The information regarding the Company’s Venezuelan properties contained herein should be considered in context of our October 21, 2009 news release “Gold Reserve Files International Arbitration Against Venezuelan Government.”
MINERAL RESOURCE AND RESERVE ESTIMATES
Pincock, Allen & Holt (“PAH”), of Denver, Colorado, reviewed the methods and procedures utilized by the Company at the Brisas Project to gather geological, geotechnical, and assaying information and found them reasonable and meeting generally accepted industry standards for a bankable feasibility level of study. PAH believes that the Brisas Project has conducted exploration and development sampling and analysis programs using standard practices, providing generally reasonable results and believes that the resulting data can effectively be used in the estimation of resources and reserves.
PAH calculated the mineral resource and reserve estimates contained herein, most recently in March 2008. The mineral reserves have been calculated in accordance with National Instrument 43-101, as required by Canadian Securities regulatory authorities.
Cautionary Note to U.S. Investors.
We advise U.S. investors that definitions contained in CSA National Instrument 43-101 differ in certain respects from those set forth in the SEC Industry Guide 7. Considering the terminology differences, the Company’s proven and probable mineral reserves disclosed herein are identical under guidance contained in CSA National Instrument 43-101 and SEC Industry Guide 7.
This report uses the terms “measured,” “indicated” and “inferred” resource. Note that under Canadian disclosure rules, estimates of inferred mineral resources may not form the basis of feasibility or pre-feasibility studies, except in rare cases and must be disclosed separately from measured and indicated mineral resource estimates. We advise U.S. investors that while these terms are recognized by Canadian regulations, the SEC does not recognize them as disclosure of estimates other than proved (measured) or probable (indicated) and as such are not allowed pursuant to U.S. disclosure requirements unless required by a foreign jurisdiction. U.S. investors are cautioned not to assume that any disclosure of mineralization not already categorized as “mineral reserves”, will ever be converted into reserves. Also, disclosure of “contained ounces” is permitted under Canadian regulations; however, the SEC generally requires mineral resource information to be reported as in-place tonnage and grade.
Mineral Resource Estimate
Based on work completed by PAH for the Brisas bankable feasibility study, using an off-site smelter process for treating copper concentrates, the Brisas Project is estimated to contain a measured and indicated mineral resource of 11.8 million ounces of gold and approximately 1.6 billion pounds of copper (based on 0.4 gram per tonne gold equivalent cut-off). The March 2008 estimated measured and indicated mineral resource utilizing an off-site smelter process is summarized in the following table: