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Alianza Minerals Intercepts More Silver at Haldane

Source: The Critical Investor for Streetwise Reports   09/29/2021

Alianza Minerals recently completed its 2021 drilling campaign at its flagship…

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Source: The Critical Investor for Streetwise Reports   09/29/2021

Alianza Minerals recently completed its 2021 drilling campaign at its flagship Haldane silver project in the historic Keno Hill Mining District, and the last assays of this program have been received recently. Another batch of solid results implies the company is on the right track, but is looking for a bigger prize.

Alianza Minerals Ltd. (ANZ:TSX.V; TARSF:OTCQB) recently completed the 2021 drilling campaign at its flagship Haldane silver project in the historic Keno Hill Mining District. After the impressive 1.78 meters (m) @ 818 grams per tonne (g/t) silver and 1.26m @ 3,267 g/t silver intercepts, the company finally seems to be on track for economic silver mineralization, and created some expectations along the road as well. The drillers managed to hit more silver at each hole they drilled since, although the results weren’t as stellar yet, but still decent.

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On September 23, the last two holes were reported from the 2021 drill program at Haldane, focusing on the West Fault target, HLD21-26 and HLD21-27. These holes were 50 stepouts along the Ewing North Fault, and can be seen here:    



The results for both holes were solid but nothing special: HLD21-26 returned 3.05m @ 205 g/t Ag (1,363 g/t silver equivalent [AgEq] due to high zinc/lead values) from 270m, and HLD21-27 showed 4.8m @ 81.4 g/t Ag (113 g/t AgEq) from 225m.

Both results were true width.

The aforementioned two best holes are HLD20-19 and HLD21-24, and it will be clear from looking at the table that quite a lot of intercepts also contain substantial amounts of zinc and lead, resulting in a sometimes much higher AgEq grade.

It is far from uncommon to see these two metals show up at zinc mineralization and can often contribute meaningful amounts of byproduct, lowering the opex of a mine.

CEO Jason Weber strongly believes the best is still to come:

“After the exceptional result from drilling late in 2020 in HLD20-19, our approach was to determine the orientation of high grade shoots of vein mineralization through a grid pattern of 50 meter step outs on strike and down dip. This approach was successful in extending mineralization to depth and identifying the likely orientation of high-grade silver mineralization."

"This drilling also indicates that the West Fault is a complex of structures and veining tends to be strongest in an upper structure (WF2) in the northeast and transitions to a lower structure (WF1) to the southwest.”

These two structures can be seen here:

Weber continued: “Although strong veining within the West Fault structure was seen in both HLD21-26 and HLD21-27, the overall width was slightly wider and the galena (and closely associated silver) content was lower in general which leads us to believe that the strongest, thickest and potentially highest grade mineralization may lie along strike to the southwest and down plunge. We look forward to our next phase of work which will target this extension.”

It wasn’t exactly clear to me why Weber and his team think the best mineralization might be located to the southwest along strike, and most likely not to the northeast (although they don’t rule it out either), which had a hole returning more or less the same results. This is what he had to say about it: “We prefer the downdip and the southwest directions as the intersections in holes 24 and 25 show the system is open to depth. We will, at some point, drill the northeast direction and could see the vein strengthen in that direction. But for now the results point to higher priority drilling to the southwest.”

Management currently views the area where the width and grade of the vein is the strongest as a complex of faults and splays rather than a single discrete fault structure. The latest concept is believed to be a “step over” from the WF1 vein to the WF2, occurring in the vicinity of the HLD21-24 and -25. The orientation of the step over might plunge steeply to the southwest in the plane of the West Fault Complex and high-grade shoot geometries could also be aligned in this direction. CEO Weber expects to drill further stepouts around Q2, 2022, but targeting of those holes is just starting now with an in depth evaluation of the results, and relating them to geological observations in drilling. Once that is further along they will have a better idea of the size and scope of the next program.

The West Fault Complex is traced for over 650m and can be interpreted to extend to 1.1 km in length before merging with the 2.2-km-long Main Zone structure. Drill testing to date covers only a fraction of the West Fault Complex target. As a reminder, here is an overview:

Silver mineralization has now been intersected in nine holes that pierce the WF1 and WF2 veins over 90 meters of dip direction and 100 meters of strike direction. The West Fault Complex is one of the four high-priority silver-lead-zinc-bearing vein drill targets at Haldane, shown in the map above.

