New Found Gold Intercepts 86.9 g/t Au Over 5.30m & 29.4 g/t Au Over 7.75m at Iceberg

August 22, 2023
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New Found Gold Corp.

TSX-V: NFG | NYSE-A: NFGC

New Found Gold Corp. announce the results from 15 diamond drill holes that were completed as part of a follow-up drill program at the new Iceberg discovery, a high-grade zone located 300m northeast of Keats Main along the highly prospective Appleton Fault Zone (“AFZ”). New Found’s 100%-owned Queensway project comprises a 1,662 km2 area, accessible via the Trans-Canada Highway, 15km west of Gander, Newfoundland and Labrador. 

Iceberg Highlights:

Hole No.

From (m)

To (m)

Interval (m)

Au (g/t)

Zone

NFGC-23-1380

45.80

53.55

7.75

29.36

Iceberg

Including

47.00

48.65

1.65

111.48

Including

49.30

50.35

1.05

23.97

NFGC-23-1395

95.00

100.30

5.30

86.86

Iceberg

Including

95.00

96.00

1.00

456.00

Table 1: Iceberg Drilling Highlights
1Note that the host structures are interpreted to be steeply dipping and true widths are generally estimated to be 70% to 95% of reported intervals. Infill veining in secondary structures with multiple orientations crosscutting the primary host structures are commonly observed in drill core which could result in additional uncertainty in true width. Composite intervals reported carry a minimum weighted average of 1 g/t Au diluted over a minimum core length of 2m with a maximum of 4m consecutive dilution when above 200m vertical depth and 2m consecutive dilution when below 200m vertical depth. Included high-grade intercepts are reported as any consecutive interval with grades greater than 10 g/t Au. Grades have not been capped in the averaging and intervals are reported as drill thickness.
  • 86.9 g/t Au over 5.30m in NFGC-23-1395and 29.4 g/t Au over 7.75m in NFGC-23-1380 were designed to infill a 100m gap located between Iceberg and Iceberg East, successfully linking the two zones together, which is drill-defined over a strike length of 665m. This segment of Iceberg is particularly enriched in high-grade gold mineralization spanning at least 310m in strike and considerable widths (Figures 1-4).
  • NFGC-23-1380 occurs at a vertical depth of only 30m and is located 35m above previously reported12.5 g/t Au over 10.45m in NFGC-23-1402 (August 15, 2023). NFGC-23-1395 is located a further 30m to the southwest of NFGC-21-1402 and NFGC-23-1380, occurring at a vertical depth of 65m
  • Iceberg and Iceberg East remain open in all directions and drilling is ongoing to expand along strike and to depth including infilling a near-surface gap in Iceberg East that occurs adjacent to today’s highlight holes (Figure 3). Several intervals are currently pending assay results from both Iceberg and Iceberg East. 

“A steady return of encouraging results continue to flow in and we are very pleased with the ongoing success at Iceberg. From its discovery in January of this year to now, a period of only seven months, Iceberg has expanded from a single drill hole to become one of our most significant zones, spanning 665m of strike with high-grade gold starting at surface and extending to depths of 170m. Given that our exploration focus has been shallow, exploration at Iceberg provides a great example of our ability to efficiently identify, interpret and grow new discoveries.” 

Melissa Render, VP of Exploration of New Found
Figure 1: Photos of mineralization from Top Left: at ~95.5m in NFGC-23-1395, Top Right: at ~95.9m in NFGC-23-1395, BottomLeft: at ~47.5m in NFGC-23-1380, BottomRight: at ~95.2m in NFGC-23-1395.
^Note that these photos are not intended to be representative of gold mineralization in NFGC-23-1380 and NFGC-23-1395.
Figure 2. Iceberg plan view map
Figure 3. Keats Main, Iceberg, and Iceberg East zones long section (looking northwest)
Figure 4. Knob – Everest plan view map

Drillhole Details

Hole No.

