Funding news this week ?
Turnaround on shareprice actually.
Funding would be the beginning of great drilling.
At the turn of the 20th century, “The Providence Group” reportedly took only 225,000 ounces from the Providence Group of Gold Mines located near the famous Gold Town of Sonora, California -- and certainly not from the deeper minable levels. Convinced there is a lot more gold there, Ron Coombes has begun his exploration.
by Becky Holladay, Senior Writer, California Business Journal
Seven abandoned gold mines tucked into the Sierra Nevada foothills have been kept a secret for over one hundred years: they aren’t finished yet.
The historical gold mines, collectively called the Providence Group of mines, had stopped production in 1916, first because of a legal dispute, and then, ironically, a series of wildfires and a pandemic. At some point in the early 20th century, the lower levels had been flooded with water, and then left untouched.
Located in the “Mother Lode” region of California — a 150 mile-long zone that has historically been one of the top gold-producing districts in the U.S. — the mines were yielding results similar to other great producing mines in the area, yet had only been mined for a comparatively short period of time. Due to war time closures and fixed gold prices, gold mining in the U.S. slowed or ceased altogether in the 1940s, and in the years following, the Providence Group was never revisited.
That is until a Canadian named Ron Coombes came along. A long-time mineral exploration developer, he was looking for a new project that was neither in his home country (too many inconsistent regulations) nor in a developing country (too much political instability). He settled in the U.S. Coombes had looked at nearly 50 different projects when he heard about the Providence Group. The “old timers” as Coombes calls them, had reported recovering an estimated 225,000 ounces of gold at the turn of the 20th century, and certainly left huge potential both near surface and to depth. Could there be more gold? He was intrigued to say the least.
“When I first heard about it, I thought, ‘Man, it can’t be true.’ The project had last been in production in 1916. So, I thought it would be foolish if I didn’t go down and take a look at it, especially considering the mother lode belt has had several of the highest rated producers on planet Earth,” Coombes told California Business Journal.
Armed with over 20 years of mineral mining experience, a couple of engineers and a couple of geologists, Coombes visited the site to take some initial assay samples. From inside a three-story-high stope, a mined-out cavern, they cut out a channel sample of rock, and sent the samples back to one of the top mineral labs in the world, located in Vancouver, to get an idea of the quality (gold quality is rated by density, measured by grams of gold per ton of mineralization).
When the lab results arrived, Coombes was “flabbergasted.” The assay sample had been taken from the six hundred level from a zone that had already been mined. Yet the lab in Vancouver results over a 1.5 meter area showed the channel sample grade was 46 grams per ton, which not only meant it was high grade mineralization, but verified the higher grade nature of the deposit similar to many others within the mother lode belt.
“To get 46 grams per ton in a mined-out stope is just incredible,” he says.
They decided to move ahead with the project, and formed Providence Gold Mines Inc., of which Coombes is CEO, president, and director. But before they could drill, the team needed further findings; they embarked on a three-year mission to map, test, and gather more data. Part of that process included building target models of the Providence Group. They surveyed the underground area at the 600-foot level 3D LIDAR, a terrestrial laser scanning technology.
“I was awestruck when I saw the first images. It’s like they’re taking an MRI of the earth. We’re able to see every little fracture, everything, to a micro scale along the whole entire corridor.”
Armed with over 20 years of mineral mining experience, a couple of engineers and a couple of geologists, CEO Ron Coombes visited the site to take some initial assay samples.
From there, with all the data compilation they could estimate the potential size and where to precisely set the drill to core drill. They also completed initial surface trenching and found new lode zones. Coombes believes there are many more undiscovered lode zones on the property that have yet to be discovered. They’re estimating the mines have potential to yield between one and four million ounces of high-grade mineralization.
“Looking back on my history and the moderate successes I’ve had, this particular project could be a serious home run,” he says.
Of course, they won’t know for sure how much gold there is until they start to drill, but this is what their data compilation has to offer.
