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Seabridge Reports Major New Gold/Copper Resource at KSM’s Iron Cap Zone

We bought Seabridge in the summer of 2010 @ $28.36 After this news today the price finally picked up, helped by rising gold prices as well. For the first time since June last year, the price broke true $32.50 again. This stock has totally missed  out on the rally gold had from August to December. Quote from CEO Rudi Fronk in September 2009 (when gold was about $1000) (Singular Research Annual “Best of the Uncovereds” Conference)

If you were to go out, the most common — the most common ETF to buy today is an instrument called GLD that you can buy on the New York Stock Exchange. GLD is backed by physical gold in a vault that’s monitored by a big investment banking — a big bank. You buy one share of GLD today, you’ll pay about $98 a share. And what you get, supposedly, is a tenth of an ounce of physical gold stored somewhere in a vault on your behalf. What makes GLD go up? Only the price of gold. That’s it. There are no other ways to move the price. You buy one share of Seabridge today, each one of our shares is now backed by 1.6 ounces of gold in the ground. And I’ll be the first to admit there is a difference of gold in the ground versus gold in a vault. But the ratio there of 16 times the amount of gold, compared to paying $97 a share of GLD versus $30 a share of Seabridge, you can see the leverage we provide.

You can see the share price has not benefited at all, with gold being above $1300 for a while now and the companies fundamentals have improved even more. Seabridge Gold is still a solid BUY! Do not expect quick results, but you can expect they will start looking around for a buyer for KSM in the next years (1-5 years) China sits on huge amounts of US$ and with QE1, QE2, talks of QE3 (and realy crazy people like Ben Bernanke probably are thinking about QE4 till QE-infinite)  the Chinese  might want to start spending it. So expect something in that order.

Seabridge News Release (source: company website):

Toronto, Canada…An independent mineral resource model for Seabridge Gold’s Iron Cap Zone at its 100% owned KSM project estimates a new indicated resource containing 5.1 million ounces of gold and 1.7 billion pounds of copper immediately adjacent to the Mitchell deposit. The indicated resource is flanked by a halo of inferred resources containing an additional 3.4 million ounces of gold and 1.3 billion pounds of copper. The Iron Cap resource estimate was prepared by Resource Modeling Inc. (“RMI”) of Stites, Idaho and will be incorporated into an updated Preliminary Feasibility Study (“PFS”) scheduled for completion in April 2011. The NI 43-101 compliant global resource estimate is as follows:

Iron Cap Mineral Resources

A new global resource estimate for the KSM project, including the Mitchell, Sulphurets and Kerr zones, will be released shortly.

Seabridge Gold President and CEO Rudi Fronk said “the Iron Cap resource has exceeded our expectations. Our objective was to book a five million ounce gold resource in all categories. In fact, we have achieved more than five million ounces of indicated resources with a superior copper grade which should help us optimize mine plans to maintain a favorable copper head grade. We expect that most of the indicated resource should qualify as reserves in our new PFS and improve the economics for the KSM project.”

RMI estimated gold and copper grades using inverse distance weighting methods within geologically constrained gold and copper grade domains that were constructed for the Iron Cap zone. The grade models were validated visually and by comparisons with nearest neighbor models. The estimated block grades were classified into indicated and inferred mineral resource categories based on mineralized continuity that was determined both visually and statistically (i.e. variogram ranges) together with the proximity to drill hole data. To facilitate comparisons with previous resource estimates, recoverable gold equivalent grades were calculated using the same $650 gold price with a 70% recovery rate and a $2.00 copper price with an 85% recovery rate. The cutoff grade for resource tabulation was set at 0.50 grams per tonne (g/t) gold equivalent, also consistent with the cutoff grade used for previous KSM resource estimates.

The resource model for Iron Cap incorporates data from a total of 51 core holes (41 drilled by Seabridge in 2010 plus 10 holes drilled by previous operators) totaling about 17,700 meters. Grades from the 10 holes drilled by previous operators were compared with nearby holes drilled by Seabridge.  The grades of the older holes were found to be comparable with the newer holes.  For example, the average gold grade of the old and new holes within 50 meters of one another was 0.43 and 0.45 g/t, respectively.  RMI reviewed the quality assurance/quality control protocols and results from Seabridge’s 2010 drilling program and has deemed that the number and type of gold and copper standard reference materials (standards, blanks, and duplicates) were reasonable. Based on the performance of those standard reference materials, RMI believes that the Seabridge drill samples are reproducible and suitable for estimating mineral resources. RMI constructed a preliminary block model in August 2010 using ten historic and eight 2010 Seabridge drill holes that had been completed as of that date.  After the 2010 drilling campaign was completed, RMI compared the grades from 33Seabridge core holes that were completed after the preliminary block model had been constructed.  This comparison showed that the newly obtained drill hole intervals were slightly higher in grade (gold, copper, silver, and molybdenum) than the estimated preliminary model blocks.  The infill drilling program also validated and expanded the volume of mineralization that was established by the initial ten drill holes.

