New Found Gold Corp. (“New Found” or the “Company”) (TSX-V: NFG, NYSE-A: NFGC) is pleased to announce the results from 36 diamond drill holes that were completed as part of a drill program designed to expand on the recently discovered K2 Zone (May 10, 2023) located 725m north of Lotto and 2.2km north of Keats West on the west side of the highly prospective Appleton Fault Zone (“AFZ”). New Found’s district-scale Queensway Project comprises a 1,662km2 area, accessible via the Trans-Canada Highway, 15km west of Gander, Newfoundland and Labrador.

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Figure 1: Photos of mineralization from: Top Left: NFGC-22-952 at ~188.3m, Top Right NFGC-23-1303 at ~24m, Bottom Left: NFGC-23-1315 at ~41m, Bottom Right: NFGC-23-1391 at ~8.6m. ^Note that these photos are not intended to be representative of gold mineralization in NFGC-22-952, NFGC-23-1303, NFGC-23-1315 and NFGC-23-1391. (Photo: Business Wire)

K2 Highlights:

Hole No.

From (m)

To (m)

Interval (m)

Au (g/t)

Sb (%)

Zone

NFGC-22-9522

187.00

189.00

2.00

197.78

 

K2

Including

188.20

188.60

0.40

988.70

 

NFGC-22-10021

132.30

143.90

11.60

1.62

 

K2

NFGC-22-10131

202.95

209.00

6.05

6.47

<0.01

K2

Including

204.50

205.20

0.70

27.50

<0.01

NFGC-23-13031

22.35

35.30

12.95

4.50

0.95

K2

Including

23.20

24.35

1.15

21.12

1.12

Including

25.00

25.45

0.45

12.05

10.45

NFGC-23-13101

30.00

42.55

12.55

2.32

<0.01

K2

Including

40.85

41.60

0.75

10.10

<0.01

NFGC-23-13151

22.00

35.00

13.00

2.38

<0.01

K2

Including

34.30

35.00

0.70

10.75

<0.01

NFGC-23-13871

19.90

24.95

5.05

6.51

0.02

K2

Including

22.85

23.55

0.70

27.70

0.05

NFGC-23-13911

6.00

9.90

3.90

13.72

0.04

K2

Including

7.50

8.00

0.50

20.60

0.21

Including

8.50

9.90

1.40

26.93

0.02

Table 1: K2 Drilling Highlights

Note that the host structures are interpreted to be steeply dipping and true widths are generally estimated to be 170% to 95% and 240% to 70% of reported intervals. Infill veining in secondary structures with multiple orientations crosscutting the primary host structures are commonly observed in drill core which could result in additional uncertainty in true width. Composite intervals reported carry a minimum weighted average of 1 g/t Au diluted over a minimum core length of 2m with a maximum of 4m consecutive dilution when above 200m vertical depth and 2m consecutive dilution when below 200m vertical depth. Included high-grade intercepts are reported as any consecutive interval with grades greater than 10 g/t Au. Grades have not been capped in the averaging and intervals are reported as drill thickness.

K2 Highlights:

  • K2 is host to an impressive and complex system made up of multiple structures and crosscutting vein orientations that now spans a mineralized footprint of 410m long x 395m wide. The gold mineralization begins at surface and has been drill-defined down to a maximum depth of 250m.
  • Much of the gold at K2 is found in the “K2 Main” structure (shown in red in Figure 3), a low-angle gold-bearing fault zone starting at surface that dips 40° to the south and shares a similar orientation to Keats West. K2 Main is made up of a complex network of associated structures forming a mineralized damage zone that averages 65m in thickness.
  • The mineralization style at K2 consists of a series of stockwork and fault-fill style quartz veins with orientations that parallel K2 Main and crosscut it forming a broad domain of gold mineralized brittle faults, (shown in orange and purple in Figure 3). These veins are extensive - many of them are projected to make their way to surface and additional drilling is required to fully define this network.
  • One such vein constituent of the greater K2 structure is “Stibnite” vein (shown in purple in Figure 3) that has returned several significant intervals including 4.50 g/t Au over 12.95m in NFGC-23-1303, 6.51 g/t Au over 5.05m in NFGC-23-1387 and 13.7 g/t Au over 3.90m in NFGC-23-1391. Stibnite is a near-surface high-grade vein that has been traced over a current strike length of 105m. This vein contains significant amounts of stibnite, an antimony-bearing sulphide mineral as reflected by the antimony assay results of 0.95% Sb over 12.95m in NFGC-23-1303 and 0.04% Sb over 3.90m in NFGC-23-1391. This is the first time this mineral association has been observed at Queensway North.
  • 198 g/t Au over 2.00m in NFGC-22-952 is found in a crosscutting vein that occurs immediately west of the AFZ and forms another important constituent of the greater K2 mineralized footprint. This interval demonstrates the high-grade potential of the K2 structure.

