Mawson Drills 7.2 Metres @ 21.7 g/t Gold Including 2 Metres @ 52.7 g/t Gold in a 120 Metre Step-Out Hole

VANCOUVER, BC / ACCESSWIRE / March 9, 2020 / Mawson Resources Limited ("Mawson") or (the "Company") (TSX:MAW)(Frankfurt:MXR)(PINKSHEETS:MWSNF) is pleased to announce results from the best drill hole of the 2020 winter season, PAL0222, which returned 7.2 metres @ 21.7 g/t gold from 267.9 metres including 2 metres @ 52.7 g/t gold from 271.0 metres. PAL0222 is a 120 metre step-out that further extends high-grade gold beyond previously defined resources.

Mawson has completed 34 holes for 14,232 metres, out of a 15,000 metre planned program and released results from 13 drill holes (20th January, 5th and 28th February 2020 and here). Drilling continues and the planned program should be complete within two weeks. The 2020 program aims to extend and infill mineralization (Figures 1 and 2) and provide data to allow re-estimation of the December 2018 resource during Q3 2020.

Assay results from only the Palokas prospect are released here, with two drill holes for gold only (cobalt assays awaited) and two drill holes for gold and cobalt.

Highlights:

  • Drill hole PAL0222 at Palokas intersected 7.2 metres @ 21.7 g/t gold from 267.9 metres, including 2 metres @ 52.7 g/t gold from 271.0 metres within a broader zone of 11.4 metres @ 14.2 g/t gold from 266.9 metres (Tables 1-3, Figures 1-2);
  • Drill hole PAL0221 at Palokas intersected 2.6 metres @ 6.2 g/t gold from 234.3 metres (Tables 1-3, Figures 1-2);
  • Drill hole PAL0214 at Palokas intersected 4.8 metres @ 2.4 g/t gold, 894 ppm cobalt, 2.9 g/t gold equivalent ("AuEq") from 119.9 metres, including 1.7 metres @ 6.4 g/t gold, 761 ppm cobalt, 6.8g/t AuEq from 122.0 metres (PAL0214) (Tables 1-3, Figures 1-2);
    • PAL0214 drilled 30 metres up-dip from the PAL0030 (10.0 metres @ 9.9 g/t gold and 562 ppm cobalt from 110.2 metres);
  • Drill hole PAL0211 at Palokas intersected 6 metres @ 0.1 g/t gold, 1,904 ppm cobalt, 1.3 g/t AuEq from 246.4 metres (Tables 1-3, Figures 1-2);
    • PAL0211 drilled 90 metres north-east of PAL0222, intersecting higher-grade cobalt on the flanks of high-grade gold mineralization;
  • Palokas remains open at depth and along strike.

Mr. Hudson, Chairman and CEO, states, "The 2020 winter drill program continues to deliver, with an extremely high-grade result, our best of the season so far with PAL0222 intersecting 7.2 metres @ 21.7 g/t gold, located 120 metres below earlier defined high-grade resources. Improving grade and continuity of high-grade gold-cobalt mineralization at depth is particularly encouraging. Strong news flow is anticipated to continue over the coming months with only 13 holes reported from a total 34 holes drilled to date, with drilling ongoing."

A plan view of the completed drill holes and the locations of drill hole targeting for this program is shown in Figure 1. Host rocks at Palokas are in the same reduced stratabound host package as South Palokas. When viewed in a down-plunge orientation, mineralization, conductive electromagnetic plates and their enclosing rock packages show a similarity across all prospects. The projected locations (Figure 2) of the drill holes reported in this release on a "grade times width" longitudinal section highlights the resource expansion potential with an additional 30,000 metres of drilling from 2019 and 2020 to be incorporated in resource models. The December 2018 resource utilized 15,000 metres of drilling.

Tables 1-3 provide collar and assay data. Assuming a predominant stratabound control, the true thickness of the mineralized interval is interpreted to be approximately 90% of the sampled thickness. Gold-only intersections are reported with a lower-cut of 0.5 g/t gold over a 1 metre width. No upper cut-off was applied. Where cobalt data becomes available, a lower cut of 0.3 g/t AuEq is used, based on modifying the open pit WhittleTM optimized open pit lower cut-off grade of 0.37 g/t AuEq developed for the 2018 resource recalculated to a dollar value per tonne against current averaged gold and cobalt prices (and therefore the 2018 resource cutoff 0.37 g/t AuEq is the same value per tonne as 0.30 g/t AuEq today).

