Sabina Announces High Grade Drill Results from 2012 Drilling at Llama Deposit, Back River Gold Project, Nunavut
Published : April 26, 2012

Hole 12GSE141 at Llama returns 15.16 g/t Au over 36.40m and 7.15 g/t Au over 41.05m

Hole 12GSE152 at Llama returns 8.58 g/t Au over 20.00 m and

Hole 12GSE153 at Llama returns 21.58 g/t Au over 12.90 m

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VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - April 26, 2012) - Sabina Gold & Silver Corp. (News - Market indicators) is pleased to announce first round assay results from holes drilled at the Llama deposit on the Goose claim block as part of the 2012 exploration at its 100% owned Back River Project in Nunavut, Canada.

As previously announced, Sabina is committed to a significant work program at Back River for 2012. One of the objectives of this year's campaign is to increase and upgrade the resources at the existing deposits at Llama and Umwelt through infill and extension drilling. The 2012 exploration program at Back River is planned to deliver a total of approximately 76,000 meters of drilling with capacity to increase if warranted based on positive results.

Drilling began at the Llama deposit in early March and is currently focussed on lake based ice drilling targets situated on the East and West limbs of the deposit. Drilling is centred on the core of the current open pit concept and is designed to upgrade resources from the inferred category to the indicated category.

Drillhole 12GSE141 is located at the south end of the Llama deposit on section 4975N and intercepted multiple broad zones of high grade mineralization associated with the thickened fold hinge of the iron formation. Results from the hole include 15.16 g/t Au over 36.40m and a second mineralized zone grading 7.15 g/t Au over 41.05m. This hole confirms the presence of a high grade mineralized core at Llama that has a shallow plunge to the southwest.

Drillhole 12GSE153 collared approximately 50m north of hole 141 on section 5025N intersected 21.58 g/t Au over 12.90m and drillhole 12GSE152 on section 5225N collared approximately 200m north of hole 153 intersected 8.58 g/t Au over 20.00m.

These strong drill holes are amongst some of the best holes drilled at Llama and are situated within the current pit shell. With the new tighter drill spacing, a continuous high grade gold bearing antiform structure is being defined that should expand the overall resource. Previously, most of the high grade resource was thought to be located largely on the west limb.

"We are off to a very good start in our 2012 campaign," said Rob Pease, President & CEO. "The Llama deposit has been challenging to expand, as it has a complex structure marked by faulting and displacement of the host iron formation to the south. We have been working diligently to interpret the deposit and these drill results seem to indicate that we are on the right track. While there is still much more work to be done at Llama, it is important to note the high-grade reported which continues to demonstrate the strong grade and widths of the deposits at Back River. We anticipate that the Llama resource will be enhanced with this drilling. We are also excited about the new discovery targets we have identified at Goose, George, Wishbone and Boulder. We look forward to a continuing stream of news flow as our drill results continue to come in."

At Llama, time sensitive lake ice based drilling will continue to follow-up on the strike and depth extensions of the Llama mineralization using two drills focusing on the higher grade antiformal structure as well as required infill drilling to upgrade resource categories.

Significant assay results returned from the 2012 drill program at the Llama deposit to date are found in Table 1 below.

Table 1: Significant assay results from 2012 Llama deposit Infill drill program

Hole Id Section Easting Northing Depth From (m) To (m) Length (m) Au (g/t) Zone Name
12GSE139 4925L 428967 7272198 143.0 81.40 100.65 19.25 5.01 Main West
Including         98.90 99.85 0.95 51.10 Main West
          119.90 122.45 2.55 6.37 Main West
12GSE141 4975L 428947 7272245 293.0 81.15 117.55 36.40 15.16 Main East
 Including         101.00 109.20 8.20 41.37 Main East
          122.30 140.30 18.00 1.98 Main East
          168.45 209.50 41.05 7.15 Main West
Including         176.25 199.50 23.25 10.87 Main West
12GSE148 4875L 429024 7272174 200.0 145.00 168.15 23.15 4.85 Main West
Including         145.00 150.00 5.00 13.69 Main West
12GSE152 5225L 428670 7272373 137.0 78.00 98.00 20.00 8.58 Main East
12GSE153 5025L 428795 7272214 149.0 64.10 77.00 12.90 21.58 Main West
          Additional Results Pending         

The true width of the mineralized zone is estimated to be approximately 60-70% of the core length.


