American Bonanza Gold Corp

Copperstone Air Photo showing Target Zones & Development

 January 24, 2003
American Bonanza Announces Private Placement

 AMERICAN BONANZA GOLD MINING CORP. (the "Corporation") announces it has negotiated, subject to regulatory approval and formal documentation, a brokered private placement with Canaccord Capital Corporation ("Canaccord") totaling 15,909,090 units of the Corporation at a price of $0.22 per unit, for gross proceeds of $3,500,000 with an over allotment option of 15%. Each unit is comprised of one common share and one half of a non-transferable common share purchase warrant with each full warrant entitling the holder to acquire one common share at a price of $0.28 for a period of one year. The proceeds of the private placement will be applied to general corporate working capital and be used for the further exploration and development of the Copperstone project.

About American Bonanza

American Bonanza is engaged in the acquisition, exploration and development of high-grade precious metal properties. American Bonanza's innovative metallogenic techniques developed at considerable expense represent state-of-the-art tools for modern exploration in the Great Basin of the American Southwest. American Bonanza's metallogenic techniques have involved technical pioneering in terms of geological data analysis, hardware and software applications and will be the catalyst for future corporate growth.

Additional information about American Bonanza can be obtained at


(signed) Brian Kirwin

President and Chief Executive Officer

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For further information call or write:

Brian Kirwin, President and Chief Executive Officer (775) 824-0707

Giulio T. Bonifacio, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer (604) 699-0023

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