COMSTOCK ANNOUNCES FIRST MONTH’S PRODUCTION
Virginia City, NV (November 1, 2012) -- Comstock Mining Inc. (the “Company” or “Comstock”) (NYSE MKT: LODE) announced its production results from the first month of operations from September 29th, 2012 to October 29th, 2012. During this time, the Company has shipped 1,231.3 ounces of gold and 14,440.3 ounces of silver. In addition, the Company delivered 27.9 ounces of gold and 292.0 ounces of silver to the Northwest Territorial Mint to facilitate the minting of the commemorative bar celebrating the first pour. Combined, the metal sales generated (received payments and payments due on gold and silver) in excess of $2.5 million.
As of October 29th, the Company has crushed over 160,000 dry tons of mineralized material. Material placed on the heap pad after crushing remains under solution for as long as the pad is utilized. Throughout this period, the recovery of gold and silver continues, but the most effective economic recovery of gold and silver takes between 45 to 60 days to complete, that is, the recovery of gold and silver from the first month represents only a portion of the expected recovery. Once initiated, the Merrill-Crowe process is continuous. Likewise, the heap is continuously expanded as new material is brought from the mine and sent through the crusher. As a result, the amount of gold and silver recovered and shipped for payment always represents only a fraction of the ultimately recovered amount of gold and silver potential in the amount actually on the heap.
“We are pleased with our production start-up and the performance during this first month of pouring gold and silver,” stated Corrado De Gasperis, president and CEO of Comstock Mining. “We continue stabilizing the system for reliability, speed and predictable cash generation. The initial throughput rates are very encouraging as we work up toward a rate of 20,000 gold equivalent ounces on an annualized production run rate.”
About Comstock Mining Inc.
Comstock Mining Inc. is a Nevada-based gold and silver mining company with extensive, contiguous property in the Comstock District. The Company began acquiring properties in the Comstock District in 2003. Since then, the Company has consolidated a significant portion of the Comstock District, amassed the single largest known repository of historical and current geological data on the Comstock region, secured permits, built an infrastructure and commenced production in 2012. The Company continues acquiring additional properties in the district, expanding its footprint and creating opportunities for further exploration and mining. The goal of its strategic plan is to deliver stockholder value by validating qualified resources (at least measured and indicated) and reserves (probable and proven) of 3,250,000 gold equivalent ounces in 2013, and commencing commercial mining and processing operations with annual production rates of 20,000 gold equivalent ounces.
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Thursday, November 1, 2012