VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Jan. 19, 2012) - Luna Gold Corp. (TSX VENTURE:LGC)(LMA:LGC) ("Luna" or the "Company") is pleased to announce its gold production update for the Aurizona Gold Mine for the quarter ending December 2011 and for the full year 2011.

Aurizona Gold mine produced a quarterly record in Q4 of 13,620 ounces, completing the year 2011 with a gold production of 41,898 ounces in Luna's first full year of production.

Luna's President & CEO, John Blake, comments, "Luna Gold is pleased with gold production. The company continues to demonstrate consistent productive capacity at Aurizona with Q3 and Q4 achieving Feasibility Study levels of gold production."

Table of Production for 2011
Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 Total 2011
Processed ore - tonnes 293,393 210,558 416,822 389,476 1,310,249
Average grade processed - g/t 1.19 1.27 1.28 1.38 1.29
Average recovery rate % 83 65 83 79 77
Gold produced (ounces) 9,209 5,595 13,473 13,620 41,898
  • Note - These production statistics are unaudited and may be subject to change.

Luna Gold will provide a more detailed analysis in the fourth quarter Management Discussion and Analysis which will be released prior to March 31, 2012. The Company's target production for 2012 is 60,000 ounces of gold from our Aurizona Gold Mine. This production will be achieved with sustainable levels of mined and processed ore tonnes and improvements in Gold recoveries.

About Luna Gold Corp.

Luna is a gold production and exploration company engaged in the operation, exploration and development of gold deposits and advanced stage gold exploration projects in Brazil.

On behalf of the Board of Directors


John Blake - President and CEO

Regulatory Footnotes

This news release does not constitute an offer to sell or a solicitation of an offer to sell any of the securities in the United States. The securities have not been and will not be registered under the United States Securities Act of 1933, as amended or any state securities laws and may not be offered or sold within the United States or to U.S. persons unless registered under the United States Securities Act of 1933 and applicable state securities laws or an exemption from such registration is available.

Forward-Looking Statements

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Contact Information:

Luna Gold Corp.
Investor Relations
(604) 558-0560
(604) 558 0561 (FAX)