Spectrum Metals’ Phase II drilling campaign at the Penny West project near Youanmi, WA, has returned additional, deep high-grade gold intersections at the Penny North discovery, extending the mineralisation down-plunge. New drill intercepts included 5m @ 24.4g/t gold from 241m down-hole, 6m @ 14.8g/t gold from 268m down-hole and another hole that recorded 11m @ 3.9g/t from 221m down-hole and 3m @ 15.4g/t gold from 239m down-hole.
Spectrum Metals has continued to ship high-grade gold intersections from its Phase II drilling program at the Penny North discovery, near Youanmi, WA, this week revealing extensions to a deep, south-plunging ore shoot at the deposit.
New intercepts included 5 metres grading 24.4g/t gold from 241m down-hole, including a cracking 3m @ 40.2g/t gold from the same depth.
Additional results recorded were 6m @ 14.8g/t gold from 268m down-hole, incorporating 3m @ 26.7g/t gold from the same depth and another hole that returned 11m @ 3.9g/t from 221m down-hole and 3 metres at half an ounce to the tonne from 239m.
If that wasn’t enough, a further three recently completed deeper holes all contained visible traces of gold in quartz veining, with assays currently pending for those holes.
Spectrum Managing Director Paul Adams said: “The Spectrum Board are very encouraged by what we see at Penny North with the latest set of results and the panned gold from three additional holes indicating the expansion of the high‐grade zone at depth. The board has decided to allocate further resources to allow for an expedited drill program.”
The company added that it had scheduled a diamond drilling rig on-site at the Penny West project during August.
The current program is targeting gold mineralisation down-dip and down-plunge to the south at Penny North, which is a similar high-grade shoot orientation to that beneath the historical Penny West open pit operation nearby.
Spectrum said it was encouraged by the presence of the lead sulphide mineral “galena” and zinc sulphide mineral “sphalerite” present at Penny North, which were both also associated with gold mineralisation within the Penny West open cut.
The project is situated about 25km south from the Youanmi mining centre in the strongly endowed Murchison district of Western Australia.
The open cut mining operation produced 85,000 ounces of gold from 121,000 tonnes at a grade of 21.8g/t gold during 1991 and 1992 at a time when the gold price was much lower than today.
Penny West currently has a JORC-compliant mineral resource estimate of 230,000 tonnes grading 4.8g/t gold for 36,000 ounces below the historical pit shell.
Given the continuous flow of high-grade intercepts being returned from the RC drilling programs at Penny North since its discovery in March, Spectrum might well be looking at a sizeable upgrade to these resource numbers in the future.