As can be seen in this schematic long sections, holes HLD21-24 and HLD21-25, of which the last was reported on August 18, 2021, are somewhat deeper compared to the latest HLD21-26 and HLD21-27:

The reported holes from August 18 (HLD21-23 and HLD21-25), combined with best hole to date HLD21-24 (reported on July 12 and discussed in an earlier article) were a nice set of assays, showing economic results down dip and along strike, represented by this table:

The high grade remains confined to narrow veins. As the minimum width for large scale mining is usually 2 meters, these veins are still very economic, as the gross metal value for 300 g/t silver is US$110/t if a vein would be 1 meter wide, as another 1 meter of waste would have to be mined as well. Underground mining costs are usually in the range of US$45-60/t, so there is a healthy margin.  It is interesting to see that if silver grades aren’t spectacular, often the zinc grade is substantial.

As the deeper intercepts seem to have the highest silver-equivalent grades, I wondered why management didn’t drill deeper targets as well with their last holes, hitting the structure below, for example, HLD21-24. I also wondered if the geology of nearby drilling Alexco Resource (AXU.TO) couldn’t provide useful conceptual information about potential trajectories of silver veins at Haldane, as the geological makeup is the same for the entire Keno Hill District.

As a reminder, Alexco Resource has drilled results like 8.76m @ 3,583 g/t Ag, 5.3m @ 2,070 g/t Ag, 8.15m @ 1,414 g/t, 6.12m @1,560 g/t and 7.46m @1,381 g/t Ag at their project nearby, and is looking to increase the existing resource of 45 million ounces (Moz) @ 844 g/t Ag. The company owns several other high grade deposits in Keno Hill as well, only confirming the very prolific nature of the Keno Hill region.

CEO Weber answered: “Our program was planned to test the most likely vein plunges as indicated by the orientations at the other Keno District mines, including those that Alexco is actively mining. In the 2020 plan we wanted test the extensions up and down dip of hole 19. We tested down dip with Holes 24 and 25, which showed the extensions to depth, be we wanted to stick to the original plan to test up dip with hole 27.”

Despite the good results, the share price appears to be sideranging since March of this year and even breaking down further:

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In my view, there are a number of reasons for this. The summer doldrums and the weakening silver price have undoubtedly had its fair share of impact on investor sentiment as well, and tax loss selling seems to have started even earlier this year. Notwithstanding this, the good drill results at Haldane didn’t receive much enthusiasm, as if only stellar intercepts indicating pretty economic and sizeable deposits could move the needle nowadays. To me this is not justified, as exploration is a difficult business, and such deposits aren’t found at the first drill hole anymore, but it appears to be the new normal in this period of negative sentiment. Until this sentiment changes, there is not much Alianza can do it seems, but keeping up the good work at Haldane, hoping sentiment turns positive again and potentially producing good results on its other targets and projects.

Management would definitely like to continue to grow the West Fault target, but would also like to go back to Middlecoff and its new Bighorn target, to follow up on the new vein targets discovered in 2019 drilling. According to Weber, plans for these targets will be incorporated into the 2022 planning. Holes at these targets will be prioritized in the sequencing for next year’s drilling.

Besides Haldane, the company is working at Twin Canyon in Colorado, and Tim Silver in the Yukon. The company is working on a drill permit for Twin Canyon. According to management, indications are that the grant of the permit is imminent, and it is likely that potential partners are waiting for the permit grant to complete a deal to explore the project.  


Regarding the Tim project, Coeur Mining, the operator of the JV, has completed a reconnaissance exploration program, which included a SkyTEM airborne geophysical survey that was followed up by mapping, trenching and soil geochemical surveys. According to CEO Weber, results of this program are not complete yet, but Coeur has indicated its desire to conduct additional trenching and followed by diamond drilling in 2022.

Regarding the Yanac Copper project in Peru, Pedro Castillo has finally been chosen as president; unfortunately he is vehemently anti-mining, notwithstanding this management is actively talking to potential partners in order to drill test the copper porphyry target here, discussions are ongoing.

