Almaden Hits 111.25 Meters of 2.9 g/t AuEq (1.78 g/t Au, 54.7 g/t Ag) on Main Ixtaca Zone

Almaden Hits 111.25 Meters of 2.9 g/t AuEq (1.78 g/t Au, 54.7 g/t Ag) on Main 
Ixtaca Zone 
VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA -- (Marketwire) -- 03/20/13 -- Almaden
Minerals Ltd. ("Almaden" or "the Company") (TSX:AMM)(NYSE MKT:AAU) is
pleased to announce the first results from the 2013 drill program on
the Ixtaca Zone of the Company's 100% owned Tuligtic project, Mexico.
Drilling continues to show the potential of the Ixtaca Zone, and the
high grade zones within it, to grow.  
J.D. Poliquin, Chairman of Almaden commented, "Our 2013 exploration
drilling program is underway. Today's results from this program
further show the potential of the overall Ixtaca vein system. Since
the discovery in 2010 of the Main Ixtaca Zone we have found the
parallel Ixtaca North Zone, the perpendicular Northeast Extension
(Chemalaco) Zone and widespread mineralisation in the volcanic
units."  
Highlights from the holes released today include the following
intercepts (a more complete list of intercepts is shown in the table
below): 


 
Hole TU-13-248   MAIN IXTACA ZONE, (AZIMUTH 070, DIP -40)           
97.30 meters @ 0.44 g/t gold and 20.4 g/t silver (0.9 g/t gold equivalent) 
      Including  38.4 meters @ 0.67 g/t gold and 43.1 g/t silver    
                 (1.5 g/t gold equivalent)                          
8.80 meters @ 1.37 g/t gold and 58.8 g/t silver (2.5 g/t gold equivalent) 
2.30 meters @ 9.45 g/t gold and 85.3 g/t silver (11.2 g/t gold equivalent) 
                                                                    
Hole TU-13-251   NORTHEAST EXTENSION (AZIMUTH 070, DIP -80)         
5.30 meters @ 0.75 g/t gold and 152.4 g/t silver (3.8 g/t gold equivalent) 
                                                                    
Hole TU-13-253   MAIN IXTACA ZONE, SECTION 11+000 E (AZIMUTH 330, DIP -40)
111.25 meters @ 1.78 g/t gold and 54.7 g/t silver (2.9 g/t gold equivalent)
      Including  10.40 meters @ 13.53 g/t gold and 141.4 g/t silver 
                 (16.4 g/t gold equivalent)                         
       Includes  0.80 meters @ 167.00 g/t gold and 122.0 g/t silver 
                 (169.4 g/t gold equivalent)                        
            And  18.80 meters @ 1.52 g/t gold and 177.6 g/t silver  
                 (5.1 g/t gold equivalent)           

 
The Company currently has three drills operating at the Tuligtic.
Below is a plan map and relevant sections -
http://media3.marketwire.com/docs/AMM0320.pdf - which will be posted
to the Company's website (www.almadenminerals.com). 
About the Ixtaca Property 
The 100% owned Ixtaca zone is a blind discovery made by the Company
in 2010. The Main Ixtaca and Ixtaca North Zones of veining are
thought to have a north-easterly trend. Holes to date suggest that
the Main Ixtaca and Ixtaca North Zones are sub vertical with local
variations. This interpretation suggests that true widths range from
approximately 35% of intersected widths for a -70 degree hole to 94%
of intersected widths for a -20 degree hole. The drilling completed
to date has traced mineralisation over 1,000 meters along this
northeast trend. Based upon observations at surface and of core as
drilling progresses, there seems to be a variety of veinlet
orientations within the Northeast Extension Zone however overall the
zone is currently interpreted to be dipping shallowly to the west and
striking roughly north-south. 


