June 22, 2011 at 08:00 AM EDT
AuRico Gold Reports 26.8 Metres at 12.36 Grams Per Tonne Gold Equivalent(1) and 8.5 Metres at 25.90 Grams Per Tonne Gold Equivalent(1) at Ocampo

TORONTO, June 22 /PRNewswire/ - AuRico Gold Inc. (TSX:AUQ) (NYSE: AUQ), ("AuRico") is pleased to provide an update of drill results from the Ocampo surface drill exploration program during May. The drilling results are among the best results reported to date and include 55 new ore-grade drill intercepts from a wide variety of drill projects on the property. (Refer to Table 1 in the Appendix for selected drilling results)

    Picacho (Open Pit)
     -  Drilling highlights include:
        -  Hole OG-1356, 8.5 metres at 25.90 grams per tonne gold
           equivalent(1)
        -  Hole OG-1360, 10.1 metres at 3.37 grams per tonne gold
           equivalent(1)
        -  Hole OG-1363, 26.8 metres at 12.36 grams per tonne gold
           equivalent(1), ending in ore at 3.3 grams per tonne gold
           equivalent(1)
           -  Including, 13.7 metres at 21.75 grams per tonne gold
              equivalent(1)

    Aventurero - San Martin (Underground)
     -  Drilling highlights include:
        -  Hole OG-1403, 1.6 metres at 51.68 grams per tonne gold
           equivalent(1)
        -  Hole OG-1405, 3.2 metres at 15.23 grams per tonne gold
           equivalent(1)

    Dog Clavo (Underground)
     -  Drilling highlights include:
        -  Hole OG-1377, 2.2 metres at 28.00 grams per tonne gold
           equivalent(1)
        -  Hole OG-1384, 2.3 metres at 14.17 grams per tonne gold
           equivalent(1)

    Maria - Molinas SW (Underground)
     -  Drilling highlights include:
        -  Hole OG-1376, 3.0 metres at 7.85 grams per tonne gold
           equivalent(1)
        -  Hole OG-1386, 3.5 metres at 7.08 grams per tonne gold
           equivalent(1)

"Ocampo has recorded some exciting drill results at the Picacho open pit deposit which is the mine's primary open pit mining operation, representing 41% of Ocampo's open pit reserve base. The existing Picacho resource block model near holes OG-1356 and OG-1360 has values in the range of only 0.3 to 1.7 gold equivalent grams per tonne(1) while the existing resource block model near hole OG-1363 has values of 4 to 6 gold equivalent grams per tonne(1). Given that these hole intercepts are 25.3 to 61 metres apart and that they are considerably higher grade and longer length than previously modeled, these results should convert a significant tonnage of Inferred Resource to Measured and Indicated, as well as increase much of this material to mill grade. These encouraging results will be followed up during the second half of the year." stated Peter Drobeck, Senior Vice President of Exploration and Business Development.

Some of the best intercepts reported in May include:

    Picacho
                From      To      Length      Gold      Silver       Gold Eq.
      Hole        (m)     (m)         (m)      g/t         g/t         g/t(1)
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    OG-1356     55.6    64.1         8.5     16.94         493          25.90
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    OG-1360     73.5    83.6        10.1      2.38          55           3.37
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    OG-1363     70.8    97.6        26.8      9.14         177          12.36
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    Including   72.7    86.4        13.7     16.38         295          21.75
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    Aventurero - San Martin
                From      To      Length      Gold      Silver       Gold Eq.
      Hole        (m)     (m)         (m)      g/t         g/t         g/t(1)
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    OG-1381     33.8    34.6         0.8     21.00         155          23.82
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    OG-1403    161.7   163.4         1.6     38.36         733          51.68
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    OG-1405    149.1   149.7         0.6      4.87         306          10.43
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    OG-1405    161.3   164.4         3.2      9.05         340          15.23
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    OG-1411     83.5    84.1         0.6      8.45         161          11.38
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    OG-1411    106.5   107.1         0.6      5.39         254          10.01
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    OG-1413     95.0    95.7         0.7     16.55          27          17.04
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    Dog Clavo
                From      To      Length      Gold      Silver       Gold Eq.
      Hole        (m)     (m)         (m)      g/t         g/t         g/t(1)
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    OG-1377     82.3    84.5         2.2     22.56         299          28.00
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    OG-1384    119.4   121.8         2.3      5.74         464          14.17
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    Maria - Molinas SW
                From      To      Length      Gold      Silver       Gold Eq.
      Hole        (m)     (m)         (m)      g/t         g/t         g/t(1)
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    OG-1376     97.6   100.7         3.0      4.00         212           7.85
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    OG-1386     82.6    86.1         3.5      4.42         146           7.08
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    OG-1396     63.1    64.2         1.1      9.62         112          11.67
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    OG-1400     84.9    85.4         0.6     10.65          23          11.07
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    Altagracia
                From      To      Length      Gold      Silver       Gold Eq.
      Hole        (m)     (m)         (m)      g/t         g/t         g/t(1)
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    OG-1354     64.1    80.0        15.9       0.7        48.8           1.59
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    Including   68.4    71.9         3.6       1.6       125.1           3.92
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    OG-1362     56.7    64.0         7.3       0.1        26.5           0.62
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    Belen
                From      To      Length      Gold      Silver       Gold Eq.
      Hole        (m)     (m)         (m)      g/t         g/t         g/t(1)
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    OG-1335    118.7   119.6         0.9      3.63         194           7.16
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    El Rayo
                From      To      Length      Gold      Silver       Gold Eq.
      Hole        (m)     (m)         (m)      g/t         g/t         g/t(1)
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    OG-1402    123.7   124.5         0.9     15.80          36          16.46
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This press release sets out the gold and silver grades found in the samples taken from various targets. Not all of these targets have been categorized as a mineral resource deposit under applicable Canadian mineral resource reporting standards, and it is uncertain if further exploration will result in these targets being delineated as mineral resources. The grades encountered so far should not be taken as representative of the ore bodies in question as there has been insufficient exploration to define a mineral resource, and such grades may not prove representative of the deposits if and when the same are delineated as mineral resources.

