American Bonanza Gold Corp

Copperstone Air Photo showing Target Zones & Development

 December 03, 2003
American Bonanza Continues to Drill High Grade Gold at Copperstone

 AMERICAN BONANZA GOLD MINING CORP. ("Bonanza") is pleased to report additional drill results from the underground core drilling program in progress at the D-Zone target at the 100% owned Copperstone Project in Arizona.

These drill holes complete the southern fan of drill holes at the D-Zone, the first results of which were announced on November 11, 2003. The most significant intercept of the previously announced drill holes was a 40 foot zone grading 41 grams per tonne gold (1.2 ounces per ton gold), including an interval 18 feet long grading 79 grams per tonne gold (2.3 ounces per ton of gold).

The current two drill holes were drilled below previous holes. Drill hole number 4 encountered a 32 foot interval grading 23 grams per tonne gold (0.67 ounces per ton gold), including an interval 12 feet long grading 43 grams per tonne gold (1.3 ounces per ton of gold).

The following table is a summary of assay results for these two underground core drill holes from the D-Zone drilling program; all holes were drilled due east as were the previously announced holes:
Drill             Dip      Re-             Interval    Gold    Gold
Hole    Length   (de-   covery   From - To   Length   Grade   Grade
Number   (feet) grees)      (%)      (feet)   (feet)   (opt)   (g/t)
4          199     -5      100   55.3-69.6     14.3   0.446    15.3
4                          100     148-180       32   0.667    22.9
4                          100     162-174       12   1.253    43.0
5        340.1    -15      100     89-96.2      7.2   0.167     5.7
5                          100     104-117       13   0.099     3.4

Drill hole number 5 was terminated before encountering the main D-Zone structure, and will be lengthened. All assays at Copperstone are at least triple-checked routinely. Preliminary reviews of the cross section developed by this drilling indicate a maximum true thickness of between 15 and 20 feet for the main D-Zone high grade structure. Drilling continues on the remainder of the planned 9,000 foot D-Zone Underground drill program.

Mr. Brian Kirwin, President and CEO stated: "These bonanza grades continue to be an encouraging indication of the potential of Copperstone to ultimately support a significant, extremely low cost gold mine. Exploration and development activities at Copperstone will continue to accelerate in the coming months."


The Copperstone gold mineralization occurs within a package of sedimentary and volcanic rocks, in northwest striking, moderate to shallow dipping fault zones, principally the Copperstone Fault. Intensely sheared, altered and replaced rock characterizes the Copperstone Fault in the vicinity of the D-Zone. Alteration consisting of intense hematite and magnetite replacement, chloritization and silicification has been observed in the Copperstone Fault underground and is consistent with alteration visible in previous drilling.

Gold mineralization is restricted to these fault zones, with little to no gold mineralization present in the wallrocks. The reported drill intercepts are drilled thicknesses, as more information is required to construct cross sections and determine true thickness, which will be reported in the future when the required information has been obtained through additional drilling. Future exploration and development efforts will target these mineralized faults to follow up along strike and dip from the current results and previously drilled mineralization.

Drilling services are being provided by an international drilling contractor, Layne Christensen Company of Chandler, Arizona. The drilling and assaying are conducted under the supervision of Gregory French, CPG #10708, a Qualified Person as defined in Canadian National Instrument 43-101.

The core is NQ2 size, about 2 inches in diameter. The core samples are collected by Bonanza personnel at the drill for each drill hole. All of Bonanza's facilities are secure, inside the fenced compound. The core is transported to surface to Bonanza's core processing facility on site at Copperstone by Bonanza personnel.

The core is then logged for recovery and other geotechnical features, prior to being sawed lengthwise in half by Bonanza personnel. Individual core samples are selected on a geological basis to characterize the gold mineralization associated with various rock types, alteration types and structural horizons. Subsequent to sawing and sampling, the remaining half core is geologically logged and stored on site as reference samples.

Assay sample sizes average 5.7 pounds. The core samples are bagged, labeled and tied at the Copperstone project site by Bonanza personnel. Geologic information is recorded on standardized sample description forms which included color, rock type, alteration, mineral species and abundance. Samples are stored in a secure facility at the Copperstone project site. Bonanza personnel transport the samples to America West Airlines' airfreight desk at the Lake Havasu City, Arizona airport.

America West Airlines transport the samples to the airport in Reno, Nevada. There, representatives of American Assay Laboratories (AAL) in Sparks, Nevada receive the samples and take custody of the samples. AAL is ISO / IEC 17025 certified and has successfully completed Canadian proficiency testing (CCRMP).

At the AAL laboratory, the channel samples are dried, crushed to -10 mesh, pulverized to -150 mesh, split to 1,000 gram pulps, and fire assayed for gold three times using 2-assay ton fire assay charges with a gravimetric finish. Reported gold grades are the average of these three assays for each sample. All samples greater than 0.100 opt, standards, and blanks are routinely submitted to additional labs for verification. An additional routine 12 duplicate, standard and blank assays were performed for the three drill holes announced here.

Check assays are routinely submitted to BSI-Inspectorate, Sparks, NV and Chemex Labs, Sparks, NV for 2- or 5-assay ton gold analysis. Both labs are ISO 9002 certified. Bonanza personnel deliver the samples to the check labs. A total of 40 samples for check assay have been delivered to these labs.

Additional information about Bonanza can be obtained at:


(signed) Brian Kirwin

President and Chief Executive Officer


American Bonanza Gold Mining Corp.
Brian Kirwin
President and Chief Executive Officer
(775) 824-0707


American Bonanza Gold Mining Corp.
Giulio T. Bonifacio
Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
(604) 699-0023

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