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Collective Mining Drills its Highest-Grade Interval to Date Returning 237.70 Metres at 2.88 g/t Gold Equivalent and Expands the Dimensions of the Main Breccia Discovery at Apollo

  • APC-12 intersected the highest-grade assay results drilled to date in the Main Breccia discovery at the Apollo target. The hole intercepted a continuous, broad, and consistently high-grade zone of copper-silver-gold mineralization with multiple, overprinting carbonate base metal veins observed within the breccia matrix and returned:
    • 237.70 metres @ 2.88 g/t gold equivalent (170 metres vertical)
  • APC-14 intersected two separate zones of mineralization. Importantly, the shallower intercept, beginning at only 45 metres down hole, extended the southern dimension of the Main Breccia discovery and confirmed continuity of copper-silver-gold mineralization directly below the recently announced outcrop discovery with assay results as follows:
    • 47.45 metres @ 1.36 g/t gold equivalent (45 metres vertical)
    The second intercept, which was slightly deeper down hole, cut a remarkably continuous zone of Main Breccia copper-silver-gold mineralization and extended the width of the system slightly to the north with results as follows:
    • 194.3 metres @ 2.00 g/t gold equivalent (130 metres vertical)
  • As a result of the intercepts in APC-14, the known width of the system increased by approximately 90% with the overall maximum dimensions of the Main Breccia now measuring 385 metres along strike by 190 metres width by 500 metres depth (prior dimensions were 350 metres x 100 metres x 500 metres). The deposit remains open in all directions.

Toronto, Ontario, October 6, 2022 – Collective Mining Ltd. (TSXV: CNL) (OTCQX: CNLMF) (“Collective” or the “Company”) is pleased to announce assay results from four additional holes completed at the Apollo target (“Apollo”) within the Company’s Guayabales project located in Caldas, Colombia. The Main Breccia discovery at Apollo is a high-grade, bulk tonnage copper-gold-silver porphyry-related breccia target with previously announced intercepts including hole APC-2, which intersected 207.15 metres @ 2.68 g/t AuEq and APC-8, which intersected 265.75 metres @ 2.44 g/t gold equivalent (See press releases dated August 10th and September 13th respectively). As part of its fully funded 20,000+ metre drill program for 2022, there are currently three diamond drill rigs operating at the Apollo target.

“The Main Breccia discovery at the Apollo target continues to deliver robust results demonstrating remarkable continuity and grade over significant drilling widths.  Drill-hole APC-14 is a very important hole as it not only confirmed that the Main Breccia comes directly to surface in the southern portion of the system but also extended the size (width) of the system to the south and to the north. Subsequent step out drill holes either recently completed or currently underway appear to have intersected significant extensions to the size of the system in the north. Once logging has been completed and interpreted by our team, a further update will be provided in the near term on this exciting development,” commented Ari Sussman, Executive Chairman.

Details (See Table 1 and Figures 1– 5)

Eleven diamond drill holes with accompanying assay results have now been announced at Apollo and based on results, the Main Breccia at Apollo continues to grow and now measures up to 385 metres along strike by 190 metres in width by 500 metres vertical. The target remains open in all directions and continues to develop into a significant bulk tonnage mineralized system.

Assay results have been received for four new sequential drill holes APC-11 through APC-14. Drill holes APC-12 and APC-14 intersected the Main Breccia and were drilled in different directions from two separate drill pads. APC-14 was drilled to the north from Pad 3 to a final depth of 407.5 metres and APC-12 was drilled eastwards to a final depth of 474.4 metres from the newly constructed Pad 4, which is located 300 metres to the north of Pad 3. Drill holes APC-11 and 13 were collared from Pad 2 and were drilled to the south and east to final depths of 243.75 metres and 313.20 metres respectively.

Assay results and related details are listed below:

  • APC-12: 237.70 metres @ 2.88 g/t AuEq from 191.35 metres down hole (170 metres vertical) including:
    14.3 metres @ 5.58 g/t AuEq from 209.70 metres down hole; and
    21.75 metres @ 8.27 g/t AuEq from 339.55 metres down hole.

