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Triumph Gold Reports Results from Diamond Drilling of the Nucleus Au-Ag-Cu Deposit, Freegold Mountain Property, Yukon

January 18, 2018

Vancouver, British Columbia: January 18, 2018. Triumph Gold Corp., (TSX-V: TIG) (OTCMKTS: TIGCF) (“Triumph Gold” or the “Company”) is pleased to announce the results from 4,685 meters of diamond drilling in sixteen holes targeting the Nucleus Au-Ag-Cu deposit area on the Freegold Mountain Property, Yukon Territory. Highlights from the drill campaign include:

  • Three high-grade gold intersections:
    • 18.5 grams/tonne (g/t) Au over 1.5 metres in N17-02 (174.50 – 176.00m)
    • 11.35 g/t Au and 7.3 g/t Ag over 1.44 metres in N17-07 (132.46 – 133.90m)
    • 10.2 g/t Au over 1.1 metres in N17-12 (111.00 – 112.10m)
  • Six infill drill holes tested underexplored portions of the Nucleus resource area where there are significant gaps in the current resource block-model. Each intersected zones of gold mineralization with grades that exceed the deposit average (0.544 g/t Au at a 0.3 g/t AuEq* cutoff), including:
    • 21.9 meters of 1.545 g/t Au in N17-02 (173.1 – 195.00m)
    • 42.14 meters of 0.799 g/t Au and 0.137% Cu in N17-03 (47.86 – 90.00m)
    • 11.14 meters of 2.696 g/t Au in N17-07 (126.86 – 138.00m)
    • 17.73 meters of 1.797 g/t Au in N17-12 (99.00 – 116.73m)
    • 30.00 metres of 0.701 g/t Au also in N17-12 (212.00 – 242.00m)
  • Five step-out drill holes that tested for extensions of Nucleus mineralization to the north, south and east of the current resource area intersected zones of gold mineralization that exceed the 0.3 g/t AuEq* cutoff grade of the deposit including:
    • 12.00 metres of 1.005 g/t Au in N17-01 (165.00-177.00m)
    • 29.20 metres of 0.485 g/t Au and 0.185% Cu in N17-06A (66.80 – 96.00m)
  • N17-10, which tested a previously undrilled 1.0 X 0.7 kilometre chargeability anomaly that lies north of the current Nucleus resource, bottomed in mineralization:
    • 21.53 metres of 0.513 g/t Au (453.00 – 474.53m) including 9.53 metres of 1.089 g/t Au (465.00 – 474.53m).

Drill hole locations and orientations are listed in Table 1 below and illustrated on Figure 1. Highlights of the drill program noted above are in Table 2 along with a full list of significant results.

Table 1 Location and Orientation of 2017 Diamond Drill Holes Testing the Nucleus Area

Hole # Easting** Northing** Azimuth Inclination Depth (m)
N17-01 379462 6913291 000 -50 283.46
N17-02 379249 6913635 000 -50 260.60
N17-03 379250 6913786 000 -50 260.28
N17-04 379467 6913449 000 -50 260.60
N17-05 379254 6913463 000 -50 279.2
N17-06A 379600 6913583 000 -50 97.54
N17-06B 379600 6913583 000 -50 419.08
N17-07 379249 6913954 000 -46 259.08
N17-08 379251 6914125 000 -50 272.49
N17-09 379664 6913659 270 -50 260.6
N17-10 379181 6914374 000 -60 474.53
N17-11 379671 6913658 45 -50 269.75
N17-12 379253 6913284 000 -50 260.6
N17-13 379255 6913119 000 -50 275.84
N17-14 379488 6914351 000 -60 490.73
N17-15 379981 6914654 180 -50 260.6

