Columbus Copper Discovers Gold Mineralization at its

Columbus Copper Discovers Gold Mineralization at its Kavaklitepe Gold
Project, Turkey, Including 5.2 Grams Per Tonne Gold in Outcrop 
VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA -- (Marketwire) -- 01/17/13 -- Columbus
Copper Corporation ("Columbus Copper") (TSX VENTURE:CCU) (formerly
Empire Mining Corporation (TSX VENTURE:EPC)) is pleased to announce
that it has discovered bedrock gold in a hand-dug trench and in two
separate soil sampling grids completed at its 100% owned Kavaklitepe
Gold Project in western Turkey. 
The mineralization discovered by Columbus Copper is a new discovery
and consists of clay-gouge and sooty pyrite with
gold/silver/arsenic/antimony geochemical suit, indicative of a
shear-related epithermal system. The original discovery was in a
stream bed in the course of following up a stream sediment anomaly
with 5.2 grams per tonne ("gpt") gold from a rock chip composite of
clay gouge material. A small trench in an adjacent road cut was
opened up perpendicular to the observed strike of the mineralization
and returned a weighted average grade of 2.67 gpt over 21 metres of
exposure. The mineralized structure appears to be wider but
conditions prevented the hand digging the next 15 metres, although a
pit returned 2.14 gpt over one metre, which suggests some continuity
over at least 
36 metres while it remains open to the south. The
observed strike of the mineralized zone aligns with the recently
completed 50 metre x 50 metre soil grid gold anomaly and extends for
1.6 kilometres west-southwest, remaining open in all directions. Of
the 211 soil samples collected, 52 show values in excess of 50 parts
per billion ("ppb"), 33 greater than 100 ppb and 12 exceeding 250 ppb
with a maximum of 6.05 gpt on the edge of one of the two grids. 
To view maps of regional geology, project location, and Gold, Silver
and Antimony sampling results, see link below: 
To view a table of results returned by the initial reconnaissance
rock sampling by Columbus Copper, see link below: 
The Kavaklitepe Gold Project is situated 120 kilometres
south-southeast of Istanbul in western Turkey, immediately north of a
fertile zone demonstrating copper, molybdenum and gold porphyry
systems. Palaeozoic to Triassic sediments and schist and Mesozoic
marble are the main geological units within the project area. A set
of dominantly dextral strike-slip and cross sinistral faults have
been interpreted to form extensional strain anomalies and pre-mineral
shear zones and folds in the area. The dextral faults are also
parallel to the Eskishehir Fault that is a regionally important,
brittle fault system striking west-northwest over a length of 80
kilometres, probably penetrates to deep crustal level, and also
controls the mineralization in the two porphyry deposits along its
strike (Muratdere and Gurculer). 
Past reconnaissance work conducted on the license by Rio Tinto in
2003 identified a stream sediment gold anomaly of 726 ppb that
suggested a source within a three square kilometre area. The anomaly
was then followed-up with a 200 metre x 200 metre soil grid that
returned three anomalous samples with a maximum of 455 ppb. No
mineralization was found to be responsible for the anomaly at the
time and no additional work was done until the Columbus Copper work
late in 2012. 
The Kavaklitepe gold discovery is a new discovery by Columbus Copper
where the initial sample of 5.2 gpt gold was followed up with further
sampling to obtain an indication of the width of the mineralized
structures. Columbus Copper plans to extend the soil sampling to
better define the anomaly, open up trenches in the forest where the
soil anomaly is defined and conduct orientation IP geophysics. A
shallow drill-hole campaign is also intended once the follow-up has
been completed. 
Quality Assurance/Quality Control 
All sampling was carried out according to procedures described in the
Bursa CPR and comprise 'B' horizon soils sent under chain of custody
to ALS Chemex in Vancouver after preparation in ALS' preparation
facilities in Izmir, Turkey. In addition to the 211 samples, 10
standard reference materials and 9 duplicates were included in the
sample batch. All standard reference material samples reported within
their respective certified ranges. 
Empire's Qualified Person, David C. Cliff, BSc (Hons), MIMMM, C Eng,
FGS, also Empire's President & CEO, has reviewed and approved the
content of this project description. 
David Cliff, President & CEO 
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