2017 News Releases

February 21, 2017

Mawson Drills 10.0 Metres At 11.6 g/t Gold At Rajapalot, Finland

Vancouver, Canada – Mawson Resources Limited (“Mawson”) or (the “Company”) (TSX:MAW) (Frankfurt:MXR) (PINKSHEETS: MWSNF) announces drill results from the first four diamond drill holes from the 2016-17 winter program at the Company’s 100% owned Rompas-Rajapalot Project in Northern Finland.

Key Points:

  • PAL0030 at the Palokas prospect intersected;
    • 10.0 metres @ 11.6 g/t gold from 110.2 metres;
  • PAL0027 at the Palokas prospect intersected;
    • 6.8 metres @ 14.7 g/t gold from 34.4 metres;
  • Two rigs continue to drill at site 24/7, and subject to permitting, two additional rigs will be mobilized to site from early to mid-March.
  • Mr. Hudson, Chairman and CEO, states, "This is a great start to our winter drilling program, with the early discovery of two high grade results with greater than 100 gold gram x metre intercepts.Drill hole PAL0030 (10.0 metres @ 11.6 g/t gold) was especially encouraging, as the target was a high-grade gold shoot, down plunge from near surface mineralization which resulted in the deepest high grade-width intersection at Rajapalot, to date.Two rigs continue to drill 24/7 over 1,800 metres of strike length.Given the discovery success to date, two additional drill rigs, subject to permitting, will be mobilized to site in the coming weeks.”

    PAL0027 (3.6 metres @ 2.5 g/t gold from 27.5 metres; plus 6.8 metres @ 14.7 g/t gold from 34.4 metres; plus 3.0 metres @ 3.2 g/t gold from 44.2 metres;) is the first drill test into the high-grade Palokas Prospect using large diameter core, and encouragingly confirms grades found in earlier 25mm Winkie drill holes.PAL0027 was drilled between the 20 metre spaced PRAJ0107 (19.6m @ 7.5 g/t gold from 18.1 metres) and PRAJ0109 (19.0 metres @ 5.3 g/t gold from 38.7 metres) and has provided the first reliable orientation of gold bearing structures.

    PAL0028 (1.0 metre @ 0.8 g/t gold from 21.7 metres; plus 1.7 metres @ 3.9 g/t gold from 37.6 metres) and PAL0029 (1.0 metre @ 0.7 g/t gold from 95.65 metres), drilled 120 metres up dip and 50 metres north of PLA0030 respectively (Figure 1).Both holes intersected thin zones of gold mineralization, and provide evidence of the fault and fold structures which control the distribution the mineralized rock.

    PAL0030 (10.0 metres @ 11.6 g/t gold from 110.2 metres; plus 2.9 metres @ 1.0 g/t gold from 135.7 metres; 3.0 metres @ 5.3 g/t gold from 143.9 metres) was collared 150 metres northwest from the “discovery outcrop” at Palokas to test the down-plunge extension of an interpreted high grade gold-shoot within a moderately west-dipping surface. This high-grade intercept is the high grade-width intersection at Rajapalot, and confirms the shoot interpretation, which remains open at depth.This will be a high priority target for follow up drilling.

    Plan, cross and longitudinal views of the drill results are shown in Figures 1, 2,3 and 4.Tables 1, 2 and 3 include all relevant collar and assay information. The true thickness of the mineralized interval is interpreted to be approximately 90% of the sampled thickness.

    Drilling with two diamond rigs is ongoing over an 1,850 metre strike throughout the Rajapalot area to test earlier shallow drillhole results, the source of extensive gold-bearing boulder trains, geophysical anomalies and the recent high quality base of till results (Mawson Press Release, Feb 9, 2017).To date, 10 diamond drill holes have been completed, with one hole in progress for 2,117 metres (Table 2).Drilling will continue until the snow break-up during April. Given the success of drilling and the broad and systematic anomalism from the base of till results, two further diamond drill rigs will be added to the program in March.

    The mineralized system at Palokas is hosted by a greater than 20 metre thick, magnesium- and iron-enriched, pyrrhotite-bearing isoclinally folded metasedimentary sequence that is sub-planar at the prospect scale, dipping approximately 45 degrees to the west-northwest. Although the host rocks are isoclinally folded and metamorphosed to amphibolite facies, the mineralization appears controlled by a series of late brittle structures, represented in drill core by quartz and quartz-pyrrhotite-tourmaline (+/- molybdenite, gold) veins. Retrograde alteration of the host package to chlorite is one of the dominant characters of the margins of quartz veins. Reaction of reduced gold-bearing hydrothermal fluids with iron- and magnesium-rich rocks is the most likely mechanism to precipitate the gold. Folding and minor faulting of the host sequence, in addition to the abundance of controlling quartz veins are all under study to aid in the successful targeting of later drill holes.

    Metallurgical tests on Palokas drill core have demonstrated excellent gold extraction of between 95% and 99% (average 97%) (see Mawson Press Release October 28 2014).

    Mawson, in conjunction with all environmental authorities, has completed and will continue biological baseline mapping of all areas where drilling and access will take place. The Company minimizes its environmental footprint when using larger equipment by drilling in winter on snow cover and captures drill cuttings returned to the surface in Natura 2000 areas.

