Our Lucerne resource area is located in Storey County, Nevada, approximately three miles south of Virginia City and 30 miles southeast of Reno, and has been the primary focus of the Company’s exploration and development efforts since 2007. Lucerne includes the previously mined Billie the Kid, Hartford and Lucerne mining patents, and extends east and northeasterly to the area of the historic Woodville (southern-most of the historic Comstock bonanzas), Succor and Lager Beer patents and north to the historic Justice and Keystone mines. The Lucerne resource area is approximately one mile along strike, with explored widths from 600 to 1,800 feet, representing approximately 845 acres of the land holdings controlled by the Company. The Lucerne is the site of our previous mining activities and ongoing exploration and development by Tonogold, the company that has agreed to acquire Comstock Mining LLC, the entity that owns 100% of the Lucerne properties. The Company holds the key mining permits required to resume surface or underground mining of this area and processing.
In December, 2018, the Company received unanimous approval from the Storey County Board of Commissioners to extend its landmark Special Use Permit (“SUP”) for mining and processing for the Lucerne Mine Project for the maximum allowable, 20-year term, extending the original, 10-year permit until September 2, 2034. The permit applies to both surface and underground mining, processing, milling, exploration and development, and other ancillary uses and represents one of the most significant, progressive and collaborative permit approvals in the Company’s history, and its extension strengthens the foundation for the future growth of the Company and its partner in Lucerne’s exploration and development, Tonogold.
Over the past two years, exploration activities have been focused on Tonogold evaluating and remodeling the Lucerne resource, and planning further exploration and development and economic feasibility assessments. The Company’s prior exploration activities in the Lucerne area included open pit gold and silver test mining from 2004, through 2006, and from late 2012 through 2015. As defined by the Securities Exchange Commission (“SEC”) Industry Guide 7 and by the 2018 amendments to Regulation S-K, the Company has not yet established any proven or probable reserves at the Lucerne mine. From 2012 to 2016, the Company processed approximately 2.6 million tons of mineralized material, producing 59,515 ounces of gold and 735,252 ounces of silver.
In January 2019, the Company and Tonogold entered into a sales agreement that immediately values Lucerne at more than $24 million ($11.5 million in cash, $4.75 million in stock and $8 million in assumed liabilities) plus a 1.5% NSR royalty on Lucerne’s future production while already delivering over $2 million in annualized savings. The Company’s recent agreements require additional cash payments at closing, scheduled during November 2019, of $3.625 million, bringing total cash payments to over $7.55 million, providing Tonogold a majority membership interest of 50.3% in Comstock Mining LLC. The remaining $4.0 million in cash owed represents a secured obligation of Tonogold with scheduled monthly payments of at least $650 thousand each starting in January 2020, through June 2020. Upon the satisfaction of such payments, Tonogold will own 100% of Comstock Mining LLC.
Comstock also terminated its previous option agreement with Tonogold, resulting in prior option payments of $2.2 million being recorded as income during the third quarter of 2019.