Table 2 Significant Results from 2017 Drilling at Nucleus

Hole ID From To Interval*** Au Ag Cu
  metres metres metres g/t g/t %
Infill Drilling
N17-02 46.12 57.91 11.79 1.086 0.1 0.016
N17-02 173.10 195.00 21.90 1.545 1.0 0.099
Including 174.50 176.00 1.50 18.500 1.3 0.164
N17-03 47.86 90.00 42.14 0.799 1.3 0.137
N17-03 155.65 169.00 13.35 0.731 1.3 0.079
N17-04 52.00 75.00 23.00 0.670 0.7 0.057
N17-05 188.00 206.30 18.30 0.820 0.8 0.080
N17-07 126.86 138.00 11.14 2.696 2.7 0.077
Including 132.46 133.90 1.44 11.350 7.3 0.200
N17-12 99.00 116.73 17.73 1.797 2.1 0.046
Including 111.00 112.10 1.10 10.200 0.7 0.030
N17-12 212.00 242.00 30.00 0.701 1.0 0.059
Step Out / Extension Drilling
N17-01 24.38 39.00 14.62 0.969 1.7 0.046
N17-01 165.00 177.00 12.00 1.005 0.6 0.045
N17-06A 42.00 51.00 9.00 0.781 6.5 0.323
N17-06A 66.80 96.00 29.20 0.485 2.0 0.185
N17-06 B no significant assay results
N17-08 95.50 109.00 13.50 0.606 2.9 0.070
N17-09 38.00 59.50 21.50 0.159 1.9 0.208
N17-11 no significant assay results
N17-13 157.50 207.00 49.50 0.381 0.8 0.048
Drilling of Reconnaissance Exploration Targets
N17-10 453.00 474.53 21.53 0.567 0.5 0.022
Including 465.00 474.53 9.53 1.089 0.4 0.017
N17-14 no significant assay results
N17-15 no significant assay results

The Nucleus Au-Ag-Cu deposit is the most advanced exploration target on the Freegold Mountain property. It consists of polyphase quartz-chalcopyrite-pyrite-arsenopyrite veins, infill breccia and semi- to massive-sulfide lenses.  It has a current indicated resource of 74,740,000 tonnes containing 1,310,000 ounces (ozs) Au, 2,180,000 ozs silver, and 105,340,000 lbs copper and an inferred resource of 63,790,000 tonnes containing 800,000 ozs gold, 3,150,000 ozs silver and 69,160,000 lbs copper both at a 0.30 g/t AuEq* cut-off grade (December 15, 2014).

The 2017 drill campaign at Nucleus included 4,685 meters of diamond drilling in sixteen holes. There were three components:

  1. Six drill holes totalling 1,580 metres were drilled within the outline of the resources, but in areas with the lowest historical drill density, to test the resource, as well as infill prominent gaps in the block model; each of these drill holes intersected gold mineralization that exceeds the average grade of the deposit, indicating an opportunity to both grow, and improve the grade, of the resource with infill drilling.
  2. Nine drill holes totalling 1,879 metres comprised stepouts from the current resource, designed to test for extensions of the mineralized structures to the north, south and east of the current resource shell. Five of the seven holes intersected gold mineralization that exceeds the cutoff grade of the current resource (0.3 g/t AuEq*).       This affirms the potential to grow the resource through stepout drilling.
  1. Three drill holes totaling 1,226 metres tested sizable buried chargeability anomalies with coincident Au-As in soil anomalies that lie north of the Nucleus deposit. The most significant results are from drill hole N17-10 which bottomed in mineralization, with the lowermost sample grading 2.09 g/t Au over 1.53 metres, within a 21.53 metre interval grading 0.567 g/t Au (Table 1). Each of the three drill holes intersected strongly phyllic altered microgranite with a high proportion of pyrite, arsenopyrite and pyrrhotite, disseminated and in stockwork veins. The style of alteration, mineralization and veining suggests a genetic link to the porphyry-related mineralization identified approximately 1 km to the east in the Keirsten Zone and farther eastwards at Revenue and the Blue Sky zone (PR-17-13 dated Nov. 2, 2017), demonstrating the effect of the Revenue porphyry system over a strike-length of 4.36 km

Six Infill and extension drill holes partly distributed along three north-oriented fences (a western and eastern fence) tested the under-explored southern portion of the Nucleus area. They defined continuity of four west striking and steeply south dipping gold-bearing structures over an up to 350 metre strike-length (Table 3). The structures are open to the west, to depth, and to the east. In each case these discrete structures contain gold mineralization related to zones of faulting, alteration and quartz-feldspar-porphyry dyke emplacement. The now well-defined structures lie south of the main Nucleus resource and most of the noted intersections are either outside or within gaps in the current resource.

