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QUESTEX GOLD & COPPER LTD. (TSX-V: QEX) (“QuestEx” or the “Company”), is pleased to release partial results from the 2020 exploration program that was conducted on its Castle Property. Highlights include:

  • Twenty-two grab samples* indicating widespread gold-silver-copper mineralization on the eastern portion of the Castle Property, near GT Gold Corp.’s Tatogga Property:
    • Four grab samples* collected over 28 metres (“m”) from two parallel mineralized porphyritic dykes returned an average of 7.46 grams per tonne (“g/t”) gold (“Au”), greater than (“>”) 62.6 g/t silver (“Ag”) (overlimit analyses for two samples over 100 g/t Ag are pending) and 0.29% copper (“Cu”), including one sample with 22.2 g/t Au, >100 g/t Ag and 0.16% Cu (Table 1); and
    • Six of eleven grab samples* collected from the Tuk showing, which is hosted in a monzonite intrusion along the Castle-Saddle Trend, yielded significant results with up to 0.43 g/t Au, >100 g/t Ag, and >1% Cu (Table 1).
  • A new 4.8-line kilometre (“km”) Induced Polarization (“IP”) survey and a 3D-IP-inversion that incorporates the new, and all historical IP surveys (Figure 1).  The new IP data:
    • Indicates untested geophysical targets along strike of and beneath shallow drill holes at Castle Main and Castle East; and
    • Confirmed a parallel 2-km-long trend of strong chargeability, which persists to >300 m depth at Castle South, including an extension that indicates the anomaly may continue at least 1.25 km eastward. This 3.25-km-long highly prospective trend has never been drilled.

Tony Barresi, President of QuestEx comments: “New geophysical and gold-rich geochemical data from QuestEx’s Castle property highlight compelling drill targets along the Castle-Saddle Trend, and near the boundary with GT Gold’s Tatogga Property. Our new 3D geophysical inversion indicates that chargeability anomalies, which define mineralization at Castle Main and Castle East, are persistent in both intensity and volume at depth in both areas, defining undrilled targets beneath and along strike of known porphyry-style mineralization that has been intersected in shallow drill holes. In a district where deep drilling has led to definition of high-grade resources at Saddle North and Red Chris, these geophysical data provide new evidence for what we consider ‘must-drill’ targets along strike of GT Gold’s Saddle North deposit.”

Table 1 Highlighted Results from 2020 Castle Grab Samples*:

Sample

Au

Ag

Cu

 

g/t

g/t

%

Gold-Rich Samples from Porphyry Dykes

3692319

22.2

>100

0.16

3692324

5.455

12.3

0.01

3692320

2.001

38.3

0.08

3692323

0.193

>100

0.90

Copper Rich Samples from Near Tuk

3692305

0.049

>100

>1.00

3692311**

0.434

3.7

>1.00

3692309**

0.145

17.7

0.49

3692310**

0.049

3.7

0.23

3692308

0.025

20.5

>1.00

3692307

0.021

1.8

0.24

Figure 1 Castle IP anomalies & 2020 sample locations

Geochemical Results:

Twenty-two grab samples* (Table 2) and 211 soil samples were collected from the Castle Property during the 2020 field campaign. Results for all 211 soil samples and for overlimit copper and silver analyses from the grab samples are pending.

Four mineralized samples were collected from two parallel quartz-sericite-pyrite altered porphyry dykes (Table 1), which were observed and sampled over approximately 28 m strike length. These samples yielded 22.2, 5.5, 2.0 and 0.19 g/t Au, >100, 12.3, 38.3 and >100 g/t Ag, variable associated base metals and elevated As, Bi, Sb, Mo.  They were collected 150 m upslope of a 2019 float sample that yielded 11.9 g/t Au and >100 g/t Ag. The metal tenor, epithermal-tracer-element association, and geological setting of these samples are analogous to GT Gold’s nearby Saddle South epithermal-gold-silver system located less than 2 km to the northeast.

A further six mineralized samples were collected near the Tuk showing, over a 250 m transect across a monzonitic stock along the Castle-Saddle Trend, 1.6 km west of the claim boundary with GT Gold’s Tatogga property.  These samples contain between 0.23 and > 1% Cu, as well as anomalous gold, up to 0.4 g/t, and silver up to >100 g/t. The metal tenor of these samples indicates significant mineral potential along this portion of the Castle-Saddle Trend.

Geophysical Results:

The 2020 field campaign at Castle included successful completion of a 4.8-line-km IP survey over rugged ground near the eastern claim boundary with GT Gold’s Tatogga property. The new IP data was combined in an inversion with 66-line-km from previous IP surveys to generate 3D chargeability and resistivity models that cover approximately 15-square-km. 

The new 3D models reinforce QuestEx’s exploration hypothesis that mineralization at Castle Main and Castle East extends to depth (Figure 1). In a few key locations, for example on the western side of Castle Main, some of the largest and most intense chargeability anomalies remain entirely untested by drilling.

Modelling also confirms a strong buried chargeable body that parallels the Castle-Saddle Trend 1 km to the south (Castle South). The three new IP lines east of the Castle South anomaly define what may be an eastward extension (Figure 1); lines 101 and 501 detected increased chargeability on the southern extent of the survey, and line 701 identified a chargeability anomaly along trend to the east-southeast of Castle South. The intervening area is topographically unsuitable for IP surveys and therefore the continuity of the anomaly between Castle South and the eastern anomaly can only be hypothesised.  Combined, Castle South and the eastern anomaly form a 3.25 km long trend of highly prospective geophysical anomalies that are mainly underlain by a thrust panel of Triassic sedimentary rock. The persistence of the anomaly to depth indicates that its source may lie beneath, and be disguised by, the thrust panel. The Castle South trend has not been tested by drilling.