“We live in a risk and reward world, but if you take a look at the verification and all the data, so far there is a good indication that supports a large, high grade mineralized zone. We’ve de-risked it as much as we possibly can, but the drill, it’s the truth machine. It doesn’t lie,” Coombes says.
“But the models are pretty precise, by the way. I mean, this isn’t done with a witching stick,” he laughs. “The scientific technology we’re using here is really state of the art, and I’m working with some pretty smart people.”
Coombes’ team includes Dr. Lee Groat, a geologist who is also the director of the Integrated Sciences program at the University of British Columbia, and Dr. Allen Alper, who’s worked in the mining industry for over 40 years and is a fellow with the Geological Society of America
Compared to other gold mine projects, Providence is relatively “green.” Metrological sampling to data shows only traces if any deleterious metals, meaning, just simple crushing and gravity to separate the gold from other materials.
“In all our sample testing to date for this project, the mineralization is very simple. No significant signs of any deleterious materials. In the mining industry this is an extremely attractive almost green project. There’s nothing harmful to the environment and the process for recovery is very simple. It’s just grinding and gravity separation. Simple, “Our initial metallurgical studies are very favorable. “That’s what makes this project pretty unique.”
After the next round of financing, Providence Mines will commence drilling. The company stock is trading on the OTCQB with plans to become a full issuer in the US.
“We have a tight share structure. The company is tightly controlled by a group of sophisticated investors. They’re not sellers, they’re good investors, which is important,” he adds.
Some analysts are predicting historically high gold prices in the next five years, maybe even this year. In August 2020, the price of gold hit a record-breaking $2,000 an ounce. Most would agree that gold is always an attractive investment during times of political and economic uncertainty.
“Between Covid, the printing of money, and the global inflation situation right now — there are only two things that generally do very well during this kind of historical event, and that’s oil and gold,” he concludes. “This could be the start of one of the biggest gold runs in our lifetimes.”
Interested parties can obtain additional information by emailing a request to email@example.com.
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Financing news coming today ?
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Discusses Exploring, on the Eastern Belt of the “Mother Lode” District
Providence Gold Mines : Interview with Metal News
01/19/2022 | 04:56pm
To view original article on Metal News, visit: https://metalsnews.com/t1393738i
Ronald Coombes, President and CEO, Providence Gold Mining Inc. (TSXV: PHD, US-OTCQB: PRRVF, FRANKFURT: 7RH1-F) Discusses Gold Exploration in the Eastern Belt of the "Mother Lode" District, Sonora, California
By Dr. Allen Alper, PhD Economic Geology and Petrology, Columbia University, NYC, USA
We spoke with Ronald Allan Coombes, who is President and CEO of Providence Gold Mines Inc. (TSXV: PHD, US-OTCQB: PRRVF, FRANKFURT: 7RH1-F), a Canadian mining exploration company, who has acquired the famous Providence Group of Gold Mines, located near a resource friendly community of Sonora, California, on the eastern belt of the "Mother Lode" District. Most recently, Providence Gold discovered stockpiles of what was thought to be waste rock. Recent testing of sample material returned significant amounts of gold. The Company has designed a near surface, up to 4000 meters drilling program, beneath and between the historical high-grade stopes. According to Mr. Coombes, the project has good potential for possibly four million ounces of high-grade.
Dr. Allen Alper:
This is Dr. Allen Alper, Editor-in-Chief of Metals News, talking with Ronald Allan Coombes, who is President and CEO of Providence Gold Mines. Ron, I wonder if you could give our readersinvestors an overview of your Company, what differentiates your Company and tell us all the great things that happened this year and your plans for next year?
Ronald Allan Coombes:
Sure. We acquired the property in 2017. The property is a very famous gold property, right near the town site of Sonora, California, which is an unusual spot in California, because it's very resource friendly. Meaning that the community is very pleased with our presence in exploring their backyard, which is what we look for as a Company, first and foremost, looking for properties of merit where you can develop them.
