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Golden Dawn discovers significant Copper Zone north of current inferred Gold Resource Zone, Greenwood Mining District, British Columbia, Canada

(December 23, 2011)
Golden Dawn discovers significant Copper Zone north of current inferred Gold Resource Zone, Greenwood Mining District, British Columbia, Canada



Vancouver, December 22nd , 2011 Golden Dawn Minerals Inc. (TSX-V: GOM; FRANKFURT: 3G8) (the Company” or Golden Dawn”) is pleased to announce the discovery of significant porphyry style copper and gold values north of the Deadwood Inferred Gold Resource on the Wildrose/Tam OShanter properties, Greenwood Mining District, British Columbia, Canada. Four step-out holes in an area 1.1 km north of the published inferred gold resource (news release, July 13, 2011) intersected widespread copper and gold values with minor molybdenum in all four holes spatially associated with the Buckhorn Diorite. The best intercepts of copper are tabulated below and ranged from 239.0 m @ 0.08 % copper, to 23.5 m @ 0.20 % copper, interspersed with gold values throughout the entire depth of the holes.

This drilling was conducted over an area of 400 m by 400 m and tested gold and copper in soil anomalies adjacent to the southern contact of the Buckhorn Diorite. The Motherlode Skarn, a historic mine in the Greenwood area, is spatially associated with the northern contact of the Buckhorn Diorite. The 2011 drilling intersected disseminated chalcopyrite in basalts and dioritic intrusions with wide low grade copper-molybdenum-gold-silver mineralization that reflects a possible intrusive-related system extending over large portions of the property holdings. This interpretation is supported by geophysical responses in conjunction with widespread anomalous precious and base metal values in soil samples.

Table 1. Drillholes 11WR20 to 11WR23, Greenwood Gold Project, Wild Rose Property

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Split drill core samples were shipped from the site by overland courier for sample preparation and analysis by Inspectorate Exploration and Mining Services Inc., of Richmond, BC, an ISO 9001:2008 certified laboratory. Assay procedures consisted of standard one assay ton fire assay for gold, with atomic adsorption (AA) finish. Other elements were analyzed by 30 element Inductively Coupled Spectrophotometry (ICP) following multi-acid digestion. Assay blanks, standards and duplicate checks were performed as part of the QA/QC program.

THREE FACETED CONTINUING PROGRAM FOR 2012

A. Deadwood Expansion and Extension

Drilling is required to test for extensions of the Inferred Gold Resource on the Deadwood Gold Zone as it extends to both the west and the northwest onto the contiguous Tam O Shanter Property. Additional drilling will also continue to the north of the known extent of the Deadwood Gold Zone in the area of the high grade silver discovery and to the southeast to further extend the zone along strike toward the Wild Rose vein system.

The fall 2011 drill program also included 8 holes designed to extend the Deadwood Gold Zone to the north, northwest and southeast. All holes intersected gold mineralization. It is anticipated that a revised National Instrument 43-101 resource will be prepared in the first quarter of 2012.

Further 2012 work will also include additional drilling to the north of the Deadwood zone to further test and extend the currently announced Buckhorn copper- gold porphyry style discovery zone there.

B. Royal Attwood Joint Venture

Earlier this year the company announced it was drilling the Royal Attwood project 10 km southeast from the Greenwood Project. Due to mechanical difficulties with the drill on the first hole this drilling has been deferred until the New Year. The follow-up drill testing of the Titan 24 anomalies which coincide with strong gold soil geochemistry will be continued early in January.

C. Boundary Falls Property including May Mac Mine area

Late in the season the Company decided to test portions of the Boundary Falls property on the Greenwood project to check both airborne electromagnetic (EM) and ground induced polarization (IP) targets associated with gold in soil anomalies. This drilling included 7 holes totalling 1,900 m, which was completed on December 19. All core samples have been delivered to Inspectorate laboratories for assay, with results expected late in January 2012.

Two holes from the recent drilling campaign tested for the strike and depth extensions of the May Mac Mine system of veins which are interpreted from geophysical and geochemical surveys to extend over much of the hillside surrounding the May Mac Mine.

The Company is planning underground evaluation, as well as continued surface drilling of the May Mac Mine silver-gold-lead-zinc vein systems. Rehabilitation and re-entry to the multiple levels of the mine will be initiated, with a view to early bulk sampling and shipping of material for milling and recovery of values. The Company is considering using either a modern processing facility located 10 km east of the Greenwood Project or refurbishing the permitted mill and tailings pond situated on our Boundary Falls portion of the Greenwood Project. The Company is currently in negotiations with Peruvian Mining Contractors who have the experience in mining high grade narrow veins in underground mines.

Golden Dawn looks forward to a challenging and rewarding program for the upcoming year.

The information in this release have been reviewed and verified by Mike Dufresne, M.Sc., P.Geol. of APEX Geoscience Ltd., a Qualified Person. The program is being supervised by Mr. Dufresne.

On behalf of the Board of Directors:

GOLDEN DAWN MINERALS INC.

?????????Wolf Wiese”

????Wolf Wiese

Chief Executive Officer

For further information, please contact:

Mike Poulin
Investor Relations
604-630-6793
mike@goldendawnminerals.com

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