January 19, 2012 at 08:00 AM EST
Coeur Appoints Randy Buffington Senior Vice President of Operations

Coeur d’Alene Mines Corporation (NYSE:CDE)(TSX:CDM) today announced the appointment of Randy Buffington to the position of Senior Vice President of Operations. In this role, Mr. Buffington will oversee the Company’s silver and gold mining operations worldwide.

"We are very pleased that Randy has joined our senior management team," said Mitchell J. Krebs, President and Chief Executive Officer of Coeur. “Randy brings a demonstrated track record of success in operating both open pit and underground operations. This key addition further bolsters our team that is focused on achieving operational consistency and on leading internal and external growth initiatives that will create value for our shareholders,” Krebs said.

Mr. Buffington has over 27 years of experience in the precious metals mining industry providing operational and technical support to large-scale operations in the United States, South America and Africa. His expertise includes senior level technical and strategic planning, mine start-up, operating efficiency and optimization and safety and environmental leadership.

Since 2003, Mr. Buffington served in a variety of general management roles with Barrick Gold Corporation including Managing Director of Barrick’s Lumwana copper project in Zambia and General Manager of the Goldstrike mine complex in Nevada. During his tenure with Barrick, Randy was also General Manager of the Ruby Hill and Bald Mountain operations in Nevada. From the late 1980s to 2003, Mr. Buffington held senior roles with both Cominco American and Placer Dome, Inc.

"I'm very pleased to join Coeur d'Alene Mines," Buffington said. "This is a very exciting time for Coeur and for the mining industry as a whole,” he said. “I am proud and excited to have the opportunity to join a world-class team that has the right vision and focus for the future,” he said.

Buffington holds both Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Civil Engineering from the University of Nevada-Reno.

About Coeur

Coeur d’Alene Mines Corporation is the largest U.S.-based primary silver producer and a growing gold producer. The Company has several core silver and gold mines generating higher production, sales and cash flow in continued strong precious metals markets. This growth is derived from wholly-owned mines that were constructed and began producing between 2008 and 2010: the San Bartolomé silver mine in Bolivia; the Palmarejo silver-gold mine in Mexico, and the Kensington gold mine in Alaska. Further production has commenced from a new heap leach pad at Coeur’s long-time Rochester silver-gold mine in Nevada. The Company also owns and operates the Martha silver-gold mine in Argentina and owns a non-operating interest in a silver-base metal mine in Australia. Coeur conducts ongoing exploration activities near and within its operating properties in Argentina, Mexico, Nevada and Alaska. Photos of projects and other information can be accessed through the Company’s website at www.coeur.com.

Contacts:

Coeur d’Alene Mines Corporation
Stefany Bales, Director of Corporate Communications
208-667-8263
or
Wendy Yang, Vice President of Investor Relations
208-665-0345
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