Melissa Render, VP of Exploration of New Found, stated: “Drilling at K2 has led to the discovery of a significant gold-bearing structural zone with a large and growing footprint that includes an array of veining and strong associated gold grades. Like Keats West, K2 is located west of the AFZ and gold is generally hosted in a low-angle, gently dipping structure, with the majority of mineralization found close to surface. With minimal drilling into this new zone, it is already apparent that the complexity and sheer number of associated veins at K2 far exceeds the system at Keats West. Additionally, the overall K2 zone shares many similarities with Keats Main, including general orientation and the presence of numerous, steeply dipping cross-structures. It is these complex environments that create opportune hosts for high-grade gold deposition and today’s highlight interval of 198 g/t Au over 2m gives us great enthusiasm that, like our flagship zones found 2.5km to the south, K2 can also host high-grade gold.

“The introduction of stibnite at K2 provides one additional curiosity; high-grade concentrations of stibnite are commonly observed at Fosterville near to high-grade epizonal gold zones. Through further drilling, we look forward to seeing if a similar association presents itself at Queensway. Exploration will remain focussed on expanding K2, which remains open in all directions and at depth, where limited drilling has been conducted below 150m vertical.”

Drillhole Details

Hole No.

From (m)

To (m)

Interval (m)

Au (g/t)