Dr. Allen Alper:
Well, that sounds good. Could you tell us something more about the history and what you found? Could you elaborate a little further on the property being patented?
Ronald Allan Coombes:
We originally acquired the patented property because of its rich, high-grade history. Patented gives you significant advantage over government land. Although there are permitting requirements, patented property gives you grandfathered rights as a past producer, which significantly reduces the amounts of government red tape ensuring you production rights.
To date we've examined a few of the deposits that are on the property. The property has numerous deposits, along a strike of 2.2 kilometres or 1.4 miles. We've looked at those deposits now, each one of them and are very pleased with the results to date. The first one that was the primary deposit on the property, produced about 225,000 thousand ounces. The very first stope, over a 14-month period, reported 30,000 ounces for 15 ounces per ton, so these are high-grade deposits on the property.
The width historically of the stopes were 3 to 4 meters thickness where the best gold values are. These sorts of deposits are known to go to depths of 3,000 feet and greater, and they get better at depth. The property has been sitting idle since 1918, and the reason being is that first there was a legal dispute, while they were in the middle of making a profitable mining operation. The lessee and the lessor didn't renew the lease. Then they had a major wildfire, which ravished the entire area of California, it burnt everything to the ground.
Then the Spanish Flu hit the world, and that pandemic was even more severe than COVID-19 has been, it's a calamity of things that have happened. The mine sat idle, with no further development or aspirations since 1931. In 1931 a group went in with the objective of putting a new drift in, over the Mexican and Consuela Mines and they failed to reach that target. Since 2017, we've gone in and completed underground grade verification. We did surface sampling, surface geochem, a 3D-LIDAR survey of the 600 level underground, which significantly helped us in our target modeling. I really recommend everybody have a look at the guided tour in our presentation that's on our website. You just have to click on the link, and it will open up for you.
In the last two years, we discovered that we have a stockpile of material on the property that looks like it could be profitable. It's not 43-101 compliant, having said that, it's there. We got some decent numbers. We've trenched that stockpile and then drilled it to depth, so that right now is something that we were very aware of. What we'd like to do now though, because of the fire situation last year, which has really hampered our ability to do what we'd like to do. We've done all our modeling. We just finished an exploration program in September, which yielded 75 to 95 grams and verified that they were mining high-grade at the McCarthy deposit, which is one of our primary targets in our planned drill program.
We're planning to drill it now for the very first time in the property's history. Once our financing is completed, we're planning a 4,000-meter drill program, which will examine and investigate the near surface potential, which is enormous. And we'll drill some deeper holes, to be able to establish an inferred resource. We're excited to have a property that is sitting idle, that has historically produced such high-grade. We've modeled that now and think there's good potential for possibly four million ounces of high-grade.
Dr. Allen Alper:
That's sounds very good. Could you tell our readers/investors a little bit about your background and your Team?
Ronald Allan Coombes:
I'm very proud to have the team that we have. Our qualified person on the project from Canada, is Lee Groat, who is Head of Earth Sciences at the University of British Columbia. He's been extremely helpful in giving us some academic support, with regards to structural geology, etc.
We have a very well renowned expert in the California's Mother Lode Belt, Mark Payne, that's been working in that belt for over 45 years. Mark has been responsible and involved in the development of resources in the California Mother Lode Belt. He's a registered geologist in the state of California, I am bringing this up because of course, to go forward with permitting, you need to have a registered geologist in the state of California and to have a qualified person with regards to 43-101, we also need to have somebody that's registered here in Canada. We have both of those requirements fulfilled.
As well as the rest of our Team. The fellow that vetted the property to us, Richard Ellers, is a very well-heeled lawyer from the State of California, and has been involved with some of the majors, with regards to permitting in his career, so he's very familiar with the permitting requirements, etc.
