- Nevada continues to shine
- A change in direction for Tertiary Minerals
- Paymaster project shows promise
- Pyramid Project: A golden catch
- Gold and Silver on the rise
Nevada continues to shine
Ranked as the world’s top jurisdiction for mining investment – when it comes to fishing for metals, Nevada looks to be the place to net a winner.
At the beginning of July mining super-heavy-weights Barrick Gold and Newmont Goldcorp announced the official launch of their huge joint gold mining venture in Northern Nevada – marking another prestigious boost for the world-class mining jurisdiction.
Following a visit to the joint projects Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak commented:
“There’s a reason why Nevada is ranked as one of the more attractive jurisdictions in the world for mining investment. It’s not only the geological attractiveness, but that we have a true partnership with the state and federal government in growing a responsible, safe, and beneficial industry for our local communities”
Tertiary Minerals a fresh strategy kick starts with Nevada Prospects
Another company that’s been hooked by Nevada’s outstanding mining opportunities is AIM- traded mineral exploration and development company Tertiary Minerals (AIM:TYM).
Over the last year the company has made a strategic move to broaden its portfolio beyond the existing focus on fluorspar. As well as maintaining projects for the EU listed critical mineral, Tertiary are now aiming to build a multi-commodity project portfolio including precious metals, base metals and industrial minerals.
The company are hopeful that by targeting a number of mining friendly jurisdictions they can provide shareholders with exciting projects capable of generating revenue across a shorter timescale, as well as earlier stage projects which can be developed organically.
With its rich mining history, geology and supportive government the company have set their sights on Nevada to provide this, announcing the acquisition of two new projects in the state; the Paymaster polymetallic project and the Pyramid gold project.
Paymaster project shows promise
Back in February, Tertiary staked claim to the Paymaster zinc-copper-silver-Cobalt-Tellurium prospect, an area of more than 390 acres located approximately 30km south west of Tonopah, Nevada.
The project showed immediate promise with Tertiary revealing that grab samples had produced significant assays up to 21% zinc, 6.5% lead, 3.3% copper and 253g/t silver as well as high levels of high-tech metals tellurium and cobalt. Shareholders were left waiting in anticipation until July for further sample results. But the wait appears to have been well worth it.
Soil sampling revealed two large zones of zinc-silver mineralisation for follow-up exploration, with rock sampling from their Valley Prospect providing assays of 7.5% zinc, 4.3% lead and 180g/t silver.
Richard Clemmey, Managing Director of the Company, commented: “We are pleased to be reporting these two new targets as a result of follow up of our soil sampling results at the Paymaster Project and to be closing in on drill targets at such an early stage in the life of the project.”
Quick to keep developing their portfolio, Tertiary soon set their sights on Gold, securing a 20-year lease (with the option to buy) over a group of nine patented claims in the Walker Lane area.
With Walker Lane rated such a highly prospective area for gold mining,, Tertiary did extremely well to snap up the site. Particularly considering that historic drilling results at hole PYR9 intersected visible gold and assayed 1.52m grading 17.8 g/t Au from 94.5m down hole.
As commented by MD Mr Clemmey “Projects with high-grade gold results in drilling that have not already been followed up are hard to find in Nevada.”
Gold and Silver shine demonstrating safe haven potential
Now looks as good a time as ever for Tertiary to be digging for gold and silver. The precious metals have once again demonstrated their safe-haven qualities during the recent periods of economic uncertainty.
Earlier in August gold prices surged through $1,500 a troy ounce for the first time in over six years, whilst silver broke above the $17 a troy ounce mark for the first time since the 14th June 2018. These results perhaps a demonstration of the unique security that gold and silver stocks can offer during economic slowdowns.
Meanwhile, Tertiary will be pleased to hear that Commerzbank’s raw materials analyst Daniel Briesmann has predicted that prices for the metal are on the up. He’s forecast a three-month price of $2,800 per tonne at the end of 2019. Zinc is currently at around $2,260 per tonne.
“I don’t see production coming back onto the market at current levels, so I think we will see a supply deficit, which has already been recorded for the first months of the year” said Briesmann.
Tertiary a bargain
All said, sat just above it’s lowest price of 0.18p, at just 25p, Tertiary looks to be a bargain catch for investors, and offering significant upside potential.
As well as the two highly promising additions discussed, Tertiary’s portfolio includes three strategic fluorspar deposits located in Europe and the USA containing JORC compliant Mineral Resources of over 13 million tonnes of fluorspar mineral.
Fluorspar is an EU listed critical mineral used primarily in metallurgical, ceramics, and chemical industries; as well as for, optical, lapidary, and other important uses.
However, it’s Tertiary’s Paymaster and Pyramid projects which I’d recommend keeping your eyes on. As news starts to flow from these projects and investors catch on I’d expect to see the share price jump.
Back to our analogy ‘fishing for metals’.. always remember, good things come to those who bait! Sorry, I mean wait. These projects are in their early stages. So set out your camping chair, cast your lines and wait to reel it in.
By Harry Dacres-Dixon
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