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Richmond Minerals Samples High Grade Lithium at the Bretstein Project, Central Austria

Toronto November 17, 2022: Richmond Minerals Inc. (TSX-V: RMD) (“Richmond” or the “Company”) is pleased to provided exploration results for its August field reconnaissance campaign completed at the company’s flagship Bretstein lithium project (the “Project”) located in the Styria mining district of Central Austria, Europe. The Bretstein project consists of 191 licenses (“Freischürfe”) covering an area of 89.2 km2 and is located close to the Company’s Oberzeiring Polymetallic project. Specifically the field reconnaissance campaign consisted of prospecting and sampling of pegmatite outcrops and boulders with spodumene mineralization within the Project area.

Given its size, the Project has been divided into areas referred to as the Hirnkogel, Keckgraben, and Scharnitzalm areas. Geology of the Hirnkogel area consists of amphibolites, schists, and marble bedrock formations hosting pegmatite veins. Grab samples from permatite outcrops returned values ranging from <0.005% to 2.67%. The pegmatite dikes and lenses in the Hirnkogel area look very similar in structure and mineralogy and detailed mapping of the area should clarify the overall geometry of the pegmatite bodies, their structures and possible extensions. Refer to the table below for all sampling details.

The Keckgraben area is located approximately 6 km east of the Hirnkogel area and geologically is very similar to the Hirnkogel area. Keckgraben consists mainly of marble country rock hosting pegmatite veins and lenses having thicknesses up to one meter and containing spodumene crystals within these veins up to 2 cm in length. Grab samples of this material returned Li2O values up to 0.67% (which may have been diluted due to surface weathering, given the presence of larger spodumene crystals usually resulting in higher Li2O values). Detailed mapping of that area should also provide further details about lateral extensions and structures.

The Scharnitzalm area is located approximately 4 km west of the Hirnkogel area and consists of interbedded gneisses, schists, dolomites, with pegmatite lenses and dikes. These pegmatites can reach widths up to 2 m, and contain spodumene crystals up to 6 cm in length. Assay results for grab samples from these Scharnitzalm pegmatites returned Li2O values up to 1.56%. The pegmatite veins are hosted by gneisses/schists, concordant to the foliation, so they are very similar to other (mica-) schist hosted spodumene pegmatites in the Austrian Alps, e.g. mica schist hosted pegmatite veins at the European Lithium (ASX: “EUR”) Wolfsberg Lithium Project, located approximately 80 km away, which is expected to be the first licensed lithium mine in Europe.

The next exploration steps planned are detailed mapping at the Hirnkogel, Keckgraben, and Scharnitzalm sub-areas with a focus on the structural trends and possible extensions of the pegmatite veins/lenses to define targets for future drill campaigns together with landowner engagement. Field reconnaissance work for Richmond’s two additional lithium projects at Klementkogel and Wildbachgraben is also planned this winter.

Sample IdArea EastingNorthingElevationLi2O %
POI29-HK Hirnkogel 75268 5244822  13792.67 
POI24-HK Hirnkogel75438 5243655  1399<0.005 
POI22-HK Hirnkogel 74046 5246029  1320<0.005 
POI44-KGKeckgraben  813925243991  13550.67 
POI42-KGKeckgraben  812795244199  12290.02 
POI41-KGKeckgraben  819385244013 1195 0.51
POI39-SAScharnitzalm  71149 52417882171 0.03
POI37-SA Scharnitzalm  71031  52412292099 0.88
POI35-SAScharnitzalm  71176  52409772123 1.56
POI32-SA Scharnitzalm  73223 5242448 1443 0.01

Warren Hawkins, P.Eng, a “Qualified Person” within the meaning of Nation Instrument 43-101- Standards of Disclosure for Minerals Projects, has reviewed and approved the scientific and technical information contained in this news release. Mr. Hawkins is not considered to be “independent” of the Corporation (as defined in National Instrument 43-101), as he currently holds securities of the Corporation.

For information, please contact:

Warren Hawkins, P. Eng. Exploration Manager
E: Tel: 416-603-2114

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