We have a couple of very significant people with us on our Board. We have Rodger Young, who has a very rich history, in our industry. He used to be a significant fund manager. He lives in the Isle of Jersey and really is very helpful, with a lot of the legal, and has a wealth of history, in our business, going back all the way to the 70s, 80s and 90s. He was responsible for a very large pension fund in his career. Rodger is the Chairman of our Board and he's my right-hand man, with our operations.
We have a well-heeled group of Directors on the Board. Scott Davis is our CFO. He has a wealth of experience in the mining business. He's an accountant and works in the resource sector itself. He's very familiar with all our obligations from the accounting side.
We also have Tom Kennedy, who is a lawyer. Tom has helped us and continues to help us, with that and reducing our costs, when it comes to legal matters. It's important, when you're a small Company like ours, to try to keep your costs down. Our annual operating budget, for the Company is very low, when you compare it to many of the other companies that are of similar size to ours.
That's a little bit about our Team and what they're doing with regards to the project itself.
When you bring up the professionals, it brings up a couple of other items that are important. This property here so far, all our assays and sampling to date, have shown us very little in the way of sulfide, for the most part this is pure gold. There is some iron, but as far as other materials, we haven't seen any. There's minor arsenic present, it's pretty much devoid of arsenic or any other metals that make it a little bit more difficult in the metallurgical processing. The old timers had stamp mills, a sluice box and gravity separation. Those methods weren't the best, and that's probably why there is still as much grade, as there is, present in the stockpile of milled material that's still sitting on the property right now. The best samples that we got out of the stockpile, we did have one whopping eight ouncer, but many of the assays came back in the grams per ton. So that's probably the only reason why the stockpile is sitting there with probably some profitable material.
Dr. Allen Alper:
Could you tell our readers/investors your goals for 2022?
Ronald Allan Coombes:
We have exciting goals for 2022, our experts have modeled the previous historically mined deposits to 3,000ft. We have excellent targets, especially near the Mexican and Consuela mines, where they only mined to 150ft. Those developed near surface targets are appear like the Bonita and the Goodenough. There are a total of seven deposits on the property, two of them the Providence and Fairplay were developed to the 1,200ft level. In 1916 they reportedly were mining ore on the 1,100ft level when operations were shut down.
We plan to dewater from the 600ft level down to the 1,200ft level. To do that, we need a water discharge permit, which the Head of the Water Resources Control Board in Sacramento stated could take up to 18 months.
In our sampling protocol that we've done, we don't see anything deleterious, with regards to the water quality. There were some organics in the water, but it looks like the water's drinkable, but you still must go through the rigorous permitting process, to discharge water from any mine site, so that process will take us 12 months.
We're also now trading on US-OTCQB (PRRVF), which gives us an advantage for Americans that wish to invest in our Company from the United States. That really has opened the door for people, who wish to invest in our Company, as well as here in Canada on the TSX Venture Exchange (PHD) and Frankfurt Exchange (7RH1.F).
Dr. Allen Alper:
Well, it sounds excellent. Could you also tell us about your own background?
Ronald Allan Coombes:
I've been in the business now for over 20 years, I've been involved in a couple of success stories. When molybdenum was really hot, I was involved in the deposit in northern Canada near the old township of Cassiar, British Columbia. We had five drills spinning on that project for over a year and proved up a deposit that was just over 200 million tons. Our market cap, on that Company, went from 15 cents, by the time we finished drilling it and putting the report out, that Company had shares trading at over $2.50, within a 12-month period. That was a pretty big success.
Unfortunately, molybdenum dropped in value, or that project would still be moving forward right now. Currently, it's sitting idle, but we drilled off a very significant deposit there.
We've been involved in a number of other plays that I've been responsible for. We had another one back east in Ontario. Very interesting, large geophysical anomalies and that's just now being drilled. That was in another company that I was with. I've been involved in looking for resources in British Columbia. The problem that I found the permitting process is fragmented in Canada and then you've got the First Nations issues. I found it just way too difficult with not knowing what my security was in Canada, that's why I chose to leave and go to the United States. And of course, we
were looking for a gold project.
