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2012

Timmins Gold announces Commencement of Drill Program on its Zacatecas Claim Package


July 18, 2012

Vancouver, BC - Timmins Gold Corp. (TSX:TMM) announces that it has started an initial 5,000 metre core drill program at its San Onesimo project in Zacatecas, Mexico. The San Onesimo project consists of 5 claims covering a surface of approximately 6,400 ha. The project is in a prolific mining district and is located 16 km to the northeast of Goldcorp's Camino Rojo project and 80 km southeast of Goldcorp's Penasquito mine. 

The drill targets were generated using a combination of prospecting, geochemical soil sampling, induced polarization (IP) and ground magnetics. This combination has identified a chargeability anomaly located south of the geological contact interpreted by the magnetic data. This chargeability anomaly coincides with a target identified by systematic soil sampling. The target area is approximately 2 km long by 1 km wide.

The drill program will consist of 11 holes at a planned depth of between 400 to 500 metres designed to test the combined IP/magnetic/geochemical anomaly.

In addition to the San Onesimo project, Timmins Gold also owns the TIMM claims in Zacatecas which consist of a 45,000 ha claim package contiguous to Goldcorp's Penasquito project.

This press release was reviewed and prepared by Lawrence A. Dick, Ph.D., P.Geo., who is recognized as a Qualified Person under the guidelines of National Instrument 43-101 and by Miguel Soto, P. Geo., a director and the COO of the Company.

About Timmins Gold

Focused solely in Mexico, Timmins Gold Corp. is in commercial gold production at its wholly owned San Francisco gold mine in Sonora, Mexico. The mine is an open pit heap leach operation. Timmins Gold has forecast production at a rate in excess of 100,000 ounces of gold per year. (Micon International NI 43-101F1 Technical Report dated November, 2011). 

Contacts:

Timmins Gold Corp.
Bruce Bragagnolo
CEO and Director
604-638-8980
bruce@timminsgold.com
www.timminsgold.com

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