Alianza Minerals also announced the first acquisition under the recently formed Strategic Alliance with Imperial X (now called Cloudbreak Discovery PLC) involving the Klondike Project, located in Colorado, U.S. Management views this as an excellent opportunity to explore for economic copper mineralization, as the project has the following highlights:

  • Road accessible 843 hectare property covering Paradox Basin sedimentary package in San Miguel County, Colorado
  • Favorable stratigraphy known to host sediment-hosted copper deposits in the emerging Paradox Copper Belt
  • No copper exploration since the 1960s in the area, no modern exploration techniques used before despite numerous historical copper occurrences (outcrops up to 6.3% Cu)
  • Exploring for additional deposits similar to the operating Lisbon Valley Mine, 50 km to the northwest

Alianza is currently actively exploring the project and just finished a sampling program, which already generated numerous copper showings like this one:

According to CEO Weber, the alliance partners have a group interested in taking on the Klondike project. They expect this new group to push the exploration towards drilling quite quickly, so the application for a drill permit has been initiated. It is conceivable that a drill program could be completed in 2022.

As a reminder, the strategy of the alliance is to acquire and explore copper deposits in the United States, more precisely in Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico and Utah. Under the terms, either company can introduce projects to the Strategic Alliance. Projects accepted will be held 50/50 but funding of the initial acquisition and any preliminary work programs will be funded 40% by the introducing partner and 60% by the other party. Weber stated to me that they have another acquisition closing soon, and he is headed to Colorado in early October to look at Twin Canyon, Klondike and potential targets for the Strategic Alliance.


The Haldane project, and more specifically the West Fault target, keeps returning (very) economic intercepts. Management believes that the strongest, thickest and potentially highest grade mineralization may lie along strike to the southwest and down plunge. It will be very interesting to see if Alianza Minerals will finally be able to hit Alexco type of intercepts, hereby proving the possibly equal mineral potential of their own claim package, as it is part of the same geological formation at Keno Hill.

Besides Haldane, there are a number of other projects under exploration, of which Tim, Klondike and new copper acquisitions can be expected to provide news results prior to Christmas. Tim results should be interesting, especially with early indications of a 2022 drilling program providing exposure to another high grade silver project.

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Mining Small Cap Stocks Shot Up Yesterday, Here’s 4 to Watch

Mining small caps are heating up right now, here’s four you need to know…

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4 Mining Penny Stocks For Your Mid-October Watchlist 

In the past few days, mining penny stocks and specifically precious metals penny stocks, have been climbing substantially. Usually, when investors talk about precious metals stocks, the main discussion is surrounding those in the gold mining industry. And right now, gold stocks are seeing a great deal of hype. There are a few reasons for this that are worth exploring. For one, right now there is a large amount of inflation occurring in the U.S. 

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With the price of consumer goods rising substantially in the last year and a half, many investors have turned toward more stable penny stocks. This includes mining stocks and other securities that tend to fluctuate less than others. 

In addition to this, if we look at gold, we see that it is historically a safeguard asset. This means that investors turn to it in times of economic turmoil. So, if we consider all of this, the rise of gold stocks begins to make more sense. With all of that in mind, here are four mining penny stocks to watch right now. 

4 Mining Penny Stocks to Watch in October 2021 

  2. Harmony Gold Mining Company Limited (NYSE: HMY
  3. Yamana Gold Inc. (NYSE: AUY
  4. New Gold Inc. (NYSE: NGD

IAMGOLD Corporation (NYSE: IAG)

IAMGOLD Corporation is gold mining stock that managed to climb by roughly 3.2% on October 13th and in the past five days by over 12.8%. This is a company that develops and operates a variety of gold mining properties. The company is involved in the exploration and development of gold, silver, and copper mines. Currently, it owns an interest in the Rosebel mine, Westwood mine, Pitangui project, and more.

Early in August, the company revealed its financial results for the second quarter of this year. For IAMGOLD, which is still recovering from the pandemic and economic troubles of the previous year and a half, the numbers were less than stellar. Revenue for IAMGOLD fell quarter over quarter and year over year alongside lower gross profit and adjusted EBITDA. While it did report a net loss, it does look like gold demand is rising alongside inflation and overall economic concerns.