If you're looking for gold, the Mother Lode Belt is probably about one of the best jurisdictions you're ever going to find, with regards to potential gold projects they've mined. They've mined over 128 million ounces, out of the Mother Lode Belt, which stretches from one end of the state right to the other, it has a lot of potential still to this day. Where our project is, we're sitting in amongst several million-ounce deposits that were previous producers. Somebody told me a long time ago, gold is where gold is, so this project is definitely sitting in the right address for a significant gold discovery.
Dr. Allen Alper:
It sounds very good. Could you tell our readers/investors what the outlook is for getting permits, for your project and being able to mine in California? A lot of people are concerned about that.
Ronald Allan Coombes:
It's interesting you bring that up because I've worked in a lot of different jurisdictions, I've been in Mexico, I've been in Canada. I must say so far to date, depending on where you are logistically, it doesn't really matter what country. It really is more dependent on where you are. I certainly wouldn't want to be sitting in the backyard of Los Angeles or San Francisco itself, or many other communities that are not mining friendly. You want to ensure that wherever you are, you're in a resource friendly jurisdiction. Sonora, California is really a great place to work. I mean, everywhere you look, it's resource this, resource that. They understand the importance of resources. As far as
the permitting process, it's no more onerous in California than it is Arizona and Nevada.
I was involved in another project in California and the permitting process on that property was less than desirable. It really depends on where you are. In the permitting process timeline, the government now, in the state of California, has ensured that your permitting gets done in a timely manner and as long as you fulfill all the requirements you get your permits. I don't know how many are in the pipeline right now, but I know that, two years ago, there were 13 projects in the pipeline, for permitting in the state of California. Only one opted out and that wasn't the fault of the government, it was the fault of the project, in that they didn't have the funds to continue with the permitting process itself, to complete it.
I don't see any issues. I think California is a great jurisdiction to work in. I think, in my career so far, it's probably been the place that I've had the opportunity to work. The community has been very helpful in securing contractors that are local. I found it a real pleasure. I think it's a myth. I think that times have changed. Depending on where you are, California is open for business.
Dr. Allen Alper:
Well, that sounds good. What are your goals for 2022 to run?
Ronald Allan Coombes:
I want to drill this 4,000 meters on this property. My goal is to make this a huge success for 2022. It takes, on average, three to five years from the start to get to where you're e actually capable of properly setting up drills to actually hit your targets. When we picked the project up, it had no geological information other than longitude cross section, everything else have been burnt in the fires. We've done our homework; all the homework's now being completed. We haven't had anything to date that has discouraged us in any way. Everything that we've completed, so far to date, on the property has done the opposite actually, given us serious hopefulness for being able to develop something that will be of significance to be able to give our shareholders as much reward as possible. This property has the potential for a bountiful exploitation of gold.
Dr. Allen Alper:
Ron, could you tell us the primary reasons our readers/investors to consider investing in Providence Gold Mines?
Ronald Allan Coombes:
I consider our project to be a ground floor opportunity, for investment purposes. The stock is trading at a low rate now. The high has been 20, it's trading at its low rate now. Certainly, there's an advantage to purchasing the stock where it is currently. When we start to drill the property and we start to hit what the historical records were, I think this shareholder reward potential is so enormous for shareholders that it couldn't be a better time to purchase the Providence Gold Mines. Today, would probably be a really good day for somebody that wishes to take that leap of faith and make an investment in a risk/reward resource stock. Providence Gold's probably about as good as it gets.
Dr. Allen Alper:
Well, that sounds like opportunity for someone who's willing to have a chance to have his money grow, even though here is some risk involved. How would you sum it up?
