New Found Gold Corp. (“New Found” or the “Company”) (TSX-V: NFG, NYSE-A: NFGC) is pleased to announce the results from 31 diamond drill holes that were completed as part of a follow-up drill program at the new Iceberg and Iceberg East discoveries, a high-grade zone located 300m northeast of Keats Main along the highly prospective Appleton Fault Zone (“AFZ”). New Found’s 100%-owned Queensway project comprises a 1,662 km2 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: at ~216m in NFGC-23-1331, Top Right: at ~90.5m in NFGC-23-1541, Bottom Left: at ~70.8m in NFGC-23-1475, Bottom Right: at ~69.6m in NFGC-23-1570. ^Note that these photos are not intended to be representative of gold mineralization in NFGC-23-1331, NFGC-23-1475, NFGC-23-1541 and NFGC-23-1570. (Photo: Business Wire)

Iceberg and Iceberg East Highlights:

Hole No.

From (m)

To (m)

Interval (m)

Au (g/t)

Zone

NFGC-23-13312

136.40

180.50

44.10

1.34

Iceberg

Including1

137.10

137.70

0.60

25.96

And1

214.00

216.30

2.30

19.47

Including

214.30

215.15

0.85

51.52

NFGC-23-14663

43.00

58.70

15.70

3.68

Iceberg East

Including

54.80

55.60

0.80

14.60

NFGC-23-14753

62.00

92.55

30.55

4.28

Iceberg East

Including

66.00

66.45

0.45

15.85

Including

67.10

67.80

0.70

19.00

Including

70.10

71.05

0.95

76.46

NFGC-23-14913

15.90

28.70

12.80

4.51

Iceberg East

Including

15.90

16.75

0.85

35.08

Including

20.00

20.70

0.70

12.90

NFGC-23-15411

85.85

96.40

10.55

46.81

Iceberg East

Including

88.55

89.20

0.65

20.13

Including

90.45

94.85

4.40

104.01

NFGC-23-15701

67.00

71.10

4.10

114.52

Iceberg East

Including

68.00

69.75

1.75

265.32

Table 1: Iceberg and Iceberg East Drilling Highlights

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. 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.

  • 46.8 g/t Au over 10.55m in NFGC-23-1541, 115 g/t Au over 4.10m in NFGC-23-1570, 4.28 g/t Au over 30.55m in NFGC-23-1475, 4.51 g/t Au over 12.80m in NFGC-23-1491 and 3.68 g/t Au over 15.70m in NFGC-23-1466 were drilled at Iceberg East and were designed to extend the high-grade segment of Iceberg-Iceberg East along strike and to surface within the host Keats-Baseline Fault Zone (“KBFZ”), (Figures 1-4).
  • Today’s intervals add to a rapidly growing high-grade segment of Iceberg-Iceberg East that now spans 570m of near-surface strike that, when combined with the already impressive 400m high-grade segment of Keats Main, outlines a high-grade corridor covering nearly 1km of strike. This occurs within the overall KBFZ hosted Keats-Iceberg-Iceberg East corridor, which has been drill defined over 1.9km of strike, where it remains open.
  • Mineralization at Iceberg and Iceberg East is shallowly located with today’s highlight intervals all occurring between 15-100m vertical depth. The Company is actively focused on tracing mineralization to depth at Iceberg, where minimal exploration has taken place below 200m. High-grade mineralization within the more heavily explored Keats Main is known to extend beyond 350m vertical depth, where it remains open.
  • The broad interval of 1.34 g/t Au over 44.10m in NFGC-23-1331 is located at Iceberg 55m down-dip of previously reported 105 g/t Au over 27.05m in NFGC-23-1210 (June 5, 2023). This extends the broad mineralized domain at Iceberg down-dip to 105m while high-grade mineralization at Iceberg has been intersected at depths of up to 170m vertical to date.

Melissa Render, VP of Exploration of New Found, stated: “These are the first batch of results from our targeted follow-up program at Iceberg East which was designed to further define the orientations of the structures and veins at play and get a better sense for the continuity and trend of high-grade gold mineralization. Seeing this intensity of high-grade is exactly what we had hoped for and these results have aided in understanding the controls on mineralization for future targeting. We are very pleased to have defined continuous near-surface high-grade mineralization over a strike length of 570m, and we are excited to take our drilling deeper, where mineralization remains untested and open for expansion.”

Drillhole Details

Hole No.

From (m)

To (m)

Interval (m)

Au (g/t)