Despite these negative results, IAG stock has been climbing in the market. Do you believe that the company could make a comeback in the market? Well, IAMGOLD recently announced its third-quarter results release date. These results will be available after the market closes on Wednesday, November 3rd, 2021. This is the next key date to look out for if you plan on buying IAG stock. For now, will IAG be on your list of penny stocks to watch?


Harmony Gold Mining Company Limited (NYSE: HMY)

Harmony Gold Mining Company Limited is another gold exploration, extraction, and processing company that climbed on October 13th. Some of the locations it mines in include South Africa and Papua New Guinea. In addition to gold, Harmony Gold explores for reserves of uranium, silver, and copper. Because of how broad its mining operations extend, many investors continue to show interest in Harmony Gold. It’s worth noting that it actively has nine underground operations in the Witwatersrand Basin.

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In the company’s most recent update, its fiscal year 2021 earnings and revenue went up year over year. This has to do with increased metal prices and solid performance for the company. HMY stock often will move with the price of gold, silver, uranium, and copper themselves. The price of gold has the largest impact on Harmony, as that is the primary material that it searches for. In the last five days, shares of HMY stock have increased by around 13%, which is similar to IAG. With this in mind, will HMY be on your penny stock watchlist?


Yamana Gold Inc. (NYSE: AUY)

Yamana Gold Inc. is next on the list of gold stocks that pushed up on October 13th. By EOD, shares of AUY stock had shot up by over 4%. If you’re not familiar, Yamana Gold is a company that produces precious metals in a variety of countries. Currently, Yamana produces both gold and silver at its properties. It currently has land positions, development-stage projects, and exploration projects located in Brazil, Canada, Chile, and Argentina.

As stated with the other gold stocks on this list, it’s worth keeping a close eye on the price of gold itself. We see that even if no company-specific news has come out, shares of AUY stock could fluctuate based on the changing price of gold. Right now, we are witnessing many investors turn to gold stocks as a way to hedge bets against inflation, and this could explain the recent gains for AUY stock.

In tandem with its bullish movement, the company’s volume is also slightly higher than its market average. Moving forward, the company plans on releasing its third-quarter financial results after the market closes on October 28th, 2021. Based on this info, will AUY be on your penny stock watchlist?


New Gold Inc. (NYSE: NGD)

New Gold Inc. is a mining corporation that develops and operates gold, silver, and copper resources. The company owns 100 percent of the Rainy River gold-silver mine in Ontario, Canada, and the New Afton gold-copper mine in British Columbia, Canada.

In mid-September, New Gold Inc. updated its fiscal 2021 operational outlook. At its Rainy River mine, New Gold aims to produce between 405,000 and 450,000 ounces of consolidated gold equivalent, down from 440,000-490,000 ounces before. The company’s guiding figures have decreased slightly as a result of this occurrence.

“While the reduction in our near-term guidance at Rainy River is unfortunate, I remain confident the mine has reached an inflection point, as evidenced by the free cash flow generated in the second quarter and the mine is on track to deliver an improved second half of the year.”

President and CEO of New Gold, Renaud Adams

With this new info in mind, will NGD stock be on your watchlist in October?


Are Mining Penny Stocks Worth Buying or Not?

Mining penny stocks remain some of the hottest and most stable stocks to watch right now. While the future of the mining industry remains uncertain, right now, it could be worth keeping a close eye on.

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Considering that there are so many facets to look out for, understanding the ins and outs of the mining industry will help you to make money with penny stocks. With all of that in mind, do you think that mining penny stocks are worth buying or not?

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Global Metal Prices Surge Led By Zinc And Aluminum

Prices for base metals are surging led by zinc which has reached its highest level since 2007.

The latest increase in metals prices comes after European…

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Prices for base metals are surging led by zinc which has reached its highest level since 2007.


The latest increase in metals prices comes after European smelters became the latest casualties in a global energy crisis that’s knocking supply offline and ratcheting up pressure on manufacturers.


The price of zinc rose as much as 6.9% on the London Metals Exchange, and a gauge of six industrial metals is closing in on an all-time highs Thursday (October 14).