Ronald Allan Coombes:
We've de-risked this project as much as possible. We've done all the homework that's necessary to make it a success. The drill will tell the truth, at the end of the day, but if the truth is the gold values that we've verified so far, give this project to be an enormous win, both size and grade. I mean, that's unusual to be in a stable jurisdiction, like the United States of America, that is an opportunity where you don't have to worry about political stability. Permitting is logical and timelines are logical. The community at large wants us there. So, I think that we have all the ingredients for
success here. The project does require a good drill program to be successful, and 4,000 meters of drilling should be able to substantiate and verify what we're looking for.
Dr. Allen Alper:
Well, that sounds good. It sounds like it's worth examining and making a speculative investment, for people, who want to have the opportunity to increase their earnings.
Ronald Allan Coombes:
Absolutely. I think the resource sector has always been a risk and reward business. If you're going to pick a risk and take one that's been de-risked and actually has proven resources from the past. It gives you a better than good chance, of actually being successful. And of course, that means making the shareholders the wealth that they're entitled to.
Dr. Allen Alper:
Well, that sounds very good! We'll publish your press releases as they come out so our readers/investors can follow your progress.
Ronald A. Coombes
President & CEO
Office: (604) 688-8200
Direct: (604) 724-2369
Providence Gold Mines Inc. will be sharing
some exciting news early next week!
As you know, the Company has designed a 4000 meter drill program, to core-drill the Providence Group of Gold Mines, located near Sonora, California, in the prolific gold bearing mother-lode gold belt.
AeroGeo will be sharing with us their latest state-of-the-art precision modelling of our historical Providence Group of Gold Mines. With the latest data compilation, AeroGeo has compiled all of our field work data into an impressive precise 3-D modelling presentation that we are absolutely delighted to share with you early next week.
The accuracy of this presentation, provides us extreme confidence for our upcoming core-drill program. Stay tuned!
For more information, contact Ronald Coombes, President & CEO of the Company.
ON BEHALF OF THE BOARD,
Ronald A. Coombes, President & CEO
P: (604) 724-2369
News out !!
Exploration success continues at the Providence Group of Gold Mines and a press release is pending.
Further to the News Release dated June 29, 2021, the Company has been granted a 30-day extension to complete a second tranche of financing.
The news was great yesterday!
Providence Gold Mines Surface sample returns Greater than 10 grams Gold
V.PHD | 17 hours ago
July 20, 2021 –TheNewswire - Providence Gold Mines “the Company”(TSXV:PHD) (OTC:PRRVF) (FSE:7RH1)is pleased to announce that a rock sample found across the creek from the Bonita Mine returned 10 grams Au/tonne. Further work is now underway to locate the source.
A carbonate- sericite alteration bloom and vein quartz has been discovered on the north side of Duckwall Creek and is the potential twin of the Bonita Gold ore shoot. A high-grade selected sample returned > 45gm/tonne Au from a small rock pile well above the flood plane on this north side. The northern projected strike extension of the Bonita Lode is located in a recessive topographic feature which forms the steep northern side of this drainage extending to the ridge top.
The rock samples were transported and tested by Bureau Veritas Minerals of Vancouver, B.C. using 30 g lead collection fire assay fusion for total sample digestion with AA finish. As the sample returned Au >10 ppm (10gm Au) it is being further analyzed by gravimetric method.
In addition, the current field program has made another new discovery of vein outcrop. During a traverse down slope from the McCarthy mine the Lode zone steeply dipping NE and is approximately one metre in true width. The zone appears to be along strike between the McCarthy and the Fairplay mines. A channel sample will be shipped for assay to Bureau Veritas this week.
A picture of the Lode zone
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The Company reports further to its news release datedJune 7, 2021 that the “Spidex” excavator contractor arrived onsite yesterday. The purpose of the excavator program is to trench and sample the recently announced gold discoveries on its Providence Group of Gold Mines Property located nearby the City of Sonora, California.