Zone

NFGC-22-9241

77.70

83.05

5.35

3.65

K2

And1

102.35

110.35

8.00

2.08

And1

122.85

125.00

2.15

1.21

NFGC-22-9524

46.00

48.20

2.20

6.54

Everest

Including

46.00

46.55

0.55

26.11

And2

179.00

181.00

2.00

1.47

K2

And2

187.00

189.00

2.00

197.78

Including

188.20

188.60

0.40

988.70

NFGC-22-9722

5.30

7.55

2.25

7.08

K2

Including

6.20

7.20

1.00

14.84

And1

139.15

141.35

2.20

2.54

And2

237.80

239.85

2.05

2.82

NFGC-22-987

No Significant Values

K2

NFGC-22-10021

132.30

143.90

11.60

1.62

K2

NFGC-22-10134

53.00

55.35

2.35

4.46

K2

Including

54.50

55.35

0.85

10.35

And4

78.50

80.85

2.35

1.12

And4

158.00

160.00

2.00

4.15

And4

177.85

180.10

2.25

1.07

And1

202.95

209.00

6.05

6.47

Including

204.50

205.20

0.70

27.50

And1

217.05

219.35

2.30

4.21

Including

218.45

219.35

0.90

10.60

NFGC-22-10241

69.00

71.00

2.00

1.80

K2

And1

184.30

186.70

2.40

2.99

NFGC-23-12274

91.00

93.10

2.10

2.09

K2

NFGC-23-1256

No Significant Values

K2

NFGC-23-12581

321.00

323.00

2.00

1.17

K2

NFGC-23-1270

No Significant Values

K2

NFGC-23-1276

No Significant Values

K2

NFGC-23-12821

78.45

80.65

2.20

1.04

K2

NFGC-23-1296

No Significant Values

K2

NFGC-23-13031

22.35

35.30

12.95

4.50

K2

Including

23.20

24.35

1.15

21.12

Including

25.00

25.45

0.45

12.05

NFGC-23-1305

No Significant Values

K2

NFGC-23-13104

5.55

7.75

2.20

1.59

K2

And1

30.00

42.55

12.55

2.32

Including

40.85

41.60

0.75

10.10

NFGC-23-13131

23.90

28.20

4.30

1.53

K2

And1

31.80

34.05

2.25

1.56

NFGC-23-1314

No Significant Values

K2

NFGC-23-13151

22.00

35.00

13.00

2.38

K2

Including

34.30

35.00

0.70

10.75

NFGC-23-13191

37.55

46.60

9.05

1.29

K2

NFGC-23-13224

58.00

60.00

2.00

4.64

K2

NFGC-23-13291

195.40

197.40

2.00

1.39

K2

And1

221.85

228.60

6.75

2.32

NFGC-23-1338

No Significant Values

K2

NFGC-23-13441

5.00

8.70

3.70

1.67

K2

NFGC-23-13454

75.55

77.55

2.00

1.71

K2

NFGC-23-13511

5.00

8.70

3.70

1.03

K2

NFGC-23-13554

185.40

188.75

3.35

1.22

K2

And3

231.00

233.30

2.30

1.22

NFGC-23-13701

178.85

181.00

2.15

1.34

K2

And1

182.60

184.65

2.05

1.01

And1

185.60

188.45

2.85

1.02

NFGC-23-1377

No Significant Values

K2

NFGC-23-13871

19.90

24.95

5.05

6.51

K2

Including

22.85

23.55

0.70

27.70

NFGC-23-13911

6.00

9.90

3.90

13.72

K2

Including

7.50

8.00

0.50

20.60

Including

8.50

9.90

1.40

26.93

NFGC-23-13921

26.25

28.25

2.00

1.00

K2

And1

32.60

37.00

4.40

2.38

NFGC-23-13981

32.75

36.15

3.40

5.99

K2

Including

35.00

35.70

0.70

20.60

NFGC-23-1522

No Significant Values

K2 West

NFGC-23-1546

No Significant Values

K2 West

Table 2: Summary of composite results reported in this press release for K2.

Note that the host structures are interpreted to be steeply dipping and true widths are generally estimated to be 170% to 95%, 240% to 70%, and 310% to 40% of reported intervals. 4True widths are unknown at this time. Infill veining in secondary structures with multiple orientations crosscutting the primary host structures are commonly observed in drill core which could result in additional uncertainty in true width. Composite intervals reported carry a minimum weighted average of 1 g/t Au diluted over a minimum core length of 2m with a maximum of 4m consecutive dilution when above 200m vertical depth and 2m consecutive dilution when below 200m vertical depth. Included high-grade intercepts are reported as any consecutive interval with grades greater than 10 g/t Au. Grades have not been capped in the averaging and intervals are reported as drill thickness.

Hole No.

Azimuth (°)

Dip (°)

Length (m)

