American Pacific Mining Drilling Tuscarora Gold Project
In 2014 my favorite gold junior, Novo Resources, did a deal on a small project in Nevada named Tuscarora with some barn burning historic results. Naturally since the main focus was on Western Australia in 2016 when Novo announced high-grade bonanza results such as 143.5 g/t over 1.52 meters, the market only yawned.
Novo didn’t pay much for the project and since it took attention and resources away from their primary focus, when the opportunity came up to vend it into a new junior and recover 100% of their costs, Quinton took it. In November of 2017 they announced a deal with American Pacific Mining.
The terms call for American Pacific to pay Novo $375,000 and to issue $200,000 worth of shares spread over three years and to expend $100,000 each year in exploration. There was an existing 2-4% NSR on the 24 unpatented mining claims in Elko County. Novo added an additional .5% payable to themselves.
It’s always nice to drill a home run hole with 143.5 g/t gold grade but even better when you can pick up such a project essentially for peanuts after someone else already found the vein system for you. In 1995 Quinton Hennigh was working for Newcrest when they drilled the Navajo vein at Tuscarora. They reported 30 g/t gold for 1.5 meters, 182 g/t gold at 1.5 meters and 51 g/t gold at 1.5 meters. In the East Pediment vein Newcrest reported 28.2 g/t Au for three meters and 4.6 g/t Au for 1.5 meters.
When Novo drilled in 2016 they hit the bonanza hit of 143.5 g/t over 1.5 meters and 21.5 g/t Au over 1.5 meters. American Pacific got their drill permit for Tuscarora on the 17th of April and began phase 1 of a planned 19 hole program as the drills began turning. Their plan is to complete 10-12 holes, check the results when the assays come in and then complete the program.
We know from past results from both Newcrest and Novo that there are multiple bonanza grade veins at Tuscarora. Novo didn’t have the bandwidth to focus on the project. American Pacific has three million dollars in the bank and can focus. When results come in, I expect a revaluation of the shares.
As of now the company has a market cap of about $10 million CAD. There are warrants outstanding at $.35 that can be accelerated at $.50 that will bring in enough money for a follow up drill program.
If you think gold mining companies have value and will go up as gold goes up, American Pacific is a really easy to understand story. It’s a Quinton Hennigh project with 23 years of his thinking about it. Novo didn’t have the bandwidth to do Tuscarora right so they vended it to a new company run by people Quinton is comfortable with. They know where the veins are, they need to define a minable resource and either vend it out to a major or mid-tier or put it into production themselves.
With another 5,000 meters of drilling planned I would expect American Pacific to start planning on a 43-101 resource. They need 1-2 million of a high grade resource to be taken seriously and frankly I wouldn’t even guess what they might have. But when you are dealing with 1.5 meters width of ounce plus material you can figure out the strike length and depth and do a back of the envelope calculation.
Look for results to start coming out in six weeks or so. The stock could be explosive especially if the summer rally has started.
American Pacific is an advertiser and I have participated in two private placements. I know the management well and like them a lot. They did a good deal on the project and are in a perfect position to move this significantly forward. I am biased so do your own due diligence.
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