From (m)

To (m)

Interval (m)

Au (g/t)

Zone

NFGC-23-1239

No Significant Values

Iceberg

NFGC-23-13023

126.50

136.00

9.50

1.09

Iceberg

And4

252.80

258.20

5.40

1.45

Including

257.80

258.20

0.40

10.75

NFGC-23-13201

123.85

133.20

9.35

1.21

Iceberg East

And2

199.30

201.60

2.30

1.03

NFGC-23-13251

196.15

198.15

2.00

1.18

Iceberg

NFGC-23-1327

No Significant Values

Iceberg East

NFGC-23-13574

149.70

152.00

2.30

1.16

Iceberg

And1

163.15

166.25

3.10

1.03

And1

170.00

176.25

6.25

1.14

And3

209.25

211.70

2.45

1.13

NFGC-23-1365A

No Significant Values

Iceberg East

NFGC-23-13661

23.00

25.00

2.00

1.27

Iceberg

NFGC-23-1368

No Significant Values

Iceberg East

NFGC-23-13722

57.75

59.75

2.00

1.14

Iceberg East

NFGC-23-13751

57.95

60.35

2.40

1.23

Iceberg

NFGC-23-13801

45.80

53.55

7.75

29.36

Iceberg

Including

47.00

48.65

1.65

111.48

Including

49.30

50.35

1.05

23.97

And1

62.50

65.20

2.70

3.06

Including

64.70

65.20

0.50

10.95

NFGC-23-1382

No Significant Values

Iceberg East

NFGC-23-1384

No Significant Values

Iceberg

NFGC-23-13951

62.60

65.00

2.40

1.50

Iceberg

And1

84.90

86.95

2.05

1.84

And1

95.00

100.30

5.30

86.86

Including

95.00

96.00

1.00

456.00

Table 2: Summary of composite results reported in this press release for Iceberg and Iceberg East

1Note that the host structures are interpreted to be steeply dipping and true widths are generally estimated to be 170% to 95%, 240% to 70%, and 310% to 40% of reported intervals. 4True widths are unknown at this time. Infill veining in secondary structures with multiple orientations crosscutting the primary host structures are commonly observed in drill core which could result in additional uncertainty in true width. Composite intervals reported carry a minimum weighted average of 1 g/t Au diluted over a minimum core length of 2m with a maximum of 4m consecutive dilution when above 200m vertical depth and 2m consecutive dilution when below 200m vertical depth. Included high-grade intercepts are reported as any consecutive interval with grades greater than 10 g/t Au. Grades have not been capped in the averaging and intervals are reported as drill thickness.

Hole No.

Azimuth (°)

Dip (°)

Length (m)

UTM E

UTM N

Prospect

NFGC-23-1239

300

-45

341

658402

5427589

Iceberg

NFGC-23-1302

299

-45.5

332

658573

5427806

Iceberg

NFGC-23-1320

300

-45

260

658887

5428058

Iceberg East

NFGC-23-1325

300

-45

398

658553

5427731

Iceberg

NFGC-23-1327

300

-45

374

658987

5428232

Iceberg East

NFGC-23-1357

300

-46

299

658559

5427758

Iceberg

NFGC-23-1365A

300

-45

42

658895

5428170

Iceberg East

NFGC-23-1366

300

-45

248

658526

5427891

Iceberg

NFGC-23-1368

300

-45

320

659031

5428207

Iceberg East

NFGC-23-1372

300

-45

305

659025

5428384

Iceberg East

NFGC-23-1375

300

-45

164

658548

5427879

Iceberg

NFGC-23-1380

335

-45

167

658548

5427879

Iceberg

NFGC-23-1382

299

-45.5

314

658951

5428427

Iceberg East

NFGC-23-1384

5

-45.5

116

658548

5427879

Iceberg

NFGC-23-1395

323

-45.5

188

658555

5427846

Iceberg

Table 3: Details of drill holes reported in this press release

Queensway 500,000m Drill Program Update

The Company is currently undertaking a 500,000m drill program at Queensway and approximately 41,500m of core is currently pending assay results. 

Sampling, Sub-sampling, and Laboratory 

All drilling recovers HQ core. Drill core is split in half using a diamond saw or a hydraulic splitter for rare intersections with incompetent core.

A geologist examines the drill core and marks out the intervals to be sampled and the cutting line. Sample lengths are mostly 1.0 metre and adjusted to respect lithological and/or mineralogical contacts and isolate narrow (<1.0m) veins or other structures that may yield higher grades. 

Technicians saw the core along the defined cutting line. One-half of the core is kept as a witness sample and the other half is submitted for analysis. Individual sample bags are sealed and placed into totes, sealed and marked with the contents. 

New Found has submitted samples for gold determination by fire assay to ALS Canada Ltd. (“ALS”) and by photon assay to MSALABS (“MSA”) since June 2022. ALS and MSA operate under a commercial contract with New Found. 