UTM E

UTM N

Prospect

NFGC-22-924

300

-45

227

659018

5429879

K2

NFGC-22-952

300

-45

360

659249

5429986

K2

NFGC-22-972

272

-52

308

658964

5429766

K2

NFGC-22-987

300

-45

339

659252

5430042

K2

NFGC-22-1002

320

-60

194

658974

5429719

K2

NFGC-22-1013

320

-60

317

659000

5429765

K2

NFGC-22-1024

330

-45

239

658738

5429664

K2

NFGC-23-1227

345

-60

260

659140

5430512

K2

NFGC-23-1256

345

-60

251

659157

5430388

K2

NFGC-23-1258

320

-45

456

658988

5429388

K2

NFGC-23-1270

345

-60

305

659171

5430264

K2

NFGC-23-1276

75

-45

302

659071

5430206

K2

NFGC-23-1282

75

-45

395

658940

5430164

K2

NFGC-23-1296

75

-45

263

658891

5430078

K2

NFGC-23-1303

345

-60

227

658956

5430041

K2

NFGC-23-1305

345

-59

290

658655

5429522

K2

NFGC-23-1310

25

-45

65

658957

5430041

K2

NFGC-23-1313

15

-78

80

658956

5430041

K2

NFGC-23-1314

75

-45

263

658658

5429521

K2

NFGC-23-1315

270

-60

53

658956

5430041

K2

NFGC-23-1319

75

-45

386

658957

5430041

K2

NFGC-23-1322

75

-45

251

658772

5429570

K2

NFGC-23-1329

345

-60

299

658771

5429570

K2

NFGC-23-1338

75

-45.5

257

658843

5429992

K2

NFGC-23-1344

345

-59

251

659084

5430081

K2

NFGC-23-1345

344

-59

260

658642

5429645

K2

NFGC-23-1351

75

-45

254

659086

5430081

K2

NFGC-23-1355

74

-45.5

317

658741

5429818

K2

NFGC-23-1370

75

-45

251

658626

5429769

K2

NFGC-23-1377

345

-60

257

658626

5429769

K2

NFGC-23-1387

345

-45

50

658939

5430042

K2

NFGC-23-1391

345

-45

53

658907

5430027

K2

NFGC-23-1392

345

-45

104

658980

5429955

K2

NFGC-23-1398

345

-45

113

659021

5429957

K2

NFGC-23-1522

20

-45

212

658014

5429658

K2 West

NFGC-23-1546

353

-45

215

658015

5429656

K2 West

Table 3: Details of drill holes reported in this press release

Queensway 500,000m Drill Program Update

The Company is currently undertaking a 500,000m drill program at Queensway and approximately 39,400m of core is currently pending assay results.

Sampling, Sub-sampling, and Laboratory

Assays are uncut, and composite intervals are calculated using a minimum weighted average of 1 g/t Au diluted over a minimum core length of 2m with a maximum of 4m consecutive dilution. Included high-grade intercepts are reported as any consecutive interval with grades greater than 10 g/t Au.

All drilling recovers HQ core. Drill core is split in half using a diamond saw or a hydraulic splitter for rare intersections with incompetent core.

A geologist examines the drill core and marks out the intervals to be sampled and the cutting line. Sample lengths are mostly 1.0 metre and adjusted to respect lithological and/or mineralogical contacts and isolate narrow (<1.0m) veins or other structures that may yield higher grades.

Technicians saw the core along the defined cutting line. One-half of the core is kept as a witness sample and the other half is submitted for analysis. Individual sample bags are sealed and placed into totes, which are then sealed and marked with the contents.

New Found has submitted samples for gold determination by fire assay to ALS Canada Ltd. (“ALS”) and by photon assay to MSALABS (“MSA”) since June 2022. ALS and MSA operate under a commercial contract with New Found.

Drill core samples are shipped to ALS for sample preparation in Sudbury, Ontario, Thunder Bay, Ontario, or Moncton, New Brunswick. ALS is an ISO-17025 accredited laboratory for the fire assay method.

Drill core samples are also submitted to MSA in Val-d’Or, Quebec. MSA operates numerous laboratories worldwide and maintains ISO-17025 accreditation for many metal determination methods. Accreditation of the photon assay method at the MSA Val D’Or laboratory is in progress.

At ALS, the entire sample is crushed to approximately 70% passing 2mm. A 3,000-g split is pulverized. “Routine” samples do not have visible gold (VG) identified and are not within a mineralized zone. Routine samples are assayed for gold by 30-g fire assay with an inductively-couple plasma spectrometry (ICP) finish. If the initial 30-g fire assay gold result is over 1 g/t, the remainder of the 3,000-g split is screened at 106 microns for screened metallics assay. For the screened metallics assay, the entire coarse fraction (sized greater than 106 microns) is fire assayed and two splits of the fine fraction (sized less than 106 microns) are fire assayed. The three assays are combined on a weight-averaged basis. Samples that have VG identified or fall within a mineralized interval are automatically submitted for screened metallic assay for gold.

At MSA, the entire sample is crushed to approximately 70% passing 2mm. For “routine” samples that do not have VG identified and are not within a mineralized zone, the samples are riffle split to fill two 450g jars for photon assay. The assays reported from both jars are combined on a weight-averaged basis. If one of the jars assays greater than 1 g/t, the remaining crushed material is weighed into multiple jars and are submitted for photon assay.

For samples that have VG identified or are within a mineralized zone, the entire crushed sample is weighed into multiple jars and are submitted for photon assay. The assays from all jars are combined on a weight-averaged basis.

All samples prepared at ALS or MSA are also analyzed for a multi-element ICP package (ALS method code ME-ICP61) at ALS Vancouver. Samples that reached the upper limit of antimony for this method, were analyzed using atomic absorption spectrometry (ALS method code Sb-AA08).

Drill program design, Quality Assurance/Quality Control and interpretation of results are performed by qualified persons employing a rigorous Quality Assurance/Quality Control program consistent with industry best practices. Standards and blanks account for a minimum of 10% of the samples in addition to the laboratory’s internal quality assurance programs.

Quality Control data are evaluated on receipt from the laboratories for failures. Appropriate action is taken if assay results for standards and blanks fall outside allowed tolerances. All results stated have passed New Found’s quality control protocols.