    APC-12 is the Company’s highest-grade intercept to date within the Main Breccia discovery at Apollo and includes broad, continuous and consistent zones of gold (1.15 g/t Au), silver (72 g/t Ag) and copper (0.38% Cu) grades. The mineralized angular Breccia consists of quartz porphyry clasts and a matrix of chalcopyrite, pyrrhotite and pyrite, all of which are over printed by CBM veins hosting quartz, carbonate, sphalerite and galena.
  • APC-14: 47.45 metres @ 1.36 g/t AuEq from 84.25 metres down hole (45 metres vertical) and 194.30 metres @ 2.00 g/t AuEq from 197.0 metres down hole (130 metres vertical).

    APC-14 intercepted two zones of mineralized angular breccia with a similar sulphide matrix to APC-12. The shallower zone was intersected only 45 metres below a recently discovered outcrop of the Main Breccia body. The deeper intercept is separated from the shallower one by a post mineralization, diorite dyke and includes the highest proportion of copper intersected to date within the Main Breccia discovery grading 0.44% copper over the entire 194.30 metre interval. 
  • APC-11 was drilled specifically to target a zone of high grade CBM veins and intersected multiple sheeted northwest trending veins and returned a grade range of 11.9 g/t AuEq to 3.48 g/t AuEq over widths ranging from 0.55 metres to 1.35 metres.
  • APC-13 was sited to intersect the Main Breccia body at depth but was terminated early due to mechanical issues with the rig. Prior to termination, the hole did intercept multiple CBM veins at shallow elevations including:
    • 3.9 metres @ 10.25 g/t gold equivalent from 128.95 metres downhole; and
    • 2.0 metres @ 16.99 g/t gold equivalent from 141.20 metres downhole.
  • Three rigs continue to drill at the Apollo project with additional assay results anticipated in the near term, including potentially significant step out holes drilled to the north well past the currently modeled northern boundary of the Main Breccia system.
  • The Apollo target area, as defined to date by surface mapping, rock sampling and copper and molybdenum soil geochemistry, covers an 800 metres X 700 metres area. The Apollo target area hosts the Company’s new Main Breccia discovery plus a vein system located above and on the eastern flank of the Main Breccia discovery and the Northern Breccia discovery located 250 metres to the north of the Main Breccia. Multiple additional untested breccia, porphyry and vein targets have been generated and will be drilled in due course. The overall Apollo target area also remains open for further expansion.

Table 1: Apollo Target Assays Results

HoleID From
APC-11 55.00 55.60 0.60 7.73 28 0.02 0.07 0.47 0.001 8.02
  157.55 158.10 0.55 1.88 61 0.06 0.58 0.68 0.001 3.48
  160.00 161.20 1.20 2.89 113 0.07 0.74 1.49 0.001 5.64
  173.60 174.25 0.65 5.95 18 0.02 0.14 0.17 0.002 6.13
  231.00 231.65 0.65 11.80 12 0.01 0.54 0.13 0.001 11.90
  234.70 235.45 0.75 2.42 50 0.02 0.14 0.89 0.001 3.51
  237.10 238.45 1.35 4.22 11 0.02 0.08 0.08 0.001 4.30
APC-12 191.35 429.05 237.70 1.15 72 0.38 0.08 0.07 0.001 2.88
Incl 209.70 224.00 14.30 4.01 77 0.21 0.27 0.26 0.001 5.58
  339.55 361.30 21.75 3.84 210 0.68 0.37 0.45 0.001 8.27
  416.90 429.05 12.15 3.64 84 0.22 0.04 0.06 0.001 5.09
APC-13 126.40 143.20 16.80 4.24 19 0.01 0.24 0.21 0.001 4.60
Incl 128.95 132.85 3.90 9.73 34 0.02 0.46 0.32 0.000 10.25
  141.20 143.20 2.00 15.54 65 0.02 1.03 1.10 0.001 16.99
  242.10 242.80 0.70 3.63 24 0.02 0.12 0.10 0.000 3.97
  343.60 353.70 10.10 1.15 16 0.01 0.05 0.05 0.000 1.39
and 343.60 345.60 2.00 2.77 25 0.01 0.10 0.05 0.000 3.09
APC-14 84.25 131.70 47.45 0.81 13 0.20 0.01 0.00 0.003 1.36
  197.00 391.30 194.30 0.39 56 0.44 0.03 0.01 0.002 2.00

* AuEq (g/t) is calculated as follows: (Au (g/t) x 0.95) + (Ag g/t x 0.014 x 0.95) + (Cu (%) x 1.96 x 0.95) + (Mo (%) x 7.35 x 0.95)+(Zn(%)x 0.86 x 0.95)+ (Pb(%)x 0.44 x 0.95) utilizing metal prices of Cu – US$4.00/lb, Mo – US$15.00/lb, Zn – US$1.75/lb, Pb – US$0.9/lb, Ag – $20/oz and Au – US$1,400/oz and recovery rates of 95% for Au, Ag, Cu, Mo, Zn and Mo. Recovery rate assumptions are speculative as no metallurgical work has been completed to date.
** A 0.2 g/t AuEq cut-off grade was employed with no more than 15% internal dilution. True widths are unknown, and grades are uncut.