The Ocampo surface exploration information has been reviewed by Qualified Person, Mr. Peter Drobeck. All gold sample analyses for Ocampo were performed by Chemex Laboratories, based in Vancouver, British Columbia, using standard fire assay procedures, with an AA finish. Silver is analyzed using a four-acid digestion with ICP finish, and fire assays for samples over 100 grams per tonne silver. The Company maintains a Quality Assurance - Quality Control program including the insertion of commercial control reference pulps and blanks in all its drill programs, along with a dedicated QA-QC engineer to monitor results. Sample lengths are not necessarily true widths.

About AuRico Gold

AuRico Gold is a leading intermediate Canadian gold and silver producer with a diversified portfolio of high quality mines and projects in Mexico. The Company's three wholly-owned operating properties include the Ocampo mine in Chihuahua State, the El Chanate mine in Sonora State and the El Cubo mine in Guanajuato State. Its strong pipeline of development and exploration stage projects includes the Guadalupe y Calvo advanced exploration property in Chihuahua State and the Orion Project in Nayarit State, along with six exploration properties throughout Mexico. AuRico's head office is located in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

                             Cautionary Statement

Cautionary Note to US Investors - The United States Securities and Exchange Commission permits US mining companies, in their filings with the SEC, to disclose only those mineral deposits that a company can economically and legally extract or produce. This press release uses certain terms, such as "measured", "indicated" and "inferred" "resources", that the SEC guidelines strictly prohibit US registered companies from including in their filings with the SEC. US Investors are urged to consider closely the disclosure in Gammon Gold's Annual Report on Form 40-F, which may be secured from Gammon Gold, or from the SEC's website at http://www.sec.gov/edgar.shtml.

No stock exchange, securities commission or other regulatory authority has approved or disapproved the information contained herein.

Certain statements included herein, including information as to the future financial or operating performance of the Company, its subsidiaries and its projects, constitute forward-looking statements. The words "believe", "expect", "anticipate", "target", "continue", "estimate", "may", and similar expressions identify forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements include, among other things, statements regarding the grades of additional underground and surface drilling programs at Ocampo, the ability to delineate additional resources or reserves as a result, the suitability of targets for future underground or open pit mining at Ocampo, anticipated future financial and operational performance, the future price of gold and silver, the timing of re-commissioning and re-commencement of production at El Cubo, the de-risking of operations, future exploration results of its exploration and development program at Ocampo, the Company's ability to delineate additional resources and reserves as a result of such program, and the company's ability to mine such targets by mid-2011, statements regarding its financial exposure to litigation, targets, estimates and assumptions in respect of gold and silver production and prices, operating costs, results and capital expenditures, mineral reserves and mineral resources and anticipated grades, recovery rates, future financial or operating performance, margins, operating and exploration expenditures, costs and timing of completion of the Ocampo expansion program and improvements to the heap leach pad, costs and timing of the development and commencement of production of new deposits, costs and timing of construction, costs and timing of future exploration and reclamation expenses including, anticipated 2011 results, operating performance projections for 2011, our ability to fully fund our business model internally, 2011 gold and silver production and the cash and operating costs associated therewith, the ability to achieve productivity and operational efficiencies, and the timing of each thereof. Forward-looking statements are necessarily based upon a number of estimates and assumptions that, while considered reasonable by the Company, are inherently subject to significant business, economic, competitive, political and social uncertainties and contingencies. Many factors could cause the Company's actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied in any forward-looking statements made by, or on behalf of, the Company. Such factors include, among others, known and unknown uncertainties and risks relating to additional funding requirements, reserve and resource estimates, commodity prices, hedging activities, exploration, development and operating risks, illegal miners, political and foreign risk, uninsurable risks, competition, limited mining operations, production risks, environmental regulation and liability, government regulation, currency fluctuations, recent losses and write-downs, restrictions in the Company's loan facility, dependence on key employees, possible variations of ore grade or recovery rates, failure of plant, equipment or process to operate as anticipated, accidents and labour disputes. Investors are cautioned that forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and, accordingly, investors are cautioned not to put undue reliance on forward-looking statements due to the inherent uncertainty therein.

