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Drilling Update at Bell’s Perseverance Porphyry Copper Project, Arizona

April 15 2024



Bell Copper Corp


Drilling Update at Bell’s Perseverance Porphyry Copper Project, Arizona


VANCOUVER, B.C. - Bell Copper Corporation (TSX.V: BCU) (OTCQB: BCUFF) (“Bell Copper” or the “Company”) reports that drilling has been completed on hole K-23 on the Company’s Perseverance porphyry copper project in Arizona.  The Perseverance project is held under a joint venture and earn-in agreement with Cordoba Minerals Corp. (“Cordoba”) (TSXV: CDB; OTCQB: CDBMF).  Under the terms of the agreement (see March 18, 2024 release), Cordoba has the right to earn up to 80% of Perseverance through the expenditure of $14.2 million before April 24, 2026.  Up to the present, Cordoba has earned a 51% interest and Bell Copper retains a 49% interest in the project.


Previous drilling shows evidence of a nearby porphyry system

In January 2024, hole K-23 was drilled approximately 1000 meters southeast of hole K-22 and 1000 meters east-northeast of hole K-20.  Both holes returned evidence to support the existence of a nearby porphyry system.


Hole K-22 tested a large low resistivity anomaly generated by a Magneto Telluric (“MT”) survey.  The hole encountered clay-filled breccia zones with minor occurrences of pyrite, chalcopyrite in quartz veins and stringers representing distal alteration and mineralization to a porphyry copper system.  Hole K-20, intersected 321 meters of anomalous copper assaying 541pm copper, within a low MT resistivity anomaly that was interpreted as being on the outer margin of a porphyry copper deposit.


K-23 potentially points in the right direction to a porphyry system

Hole K-23 targeted an undrilled area that could potentially host the core of a porphyry system.  The hole drilled through a thick series of gravel followed by a sequence of volcanic basalt that blankets the valley floor before being covered over by the recent gravel fill.  Underlying the basalt, Laramide-age porphyry volcanic and tuffaceous units were intersected at 516 meters, which are intensely oxidized with hematite and limonite representing weathered pyrite and chalcopyrite that has formed as a gossan on the surface exposure of potential porphyry copper mineralization long before the basalt was extruded onto the land surface.  Arizona copper deposits that produced approximately 10% of the world’s copper were directly associated with Laramide intrusive rocks. 


Hole K-23 continued in hematite, limonite impregnated and fracture-filled Laramide porphyry and tuffaceous rocks that were strongly sericite altered and acid leached to a depth of 571 meters.  This style of alteration and leaching is commonly referred to as a “leached cap” situated at the top of a porphyry copper deposit.  At 571 meters, the hole crossed through a major fault and breccia zone, and into weakly altered Laramide porphyry intrusive rocks with minor quartz veins with sphalerite, galena and tennantite to 579 meters.  The hole ended at 590 meters in Laramide porphyry  rocks with minor disseminated pyrite.  The core interval between 516 meters and 590 meters in hole K-23 will be submitted for assay.  


K-23 543 meters (1782 ft) showing hematitic leached capping hosted in strongly sericitized Laramide volcanic tuff

Future Work

Future work on Perseverance may include the use of Ivanhoe Electric’s proprietary Typhoon system to map out the extent of sulphide mineralization and explore for possible supergene, copper-enriched sulphide (chalcocite) mineralization with associated oxide copper mineralization.  Diamond drilling of any compelling anomalies identified by the Typhoon survey would be expected to follow.


Bell Copper President & CEO Dr. Tim Marsh stated- “Bell Copper is excited to see this first appearance of true volcanic rocks in the Laramide porphyry system at Perseverance.  The intense sericitic alteration and supergene leaching in the volcanic rocks, together with very sparse relict chalcocite in the leached capping, give us confidence that Cordoba is pointed in the right direction.  Notably, there was minimal Precambrian wallrock intersected in this hole, so K-23 likely represents a move toward the locus of igneous activity in this porphyry system.  We are pleased to see Cordoba voting with their wallet at a time when exploration dollars are scarce.  We look forward to Cordoba deploying the balance of $14.2 million of expenditures required by the earn-in agreement on Perseverance in the next 24 months.”


Qualified Person

The technical content of this release has been reviewed and approved by Timothy Marsh, PhD, PEng., the Company’s CEO and President and a ‘Qualified Person’ as defined under Canadian National Instrument 43-101.


About Bell Copper

Bell Copper is a mineral exploration company focused on the identification, exploration and discovery of large copper deposits located in Arizona.  Bell Copper is exploring its 100% owned Big Sandy Porphyry Copper Project and the Perseverance Porphyry Copper Project which is under a Joint Venture - Earn In.



On behalf of the Board of Directors of

Bell Copper Corporation


"Timothy Marsh"


Timothy Marsh, President, CEO & Director


For further information please contact the Company

Tel: 1 800 418 8250


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