Gold resource estimates included herein were prepared by Resource Modeling Inc. under the direction of Michael Lechner, who is independent of Seabridge and a Qualified Person as defined by National Instrument 43-101. Mr. Lechner is a highly regarded expert in his field and frequently undertakes independent resource estimates for major mining companies. Mr. Lechner has reviewed and approved this news release. The independent technical report detailing the Iron Cap resource model, plus updated resource estimates for the Mitchell, Sulphurets and Kerr zones will be filed on SEDAR at www.sedar.com.

Exploration activities by Seabridge Gold at KSM have been conducted under the supervision of William E. Threlkeld, Registered Professional Geologist, Senior Vice President of the Company and a Qualified Person as defined by National Instrument 43-101. An ongoing and rigorous quality control/quality assurance protocol was employed during the 2010 program including blank and reference standards in every batch of assays. Cross-check analyses are being conducted at a second external laboratory on 10% of the samples. Samples were assayed at Eco Tech Laboratory Ltd., Kamloops, B.C., using fire assay atomic adsorption methods for gold and total digestion ICP methods for other elements.

Seabridge holds a 100% interest in several North American gold projects. The Company’s principal assets are the KSM property located near Stewart, British Columbia, Canada and the Courageous Lake gold project located in Canada’s Northwest Territories. For a breakdown of Seabridge’s mineral reserves and mineral resources by category please visit the Company’s website at http://www.seabridgegold.net/resources.php.

All reserve and resource estimates reported by the Corporation were calculated in accordance with the Canadian National Instrument 43-101 and the Canadian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy Classification system. These standards differ significantly from the requirements of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Mineral resources which are not mineral reserves do not have demonstrated economic viability.

This document contains “forward-looking information” within the meaning of Canadian securities legislation and “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the United States Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. This information and these statements, referred to herein as “forward-looking statements” are made as of the date of this document. Forward-looking statements relate to future events or future performance and reflect current estimates, predictions, expectations or beliefs regarding future events and include, but are not limited to, statements with respect to: (i) the amount of mineral reserves and mineral resources; (ii) any potential for the increase of mineral reserves and mineral resources, whether in existing zones or new zones; (iii) the amount of future production; (iv) further optimization of the PFS including metallurgical performance; (v) completion of and submission of the Environmental Assessment Application; and (vi) potential for engineering improvements. Any statements that express or involve discussions with respect to predictions, expectations, beliefs, plans, projections, objectives, assumptions or future events or performance (often, but not always, using words or phrases such as “expects”, “anticipates”, “plans”, “projects”, “estimates”, “envisages”, “assumes”, “intends”, “strategy”, “goals”, “objectives” or variations thereof or stating that certain actions, events or results “may”, “could”, “would”, “might” or “will” be taken, occur or be achieved, or the negative of any of these terms and similar expressions) are not statements of historical fact and may be forward-looking statements.

All forward-looking statements are based on Seabridge’s or its consultants’ current beliefs as well as various assumptions made by them and information currently available to them. These assumptions include: (i) the presence of and continuity of metals at the Project at modeled grades; (ii) the capacities of various machinery and equipment; (iii) the availability of personnel, machinery and equipment at estimated prices; (iv) exchange rates; (v) metals sales prices; (vi) appropriate discount rates; (vii) tax rates and royalty rates applicable to the proposed mining operation; (viii) financing structure and costs; (ix) anticipated mining losses and dilution; (x) metallurgical performance; (xi) reasonable contingency requirements; (xii) success in realizing further optimizations and potential in exploration programs and proposed operations; (xiii) receipt of regulatory approvals on acceptable terms, including the necessary right of way for the proposed tunnels; and (xiv) the negotiation of satisfactory terms with impacted First Nations groups. Although management considers these assumptions to be reasonable based on information currently available to it, they may prove to be incorrect. Many forward-looking statements are made assuming the correctness of other forward looking statements, such as statements of net present value and internal rates of return, which are based on most of the other forward-looking statements and assumptions herein. The cost information is also prepared using current values, but the time for incurring the costs will be in the future and it is assumed costs will remain stable over the relevant period.