Note: The Ocampo surface exploration information has been reviewed by Qualified Person, Mr. Peter Drobeck. All gold sample analyses for Ocampo were performed by Chemex Laboratories, based in Vancouver, British Columbia, using standard fire assay procedures, with an AA finish. Silver is analyzed using a four-acid digestion with ICP finish, and fire assays for samples over 100 grams per tonne silver. The Company maintains a Quality Assurance - Quality Control program including the insertion of commercial control reference pulps and blanks in all its drill programs, along with a dedicated QA-QC engineer to monitor results. Sample lengths are not necessarily true widths.

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             TABLE 1: OCAMPO SURFACE DRILLING RESULTS  JUNE 2011
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    Drill Hole   From     To  Length   Gold  Silver  AuEq(1)             Vein
                   (m)    (m)     (m)  (gpt)   (gpt)   (gpt)
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    OG-1346      66.7   67.8     1.1   0.71      49    1.60   Altagracia Bajo
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    OG-1346      78.1   79.1     1.0   1.15       9    1.30   Altagracia Bajo
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    OG-1346     138.0  138.8     0.8   0.01      71    1.30   Altagracia Bajo
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    OG-1346     188.3  189.5     1.1   0.47      52    1.40   Altagracia Bajo
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    OG-1350     187.4  189.1     1.7   0.41      23    0.83   Altagracia Bajo
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    OG-1354      64.1   80.0    15.9    0.7    48.8    1.59   Altagracia Bajo
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    Including    68.4   71.9     3.6    1.6   125.1    3.92   Altagracia Bajo
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    OG-1362      56.7   64.0     7.3    0.1    26.5    0.62   Altagracia Bajo
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    OG-1362     108.1  108.6     0.5   1.81     292    7.11   Altagracia Bajo
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                                                                   Aventurero
    OG-1327     217.6  220.4     2.8   0.82      53    1.79           Nivel 2
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                                                                   Aventurero
    OG-1337      88.3   89.3     1.0   0.56      94    2.27           Nivel 2
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                                                                   Aventurero
    OG-1337     115.1  115.6     0.5   0.43      61    1.54           Nivel 2
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                                                                   Aventurero
    OG-1349      69.1   69.7     0.7   1.95       2    1.98           Nivel 2
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                                                                   Aventurero
    OG-1364      79.7   80.3     0.6   3.66     236    7.95           Nivel 2
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    OG-1381      33.8   34.6     0.8  21.00     155   23.82    Avn San Martin
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    OG-1387      60.0   61.0     1.0   2.57      14    2.82    Avn San Martin
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    OG-1403     155.7  156.4     0.7   2.00      76    3.38    Avn San Martin
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    OG-1403     161.7  163.4     1.6  38.36     733   51.68    Avn San Martin
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    OG-1403     177.6  178.1     0.5   3.49      86    5.05    Avn San Martin
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    OG-1405     149.1  149.7     0.6   4.87     306   10.43    Avn San Martin
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    OG-1405     161.3  164.4     3.2   9.05     340   15.23    Avn San Martin
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    OG-1405     180.9  181.4     0.5   2.09      11    2.28    Avn San Martin
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    OG-1409      95.7   96.2     0.5   2.71      42    3.48    Avn San Martin
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    OG-1411      83.5   84.1     0.6   8.45     161   11.38    Avn San Martin
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    OG-1411     106.5  107.1     0.6   5.39     254   10.01    Avn San Martin
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    OG-1413      95.0   95.7     0.7  16.55      27   17.04    Avn San Martin
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    OG-1413     145.4  145.9     0.5   2.35      37    3.03    Avn San Martin
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    OG-1322      95.4   96.0     0.6   0.77      57    1.81        Belen Bajo
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    OG-1335     118.7  119.6     0.9   3.63     194    7.16        Belen Bajo
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    OG-1341      72.0   72.6     0.6   0.06     176    3.26        Belen Bajo
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    OG-1347      76.4   77.1     0.7   0.12      92    1.79        Belen Bajo
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    OG-1347      90.0   90.8     0.8   0.04      88    1.63        Belen Bajo
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    OG-1351      70.8   71.4     0.6   0.80     100    2.62        Belen Bajo
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    OG-1377      19.4   20.3     0.9   3.00      55    4.00         Dog clavo
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    OG-1377      82.3   84.5     2.2  22.56     299   28.00         Dog clavo
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    OG-1377     107.8  108.3     0.5   2.62      94    4.33         Dog clavo
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    OG-1377     118.3  118.8     0.5   1.00      95    2.73         Dog clavo
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    OG-1383      46.8   47.3     0.5   0.06     134    2.50         Dog clavo
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    OG-1383      51.7   52.2     0.5   0.94     137    3.43         Dog clavo