2021-07-09 $PHD coombes, ronald allan
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Do you remember the article ?
Providence Sits on 6 High-Grade Gold Mines from Yesteryear
Source: Bob Moriarty for Streetwise Reports (11/12/19)
Bob Moriarty Bob Moriarty of 321gold profiles a company with historical gold mines in California.
A friend approached me a couple of years back about putting some money into a private placement for a young exploration company, Providence Gold Mines Inc. (PHD:TSX.V; PRRVF:OTCBB), that had an option on a number of old gold mines in the California mother lode country. I did and have waited patiently (well, not really patiently) for some time to do a piece about the company and what they have. But there was nothing that would move the price of the shares off TDC until recently. They have a great story but lacked a hook that would grab the attention of potential investors.
Basically the company picked up an option on half a dozen high grade gold mines that shut down in 1916 after production of over 225,000 ounces of gold. The terms call for $1 million CAD spent on exploration in the first two years, an additional $750,000 CAD in the third year to earn 50%. Providence can buy the remaining 50% for $5 million US and there is a 2.5% royalty that can be bought down to 1% for $1 million US.
The six mines were typical high-grade mother lode deposits. Production of 225,000 ounces in total would make them some of the biggest mines in California 100 years ago. Historical records suggest some areas of one of the mines were a high as 15 ounces to the ton.
Production continued until from discovery in the 1880s until 1916 when internal issues caused the mines to be closed and flooded. A forest fire in 1918 destroyed the above ground structures and most of the data from the production. Since then the patented claims stayed in the same family until they were ready to joint venture with a junior.
Anyone looking at California gold production owes it to themselves to be skeptical. After all, California is home to most of the fruits and nuts produced in the U.S. But the lessor is a lawyer who worked as a California permitting expert most of his career. He knows what can and cannot be done.
When I first looked at the story, it was clear to me that with good management this was an easy 2–3 banger and with any tailwind from the price of gold, an easy 10-bagger. Where do you go when you have six high-grade gold mines in an area that needs tax revenue and the company has a $4 million market cap?
But you have to have something that sparks the interest and loosens the wallets of potential investors. I think the company has come up with a near perfect solution.
I was semi-retired from the computer business when Barbara and I started 321gold almost twenty years ago. I got invited on a few site visits where I learned a lot but I lacked the professional credentials held by most of the other letter writers. I was older than most and way too lazy to go back to school so I had to come up with some simple rules of thumb where I didn't have to memorize bits of core to understand a deposit.
Rule 1. The further you go back in history, the higher the grade would have to have been to be economic. We can open pit, heap leach ore as low as 0.3 g/t at a profit in low cost environments such as Peru or Mexico. If you go back 100 years ago in the California mother lode, you would have needed half an ounce or higher to pay for underground gold mining. So any 100 year old mine that was in production and stopped would automatically be economic today.
Rule 2. Nobody ever gets over 90% recoveries unless they are very very good. Some of the minerals are always left in the tailings because at some point it isn't worth spending the money to recover what is left.
If some mines produced 225,000 ounces of gold over a hundred years ago they most certainly would have left at least 10% and maybe as high as 20%. Actually and this is still true, nobody mines to be efficient, they mine to make money. If they can make money on a heap leach at a 65% recovery, they are thrilled and have just left 35% sitting in the pad.
The last couple of years have not been a favorable time for a junior to be raising money. Like their brethren, Providence has been dying on the vine due to a general lack of interest on the part of investors to put money into exploration. But Providence has come up with an interesting solution.
There are stockpiles on the property from the old production at the mines. The largest is about 12,000 cubic meters. After getting an agreement from the owners to pay them a 10% Net Profit interest, Providence ran a major sampling test on the stockpile. Results showed good grade that appear to run about 3.0 grams per ton. Remember that alluvial mining is measured in cubic yards or cubic meters so 3.0 g/t gold is about 7.5 grams per cubic meter and that is wildly economic.