By their very nature, forward-looking statements involve inherent risks and uncertainties, both general and specific, and risks exist that estimates, forecasts, projections and other forward-looking statements will not be achieved or that assumptions do not reflect future experience. We caution readers not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements as a number of important factors could cause the actual outcomes to differ materially from the beliefs, plans, objectives, expectations, anticipations, estimates assumptions and intentions expressed in such forward-looking statements. These risk factors may be generally stated as the risk that the assumptions and estimates expressed above do not occur, but specifically include, without limitation: risks relating to variations in the mineral content within the material identified as mineral reserves or mineral resources from that predicted; variations in rates of recovery and extraction; developments in world metals markets; risks relating to fluctuations in the Canadian dollar relative to the US dollar; increases in the estimated capital and operating costs or unanticipated costs; difficulties attracting the necessary work force; increases in financing costs or adverse changes to the terms of available financing, if any; tax rates or royalties being greater than assumed; changes in development or mining plans due to changes in logistical, technical or other factors; changes in project parameters as plans continue to be refined; risks relating to receipt of regulatory approvals or settlement of an agreement with impacted First Nations groups; the effects of competition in the markets in which Seabridge operates; operational and infrastructure risks and the additional risks described in Seabridge’s Annual Information Form filed with SEDAR in Canada (available at www.sedar.com) for the year ended December 31, 2009 and in the Corporation’s Annual Report Form 40-F filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on EDGAR (available at www.sec.gov/edgar.shtml). Seabridge cautions that the foregoing list of factors that may affect future results is not exhaustive.

When relying on our forward-looking statements to make decisions with respect to Seabridge, investors and others should carefully consider the foregoing factors and other uncertainties and potential events. Seabridge does not undertake to update any forward-looking statement, whether written or oral, that may be made from time to time by Seabridge or on our behalf, except as required by law.


“Rudi Fronk”
President & C.E.O.

For further information please contact:
Rudi P. Fronk, President and C.E.O.
Tel: (416) 367-9292 • Fax: (416) 367-2711
Email: info@seabridgegold.net

Great Panther Silver Secures US Listing on NYSE Amex

We bought Great Panther in September 2009 @ CA$0.84 this means a 202% profit. The news today that GPR will list on NYSE Amex starting tomorrow under the trading symbol GPL will mean more private investors will be able to buy shares of this company. We did sell about 50% of our GPR stock recently, that is just the strategy we us, we now basically own free shares in the company and intend to NEVER sell them again, unless the stock is seriously over priced. Even after the long bull run this stock has had the last two years, Great Panther is still a solid BUY, especially when you compare the fundamentals with industry peers.

Great Panther News Release (source: company website):

GREAT PANTHER SILVER LIMITED (TSX: GPR; NYSE Amex: GPL; the “Company”) is pleased to announce that its common shares have been authorized for listing on the NYSE Amex stock exchange in the United States. The Company expects the shares to begin trading on or about February 8, 2011 under the trading symbol “GPL”. The Company will retain its listing on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX) in Canada under the trading symbol “GPR”.

“With a significant number of US shareholders already in place, the increased exposure anticipated from Great Panther’s NYSE Amex listing will further expand the Company’s shareholder base and provide US investors, in particular, many of whom have a serious interest in the ownership of silver and silver equities, with a simpler opportunity to trade the common shares of a solid company with strong leverage to silver prices”, said Executive Chairman, Kaare Foy. 

“We welcome Great Panther Silver to NYSE Amex,” said John Casale, Vice President — NYSE Euronext, “and expect that this listing will benefit the Company by providing greater access to institutional and retail investors.”

Robert Archer, President and CEO, commented today: “Great Panther’s listing on the NYSE Amex is both a milestone and a logical step in the successful development of the Company. It is also a testament to the talent and dedication of our entire team and something that they should all be proud of. As Great Panther continues to expand its production and resources through mine development, new discoveries and acquisitions, we anticipate that the new listing will facilitate greater trading volumes, visibility and market recognition.” 

Great Panther Silver Limited is a profitable and rapidly growing primary silver producer operating two 100%-owned mines in Mexico. Its flagship operation, the Guanajuato Mine Complex, forms part of the Guanajuato mining district, historically, the second largest silver producing region in Mexico, having produced more than one billion ounces of silver since the year 1600. Great Panther generates approximately 70% of its revenue from silver and 23% from gold, making it very much a precious metals company. A small amount of lead-zinc is also produced as a by-product at the Company’s Topia Mine in Durango State.