Dave Fleming, QuestEx’s VP Exploration comments: “QuestEx’s 2020 exploration program at Castle focused on the little-explored rugged eastern portion of the property, near the claim boundary with GT Gold’s Tatogga property.  Despite difficult weather conditions and severe topography, our crew was able to complete several important surveys that increase the prospectivity of this portion of the property for related epithermal and porphyry systems. The persistence of the Castle South IP anomaly to depth, and its newly demonstrated eastern extension, present a compelling, undrilled, porphyry target in the footwall of a thrust panel. The high-grade gold samples collected from altered porphyry dykes, just to the northeast of the newly defined IP anomaly, are consistent with a high-level epithermal expression in a porphyry to epithermal hydrothermal system model.”

Table 2: Full list of results from 2020 Castle Property Grab Samples

Sample

Easting

Northing

Au

Ag

Cu

Mo

As

 

NAD83 Z9

NAD83 Z9

g/t

g/t

%

g/t

g/t

3692301**

432534

6407276

0.017

0.7

0.181

1.8

45.4

3692302

432383

6407304

<0.005

<0.1

0.012

0.2

1

3692303

431496

6408969

<0.005

<0.1

0.001

0.2

1.9

3692304

431496

6408937

0.005

<0.1

0.000

0.3

2.2

3692305

431423

6409127

0.049

>100.0

>1.0

1.7

1.4

3692306

431490

6408996

<0.005

<0.1

0.003

0.3

1.9

3692307

431456

6409163

0.021

1.8

0.243

1.8

<0.5

3692308

431413

6409123

0.025

20.5

>1.0

0.5

0.6

3692309**

431508

6408930

0.145

17.7

0.492

0.1

0.8

3692310**

431547

6408941

0.049

3.7

0.231

1.6

0.6

3692311**

431592

6408946

0.434

3.7

>1.0

3.6

1.2

3692313**

432674

6407111

0.005

<0.1

0.005

2.8

3.5

3692314

432820

6408007

0.051

3.6

0.044

1

93.4

3692315**

432461

6407406

0.069

2.6

0.666

52.2

1.2

3692316

431491

6408930

0.013

0.5

0.009

15.2

18.8

3692318

431490

6409144

0.006

0.2

0.004

0.5

4.6

3692319

431934

6407063

22.2

>100

0.158

32.3

>10000.0

3692320

431950

6407075

2.001

38.3

0.076

1.5

1872.1

3692321

432945

6407570

0.775

1.2

0.006

1.7

111.7

3692322

429917

6408715

0.054

7.3

0.463

1.2

4.4

3692323

431950

6407075

0.193

>100

0.903

1.8

170.9

3692324

431934

6407092

5.455

12.3

0.012

20.4

708.6

We seek safe harbor.

Notes

* Grab samples are selective in nature, therefore reported mineralization and assay results may not be representative.

** Sample of “float” or rock that is not insitu.  Therefore, results do not necessarily represent mineralization from the locality sampled.

Qualified Person

The Qualified Person responsible for the technical information in this news release is Tony Barresi, P.Geo., Ph.D., President of QuestEx Gold & Copper Ltd., who has approved the technical information included herein.

QA/QC

Surface samples for the Castle 2020 exploration program followed chain of custody between collection and delivery to a Bureau Veritas (“BV”) laboratory in Vancouver, BC.  The samples were packed in ziptied polyurethane bags and then in security-sealed rice-bags before being shipped directly from northern BC to the laboratory via Bandstra Transportation Systems. Samples were prepared for analysis according to BV method PRP80-250: each sample was crushed to 85% passing 2 millimetres and a 250 gram split was pulverized to 75 micron. Gold was tested by fire assay with atomic absorption finish on a 30 gram nominal sample (method FA430), samples that tested over 10 g/t Au were retested using a 30 gram sample with gravimetric finish (method FA530). An additional 36 elements were tested by ICP-ES/MS using an Aqua-Regia digestion (method AQ202). Quality assurance and control (“QAQC”) is maintained at the lab through rigorous use of internal standards, blanks and duplicates. An additional QAQC program was administered by QuestEx through the use of duplicate analyses and certified reference standards that were blindly inserted into the sample batch. QAQC samples that return unacceptable values trigger investigations into the results and reanalysis of the samples that were tested in the batch with the failed QAQC sample.

About QuestEx

QuestEx Gold & Copper Ltd. is exploring for high-grade gold and copper with a focus on the Golden Triangle and Toodoggone areas of British Columbia. The property portfolio includes the Company’s flagship Castle property, a porphyry copper-gold project located in the Red Chris mining district of the Golden Triangle neighbouring GT Gold’s Tatogga property, and Newcrest Mining’s GJ property. Other properties include KSP, North ROK, Coyote, and Kingpin in the Golden Triangle, Sofia in the Toodoggone district, and Heart Peaks and Hit in other strategic districts within British Columbia. These assets are being advanced by a newly assembled technical and management team with experience in exploration, permitting and discovery.

ON BEHALF OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF QUESTEX GOLD & COPPER LTD.

“Joseph Mullin”
Joseph Mullin
Chief Executive Officer and Director

For more information:
T: (250) 768-1511
TF: (855) 768-1511
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