New Found’s quality control program also includes submission of the second half of the core for approximately 5% of the drilled intervals. In addition, approximately 1% of sample pulps for mineralized samples are submitted for re-analysis to a second ISO-accredited laboratory for check assays.

The Company does not recognize any factors of drilling, sampling or recovery that could materially affect the accuracy or reliability of the assay data disclosed.

The assay data disclosed in this news release have been verified by the Company’s Qualified Person against the original assay certificates.

The Company notes that it has not completed any economic evaluations of its Queensway Project and that the Queensway Project does not have any resources or reserves.

Qualified Person

The scientific and technical information disclosed in this press release was reviewed and approved by Greg Matheson, P. Geo., Chief Operating Officer, and a Qualified Person as defined under National Instrument 43-101. Mr. Matheson consents to the publication of this press release dated August 28, 2023, by New Found. Mr. Matheson certifies that this press release fairly and accurately represents the scientific and technical information that forms the basis for this press release.

About New Found Gold Corp.

New Found holds a 100% interest in the Queensway Project, located 15km west of Gander, Newfoundland and Labrador, and just 18km from Gander International Airport. The project is intersected by the Trans-Canada Highway and has logging roads crosscutting the project, high voltage electric power lines running through the project area, and easy access to a highly skilled workforce. The Company is currently undertaking a 500,000m drill program at Queensway and is well funded for this program with cash and marketable securities of approximately $47.5 million as of August 2023.

Please see the Company’s website at www.newfoundgold.ca and the Company’s SEDAR profile at www.sedarplus.ca.

Acknowledgements

New Found acknowledges the financial support of the Junior Exploration Assistance Program, Department of Natural Resources, Government of Newfoundland and Labrador.

Contact

To contact the Company, please visit the Company’s website, www.newfoundgold.ca and make your request through our investor inquiry form. Our management has a pledge to be in touch with any investor inquiries within 24 hours.

Neither the TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.

Forward-Looking Statement Cautions

This press release contains certain “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of Canadian securities legislation, relating to exploration, drilling and mineralization on the Company’s Queensway gold project in Newfoundland and Labrador; assay results; the interpretation of drilling and assay results, the results of the drilling program, mineralization and the discovery of zones of high-grade gold mineralization; plans for future exploration and drilling and the timing of same; the merits of the Queensway project; future press releases by the Company; and funding of the drilling program. Although the Company believes that such statements are reasonable, it can give no assurance that such expectations will prove to be correct. Forward-looking statements are statements that are not historical facts; they are generally, but not always, identified by the words “expects”, “plans”, “anticipates”, “believes”, “interpreted”, “intends”, “estimates”, “projects”, “aims”, “suggests”, “indicate”, “often”, “target”, “future”, “likely”, “pending”, “potential”, “goal”, “objective”, “prospective”, “possibly”, “preliminary”, and similar expressions, or that events or conditions “will”, “would”, “may”, “can”, “could” or “should” occur, or are those statements, which, by their nature, refer to future events. The Company cautions that forward-looking statements are based on the beliefs, estimates and opinions of the Company's management on the date the statements are made, and they involve a number of risks and uncertainties. Consequently, there can be no assurances that such statements will prove to be accurate and actual results and future events could differ materially from those anticipated in such statements. Except to the extent required by applicable securities laws and the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange, the Company undertakes no obligation to update these forward-looking statements if management's beliefs, estimates or opinions, or other factors, should change. Factors that could cause future results to differ materially from those anticipated in these forward-looking statements include risks associated with possible accidents and other risks associated with mineral exploration operations, the risk that the Company will encounter unanticipated geological factors, risks associated with the interpretation of assay results and the drilling program, the possibility that the Company may not be able to secure permitting and other governmental clearances necessary to carry out the Company's exploration plans, the risk that the Company will not be able to raise sufficient funds to carry out its business plans, and the risk of political uncertainties and regulatory or legal changes that might interfere with the Company's business and prospects. The reader is urged to refer to the Company's Annual Information Form and Management’s discussion and Analysis, publicly available at SEDAR+ (www.sedarplus.ca), the Canadian Securities Administrators' national system that all market participants use for filings and disclosure, for a more complete discussion of such risk factors and their potential effects.

New Found Gold Corp. Per: “Collin Kettell” Collin Kettell, Chief Executive Officer Email: ckettell@newfoundgold.ca Phone: +1 (845) 535-1486

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