Drill core samples are shipped to ALS for sample preparation in Sudbury, Ontario, Thunder Bay, Ontario, or Moncton, New Brunswick. ALS is an ISO-17025 accredited laboratory for the fire assay method.

Drill core samples are also submitted to MSA in Val-d’Or, Quebec. MSA operates numerous laboratories worldwide and maintains ISO-17025 accreditation for many metal determination methods. Accreditation of the photon assay method at the MSA Val D’Or laboratory is in progress.

At ALS, the entire sample is crushed to approximately 70% passing 2mm. A 3,000-g split is pulverized. “Routine” samples do not have visible gold (VG) identified and are not within a mineralized zone. Routine samples are assayed for gold by 30-g fire assay with an inductively-couple plasma spectrometry (ICP) finish. If the initial 30-g fire assay gold result is over 1 g/t, the remainder of the 3,000-g split is screened at 106 microns for screened metallics assay. For the screened metallics assay, the entire coarse fraction (sized greater than 106 microns) is fire assayed and two splits of the fine fraction (sized less than 106 microns) are fire assayed. The three assays are combined on a weight-averaged basis. Samples that have VG identified or fall within a mineralized interval are automatically submitted for screened metallic assay for gold.

At MSA, the entire sample is crushed to approximately 70% passing 2mm. For “routine” samples that do not have VG identified and are not within a mineralized zone, the samples are riffle split to fill two 450g jars for photon assay. The assays reported from both jars are combined on a weight-averaged basis. If one of the jars assays greater than 1 g/t, the remaining crushed material is weighed into multiple jars and are submitted for photon assay. 

For samples that have VG identified or are within a mineralized zone, the entire crushed sample is weighed into multiple jars and are submitted for photon assay. The assays from all jars are combined on a weight-averaged basis. 

All samples prepared at ALS or MSA are also analyzed for a multi-element ICP package (ALS method code ME-ICP61) at ALS Vancouver.

Drill program design, Quality Assurance/Quality Control and interpretation of results are performed by qualified persons employing a rigorous Quality Assurance/Quality Control program consistent with industry best practices. Standards and blanks account for a minimum of 10% of the samples in addition to the laboratory’s internal quality assurance programs.

Quality Control data are evaluated on receipt from the laboratories for failures. Appropriate action is taken if assay results for standards and blanks fall outside allowed tolerances. All results stated have passed New Found’s quality control protocols.

New Found’s quality control program also includes submission of the second half of the core for approximately 2% of the drilled intervals.  In addition, approximately 1% of sample pulps for mineralized samples are submitted for re-analysis to a second ISO-accredited laboratory for check assays.

The Company does not recognize any factors of drilling, sampling or recovery that could materially affect the accuracy or reliability of the assay data disclosed. 

The assay data disclosed in this news release have been verified by the Company’s Qualified Person against the original assay certificates. 

The Company notes that it has not completed any economic evaluations of its Queensway Project and that the Queensway Project does not have any resources or reserves.

Qualified Person

The scientific and technical information disclosed in this press release was reviewed and approved by Greg Matheson, P. Geo., Chief Operating Officer, and a Qualified Person as defined under National Instrument 43-101. Mr. Matheson consents to the publication of this press release dated August 22, 2023, by New Found. Mr. Matheson certifies that this press release fairly and accurately represents the scientific and technical information that forms the basis for this press release. 

About New Found Gold Corp.

New Found holds a 100% interest in the Queensway Project, located 15km west of Gander, Newfoundland and Labrador, and just 18km from Gander International Airport. The project is intersected by the Trans-Canada Highway and has logging roads crosscutting the project, high voltage electric power lines running through the project area, and easy access to a highly skilled workforce. The Company is currently undertaking a 500,000m drill program at Queensway and is well funded for this program with cash and marketable securities of approximately $47.5 million as of August 2023.

Please see the Company’s website at www.newfoundgold.ca and the Company’s SEDAR profile at www.sedar.com.

Acknowledgements

New Found acknowledges the financial support of the Junior Exploration Assistance Program, Department of Natural Resources, Government of Newfoundland and Labrador.

Contact

To contact the Company, please visit the Company’s website, www.newfoundgold.ca and make your request through our investor inquiry form. Our management has a pledge to be in touch with any investor inquiries within 24 hours. 

New Found Gold Corp.
Per: “Collin Kettell”
Collin Kettell, Chief Executive Officer
Email: ckettell@newfoundgold.ca
Phone: +1 (845) 535-1486

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