Comstock Mining Commences Heap Leaching Over $3.5 Million Of Recoverable Metal On Leach Pad

VIRGINIA CITY, Nev., Sept. 12, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Comstock Mining Inc. (the "Company" or "Comstock") (NYSE MKT: LODE) is pleased to announce it has commenced its leaching process for gold and silver recovery.  The Company also announced that its newly constructed crusher is fully operational and that to-date the Company has crushed, agglomerated and stacked in excess of 70,000 tons of mineralized material on the heap pad.   

The leaching process adds a dilute cyanide solution to the heap through a network of drip lines. This solution runs continuously in a fully permitted and lined containment, leaching gold and silver from the material stacked on the heap pads, soon to be recovered through the Company's processing facilities.

"Our operations team is fully dedicated to stabilizing the crushing facility and commissioning the Merrill Crowe.  We are mining, hauling, crushing, stacking and leaching," stated Corrado De Gasperis, President and CEO of Comstock. "We have already amassed over 1,750 ounces of recoverable gold and over 15,000 ounces of recoverable silver on the leach pads and look forward to announcing our first pour and revenue in the coming weeks."

The Company's process facility includes the 1,000 gallon per minute Merrill-Crowe Plant, a T-200 melting furnace and a mercury retort and abatement system. Five principle contractors were used on this project: Scotia International of Nevada, A.M. Smith Electric, Inc., based in Carson City, Nevada, Briggs Electric, Inc. of Carson City, Nevada and Lyon County contractors Cruz Construction Company Inc. and Coons Construction LLC, each based about ten miles from the mine in Mound House, Nevada.

About Comstock Mining Inc.
Comstock Mining Inc. is a Nevada-based gold and silver mining company with extensive, contiguous property in the Comstock District.  The Company began acquiring properties in the Comstock District in 2003.  Since then, the Company has consolidated a significant portion of the Comstock District, amassed the single largest known repository of historical and current geological data on the Comstock region, secured permits, built an infrastructure and brought the exploration project into test mining production.  The Company continues acquiring additional properties in the district, expanding its footprint and creating opportunities for exploration and mining.  The goal of its strategic plan is to deliver stockholder value by validating qualified resources (at least measured and indicated) and reserves (probable and proven) of 3,250,000 gold equivalent ounces in 2013, and commencing commercial mining and processing operations with annual production rates of 20,000 gold equivalent ounces.

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Neither this press release nor any related calls or discussions constitutes an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy any securities.

Contact information for Comstock Mining Inc.:

P.O. Box 1118

Virginia City, NV 89440

questions@comstockmining.com

http://www.comstockmining.com










Doug McQuide

Kimberly Shipley


Director of External Relations

Manager of Investor Relations


Tel (775) 847-7376

Tel (775) 847-0545


mcquide@comstockmining.com

shipley@comstockmining.com


SOURCE Comstock Mining Inc.



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