.

ECR Minerals #ECR – New Licence Applications – Australian Gold Portfolio

ECR Minerals plc (LON:ECR) the precious metals exploration and development company is pleased to announce the Company has submitted new licence applications to augment its existing gold exploration interests in the Victoria region of Australia.

Highlights:

  • Four new licence applications in Australia’s Victoria region have now been submitted by ECR’s 100% owned Australian operating vehicle Mercator Gold Australia Pty Limited;
  • Three applications have been submitted in the Bailieston/Moormbool gold project area to augment existing licences and secure available ground south and south and south west of an application submitted by Newmont Exploration Pty Limited in recent weeks;
  • One application has been submitted to augment ground in the Creswick project area and covers a southern portion of the Dimocks Main Shale (“DMS”);
  • As outlined in the Company’s market announcement of 25 September 2018 “The DMS sits between two large gold producing areas where it is estimated historically, 15 million ounces of gold has been produced in Victoria, Australia. It is the proposition of the Company’s technical team that they have identified the hard rock source for a significant portion of the aforementioned 15 million ounces of gold production. Although further work is required to validate this proposition”;
  • Further work is being undertaken to add additional licence application ground in Australia where the Company has identified strategic exploration opportunities.

Craig Brown, Chief Executive Officer of ECR Minerals plc commented: “I am delighted to announce today that the Company has successfully submitted four new applications which materially bolster our strategic ground holding and provide significant additional exploration opportunities for our Australian operations.

The recent application submitted by Newmont Exploration Pty Limited over a large area bordering our Bailieston and Moormbool gold projects is an important ratification of our strategic Australian gold positioning. The presence of Newmont adds weight to the potential prospectivity of the area.

ECR’s exploration work at Bailieston has recently demonstrated gold prospectivity as highlighted by the results of our Bailieston sampling programme announced on 28 September 2018 with gold grades up to 67.4g/t.

At Creswick and as announced on 25 September 2018 our exploration mapping revealed a large gold system, and reflecting our wider exploration work to date, we have taken the opportunity to secure more strategic ground south of our existing Creswick project area.

ECR continues to examine new opportunities and will move to secure additional ground where appropriate.”

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT:

ECR Minerals plc Tel: +44 (0)20 7929 1010
David Tang, Non-Executive Chairman
Craig Brown, Director & CEO

Email:

info@ecrminerals.com

Website: www.ecrminerals.com
WH Ireland Ltd Tel: +44 (0)161 832 2174
Nominated Adviser
Katy Mitchell/James Sinclair-Ford
SI Capital Ltd Tel: +44 (0)1483 413500
Broker
Nick Emerson

ABOUT ECR MINERALS PLC

ECR is a mineral exploration and development company. ECR’s wholly owned Australian subsidiary Mercator Gold Australia has 100% ownership of the Avoca, Bailieston, Creswick, Moormbool and Timor gold exploration licences in central Victoria, Australia.

ECR has earned a 25% interest in the Danglay epithermal gold project, an advanced exploration project located in a prolific gold and copper mining district in the north of the Philippines. An NI43-101 technical report was completed in respect of the Danglay project in December 2015 and is available for download from ECR’s website.

ECR’s wholly owned Argentine subsidiary Ochre Mining has 100% ownership of the SLM gold project in La Rioja, Argentina. Exploration at SLM has focused on identifying small tonnage mesothermal gold deposits which may be suitable for relatively near-term production.

Share Prophets – Hopeful Samples Might Lead to a Glittering Share Rise for this Aussie Prospector – ECR Minerals #ECR

By Malcom Stacey

Hello Share Treaders. Down under there is a precious metals company called ECR Minerals (ECR). With gold values possibly set to rise in a difficult environment for most other shares, it might pay to have a gander at this one. ECR’s wholly-owned Australian subsidiary Mercator Gold Australia has Avoca, Bailieston, Moormbool and Timor gold exploration licences in Central Victoria.

The Aim-listed company claims that the latest assay results for the Bailieston field are promising. The company has taken 75 rock samples ‘confirming gold mineralisation’. I’m no expert, but I would say that might not be the same as finding big nuggets, but ECR seems quite chuffed all the same.

Roughly the same number of samples were taken earlier. And 22 of them also revealed gold traces: to the extent of 2.7 ounces per ton of rock. That may not sound a lot, but apparently, in gold mining terms, it’s quite hopeful. Assaying has also been extended to its Cherry Tree field, where many of the samples taken also show ‘gold mineralisation’.

And now the enterprise awaits the results of rock chip sampling undertaken in another area, Creswick. Earlier mapping had, we’re told, revealed a large gold system. Those results are expected soon and if promising, we might expect the share price to rise. But the company doesn’t only pins hopes on Australia. Its Argentine subsidiary, Ochre Mining, has 100% ownership of another gold project in La Rioja, Argentina.

Craig Brown, Chief Executive of ECR, says both batches of sampling at Bailieston in Victoria have produced high-grade gold. And it might pay to look for gold companies as a bit of a hedge against falling share prices. But of course, searching for mineable gold can be pretty risky.

A bit like drinking in the Punter’s Return.

 

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