Hecla Acquires Interest in Typhoon Exploration Inc.

  Hecla Acquires Interest in Typhoon Exploration Inc.

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COEUR D’ALENE, Idaho -- June 18, 2013

Hecla Mining Company (NYSE:HL) announces that as a result of its acquisition
of all of the outstanding shares of Aurizon Mines Ltd. (“Aurizon”), it has
acquired CDN$500,000 of common shares of Typhoon Exploration Inc. (“Typhoon”)
pursuant to an option agreement entered into between Typhoon and Aurizon dated
May 17, 2010, as amended. The TSX Venture Exchange has conditionally approved
the transaction, in which Hecla through Aurizon has acquired 5,555,556 common
shares of Typhoon from treasury at a price of CDN$0.09 per common share for
total gross proceeds to Typhoon of CDN$500,000. This acquisition is the fourth
of four CDN$500,000 tranches. Upon completion of the subscription, Hecla,
through Aurizon, will exercise control over approximately 8,722,294 million
shares, representing 29.4% of the issued and outstanding common shares of
Typhoon. In addition, with a further approximately CDN$800,000 of in-ground
expenditures by June 2014, Aurizon will have invested a total of CDN$10
million required under the option agreement to earn a 50% interest in the
Fayolle Property as well as the interests of Typhoon in the
Aiguebelle-Goldfields Property (6 mining claims 51% owned by Typhoon and 49%
owned by Agnico-Eagle Mines Limited).

Typhoon is a Canadian-based resource exploration company currently focused on
the exploration of the Fayolle Property located near Rouyn-Noranda, Quebec.

The common shares have been acquired for investment purposes by Hecla. It is
the intention of Hecla to evaluate its investment in Typhoon on a continuing
basis and such holdings may be increased or decreased in the future depending
on market or other conditions. In completing this investment, Hecla is relying
on Subsection 2.10 of Canadian National Instrument 45-106 – Prospectus and
Registration Exemptions as Hecla is an accredited investor. For the purposes
of Canadian National Instrument 62-103, the address of Hecla is 6500 N.
Mineral Drive, Suite 200, Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, 83815, USA.

About Hecla Mining Company

Hecla Mining Company (NYSE:HL) is a leading low-cost U.S. silver producer with
operating mines in Alaska and Idaho, and is a growing gold producer with an
operating mine in Quebec, Canada. The Company also has exploration and
pre-development properties in five world-class silver and gold mining
districts in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico, and an exploration office and
investments in early-stage silver exploration projects in Canada.

Cautionary Statements

Statements made which are not historical facts, such as litigation outcome
production, sales of assets, exploration results and plans, prospects and
opportunities including reserves, resources, and mineralization, costs, and
prices or sales performance are "forward-looking statements" within the
meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Words such as
“may,” “will,” “should,” “expects,” “intends,” “projects,” “believes,”
“estimates,” “targets,” “anticipates” and similar expressions are used to
identify these forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements involve
a number of risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ
materially from those projected, anticipated, expected or implied. These risks
and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, metals price volatility,
volatility of metals production and costs, environmental and litigation risks,
operating risks, project development risks, political and regulatory risks,
labor issues, ability to raise financing and exploration risks and results.
Refer to the company's Form 10-K and 10-Q reports for a more detailed
discussion of factors that may impact expected future results. Hecla
undertakes no obligation and has no intention of updating forward-looking
statements other than as may be required by law.

For further information, or to obtain a copy of the early warning report filed
in connection with Hecla’s holdings in Typhoon, please contact:

Hecla Mining Company
Jeanne DuPont
Corporate Communications Coordinator
Investor and Public Relations
Direct Main: 1-800-HECLA91 (1-800-432-5291)


Hecla Mining Company
Jeanne DuPont
Corporate Communications Coordinator
Investor and Public Relations
Direct Main: 1-800-HECLA91 (1-800-432-5291)
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