Figure 1: Plan View of the Guayabales Project Highlighting the Apollo Target

Figure 2: Plan View with Traces of Drill Holes Completed to Date in the Main Breccia Discovery at Apollo with Assay Results for Holes APC-12 to APC-14 in Red

Figure 3: Zoomed in Plan View of the Main Breccia Discovery at Apollo Highlighting the Increase in the Width of the System in the South and North Due to Hole APC-14  

Figure 4: Cross Section A-A with Core Photo Highlights for APC-12

Figure 5: Cross Section B-B with Core Photo Highlights for APC-14

About Collective Mining Ltd.

To see our latest corporate presentation and related information, please visit www.collectivemining.com

Collective Mining is an exploration and development company focused on identifying and exploring prospective mineral projects in South America. Founded by the team that developed and sold Continental Gold Inc. to Zijin Mining for approximately $2 billion in enterprise value, the mission of the Company is to repeat its past success in Colombia by making significant new mineral discoveries and advance the projects to production. Management, insiders and close family and friends own nearly 45% of the outstanding shares of the Company and as a result, are fully aligned with shareholders.

The Company currently holds an option to earn up to a 100% interest in two projects located in Colombia. As a result of an aggressive exploration program at both the Guayabales and San Antonio projects, a total of seven major targets have been defined at Guayabales as well as another three at San Antonio. The Company has made a total of five significant grassroot discoveries at both projects with near-surface discovery holes at the Guayabales project yielding 301.9 metres at 1.11 g/t AuEq at the Olympus target, 163 metres at 1.33 g/t AuEq at the Donut target, 207.15 metres at 2.68 g/t AuEq, 180.6 metres at 2.43 g/t AuEg and 87.8 metres at 2.49 g/t AuEg at the Apollo target and most recently, 102.2m @ 1.53 g/t AuEq at the Trap target. At the San Antonio project, the Company intersected, from surface, 710 metres at 0.53 AuEq.  (See related press releases on our website for AuEq calculations)

Qualified Person (QP) and NI43-101 Disclosure

David J Reading is the designated Qualified Person for this news release within the meaning of National Instrument 43-101 (“NI 43-101”) and has reviewed and verified that the technical information contained herein is accurate and approves of the written disclosure of same. Mr. Reading has an MSc in Economic Geology and is a Fellow of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining and of the Society of Economic Geology (SEG).

Technical Information

Rock and core samples have been prepared and analyzed at SGS laboratory facilities in Medellin, Colombia and Lima, Peru. Blanks, duplicates, and certified reference standards are inserted into the sample stream to monitor laboratory performance. Crush rejects and pulps are kept and stored in a secured storage facility for future assay verification. No capping has been applied to sample composites. The Company utilizes a rigorous, industry-standard QA/QC program.

Contact Information

Collective Mining Ltd. 
Steven Gold, Vice President, Corporate Development and Investor Relations
Tel. (416) 648-4065


This news release contains certain forward-looking statements, including, but not limited to, statements about the drill programs, including timing of results, and Collective’s future and intentions. Wherever possible, words such as “may”, “will”, “should”, “could”, “expect”, “plan”, “intend”, “anticipate”, “believe”, “estimate”, “predict” or “potential” or the negative or other variations of these words, or similar words or phrases, have been used to identify these forward-looking statements. These statements reflect management’s current beliefs and are based on information currently available to management as at the date hereof.   

Forward-looking statements involve significant risk, uncertainties, and assumptions. Many factors could cause actual results, performance, or achievements to differ materially from the results discussed or implied in the forward-looking statements. These factors should be considered carefully, and readers should not place undue reliance on the forward-looking statements. Although the forward-looking statements contained in this news release are based upon what management believes to be reasonable assumptions, Collective cannot assure readers that actual results will be consistent with these forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements are made as of the date of this news release, and Collective assumes no obligation to update or revise them to reflect new events or circumstances, except as required by law.

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