Table 3 List of Intersections*** that Define Continuity of Mineralized Structures on Nucleus South

  <=== Farthest West                                             Section Location                                               Farthest East ===>
Structure West West Fence (2017) Central East Fence (2017) East
A 14.40m of 1.859 g/t Au


227.15 – 241.55m

18.30m of 0.820 g/t Au


188.00 – 206.30m

31.85m of 0.560 g/t Au


205.62 – 237.47m

7.59m of 0.659 g/t Au


62.94 – 70.53m

9.00m of 0.781 g/t Au



B 39.51m of 1.079 g/t Au


252.00 – 291.51m

30.00m of 0.701 g/t Au


212.00 – 242.00m

12.84m of 0.805 g/t Au


81.65 – 94.49m

23.00m of 0.670 g/t Au


52.00 – 75.00m

C 14.94m of 0.416 g/t Au


122.00 – 136.94m

17.73m of 1.797 g/t Au


99.00 – 116.73m

11.15m of 0.599 g/t Au


229.85 – 241.00m

12.00m of 1.005 g/t Au


165.00 – 177.00m

43.70m of 0.544 g/t Au


6.00 – 49.70m

D 13.00m of 0.449 g/t Au


2.00 – 15.00m

49.50m of 0.381 g/t Au


157.50 – 207.00m

22.00m of 0.319 g/t Au


78.30 – 100.30m

14.62m of 0.969 g/t Au


24.38 – 39.00m


President’s Comment:

Paul Reynolds, Triumph Gold Corp.’s President and CEO, comments: “Drilling at Nucleus in 2017 established the potential for increasing the size and grade of the Nucleus resource through infill and step out drilling. Every hole that was drilled within the resource shell intersected broad zones of gold mineralization with grades that exceed the deposit average. In addition, six new drill holes in the underexplored southern portion of the resource demonstrated remarkable continuity of previously poorly understood gold-bearing structures, which we now feel confident and excited, to drill in broad step outs beyond the current resource shell.”



* Gold Equivalent [AuEq] is used for illustrative purposes, to express the combined value of gold, silver and copper as a percentage of gold. No allowances have been made for recovery losses that would occur in a mining scenario. AuEq is calculated on the basis of US$2.90 per pound of copper, US$1,250 per troy ounce of gold and US$22.00 per troy ounce of silver. The values used reflect the commodity prices at the effective date of the NI 43-101 resource (Dec 15, 2014).

** Coordinates are given in North American Datum 83 (NAD83), Zone 8.

*** Length/interval refer to drill hole intercept. True widths have not been determined.

Methods and Qualified Person

Drill core samples ranged between 1 and 2 meters length and were cut at Triumph’s core logging facility on the Freegold Mountain Property. The samples were analyzed by ALS Global of North Vancouver, British Columbia. They were prepared for analysis according to ALS method PREP35: each sample was crushed to 70% passing 2mm and a 250g split was pulverized to better than 95% passing 106 micron mesh.  Gold was tested by fire assay with atomic absorption finish on a 30g nominal sample (method Au-AA23), and samples that tested over 10 g/t Au were retested using fire assay with a gravimetric finish (method Au-GRA21).  An additional 35 elements were tested by ICP-AES using an Aqua Regia digestion (method ME-ICP41), over limit samples for copper were retested using the same technique but with assay grade Aqua Regia digestion and a higher range of detection (method ME-OG46).  Quality assurance and control (QAQC) is maintained at the lab through rigorous use of internal standards, blanks and duplicates.  An additional QAQC program was administered by Triumph Gold: at minimum one in ten samples submitted by Triumph Gold was a blank or certified reference standard.  QAQC samples that returned unacceptable values triggered investigations into the results and reanalyses of the samples that were tested in the batch with the failed QAQC sample. Where contamination or analytical error were suspected the original data were discarded and superseded by the results of the reanalyses.

The technical content of this news release has been reviewed and approved by Tony Barresi, Ph.D., P.Geo., VP Exploration for the company, and qualified person as defined by National Instrument 43-101.

About Triumph Gold Corp.

Triumph Gold Corp. is a growth oriented Canadian-based precious metals exploration and development company. Triumph Gold Corp. is focused on creating value through the advancement of the district scale Freegold Mountain project in Yukon. For maps and more information, please visit our website www.triumphgoldcorp.com

On behalf of the Board of Directors

Signed “Paul Reynolds”
Paul Reynolds, President & CEO

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John Anderson, Chairman
Triumph Gold Corp.
(604) 283-0896

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