This material has rock about one inch in size and would need crushing before processing. I have suggested to management that they bite the bullet, rent a portable crusher and run some material through just to prove the gold is there. I have commented many times in the past that 43-101 hasn't caused the production of a single ounce of gold. Counting gold is not mining. Mining is the art and science of extracting minerals from the ground at a profit. You can count until the cows come home and it won't put a cent in your pockets.
Providence is at an interesting place. They have about 6 million warrants outstanding. Up until December 11th they can be exercised for $0.15 apiece. From this December until December 2020, the exercise price goes up to $0.20 and in the final year before expiration, the exercise price is $0.25. That creates a giant opportunity for astute investors.
Providence is absurdly cheap at $0.11. It has a current market cap of about $4 million CAD but underground potential for 1–4 million ounces of gold and 20,000–30,000 ounces sitting on surface in the stockpile.
Providence is going to start processing the stockpile in a mini-sample. When those results backup what their testing has already shown, they will scale up. It will cost little more than chump change to start testing and once potential investors see there is gold there I expect the shares to go higher. But those 6 million warrants will be a sort of cap until the 11th of December. Should the price go up to $0.15-$0.20 as I expect, warrant holders may well sell shares to exercise warrants. That will bring in about $900,000 to Providence and fund a serious stockpile production program. That in turn will finance the drill campaign for 2020 without further dilution.
It's a good plan, cheap and doable. I own a lot of shares in Providence bought in the open market and in two prior placements. I see this company as a potential giant home run. The stock will be cheap until the 11th of December and I don't see it being cheap after that.
Providence Gold is an advertiser and I am biased. Do your own due diligence.
Attention INSIDER BUYINGS !!
Lots of Insider buyings !
$PHD Nishi, Kevin
4 - Director of Issuer
Holder: Kevin Nishi Inc. (Indirect Ownership)
11 - Acquisition or disposition carried out privately $14,000
$0.07 each 250,000
2021-07-08 $PHD Davis, Scott
5 - Senior Officer of Issuer
11 - Acquisition or disposition carried out privately $13,020
$0.07 each 686,000
2021-07-08 $PHD Young, Rodger Crawford
4 - Director of Issuer, 5 - Senior Officer of Issuer
11 - Acquisition or disposition carried out privately $99,999
$0.07 each 2,973,571
Bullish Bullish BullIish !!
Attention to PHD, No warrants is unusual and very bullish!!
Providence Gold Announces Non-Brokered Private Placement of up to $600,000 Closing first tranche of $200,000
V.PHD | 12 hours ago
VANCOUVER - TheNewswire – June 29, 2021, Providence Gold Mining Inc. (“Providence” or the “Company”) (TSXV:PHD) (OTC:PRRVF)is pleased to announce a non-brokered private placement offering (the “Private Placement”) of up to 8,571,500 common shares of the Company at a price of $0.07 per common share to raise gross proceeds of up to $600,000. The Company is pleased to announce it is closing the first tranche in the amount of $200,000 for an aggregate amount of 2,857,143 common shares.
Certain insiders of the Company are participating in the amount of $162,000 to acquire 2,314,286 common shares under the Private Placement Net proceeds from the Private Placement will be primarily used towards advancing the Company’s Providence Gold Project located nearby the city of Sonora California and for general working capital purposes.
The Company is planning to begin opening up three new discoveries starting the second week of July, and as such, the private placement will be closed before this planned work commences.
Finders’ fees may be payable in connection with the Offering and those qualified persons involved as finders will receive a cash fee of up to 6% cash and 6% brokers warrants of the proceeds raised.
Closing of the Private Placement is subject to all necessary regulatory approvals including acceptance from the TSX Venture Exchange. All securities issued in connection with the Private Placement will be subject to a four-month hold period from the closing date under applicable Canadian securities laws, in addition to such other restrictions as may apply under applicable securities laws of jurisdictions outside Canada.