Lion One Drills Additional High Grade Intercepts at Tuvatu Gold Project in Fiji

North Vancouver, B.C., July 7, 2021 – Lion One Metals Limited (TSX-V: LIO) (OTCQX: LOMLF) (ASX: LLO) (“Lion One” or the “Company”) is pleased to announce its latest high-grade gold intercepts including deep step-out intercepts from drilling at its 100% controlled Tuvatu alkaline gold project, Fiji.

Highlights:

Two deep step-out high-grade intercepts:

  • 6.00m grading 9.11 g/t Au including 1.20m grading 33.81 g/t Au from 444m in hole TUDDH526
  • 2.15m grading 17.70 g/t Au including 0.30m grading 122.00 g/t Au from 505.65m in hole TUDDH528

Further confirmation of vertical continuity and alkaline gold system model
Underground drilling and development progressing; drilling imminent at Banana Creek  

The Company is undertaking three tiers of drilling: 1) shallow resource infill drilling from surface, 2) resource infill drilling from underground and 3) deep exploration drilling looking for lode extensions under the Tuvatu resource and soon, other target areas within the Navilawa caldera such as Banana Creek, 3.5 km NE of Tuvatu.  Lion One’s aggressive 2021 drill campaign is well underway.

Recent results include:
Two deep intercepts including 6.0m grading 9.11 g/t Au beginning at a down hole depth of 444.0m in hole TUDDH526 and 2.15m grading 17.70 g/t Au beginning at a down hole depth of 505.65m in hole TUDDH528. Both of these intercepts are from previously untested areas beneath the Tuvatu resource. It is believed that the former intercept occurs within the UR4 lode, an indication there is a large panel of this lode open for further testing. The latter intercept is potentially associated with the “500” lode, nearly 75m above a high-grade intercept encountered in hole TUDDH500, 12.7m grading 55.43 g/t Au, intercepted last year.

Numerous lode intercepts occurring within shallower parts of the Tuvatu gold system. Most notably:

  • 6.47m grading 17.90 g/t Au including 0.35m grading 138.50 g/t Au (unknown lode) in hole TUDDH528
  • 1.2m grading 8.85 g/t Au (UR4FW lode) in hole TUDDH526
  • 1.27m grading 11.58 g/t Au including 0.32m grading 40.94 g/t Au (M2FW lode) in hole TUDDH528
  • 2.10m grading 10.41 g/t Au including 0.75m grading 16.99 g/t Au (UR2 lode) in hole TUDDH528
  • 0.3m grading 31.09 g/t Au (M1HW lode) in hole TUDDH532
  • 3.18m grading 5.72 g/t Au (S1 lode) in hole TUDDH532
  • 1.20m grading 10.45 g/t Au including 0.30m grading 36.69 g/t Au (M2 lode) in hole TUDDH533.
  • Commencement of deep drilling at Banana Creek is imminent. Data from controlled-source audio-magnetotellurics, similar to that which helped defined the deep target under Tuvatu leading to the discovery of high-grade feeder mineralization encountered in hole TUDDH500, is the principal means of defining targets for this test. One deep capacity surface drill will be utilized for this work.
  • The Company continues to maintain a strict regimen of safety with respect to COVID-19 for its employees and surrounding communities.
Drill Hole From (m) To (m) Drilled Interval (m) Au (g/t) Lode
TUDDH526 366.75 367.95 1.20 8.85 UR4FW
incl 367.05 367.65 0.60 15.55 UR4FW
422.45 425.40 2.95 1.49
incl 422.45 423.00 0.55 6.28
429.90 450.00 20.10 3.38 UR4
incl 444.00 450.00 6.00 9.11 UR4
incl 448.80 450.00 1.20 33.81 UR4
462.60 465.45 2.85 4.65 UR2
incl 464.10 465.00 0.90 12.57 UR2
468.00 469.80 1.80 3.97 UR2
incl 469.20 469.80 0.60 10.62 UR2
481.20 483.60 2.40 1.40 UR3
524.60 525.20 0.60 3.03 URW3
594.40 594.70 0.30 1.53 URW1a
601.60 604.60 3.00 1.38 URW1a
605.80 606.10 0.30 0.91 URW1a
844.85 845.00 0.15 1.61
TUDDH528 18.44 20.47 2.03 1.49 M2
incl 19.34 20.11 0.77 3.22 M2
25.33 29.60 4.27 3.72 M2FW
incl 27.16 28.43 1.27 11.58 M2FW
incl 27.16 27.48 0.32 40.94 M2FW
32.07 32.80 0.73 2.22 M2FW
35.40 36.00 0.60 2.22 M2FW
45.69 49.68 3.99 1.50 SKL4
  52.95 53.25 0.30 24.62 M1
191.83 192.22 0.39 7.44
263.33 269.80 6.47 17.90
incl 263.33 265.19 1.86 20.39
incl 264.22 264.57 0.35 78.51
and incl 266.85 269.80 2.95 26.43
incl 268.25 268.60 0.35 138.50
  308.00 310.10 2.10 10.41 UR2
incl 308.30 309.05 0.75 16.99 UR2
314.80 317.48 2.68 2.50 UR2
incl 317.08 317.48 0.40 11.29 UR2
  319.25 320.30 1.05 11.90
323.87 324.17 0.30 3.56
505.65 507.80 2.15 17.70 500
incl 506.30 506.60 0.30 122.00 500
TUDDH529 124.51 127.52 3.01 1.02 S2
128.80 130.12 1.32 1.06 S2FW
176.80 177.30 0.50 1.73
TUDDH530 149.18 150.15 0.97 3.54 S1FW
166.67 167.17 0.50 9.70
TUDDH532 81.10 81.40 0.30 31.09 M1HW
  120.72 132.64 11.92 3.39 S1
incl 122.74 125.92 3.18 5.72 S1
     incl 123.58 123.72 0.14 18.77 S1
     and 124.69 125.18 0.49 11.88 S1
incl 131.67 132.05 0.38 15.05 S1
TUDDH533 12.45 13.65 1.20 10.45 M2
incl 13.00 13.30 0.30 36.69 M2
15.35 15.65 0.30 2.18 M2
17.50 17.80 0.30 2.91 M2
20.30 23.80 3.50 2.72 M2
20.60 20.90 0.30 9.23 M2
  36.00 39.00 3.00 3.47 M2FW
incl 37.60 38.20 0.60 10.06
TUG130 4.55 5.15 0.60 6.05 M1
129.80 129.95 0.15 10.77 URW1
TUG131 50.30 51.50 1.20 1.35
TUG132 111.00 111.30 0.30 7.44 URW1

