Silver City Project in Germany

Excellon Resources Inc. carries out the Silver City project at a high-grade epithermal silver district in Saxony, Germany with 750 years of mining history and no modern exploration.

Period: 2020-2022
Client: Excellon Resources Inc.
Meters Drilled: 13,000

About this Project

The Silver City Project was mined for high-grade silver from the 11th until the late 19th century, when Germany left the silver standard in 1873 and the gold: silver ratio collapsed. Our company is proud to support the new diamond drilling program at the are of 164 km2 in Saxony, Germany. Excellon Resources Inc. is embarking on the first modern day exploration program focused on precious metals.

GEOPS leaded the drilling program with:

  • 20 number of staff
  • 2 drill rigs
  • 13,000 meters drilled
  • 0 health and safety incidents

The area’s long history of mining dates back to the 12th century. Similar to the gold rush in North America, the silver rush in Europe originated in the ore mountains of Saxony, which were the source of wealth and power for the Saxon monarchy. Mining continued until the 19th century and ceased when Germany abandoned the silver standard after the Franco-Prussian war and as the depth of mining operations became difficult with the methods then being employed.

Sporadic silver mining continued in 1880’s, but ultimately ceased in 1969 due to economic, political and technological limitations. Nowadays, exploration and other mining activities are ongoing in the area and GEOPS plays an important role in those projects.

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