The 2012 drilling campaign at Back River will not only focus on expanding the existing deposits at Umwelt, Llama, and Goose but also on looking for new discoveries by applying the Company's exploration tool box on open pit targets on the Goose and George claim blocks, as well as the Wishbone gold claims.

A total of five drills are operating on the Goose property, two are operating on Llama, two deep drills on Umwelt testing for mineralized extensions to the G2 Zone and one rover drill is testing the various exploration toolbox targets located on the Goose property. One drill is presently operating on the Wishbone property. Sabina expects to commission 2 more drills at the Wishbone and George properties by the end of the month. A total of 40 holes totalling over 10,000 metres of core have been drilled or are in progress to date on the Goose property and assays are pending on the majority of this drilling.


In the fall of 2011, the Company engaged SRK Engineering Ltd. ("SRK") to undertake a PEA on the Back River Project.

The Back River development concept envisions a 5,000 tonne per day operation producing approximately 300K+ ounces of gold per year. This would come from a combination of open pit and underground mining from the Llama, Umwelt, Goose and George deposits.

The PEA is progressing well but has met delays due to scheduling constraints of personnel involved in the preparation of various technical aspects of the study. In particular, the existing resource calculation at George was completed in 2007 and to bring the quality of the resource up to the same standards as those of Llama, Umwelt and Goose, a recalculation of the George deposit has been undertaken. The new estimation is well underway and we anticipate that the PEA will be completed in the latter half of May, 2012.


The Qualified Person under NI 43-101 is Doug Cater, P. Geo, Project Manager for Sabina Gold & Silver Corporation, who has approved this release as it applies to the Back River gold project.

Diamond drill core was sent to TSL Laboratories in Saskatoon, Sask. Quality control is monitored on a continual basis and utilizes a system of standards, blanks and duplicates to ensure analytical accuracy. The protocols and procedures used in 2012 are the same as those used in earlier campaigns by Sabina Gold & Silver Corp. and have been deemed appropriate in the above noted 43-101 compliant resource reports.


Sabina Gold & Silver Corp. is an emerging precious metals company with district scale, world class undeveloped assets in one of the world's newest, most politically stable mining jurisdictions: Nunavut, Canada.

Sabina's primary properties consist of the Back River Gold Project as well as the Wishbone Claims, a vastly prospective grass roots project all located in Nunavut. In late 2011 the Company has announced the completion of the sale of Hackett River and certain claims in the Wishbone greenstone belt to Xstrata Zinc Canada Division (Xstrata) for which the Company received $50 m cash and a silver royalty on Xstrata's Hackett River silver production of 22.5% of the first 190 million ounces produced and 12.5% of all silver produced thereafter.

The Company completed 2011 with approximately $160 million in the treasury with no debt.

Forward Looking Statements

Statements relating to mineral resource estimates at Llama, Umwelt, George and Goose and the expected impact of these mineral resources are forward-looking statements within the meaning of securities legislation of certain Provinces in Canada. Forward looking statements are statements that are not historical facts and are generally, but not always, identified by the words "expects", "plans", "anticipates", "believes", "intends", "estimates", 'projects", "potential" and similar expressions, or that events or conditions "will", "would", "may", "could" or "should" occur. Information inferred from the interpretation of drilling results may also be deemed to be forward looking statements, as it constitutes a prediction of what might be found to be present when and if a project is actually developed. These forward-looking statements are subject to a variety of risks and uncertainties which could cause actual events or results to differ materially from those reflected in the forward-looking statements, including, without limitation: risks related to fluctuations in metal prices; uncertainties related to raising sufficient financing to fund the planned work in a timely manner and on acceptable terms; changes in planned work resulting from weather, logistical, technical or other factors; the possibility that results of work will not fulfill expectations and realize the perceived potential of the Company's properties; risk of accidents, equipment breakdowns and labour disputes or other unanticipated difficulties or interruptions; the possibility of cost overruns or unanticipated expenses in the work program; the risk of environmental contamination or damage resulting from Sabina's operations and other risks and uncertainties, including those described in Sabina's Annual Report for the year ended December 31, 2011.