Aluminum, one of the most energy-intensive commodities, is at its highest level since 2008. Copper bounced closer to the $10,000 U.S. a ton mark and spreads are pointing to a sharply tighter market.


Spot copper contracts are trading at their biggest premium over futures in nearly a decade as global inventories shrink.


Five out of the six base-metal contracts on the London Metals Exchange are in backwardation, signaling broad pressure on spot supply.


The price jumps are due to supply cuts spreading from China to Europe, as energy shortages drive up costs for electricity and natural gas, threatening more inflationary pressure from rising commodity prices.


Nyrstar, one of the biggest zinc producers in the world, said it will cut output at three European smelters by up to 50% due to rising power prices and costs associated with carbon emissions.


So far, the energy crisis has had an outsized impact on supply but concerns about demand are also rising as manufacturers face a simultaneous surge in raw material prices across the board.


Strains in China are particularly evident, where factory-gate prices rose at their fastest pace in almost 26 years in September. It’s a surge that could spill over to other economies given the nation’s role as the world’s largest exporter. 


Some Chinese smelters have reduced runs in recent weeks as they struggle with an electricity shortage fueled by record coal prices.



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French Finance Minister Issues Declaration Of Independence… From the US

French Finance Minister Issues Declaration Of Independence… From the US

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"Clear Differences…

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French Finance Minister Issues Declaration Of Independence... From the US

Authored by John V. Walsh via, 

"Clear Differences Remain Between France and the U.S, French Minister Says," is the headline to a remarkable piece appearing in the New York Times this week. The Minister, Bruno Le Maire, is brutally frank on the nature of the differences as the quotations below Illustrate. In fact, they amount to a Declaration of Independence of France and EU from the US.

It is not surprising that the differences relate to China after the brouhaha over the sale of US nuclear submarines to Australia and the surprising (to the French) cancellation of contracts with France for submarines. Mr. LeMaire, sounding very much like a reproving parent, characterized this as "misbehavior from the US administration."

French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire (L) with President Emmanuel Macron, AFP

Mr. LeMaire made it crystal clear that the disagreement over submarines is symptomatic of deeper differences in world view that have emerged not only in France but in the EU as a consequence of China’s rise. The NYT article states:

"'The United States wants to confront China. The European Union wants to engage China,' Mr. Le Maire, a close ally of President Emmanuel Macron of France, said in a wide-ranging interview ahead of the (IMF) meetings. This was natural, he added, because the United States is the world’s leading power and does not ‘want China to become in a few years or in a few decades the first superpower in the world.

"Europe’s strategic priority, by contrast, is independence, ‘which means to be able to build more capacities on defense, to defend its own view on the fight against climate change, to defend its own economic interest, to have access to key technologies and not be too dependent on American technologies,’ he said."

The article continued, quoting the Finance Minister:

"The key question now for the European Union, he said, is to become ‘independent from the United States, able to defend its own interests, whether economic or strategic interests.’"

LeMaire might have pre-ambled that statement with: "When in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bonds which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation."

Still, seasoned diplomat that Mr. LeMaire is, he provided some cold comfort to the naughty US administration, saying, the United States remains "our closest partner" in terms of values, economic model, respect for the rule of law, and embrace of freedom. But with China, he said, "we do not share the same values or economic model."

The article continued:

"Asked if differences over China meant inevitable divergence between the United States and Europe, Mr. Le Maire said, 'It could be if we are not cautious.' But every effort should be made to avoid this, which means ‘recognizing Europe as one of the three superpowers in the world for the 21st century,’ alongside the United States and China."

The piece concluded;

"One of the biggest lingering points of contention is over metal tariffs that former President Donald J. Trump imposed globally in 2018. Officials face difficult negotiations in coming weeks. Europeans plan to impose retaliatory tariffs on a range of US products as of Dec. 1, unless Mr. Biden pulls back a 25 percent duty on European steel and a 10 percent tax on aluminum.

"‘If we want to improve the bilateral economic relationship between the continents, the first step must be for the United States to lift the sanctions in the steel and aluminum case,’ Mr. Le Maire said. ‘We are fed up with the trade wars,’ he added."

Shared values are nice, but shared profits are clearly better.

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