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    OG-1384     107.3  109.9     2.6   1.64      47    2.49         Dog clavo
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    OG-1384     119.4  121.8     2.3   5.74     464   14.17         Dog clavo
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    OG-1394      47.8   48.3     0.5   1.23      67    2.45           El Rayo
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    OG-1394      93.8   95.5     1.7   1.23       5    1.32           El Rayo
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    OG-1398      46.4   48.9     2.5   0.09     177    3.31           El Rayo
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    OG-1402     123.7  124.5     0.9  15.80      36   16.46           El Rayo
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                                                                      Maria -
    OG-1355      74.1   74.6     0.5   1.84      22    2.24        Molinas SW
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                                                                      Maria -
    OG-1372      51.8   54.5     2.7   3.43     128    5.76        Molinas SW
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                                                                      Maria -
    OG-1376      97.6  100.7     3.0   4.00     212    7.85        Molinas SW
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                                                                      Maria -
    OG-1386      82.6   86.1     3.5   4.42     146    7.08        Molinas SW
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                                                                      Maria -
    OG-1389     163.0  163.6     0.7   2.68      52    3.62        Molinas SW
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                                                                      Maria -
    OG-1391      54.8   57.9     3.1   1.75      57    2.78        Molinas SW
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                                                                      Maria -
    OG-1393      65.0   67.1     2.1   2.14      73    3.47        Molinas SW
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                                                                      Maria -
    OG-1396      63.1   64.2     1.1   9.62     112   11.67        Molinas SW
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                                                                      Maria -
    OG-1397      50.5   52.3     1.8   2.55      56    3.56        Molinas SW
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                                                                      Maria -
    OG-1400      84.9   85.4     0.6  10.65      23   11.07        Molinas SW
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                                                                      Maria -
    OG-1400     130.7  131.7     1.0   0.77      54    1.76        Molinas SW
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                                                                      Maria -
    OG-1400     150.9  151.9     1.0   0.71      71    2.01        Molinas SW
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                                                                      Maria -
    OG-1401      69.1   70.3     1.2   1.91      49    2.80        Molinas SW
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                                                                      Maria -
    OG-1401     132.8  133.3     0.5   0.07     248    4.58        Molinas SW
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                                                                      Maria -
    OG-1406      55.4   57.5     2.1   2.94      58    3.99        Molinas SW
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                                                                      Maria -
    OG-1410      73.2   73.8     0.6   1.25      89    2.87        Molinas SW
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                                                                      Maria -
    OG-1334      58.2   58.8     0.6   1.13      60    2.21        Molinas SW
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    OG-1332      12.2   13.7     1.5   0.65      72    1.96           Picacho
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    OG-1338      14.3   15.0     0.8   1.92     170    5.01           Picacho
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    OG-1352      48.3   48.8     0.5   4.48     258    9.17           Picacho
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    OG-1356      55.6   64.1     8.5  16.94     493   25.90           Picacho
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    OG-1360      73.5   83.6    10.1   2.38      55    3.37           Picacho
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    Including    74.7   75.2     0.5   9.55     233   13.79           Picacho
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    OG-1363      70.8   97.6    26.8   9.14     177   12.36           Picacho
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    Including    72.7   86.4    13.7  16.38     295   21.75           Picacho
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    OG-1407      29.9   31.7     1.8   0.51      11    0.70        Picacho SE
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    OG-1407      41.5   42.7     1.2   0.41      42    1.18        Picacho SE
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    OG-1407      61.0   65.9     4.9   0.23      20    0.59        Picacho SE
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    OG-1415     116.1  116.7     0.5   0.28      29    0.81        Picacho SE
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    OG-1415     145.7  146.7     1.0   1.89     188    5.31        Picacho SE
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    OG-1385      41.6   42.2     0.6   0.62      32    1.20          Polvorin
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    OG-1385      42.2   43.7     1.5   2.28     158    5.15          Polvorin
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Diagram 1: Ocampo Plan Map: http://files.newswire.ca/975/Diagram1.pdf

1. Using the Company's long-term gold equivalency ratio of 55:1

SOURCE AuRico Gold Inc.

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