CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - Sept. 5, 2012) - Argonaut Exploration Inc. (the "Company") (TSX VENTURE:AGA), a company engaged in the exploration and development of precious and base metals near Terrace British Columbia, is pleased to announce that it has added Guillermo Salazar and Dale Vitone to the Company's board of directors.

Guillermo (Gui) Salazar, B.A.Sc., M.A., P. Eng., is well known to the Canadian and International mineral exploration industry in his capacity as a Professional Engineer and geologist. Mr. Salazar received his M.A. at Harvard and has over 40 years of experience in evaluating hundreds of mineral exploration projects in North, Central and South America. Gui is currently a director with Angkor Gold Corp. and was a past director of TSX-V listed Orogrande Resources Inc., since renamed Energy Fuels Inc. Mr. Salazar was a founder, director, past President and C.E.O. of public company Copper Fox Metals Inc. from 2003 to 2009. Mr. Salazar remains President and C.E.O. of G. Salazar S. & Associates Ltd. a private consulting company created in 1980. Guillermo is a registered member of APEGGA Alberta and of the Association of Professional Engineers, Geophysicists and Geoscientists of British Columbia.

Dale Vitone, P. Eng. has extensive mining and process engineering, operation, construction, and project management experience throughout Canada and overseas. His overseas assignments in South America and China provide an international knowledge base. Mr. Vitone's distinguished career has included; Senior Mining Engineer with Bechtel's development of Echo Bay's Lupin gold mine in the NWT Territories; Senior Project Engineer for the development of Hudson Bay's Trout Lake mine near Flin Flon, Manitoba; Manager of a 1,000 t/day gold mine in the NWT; Manager of the talc mining and manufacturing operation in SE Ontario; Director of Mining Health and Safety for the Northwest Territorial Government; Senior Engineer and Research Engineer for Inco and Falconbridge nickel mines as well as numerous other mining companies. Dale has more than 45 years of industry related experience and is currently a director with TSX-V listed Teras Resources Inc. Mr. Vitone graduated from both Michigan Technological University and the Haileybury School of Mines. Dale continues to consult and stay engaged in corporate responsibilities for various major international EPCM corporations. Mr. Vitone is a registered Professional Mining Engineer with the Ontario, Alberta and Northwest Territories Professional Engineering Associations.

Ray Cook, President and C.E.O. of Argonaut states: "The addition of new directors Gui Salazar and Dale Vitone will collectively add more than 80 years of exploration and mine development experience to the Company. Both of these gentlemen have had stellar technical careers in the advancement of mining projects from the earliest phase of exploration to advanced mine production. The future growth and development of the Company has taken a significant step forward with these new directors on the board."

About Argonaut Exploration Inc.

Argonaut is a junior mineral exploration company focused on the acquisition, exploration and development of gold, silver and copper bearing mineral properties. For more information on the Corporation visit its website at

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Contact Information:

Argonaut Exploration Inc.
Ray Cook
President and C.E.O.
(403) 969-7903