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Pretium Resources Inc.: 41,582 Grams Per Tonne Gold Intersected in the Valley of the Kings

Jul 25. 2012

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - July 25, 2012) - Pretium Resources Inc. (TSX:PVG)(NYSE:PVG) ("Pretivm") is pleased to report the highest-grading gold intersection encountered to date at the Brucejack project, drilled in the Valley of the Kings.

The bonanza-grade intercepts from a downhole depth of 200.97 meters in hole SU-452 include:

  • 0.5 meters with uncut grades of 41,582 grams of gold per tonne (1.6 feet averaging 1,212.8 ounces gold per ton);
  • 0.5 meters with uncut grades of 4,902 grams of gold per tonne (1.6 feet averaging 143.0 ounces gold per ton);
  • 0.5 meters with uncut grades of 2,251 grams of gold per tonne (1.6 feet averaging 65.7 ounces gold per ton).

Assays for a three meter section of hole SU-452 have been received, which, including the three intercepts above, average 8,330 grams of gold and 5,628 grams of silver per tonne uncut over the three meters (9.8 feet averaging 243.0 ounces of gold and 164.2 ounces of silver per ton). Assays for the remaining 352 meters of hole SU-452 will be reported as they are received.

Hole SU-452 was collared on section 426625E, which also includes the high-grade intercepts from: hole SU-230, grading 7,240 grams per tonne gold over 1.0 meter, 510 grams per tonne gold over 1.23 meters and 472 grams per tonne gold over 1.5 meters; hole SU-237, grading 679 grams per tonne gold over 1.0 meter and 451 grams per tonne gold over 1.0 meter; and hole SU-325, grading 1,590 grams per tonne gold over 0.59 meters. Hole SU-452 was collared 169 meters east of the hole SU-115, which intersected 18,755 grams per tonne gold uncut over 0.6 meters, the reigning highest grade intersection prior to hole SU-452. A cross section through the Valley of the Kings at section 426625E will be posted on our web site,

To view the cross section, please visit the following link:

Seven drills are now turning at Brucejack, with a focus on definition drilling in the Valley of the Kings as well as testing extensions of the Valley of the Kings and other high-grade zones.

We have received the permit required to commence the underground exploration program at Brucejack. The underground contractor is mobilizing equipment to site with crews to follow later this month. The first phase will be to slash out the existing West Zone underground workings to five-by-five meters down to the 1330 meter level, a distance of approximately 500 meters. The next phase will be to advance the decline from the 1330 meter level of the West Zone to the 1314 meter level in the Valley of the Kings, a distance of approximately 450 meters. We expect to take an underground bulk sample in the Valley of the Kings in the first half of 2013.

Table 1: Selected Intercepts from Drill Hole SU-452, July 2012 (1,3,4)

Collar Coords. Dip/



Interval (meters) Gold



Capping (2)
SU-452 6257869N

-55/358 200.97 203.97 3.00 403.7 1,292.5 4 samples cut to 500 ppm Au/

2 samples cut to 2,500 ppm Ag
or 200.97 203.97 3.00 8,330 5,628.4
incl 200.97 201.47 0.5 412.4 313.0
incl 201.47 201.97 0.5 41,582 27,725
incl 201.97 202.47 0.5 2,251 1,770
incl 202.47 202.97 0.5 9.97 12.0
incl 202.97 203.47 0.5 4,902 3,290
incl 203.47 203.97 0.5 820.0 660
(1) True thickness to be determined.
(2) Unless otherwise indicated as uncut, all gold assays over 500 g/t were cut to 500 g/t.
(3) Assays pending for the remaining 352 meters of SU-452.
(4) All samples were submitted for preparation and analysis by ALS Chemex at its facilities in Terrace, B.C. All samples were analyzed using multi-digestion with ICP finish. Samples over 100 ppm silver were reanalyzed using four acid digestion with an ore grade AA finish. Samples over 1,000 ppm silver were fire assayed with a gravimetric finish. Samples with over 10 ppm gold were fire assayed with a gravimetric finish. One in 10 samples was blank, one in 20 was a standard sample, and differing one in 20 samples was a field duplicate one-quarter split core assayed at ALS Chemex in Vancouver, B.C.

Assay results for completed drilling will be reported as they are received over the course of the 2012 drilling season.

Kenneth C. McNaughton, M.A.Sc., P.Eng., Chief Exploration Officer, Pretium Resources Inc. is the Qualified Person (QP) responsible for the Brucejack Project exploration program.

About Pretivm

Pretivm is creating value through gold at its advanced-staged exploration projects Brucejack and Snowfield, located in northern British Columbia. Pretivm is advancing the high-grade, underground gold opportunity at Brucejack, which hosts a significant undeveloped high-grade gold resource.

(SEDAR filings: Pretium Resources Inc.)

Forward-Looking Statements

This Press Release contains "forward-looking information" and "forward looking statements" within the meaning of applicable Canadian and United States securities legislation. Forward-looking information may include, but is not limited to, risks related to unsatisfactory results of due diligence, the ability to satisfy the conditions of closing of Offering and general economic conditions, our planned exploration and development activities, the adequacy of Pretivm's financial resources, the estimation of mineral resources, realization of mineral resource estimates, timing of development of Pretivm's Brucejack Project, costs and timing of future exploration, results of future exploration and drilling, production and processing estimates, capital and operating cost estimates, timelines and similar statements relating to the economic viability of the Brucejack Project, timing and receipt of approvals, consents and permits under applicable legislation, Pretivm's executive compensation approach and practice, and adequacy of financial resources.

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Contact: Robert Quartermain 
Company Name: Pretium Resources Inc.
Contact Title: President and Chief Executive Officer
Phone: (604) 558-1784

Contact: Michelle Romero
Company Name: Pretium Resources Inc.
Contact Title: Corporate Relations Director
Phone: (604) 558-1784
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