Contact Gold Announces 2018 Program at Pony Creek, Nevada

Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA

VANCOUVER, British Columbia, March 14, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Contact Gold Corp. (the “Company” or “Contact Gold”) (TSXV:C) is pleased to announce a 16,000 metre drill program at the Pony Creek gold property (“Pony Creek”), located on the Carlin Trend in Elko County, Nevada, immediately south of Gold Standard’s Railroad project.  

The 2018 drill program will focus on four priority target areas which were generated through a systematic, US$3.1 million property-wide exploration program in 2017 that included 42 reverse-circulation (RC) and core drill holes.  The 2017 exploration program also included: over 3,500 soil samples, geological mapping, 427 gravity stations, and 33 line-km of CSAMT geophysical surveys.

Vance Spalding, VP Exploration of Contact Gold, commented: “Contact Gold's 2017 exploration program was extremely successful, and validated the acquisition of the Pony Creek, Dixie Flats and North Star projects on the southern Carlin Trend, and established the projects as top-tier assets worthy of continued, aggressive exploration.  Our 2018 program is designed to deliver oxide resource growth at the Bowl and North Zones, and to deliver new discoveries at our new Moleen and West targets.  We fully expect to continue to generate similar, new targets elsewhere on the project by focusing our efforts on the previously ignored Penn-Perm clastic/carbonate section where it is cut by the right mineralizing structures.”

The 16,000 metre drill program at Pony Creek will include RC and core drilling in approximately 70 drill holes, testing newly generated, high priority, previously undrilled targets, as follows:

  • Moleen Target: The 1.5 km long target, which has never been drilled, extends WNW from the North Zone, is defined by: WNW structurally controlled gravity and gold-in-soil anomalies cutting Penn-Perm Moleen and Strathearn formation clastic and carbonate rocks, and contains gold in soil values as high as 0.173 g/t Au. The Moleen Target is immediately south of Gold Standard’s recent Jasperoid Wash discovery.
  • West Target: The 2 km long target, which has seen no drilling on the northern half, extends north from the Bowl Zone, and is defined by: NS structurally controlled gravity, CSAMT and gold in soil anomalies cutting Penn-Perm Strathearn formation clastic and carbonate rocks with gold in soil values as high as 0.160 g/t Au. The southern half of the target includes gold mineralization encountered in 4 of 5 very widely spaced historic drill holes. Limited rock sampling in 2017 returned up to 0.35 g/t Au.
  • North Zone:  The 1 km x 300 metre zone is defined by 30 gold-mineralized drill holes with intercepts up to 1.5 g/t over 17 metres, and 0.80 g/t over 38 metres, and includes a significant oxide component.  Drill intercepts from 2017 returned up to 0.34 g/t over 44 metres.  The North Zone remains open for expansion in multiple directions.  The 2018 drill holes will be designed with reference to mapped structures, 3D modeling of Gravity data and CSAMT anomalies, gold in soil values as high as 0.757 g/t Au, and rock chip samples as high as 2.7 g/t Au.
  • Bowl Zone:  Host to a historic resource estimate, the 1 km long by 1/2 km wide Bowl Zone is defined by over 50 gold-mineralized drill holes with intercepts up to 2.9 g/t Au over 99 metres, has a significant oxide gold component with oxidized 2017 intercepts up to 2.1 g/t Au over 23 metres, and remains open for expansion in multiple directions.  The 2018 drill holes will be designed with reference to mapped structures, 3D modeling of Gravity and CSAMT data, and gold in soil values up to 0.284 g/t Au.

For a map of the 2018 Targets at Pony Creek – please click:

The 2018 program objectives are:

  • Add oxide mineralization at the Bowl Zone and North Zone
  • Discover new zones of mineralization at the Moleen and West targets
  • Generate and drill test other targets in the district

In addition to drilling, the 2018 program at Pony Creek is anticipated to add over 3,000 new soil samples, and complete additional detailed geological mapping and geophysical surveys.

Contact Gold will also complete a separate program at the North Star property, which is immediately north of Gold Standard Ventures’ North Dark Star deposit.

Drill intercepts reported at the North Zone and Bowl Zone were calculated using a minimum thickness of 3.05 metres averaging 0.14 ppm gold and allowing inclusion of up to 4.57 metres of material averaging less than 0.14 ppm gold for low grade intervals and higher-grade intervals were calculated using a minimum thickness of 3.05 metres averaging 1.00 ppm gold and allowing inclusion of up to 4.57 metres of assays averaging less than 1.00 ppm gold.  True width of drilled mineralization varies, but owing to the apparent flat lying nature of mineralization, is estimated to generally be at least 70% of drilled thickness.  Quality Assurance / Quality Control consists of regular insertion of certified reference standards, blanks, and duplicates.  All failures are followed up with additional investigation whenever such an event occurs.  Multi element geochemical assays are completed on composites using the MEMS 61 method.  All assays are completed at ALS Chemex; an ISO 17025:2005 accredited lab.  Check assays are being assayed for gold by Bureau Veritas.

About Pony Creek

Pony Creek is an early stage exploration property and does not contain any mineral resource estimates as defined by National Instrument 43-101 Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects (“NI 43-101”). There has been insufficient exploration to define a mineral resource estimate at Pony Creek.  Additional information about Pony Creek is summarized in a technical report entitled “Technical Report on the Pony Creek Gold Project, Elko County, Nevada, USA” dated April 18, 2017, and effective March 15, 2017), prepared by Michael M. Gustin, C.P.G. of Mine Development Associates of Reno, Nevada (the “Technical Report”), which can be viewed under Contact Gold’s issuer profile on SEDAR at

For a table of all 2017 Pony Creek drill intervals, please click:

The scientific and technical information contained in this news release has been reviewed and approved by Vance Spalding, CPG#10739, VP Exploration, Contact Gold, who is a “qualified person” within the meaning of NI 43-101.

About Contact Gold Corp.

Contact Gold is a gold exploration company focused on leveraging its properties, people, technology and capital to produce district scale gold discoveries in Nevada.  Contact Gold’s extensive land holdings are on the prolific Carlin, Independence and Northern Nevada Rift gold trends which host numerous gold deposits and mines. Contact Gold’s land position comprises 29,130 hectares (291 km2) of target rich mineral tenure hosting numerous known gold occurrences, ranging from early- to advanced-exploration and resource definition stage.

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John Glanville
Director, Investor Relations
Telephone: +1 (604) 614-4855

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