For further information, please visit the Company’s website at www.greatpanther.com, contact BD Capital at telephone 604 685 6465, call the Company toll free at 1-888-355-1766, or e-mail info@greatpanther.com.


“Robert A. Archer”

Robert A. Archer, President & CEO

This news release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the United States Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and forward-looking information within the meaning of the Securities Act (Ontario) (together, “forward-looking statements”). Such forward-looking statements may include but are not limited to the Company’s plans for production at its Guanajuato and Topia Mines in Mexico, exploring its other properties in Mexico, the overall economic potential of its properties, the availability of adequate financing and involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors which may cause the actual results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements to be materially different. Such factors include, among others, risks and uncertainties relating to potential political risks involving the Company’s operations in a foreign jurisdiction, uncertainty of production and cost estimates and the potential for unexpected costs and expenses, physical risks inherent in mining operations, currency fluctuations, fluctuations in the price of silver, gold and base metals, completion of economic evaluations, changes in project parameters as plans continue to be refined, the inability or failure to obtain adequate financing on a timely basis, and other risks and uncertainties, including those described in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 20-F for the year ended December 31, 2009 and reports on Form 6-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission and available at www.sec.gov and Material Change Reports filed with the Canadian Securities Administrators and available at www.sedar.com.

Avino Provides Update on San Gonzalo Mining & Milling and Commences 2011 Drill Program

Avino News Release:

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA–(Marketwire – Feb. 2, 2011) - Avino Silver and Gold Mines Ltd. (TSX VENTURE:ASM)(OTCBB:ASGMF)(BERLIN:GV6)(FRANKFURT:GV6) is pleased to provide the following update on mining and milling operations for the past 3 months.

The processing of surface stockpiles of copper ore to test the new mill facilities was completed in October 2010. Approximately 17,500 tonnes were treated resulting in 419 tonnes of concentrate. Recovery rates were 66% Gold, 58% Silver and 56% copper. The sale of this concentrate has been finalized with a payment of US$1,016,680.00.

In November, following the relining of the ball mill and the changeover of several conveyor belts in the crushing plant, processing of the San Gonzalo development material began with a daily treatment rate of approximately 180 tonnes per day. This rate was maintained until the development material was finished on January 14, 2011. During this period, a total of 5,896 tonnes of development ore was processed for the production of 192 tonnes of concentrate grading 11.54g/t gold, 3.617kg/t silver with minor amounts of copper, lead and zinc. Feed grade averaged 205g/t Ag and 0.78g/t Au. Plans are being formulated and plant testing will continue to determine the optimum process conditions in order to improve the recoveries.

With an inventory of approximately 200 wet tonnes of bulk concentrate, proposals are currently being sought from various interested parties for the sale of the product.

Development for the extraction of the 10,000 tonne bulk sample was completed by the mining contractor (DMG) in early January. The main Stope 2-140 has approximately 6350 tonnes ready for drawdown and there is approximately 4700 tonnes on stockpile near the crushing plant. The smaller stope to the West where a cut and fill mining method is used has the potential for additional mill feed with further development. The broken ore inventory to date will provide approximately 4 months of mill feed at the current milling rate. Plans are now in place to develop the zone to the East on level 2260 towards drill hole SG-07-33 for future mill feed. This is a wide structure with good potential.

Following a complete overhaul of Avino’s longyear 44 drill and a new drill contract for personnel and materials, Avino started its regional exploration drill program on January 27 and the first hole SG-11-01 was finished January 30th. The hole was drilled on bearing 215,dip 60 length 88.75 m and successfully intersected the San Gonzalo structure from hole 80.90 to 83.40m east of the area currently being mined. 

Holes SG-11-02 thru SG-11-09 will all explore areas of San Gonzalo as a guide to mine development; hole locations can be viewed on Avino’s website, http://www.avino.com/i/pdf/AvinoNRFeb0211.pdf

Material from the surface stockpiles was assayed on site and at SGS Labs in Durango. Development material from the San Gonzalo zone was assayed at SGS, Durango.


David Wolfin, President

This release contains statements that are forward-looking statements and are subject to various risks and uncertainties concerning the specific factors disclosed under the heading “Risk Factors” and elsewhere in the Company’s periodic filings with Canadian securities regulators. Such information contained herein represents management’s best judgment as of the date hereof based on information currently available. The Company does not assume the obligation to update any forward-looking statement.


Neither TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.

For more information, please contact

Avino Silver & Gold Mines Ltd.
David Wolfin
604.682.3600 (FAX)