Note: true width of intersections has yet to be accurately determined for the numerous lodes intersected to date. A Company news release dated May 26,2021 included several holes that were in progress, hence results from 366.75m to 483.60m in hole TUDDH526, from 18.44m to 324.17m in hole TUDDH528 and from 4.55m to 5.15m in hole TUG130 were previously announced in that release.

“With the 2021 drill campaign fully underway, Lion One continues to see a steady stream of high-grade drill intercepts return from Tuvatu,” commented Dr. Quinton Hennigh, technical advisor to Lion One. “While shallow intercepts help us build confidence with the resource area, our deeper drill holes continue to demonstrate excellent opportunity for expansion of some of the principal Tuvatu lodes at depth. The UR4 lode looks particularly promising given we can now see at least 200m of untested strike at depth. Shortly, drilling will commence at Banana Creek where a deep capacity rig will probe deeper parts of that large anomalous gold system in search of Tuvatu style lodes.”

 Survey details of diamond drill holes discussed in this release

Hole No       coordinates   RL final depth dip azimuth
  N E       (TN)
TUDDH526 3920460 1876584 318.9 900.00 -81 252
TUDDH528 3920795 1876351 209.4 701.60 -54 128
TUDDH529 3920735 1876266 225.8 179.80 -59 348
TUDDH530 3920735 1876265 225.8 248.60 -88 348
TUDDH532 3920735 1876266 225.8 169.50 -60 20
TUDDH533 3920795 1876351 209.4 In progress -60 130
TUG130 3920761 1876456 139.0 182.4 -60 270
TUG131 3920761 1876456 139.0 152.9 -40 270
TUG132 3920761 1876456 139.0 147.90 -30 270

 

Drilling and Assay Processes and Procedures
The Company is utilizing its own diamond drill rig, using PQ, HQ and ultimately NQ sized drill core rods. Drill core is logged by Company geologists and then is sawn in half and sampled by Lion One staff.

Samples are analyzed at the Company’s own geochemical laboratory in Fiji, whilst pulp duplicates of samples with results >0.5g/t Au are sent to ALS Global Laboratories in Australia for check assay determinations. Assays reported here will be sent to ALS Global Laboratories for check assays shortly. All samples are pulverized to 80% passing through 75 microns. Gold analysis is carried out using fire assay with an AA finish. Samples that have returned grades greater than 10g/t Au are then re-analyzed by gravimetric method.  Lion One’s laboratory can also assay for a range of 71 other elements through Inductively Coupled Plasma Optical Emission Spectrometry (ICP-OES), but currently focuses on a suite of 9 important pathfinder elements. All duplicate anomalous samples sent to ALS Townsville, Queensland, Australia are analyzed by the same methods (Au-AA26, and also Au-GRA22 where applicable). ALS also analyze for 33 pathfinder elements by HF-HNO3-HClO4 acid digestion, HCl leach and ICP-AES. (method ME-ICP61).

Qualified Person
The scientific and technical content of this news release has been reviewed, prepared, and approved by Mr. Stephen Mann, P. Geo, and a Director of Lion One, who is a qualified person pursuant to National Instrument 43-101 – Standards of disclosure for Mineral Projects (“NI-43-101).

About Tuvatu
The Tuvatu gold deposit is located on the island of Viti Levu in the South Pacific island nation of Fiji. The mineral resource for Tuvatu as disclosed in the technical report “Tuvatu Gold Project PEA”, dated June 1, 2015, and prepared by Mining Associates Pty Ltd of Brisbane Qld, comprises 1,120,000 tonnes indicated at 8.17 g/t Au (294,000 oz. Au) and 1,300,000 tonnes inferred at 10.60 g/t Au (445,000 oz. Au) at a cut-off grade of 3 g/t Au.  The technical report is available on the Lion One website at www.liononemetals.com and on the SEDAR website at www.sedar.com.

About Lion One Metals Limited
Lion One’s flagship asset is 100% owned, fully permitted high grade Tuvatu Alkaline Gold Project, located on the island of Viti Levu in Fiji. Lion One envisions a low-cost high-grade underground gold mining operation at Tuvatu coupled with exciting exploration upside inside its tenements covering the entire Navilawa Caldera, an underexplored yet highly prospective 7km diameter alkaline gold system. Lion One’s CEO Walter Berukoff leads an experienced team of explorers and mine builders and has owned or operated over 20 mines in 7 countries.  As the founder and former CEO of Miramar Mines, Northern Orion, and La Mancha Resources, Walter is credited with building over $3 billion of value for shareholders.

On behalf of the Board of Directors of
Lion One Metals Limited
Walter Berukoff
Chairman and CEO

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