Technical and Environmental Background

Up to five diamond drill rigs from the Arctic Drilling Company OY ("ADC") and Kati OY ("Kati") all with water recirculation and drill cuttings collection systems are used in the drill program. Core diameter is NQ2 (50.7 mm). Core recoveries are excellent and average close to 100% in fresh rock. After photographing and logging in Mawson's Rovaniemi facilities, core intervals averaging 1 metre for mineralized samples and 2 metres for barren samples are cut in half at the Geological Survey of Finland (GTK) core facilities in Rovaniemi, Finland. The remaining half core is retained for verification and reference purposes. Analytical samples are transported by commercial transport from site to the CRS Minlab Oy facility in Kempele, Finland. Samples were prepared and analyzed for gold using the PAL1000 technique which involves grinding the sample in steel pots with abrasive media in the presence of cyanide, followed by measuring the gold in solution with flame AAS equipment. Samples for multi-element analysis (including cobalt) are pulped at CRS Minlab, then transported by air to the MSA labs in Vancouver, Canada and analyzed using four acid digest ICP-MS methods. The QA/QC program of Mawson consists of the systematic insertion of certified standards of known gold content, duplicate samples by quartering the core, and blanks the within interpreted mineralized rock. In addition, CRS inserts blanks and standards into the analytical process.

Three-month average gold and cobalt prices have been used to calculate AuEq values according to the following:

  • Average gold price $1580 per oz
  • Average cobalt price $14.50 per pound
  • Resulting in gold equivalent formula of AuEq g/t = Au g/t + (Co ppm/1589).

The host rocks to the gold and cobalt mineralization comprise sulphides (pyrrhotite>>pyrite) with biotite-muscovite-chlorite schists at South Palokas and Mg-Fe amphibole-biotite-chlorite rocks at Palokas. Veining and fracture fill minerals include pyrrhotite, magnetite and magnetite-pyrrhotite (+/- quartz, tourmaline). Retrograde chlorite after biotite, generations of secondary muscovite ("sericite") and vein-controlled chlorite+/- tourmaline and magnetite are also present. Preliminary hand-held XRF analysis confirms the presence of associated scheelite and molybdenite, the former visible under UV light as tiny veinlets and disseminations. The minerals associated with the gold are clearly post-metamorphic, reduced, and most likely driven by hydrothermal fluids from nearby granitoid intrusions. Chlorite and fine muscovite are regarded as the lowest temperature silicate minerals with gold, structurally controlled in apparent spatial association with quartz and/or K-feldspar veins. Altered rocks enclosing the mineralized package contain locally abundant talc and tourmaline.

The qualified person for Mawson's Finnish projects, Dr. Nick Cook, President for Mawson and a Fellow of the Australasian Institute of Mining Metallurgy has reviewed and verified the contents of this release.

NI 43-101 Technical Report:

On December 19, 2018, Mawson filed an independent National Instrument 43-101 Technical Report (the "NI 43-101 Technical Report") on the Mineral Resource Estimate for the Raja and Palokas Prospects, at the 100% owned Rajapalot Project in Finland, (the "NI 43-101 Technical Report"), in support of the Company's news release dated December 17, 2018. The NI 43-101 Technical Report was authorized by Mr. Rod Webster of AMC Consultants Pty Ltd ("AMC") of Melbourne, Australia, and Dr. Kurt Simon Forrester of Arn Perspective of Surrey, England. Each of Mr. Webster and Dr. Forrester are independent "qualified persons" as defined by National Instrument 43-101. The NI 43-101 Technical Report may be found on the Company's website at www.mawsonresources.com or under the Company's profile on SEDAR at www.sedar.com. For the 2018 resource, the gold equivalent ("AuEq") value was calculated using averaged prices of the time, resulting in the following formula: AuEq g/t = Au g/t + (Co ppm/608) with assumed prices of Co $30/lb; and Au $1,250/oz. AuEq varies with Au and Co prices.


About Mawson Resources Limited (TSX:MAW, FRANKFURT:MXR, PINKSHEETS:MWSNF)

Mawson Resources Limited is an exploration and development company. Mawson has distinguished itself as a leading Nordic Arctic exploration company with a focus on the flagship Rajapalot gold project in Finland.

On behalf of the Board,

"Michael Hudson"

Michael Hudson, Chairman & CEO

Further Information

www.mawsonresources.com

1305 - 1090 West Georgia St., Vancouver, BC, V6E 3V7

Mariana Bermudez (Canada), Corporate Secretary, +1 (604) 685 9316, info@mawsonresources.com

Forward-Looking Statement

This news release contains forward-looking statements or forward-looking information within the meaning of applicable securities laws (collectively, "forward-looking statements"). All statements herein, other than statements of historical fact, are forward-looking statements. Although Mawson believes that such statements are reasonable, it can give no assurance that such expectations will prove to be correct. Forward-looking statements are typically identified by words such as: believe, expect, anticipate, intend, estimate, postulate, and similar expressions, or are those, which, by their nature, refer to future events. Mawson cautions investors that any forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future results or performance, and that actual results may differ materially from those in forward-looking statements as a result of various factors, including, but not limited to, capital and other costs varying significantly from estimates, changes in world metal markets, changes in equity markets, planned drill programs and results varying from expectations, delays in obtaining results, equipment failure, unexpected geological conditions, local community relations, dealings with non-governmental organizations, delays in operations due to permit grants, environmental and safety risks, and other risks and uncertainties disclosed under the heading "Risk Factors" in Mawson's most recent Annual Information Form filed on www.sedar.com. Any forward-looking statement speaks only as of the date on which it is made and, except as may be required by applicable securities laws, Mawson disclaims any intent or obligation to update any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events or results or otherwise.

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