    Technical and Environmental Background

    Two diamond drill rigs (K1 & K2) from the Arctic Drilling Company OY (ADC) with water recirculation and drill cuttings collection systems were used for the drill program. Core diameter is NQ2 (50.6 mm) diameter core. Core recoveries were excellent and average close to 100% in fresh rock. After photographing and logging inMawson’sRovaniemifacilities, core intervals averaging 1 metre in length for mineralized samples and 2 metres for barren samples were 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 were transported by Mawson personnel or commercial transport from site to the CRS Limited facility in Kempele, Finland. Samples were prepared at Kempele and analyzed for gold at Raahe 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. The QA/QC program of Mawson consists of the systematic insertion of certified standards of known gold content, and blanks the within interpreted mineralized rock. In addition, CRS inserts blanks and standards into the analytical process.

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

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

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

    On behalf of the Board,

    "Michael Hudson"
    Michael Hudson, 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.


    Table 1:Collar Information from drilling at the Palokas Prospect

    HoleID East North Azimuth Dip RL Depth (m) Comment
    PAL0027 3408668 7373860 116 60 174.6 301.6 Reported here
    PAL0028 3408724 7373889 116 60 174.9 92.3 Reported here
    PAL0029 3408630 7373988 116 60 174.9 209.3 Reported here
    PAL0030 3408608 7373943 116 60 174.1 194.8 Reported here
    PAL0031 3408702 7373953 116 60 174.3 131 Results awaited
    PAL0032 3408795 7374090 135 60 175.7 174.2 Results awaited
    PAL0033 3408135 7373137 150 60 175.1 215.8 Results awaited
    PAL0034 3408157 7373078 150 60 176.5 142.55 Results awaited
    PAL0035 3408095 7372899 135 60 175.6 191.9 Results awaited
    PAL0036 3408122 7372856 135 60 175.4 115.05 Results awaited
    PAL0037 3408008 7372395 116 60 177.4 245.3 Results awaited
    PAL0038 3408106 7372451 116 60 178.0 103.4 In progress

    Table 2: Better intersections reported 0.5g/t Au over 1m lower cut, no upper cut-off

    Hole ID Depth From (m) Depth To (m) Width (m) Au g/t
    PAL0027 27.46 31.01 3.60 2.5
    PAL0027 34.41 41.21 6.80 14.7
    PAL0027 44.20 47.20 3.00 3.2
    PAL0028 21.70 22.70 1.00 0.8
    PAL0028 37.60 39.25 1.65 3.9
    PAL0029 95.65 96.65 1.00 0.7
    PAL0030 110.20 120.20 10.00 11.6
    PAL0030 135.70 138.60 2.90 1.0
    PAL0030 143.85 146.85 3.00 5.3

    Table 3: Individual assay data from drill holes PAL0027-30

    Hole ID Depth From (m) Depth To (m) Width (m) Au g/t
    PAL0027 27.46 28.40 0.94 4.6
    PAL0027 28.40 29.40 1.00 1.0
    PAL0027 29.40 30.40 1.00 0.7
    PAL0027 30.40 31.01 0.61 4.8
    PAL0027 31.01 32.01 1.00 0.1
    PAL0027 32.01 32.92 0.91 0.1
    PAL0027 32.92 33.41 0.49 0.1
    PAL0027 33.41 34.41 1.00 0.5
    PAL0027 34.41 35.41 1.00 15.6
    PAL0027 35.41 36.41 1.00 11.4
    PAL0027 36.41 37.41 1.00 13.3
    PAL0027 37.41 38.41 1.00 3.2
    PAL0027 38.41 39.41 1.00 6.8
    PAL0027 39.41 40.41 1.00 2.7
    PAL0027 40.41 41.21 0.80 58.4
    PAL0027 41.21 42.21 1.00 0.2
    PAL0027 42.21 43.21 1.00 0.5
    PAL0027 43.21 44.20 0.99 0.4
    PAL0027 44.20 45.20 1.00 1.1
    PAL0027 45.20 46.20 1.00 4.9
    PAL0027 46.20 47.20 1.00 3.7
    PAL0027 47.20 48.20 1.00 0.5
    PAL0027 48.20 48.72 0.52 0.5
    PAL0028 21.70 22.70 1.0 0.8
    PAL0028 37.60 39.25 1.65 3.9
    PAL0029 95.65 96.65 1.00 0.7
    PAL0030 110.20 111.20 1.00 1.8
    PAL0030 111.20 112.20 1.00 4.2
    PAL0030 112.20 113.20 1.00 5.5
    PAL0030 113.20 114.20 1.00 19.4
    PAL0030 114.20 115.20 1.00 8.8
    PAL0030 115.20 116.20 1.00 4.5
    PAL0030 116.20 117.20 1.00 21.7
    PAL0030 117.20 118.20 1.00 31.7
    PAL0030 118.20 119.20 1.00 15.8
    PAL0030 119.20 120.20 1.00 2.8
    PAL0030 135.70 136.70 1.00 0.6
    PAL0030 136.70 137.70 1.00 1.8
    PAL0030 137.70 138.60 0.90 0.6
    PAL0030 143.85 144.70 0.85 0.8
    PAL0030 144.70 145.70 1.00 7.6
    PAL0030 145.70 146.85 1.15 6.7