 
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                From       To  Interval       Au       Ag     AuEq    AgEq
Hole #            (m)      (m)       (m)    (g/t)    (g/t)    (g/t)   (g/t)
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TU-13-248      51.50    56.00      4.50     0.24      0.0      0.2      12
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TU-13-248      77.50   174.80     97.30     0.44     20.4      0.9      43
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 including     91.00   129.40     38.40     0.67     43.1      1.5      76
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 including     95.50   106.07     10.57     0.82     55.8      1.9      97
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 including    109.00   112.50      3.50     1.65    158.3      4.8     241
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TU-13-248     182.30   186.50      4.20     0.13     17.3      0.5      24
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TU-13-248     197.90   206.70      8.80     1.37     58.8      2.5     127
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TU-13-248     264.10   266.40      2.30     9.45     85.3     11.2     558
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TU-13-248     280.00   289.00      9.00     0.14     13.6      0.4      21
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TU-13-248     295.70   299.90      4.20     0.12     26.1      0.6      32
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TU-13-248     394.10   396.70      2.60     0.20      9.0      0.4      19
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TU-13-248     451.40   454.50      3.10     0.84     47.9      1.8      90
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TU-13-248     459.00   463.10      4.10     0.53     16.1      0.9      43
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TU-13-249      76.50    93.50     17.00     0.11     20.0      0.5      25
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TU-13-249     107.00   136.50     29.50     0.22     26.9      0.8      38
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 including    108.90   114.60      5.70     0.55     84.6      2.2     112
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 including    108.90   110.10      1.20     1.89    110.0      4.1     204
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TU-13-249     167.50   180.60     13.10     0.23     28.4      0.8      40
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 including    170.35   176.60      6.25     0.27     46.3      1.2      60
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TU-13-249     207.00   210.00      3.00     0.04     22.4      0.5      24
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TU-13-251     119.00   126.00      7.00     0.03     23.4      0.5      25
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TU-13-251     140.15   160.00     19.85     0.28     47.9      1.2      62
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 including    140.65   145.95      5.30     0.75    152.4      3.8     190
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 including    140.65   143.20      2.55     0.70    213.9      5.0     249
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TU-13-251     226.50   235.00      8.50     0.20     22.1      0.6      32
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TU-13-253      48.16   159.41    111.25     1.78     54.7      2.9     144
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 including    102.20   112.60     10.40    13.53    141.4     16.4     818
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 including    102.20   106.00      3.80    36.33    287.0     42.1    2103
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 including    102.20   103.00      0.80   167.00    122.0    169.4    8472
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 including    133.00   151.80     18.80     1.52    177.6      5.1     253
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 including    136.00   142.60      6.60     1.52    289.4      7.3     365
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Mr. Norm Dircks, P.Geo., a qualified person ("QP") under the meaning
of NI 43-101, is the QP and project manager of Almaden's Ixtaca
program and reviewed the technical information in this news release.
The analyses reported were carried out at ALS Chemex Laboratories of
North Vancouver using industry standard analytical techniques. For
gold, samples are first analysed by fire assay and atomic absorption
spectroscopy ("AAS"). Samples that return values greater than 10 g/t
gold using this technique are then re-analysed by fire assay but with
a gravimetric finish. Silver is first analysed by Inductively Coupled
Plasma - Atomic Emission Spectroscopy ("ICP-AES"). Samples that
return values greater than 100 g/t silver by ICP-AES are then re
analysed by HF-HNO3-HCLO4 digestion with HCL leach and ICP-AES
finish. Of these samples those that return silver values greater than
1,500 g/t are further analysed by fire assay with a gravimetric
finish.  
Blanks, field duplicates and certified standards were inserted into
the sample stream as part of Almaden's quality assurance and control
program which complies with National Instrument 43-101 requirements.
Gold equivalent ("AuEq" or "Gold Eq.") and silver equivalent ("AgEq"
or "Silver Eq.") values were calculated using silver to gold ratios
of 50 to 1. The ratio of 50 to 1 was used for the sake of consistency
with past news releases. Intervals that returned assays below
detection were assigned zero values. Metallurgical recoveries and net
smelter returns are assumed to be 100% for these calculations.  
About Almaden 
Almaden is a well-financed (cash, gold inventory and equity
investments totalling approximately $31 MM as of January 15th, 2013)
mineral exploration company working in North America. The company has
assembled mineral exploration projects, including the Ixtaca Zone and
the Tuligtic project, through its grass roots exploration efforts.
While the properties are largely at early stages of development they
represent exciting opportunities for the discovery of significant
gold, silver and copper deposits as evidenced at Ixtaca. Almaden's
business model is to find and acquire mineral properties and develop
them by seeking option agreements with others who can acquire an
interest in a project by making payments and exploration
expenditures. Through this means the company has been able to expose
its shareholders to discovery and capital gain without the funding
and consequent share dilution that would be required if the company
were to have developed these projects without a partner. The company
intends to expand this business model, described by some as prospect
generation, by more aggressively exploring several of its projects
including the Ixtaca Zone. 
On Behalf of the Board of Directors 
Morgan J. Poliquin, Ph.D., P.Eng., President, CEO and Director 
Almaden Minerals Ltd. 
Except for the statements of historical fact contained herein,
certain information presented constitutes "forward-looking
statements" within the meaning of the United States Private
Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and Canadian securities
laws. Such forward-looking statements, including but not limited to,
those with respect to potential expansion of mineralization,
potential size of mineralized zone, and size and timing of
exploration and development programs, estimated project capital and
other project costs and the timing of submission and receipt and
availability of regulatory approvals involve known and unknown risks,
uncertainties and other factors which may cause the actual results,
performance or achievement of Almaden to be materially different from
any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied
by such forward-looking statements. Such factors include, among
others, risks related to international operations and joint ventures,
the actual results of current exploration activities, conclusions of
economic evaluations, uncertainty in the estimation of mineral
resources, changes in project parameters as plans continue to be
refined, environmental risks and hazards, increased infrastructure
and/or operating costs, labour and employment matters, and government
regulation and permitting requirements as well as those factors
discussed in the section entitled "Risk Factors" in Almaden's Annual
Information form and Almaden's latest Form 20-F on file with the
United States Securities and Exchange Commission in Washington, D.C.
Although Almaden has attempted to identify important factors that
could cause actual results to differ materially, there may be other
factors that cause results not to be as anticipated, estimated or
intended. There can be no assurance that such statements will prove
to be accurate as actual results and future events could differ
materially from those anticipated in such statements. Almaden
disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any
forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information,
future events or otherwise, other than as required pursuant to
applicable securities laws. Accordingly, readers should not place
undue reliance on forward-looking statements. 
Neither the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX) nor the NYSE MKT have
reviewed or accepted responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of
the contents of this news release which has been prepared by
management. 
Contacts:
Almaden Minerals Ltd.
Morgan J. Poliquin, Ph.D., P.Eng.
President, CEO and Director
604.689.7644
604.689.7645 (FAX)
www.almadenminerals.com
 
 
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