Fleur De Lys Project Targets Dalradian-Style Orogenic Gold
Sokoman Minerals Corp. (TSXV:SIC) has acquired, through staking and option agreements, a total of 1,891 claims (47,275 hectares) named the Fleur de Lys Project, on the Baie Verte Peninsula of northwestern Newfoundland.
President and CEO, Tim Froude, said the area is geological equivalent to the Dalradian belt in the Northern UK Caledonides (host to the six million ounces Curraghinalt Deposit).
In 2019/20 Sokoman tills returned up to 122 gold grains with more than 35% pristine
“The staking of the Fleur de Lys project is the result of two years of research and recce exploration,” Mr Froude said.
“This exciting project will not distract us from our flagship Moosehead Project but will become a great addition to our portfolio.
“We are excited and proud to have seized the opportunity to acquire, largely for staking costs only, a district-scale project in one of the hottest gold exploration jurisdictions in the world. Historic exploration has been minimal with only one recorded drill hole testing for gold on the 475 sq. km property.
“An analogous geological setting, at multiple levels, to a multi-million-ounce gold deposit in the UK (Curraghinalt); anomalous gold in government lake-sediment and till geochemical surveys; gold in till samples taken by Sokoman with many pristine gold grains indicating closeness to source; and rock samples with significant gold values – all of this is found on our new Fleur de Lys property.”
The property has seen little modern exploration, with some areas remaining completely unexplored. Historic work by Noranda, other smaller companies, and individual prospectors documented polymetallic (Cu, Pb, Mo) quartz veins with high silver values, gold (including visible gold), pyrite and arsenic-rich alteration, in structurally controlled quartz veinlets, veins and vein-breccias, that cut psammitic, pelitic and graphitic Fleur de Lys metasediments, just west of the Baie Verte – Brompton Line.
Historical grab sample grades of 3.3 g/t Au to 25.5 g/t Au are reported from several separate locations.
Reconnaissance till sampling by Sokoman in 2019/20 over the “then” Crown Land in the Fleur de Lys belt has defined multiple gold targets, defined by 129 C-horizon till samples sent to Overburden Drilling Management (ODM) in Ottawa for gold grain analysis. Results gave 38 samples with >20 grains, 14 >40 grains with a maximum of 122 grains. Many samples with high gold grain counts have a high percentage (30-80%) of pristine grains, suggesting a local, probably less than a 1 km, source for the gold.