Forward-looking statements are based on the beliefs, estimates and opinions of Sabina's management on the date the statements are made. Sabina undertakes no obligation to update these forward-looking statements should management's beliefs, estimates or opinions, or other factors, should change.

This news release has been authorized by the undersigned on behalf of Sabina Gold & Silver Corp.

Rob Pease, President & CEO

Table 2: 2012 Drill Results - Llama Deposit

Hole Id Section Easting Northing Depth From (m) To (m) Length (m) Au (g/t) Zone Name
12GSE136 4875L 429159 7272252 284.0 262.00 262.70 0.70 1.06 Main East
12GSE137 5325L 428651 7272478 62.0 NSV        
12GSE139 4925L 428967 7272198 143.0 81.40 100.65 19.25 5.01 Main West
including         98.90 99.85 0.95 51.10 Main West
          119.90 122.45 2.55 6.37 Main West
          131.35 131.90 0.55 1.46 Main West
12GSE140 5325L 428611 7272455 152.0 NSV        
12GSE141 4975L 428947 7272245 293.0 69.80 70.80 1.00 1.92 Main East
          75.80 76.80 1.00 1.66 Main East
          81.15 117.55 36.40 15.16 Main East
including         86.70 94.85 8.15 20.09 Main East
and         101.00 109.20 8.20 41.37 Main East
including         106.70 107.50 0.80 154.30 Main East
          122.30 140.30 18.00 1.98 Main West
including         122.85 124.00 1.15 16.53 Main West
          168.45 209.50 41.05 7.15 Main West
and         176.25 199.50 23.25 10.87 Main West
          206.30 209.50 3.20 3.07 Main West
          214.50 215.40 0.90 1.08 Main West
          218.05 219.05 1.00 3.02 Main West
12GSE142 5275L 428635 7272411 128.0 99.90 100.60 0.70 1.41 Main East
12GSE143 5275L 428673 7272433 137.0 27.95 28.60 0.65 1.20 Main East
          44.00 45.00 1.00 1.03 Main East
12GSE144 5025L 428959 7272308 326.0 100.10 102.00 1.90 1.86 Main East
          106.65 107.45 0.80 1.34 Main East
          283.10 285.60 2.50 2.65 Main West
12GSE145 5250L 428640 7272385 149.0 NSV        
12GSE147 5250L 428682 7272409 107.0 55.30 56.75 1.45 5.01 Main East
          69.10 71.70 2.60 1.42 Main East
12GSE148 4875L 429025 7272174 200.0 133.15 134.15 1.00 1.58 Main West
          137.15 139.25 2.10 8.37 Main West
          145.00 169.10 24.10 4.69 Main West
including         145.00 148.00 3.00 21.33 Main West
and         164.15 168.15 4.00 7.60 Main West
12GSE150 5225L 428670 7272373 156.5 NSV        
12GSE151 4975L 429002 7272276 146.0 132.70 134.45 1.75 2.17 Main East
12GSE152 5225L 428670 7272373 137.0 78.00 98.00 20.00 8.58 Main East
including         84.90 87.90 3.00 24.38 Main East
and         93.00 95.00 2.00 24.87 Main East
12GSE153 5025L 428795 7272214 149.0 64.10 77.00 12.90 21.58 Main West
          90.10 91.10 1.00 2.35 Main East
          Additional Results Pending         

NSV = No Significant values

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Sabina is a gold and silver development stage company based in Canada.

Sabina develops gold, silver, copper, lead and zinc in Canada, and holds various exploration projects in Canada.

Its main asset in development is HACKETT RIVER in Canada and its main exploration properties are DEL NORTE, ROCKSTONE, GOLDEN SIDEWALK, SKINNER, BACK RIVER - GOOSE LAKE, BACK RIVER, BACK RIVER - GEORGE LAKE, NEWMAN-MADSEN and WISHBONE in Canada.

Sabina is listed in Canada, in Germany and in United States of America. Its market capitalisation is CA$ 482.9 millions as of today (US$ 386.1 millions, € 352.0 millions).

Its stock quote reached its lowest recent point on July 12, 2002 at CA$ 0.05, and its highest recent level on April 21, 2011 at CA$ 7.63.

Sabina has 223 580 000 shares outstanding.

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