VANCOUVER, British Columbia, May 14, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Endeavour Silver Corp. (NYSE:EXK) (TSX:EDR) announces that exploration drilling on the Parral property in Chihuahua State, Mexico has intersected high grade silver-gold-lead-zinc mineralization assaying up to 1,660 grams per tonne (gpt) silver, 0.72 gpt gold, 6.52% lead and 14.45% zinc over 2.3 metres (m)  true width within the San Patricio vein system (see Parral map).

San Patricio Drill Results

Twenty-one drill holes totalling 8,846 m of core have been drilled to test the San Patricio vein below small historic mine workings over a 1400 m strike length.  Three mineralized areas were intersected, of which the largest and central zone now measures 600 m long by 250 m vertical (starting 150 m deep) by 1-3 m true thickness, still open to the south and at depth (see San Patricio longitudinal section).

Drill hole SPT-20, at the bottom south end of the central mineralized zone is the best hole drilled to date, intersecting three parallel veins, all of which carry strong polymetallic mineralization.  Drilling highlights include the aforementioned 1,660 gpt silver, 0.72 gpt gold, 6.52% lead and 14.45% zinc over 2.3 m true width (50.0 oz per ton (opT) AgEq (silver and gold only, excluding base metals) over 7.5 feet (ft)).

Luis Castro, Vice President, Exploration for Endeavour Silver, commented, “We are very encouraged to discover these new zones of high grade polymetallic mineralization within the San Patricio vein system.  Hole 20 suggests the vein system blossoms into three parallel veins of higher grades moving to the south and at depth where the central mineralized zone is wide open for expansion.

“Last year on the Parral property, we conducted verification drilling within the Remedios-Argentina zone, one of three historic resource areas in the Veta Colorada vein system, as well as step out drilling to discover new high grade resources within the Palmilla vein system.  That allowed us to release a maiden resource for the Parral property in February this year (see Endeavour News Release date February 7, 2018).

“We continue to drill the San Patricio vein system where another 10 holes totalling 5,000 mare planned.  Another 3,500 m will be drilled to test the Orión vein located 850 m west of San Patricio and the south extension of Veta Colorada in the San Joaquin area. At Veta Colorada, underground drilling in the Sierra Plata and El Verde areas will test the extent of mineralization to depth.”

Results for the first 11 material drill holes at San Patricio are summarized in the table below.

HoleStructureFromTrue widthAuAgAgEqPbZn
(m)(m)(gpt)(gpt)(gpt)(%)(%)
SPT-01San Patricio384.902.50.122562653.0230.826
 Including384.900.70.123683776.5500.783
SPT-02San Patricio339.402.10.053033070.4380.462
 Including339.401.50.063313360.4000.517
SPT-03San Patricio329.051.30.121271360.7691.900
 Including329.050.50.101871940.7612.590
SPT-05San Patricio393.901.10.431361692.9468.731
 Including395.250.40.752653216.32012.500
SPT-07San Patricio297.201.00.226786953.5380.935
 Including297.450.30.221,6551,6719.1400.426
SPT-09San Patricio425.651.00.083293350.2580.447
 Including424.650.40.046276300.1720.388
SPT-10San Patricio336.601.60.021491510.6360.536
 Including336.850.50.042462491.0551.000
SPT-15San Patricio211.153.11.08911721.2557.282
 including217.650.21.011302051.3758.560
SPT-18San Patricio445.502.00.571511942.7192.619
 Including446.000.40.442953286.4703.460
SPT-19San Patricio304.253.00.246897071.6191.072
 Including307.250.30.122,5502,5592.7100.855
SPT-20Vein432.201.60.272933133.5527.591
 Including433.250.40.265645848.02016.750
 Vein438.303.20.101651730.3100.626
 including442.650.20.455936271.3202.040
 San Patricio449.602.30.721,6601,7146.51914.451
 Including451.550.30.286,9106,9319.31015.150

Silver equivalents are calculated at a ratio of 75:1 silver: gold, excluding base metals

Veta Colorada-Palmilla Metallurgical Results

Endeavour also announces that metallurgical testing of drill core samples from the Veta Colorada (Sierra Plata, El Verde and Remedios-Argentina zones), Palmilla and Cometa veins on the Parral property indicates excellent metal recoveries by flotation and leaching.  Cometa is the only vein with significant lead and zinc best suited for flotation, the other veins contain primarily silver and minor gold best suited to leaching.

Silver recoveries achieved up to 91% recovery by whole rock leaching of Remedios-Argentina core, up to 91% recovery by flotation of Cometa core and up to 98% recovery by flotation and leaching of the float tails of El Verde core. 

Parral Metallurgical Test Results: Silver
Sample infoAg Recovery
ZoneIDOxidation
State
Head Grade,
g/t
CN on
whole ore
FlotationCN on tailTotal (Flot + CN)
Sierra PlataPAR18-01Oxide30440%32%22%47%
El VerdePAR18-02Mixed32587%83%88%98%
Remedios-ArgentinaPAR18-03Mixed34091%71%83%95%
PalmillaPAR18-04Oxide23188%68%83%94%
Cometa-San JuanicoPAR18-05Mixed/Sulfide6147%91%- - 


Parral Metallurgical Test Results: Gold
Sample infoAg Recovery
ZoneIDOxidation
State
Head Grade,
g/t
CN on
whole ore
FlotationCN on tailTotal (Flot + CN)
Sierra PlataPAR18-01Oxide<0.01- - - - 
El VerdePAR18-02Mixed0.07- - - - 
Remedios-ArgentinaPAR18-03Mixed0.06- - - - 
PalmillaPAR18-04Oxide0.2192%53%86%93%
Cometa-San JuanicoPAR18-05Mixed/Sulfide0.4264%86%- - 

Only the Sierra Plata oxide zone core returned subpar silver recoveries and additional mineralogical studies are needed to understand why the recoveries are less than 50%.  Testing for gold returned 93% recovery by flotation and leaching of float tails on Palmilla core and 86% by flotation of Cometa core.  The optimal grind size for all ore types is 80% passing 76 um, and recoveries decline at finer grinds.

In summary, metallurgical testing confirms that all mineralized zones except Sierra Plata return excellent metal recoveries by either leaching, or flotation, or flotation followed by leaching of the float tails.

Godfrey Walton, M.Sc., P.Geo., Endeavour’s President and COO, is the Qualified Person who reviewed and approved this news release and supervised the drilling programs in Mexico. A Quality Control sampling program of reference standards, blanks and duplicates is used to monitor the integrity of all assay results. All samples are split at the local field office and shipped to ALS-Chemex Labs, where they are dried, crushed, split and 50 gram pulp samples are prepared for analysis. Gold is determined by fire assay with an atomic absorption (AA) finish and silver by aqua regia digestion and ICP finish, overlimits by fire assay and gravimetric finish.

About Endeavour Silver – Endeavour Silver Corp. is a mid-tier precious metals mining company that operates three high-grade, underground, silver-gold mines in Mexico. The Company is forecasting 20% production growth to 10.2-11.2 million oz silver equivalent in 2018. Endeavour is currently developing its fourth high-grade, underground, silver‑gold mine in Mexico and has a compelling pipeline of exploration and development projects to facilitate its goal to become a premier senior silver producer.  Our philosophy of corporate social integrity creates value for all stakeholders.

SOURCE Endeavour Silver Corp. 

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