Zone

NFGC-22-10824

33.65

35.75

2.10

1.54

Iceberg

And3

121.00

126.15

5.15

1.02

NFGC-23-12681

34.70

36.90

2.20

4.66

Iceberg

Including

35.75

36.50

0.75

10.65

And4

69.85

72.20

2.35

1.36

NFGC-23-1275

No Significant Values

Iceberg

NFGC-23-1304

No Significant Values

Iceberg

NFGC-23-13312

136.40

180.50

44.10

1.34

Iceberg

Including1

137.10

137.70

0.60

25.96

And1

203.60

207.80

4.20

1.48

And1

214.00

216.30

2.30

19.47

Including

214.30

215.15

0.85

51.52

And3

242.90

245.15

2.25

1.33

NFGC-23-1335

No Significant Values

Iceberg

NFGC-23-1335A3

354.75

357.50

2.75

1.60

Iceberg

NFGC-23-13371

191.90

195.25

3.35

1.44

Iceberg

NFGC-23-1342

No Significant Values

Iceberg East

NFGC-23-1348

No Significant Values

Iceberg East

NFGC-23-1360

No Significant Values

Iceberg

NFGC-23-1367

No Significant Values

Iceberg East

NFGC-23-1386

No Significant Values

Iceberg

NFGC-23-1397

No Significant Values

Iceberg East

NFGC-23-14131

108.65

123.10

14.45

1.31

Iceberg

NFGC-23-1416

No Significant Values

Iceberg East

NFGC-23-14191

113.75

120.20

6.45

2.41

Iceberg

NFGC-23-1428

No Significant Values

Iceberg East

NFGC-23-14291

115.40

124.15

8.75

5.13

Iceberg

Including

119.35

120.10

0.75

48.61

NFGC-23-14441

119.00

121.00

2.00

1.50

Iceberg East

NFGC-23-14531

81.80

95.00

13.20

1.69

Iceberg East

NFGC-23-14663

43.00

58.70

15.70

3.68

Iceberg East

Including

54.80

55.60

0.80

14.60

NFGC-23-14753

62.00

92.55

30.55

4.28

Iceberg East

Including

66.00

66.45

0.45

15.85

Including

67.10

67.80

0.70

19.00

Including

70.10

71.05

0.95

76.46

NFGC-23-14913

15.90

28.70

12.80

4.51

Iceberg East

Including

15.90

16.75

0.85

35.08

Including

20.00

20.70

0.70

12.90

And3

36.50

44.00

7.50

1.17

And2

69.70

74.35

4.65

4.07

Including

72.00

72.40

0.40

20.90

NFGC-23-14993

153.00

155.00

2.00

3.40

Iceberg East

NFGC-23-15411

85.85

96.40

10.55

46.81

Iceberg East

Including

88.55

89.20

0.65

20.13

Including

90.45

94.85

4.40

104.01

NFGC-23-1553

No Significant Values

Iceberg East

NFGC-23-15611

108.45

113.40

4.95

2.72

Iceberg East

NFGC-23-15701

49.95

54.35

4.40

1.07

Iceberg East

And1

67.00

71.10

4.10

114.52

Including

68.00

69.75

1.75

265.32

NFGC-23-15731

20.35

22.90

2.55

2.73

Iceberg East

NFGC-23-1591

No Significant Values

Iceberg East

Table 2: Summary of composite results reported in this press release for Iceberg and Iceberg East

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-22-1082

314

-48

197

658298

5427648

Iceberg

NFGC-23-1268

300

-45

197

658513

5427871

Iceberg

NFGC-23-1275

300

-45

425

658503

5427645

Iceberg

NFGC-23-1304

300

-45

320

658432

5427632

Iceberg

NFGC-23-1331

300

-45

323

658536

5427769

Iceberg

NFGC-23-1335

299

-45.5

80

658474

5427604

Iceberg

NFGC-23-1335A

299

-46

395

658476

5427604

Iceberg

NFGC-23-1337

299

-45.5

410

658537

5427712

Iceberg

NFGC-23-1342

299

-45.5

290

659314

5428448

Iceberg East

NFGC-23-1348

300

-45

335

659389

5428287

Iceberg East

NFGC-23-1360

300

-45

530

658539

5427567

Iceberg

NFGC-23-1367

300

-45

164

659085

5428348

Iceberg East

NFGC-23-1386

300

-45

449

658567

5427666

Iceberg

NFGC-23-1397

299

-45.5

342

658985

5428176

Iceberg East

NFGC-23-1413

318

-47

152

658577

5427834

Iceberg

NFGC-23-1416

299

-45.5

311

658977

5428526

Iceberg East

NFGC-23-1419

333

-48

191

658578

5427835

Iceberg

NFGC-23-1428

331

-61

104

658981

5428284

Iceberg East

NFGC-23-1429

351

-48

254

658577

5427834

Iceberg

NFGC-23-1444

0

-90

183

658581

5427976

Iceberg East

NFGC-23-1453

0

-90

177

658624

5427951

Iceberg East

NFGC-23-1466

56

-78

171

658606

5427990

Iceberg East

NFGC-23-1475

220

-67

180

658681

5428034

Iceberg East

NFGC-23-1491

0

-90

180

658681

5428034

Iceberg East

NFGC-23-1499

299

-53.5

236

658678

5427833

Iceberg East

NFGC-23-1541

300

-62

150

658615

5427931

Iceberg East

NFGC-23-1553

300

-57

156

658665

5427898

Iceberg East

NFGC-23-1561

299

-45.5

135

658771

5428010

Iceberg East

NFGC-23-1570

299

-45.5

108

658730

5428034

Iceberg East

NFGC-23-1573

300

-45

59

658884

5428204

Iceberg East

NFGC-23-1591

300

-45

74

658872

5428182

Iceberg East

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 36,600m of core is currently pending assay results.

Sampling, Sub-sampling, and Laboratory

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.

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 2% 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 September 13, 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 $39.5 million as of September 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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