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Default Barkerville Pours First Gold Bar-Full Scale Gold Production Achieved

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA, Sep. 15, 2010 (Marketwire) -- Barkerville Gold Mines Ltd. ("BGM" or "the Company") (TSX VENTURE:BGM)(FRANKFURT:IWUB) announces that Kevin McMurren, QR Mine Manager has reported to the Board of Directors that the Company's first gold dore bar was poured last week on September 8th weighing 314.1 troy ounces (9.77 kg) and that continuous, full gold production has now been achieved at the QR Mine & Mill in central British Columbia.

The next gold dore bar, approximately 500 oz, is planned to be poured tomorrow, Thursday, September 16th, with the Company planning to pour gold dore every 5-6 days and on this basis is looking to produce 50,000 ounces of gold in its first year of production.

The QR Mill will be initially run at a 600-tonne per day rate, ramping up to capacity over the next several months. The QR Mill is currently being fed with ore from the newly developed "915" stope. Orica's i-Kon digital blasting system was used to ensure successful initial production blasts opening the stope, resulting in minimal dilution.

Pre-production mine development continues towards the west side of the West Zone. This ore is the down dip extension of the North Lobe Pit. It is expected that this development to be in North Lobe ore within the week. Surface definition drilling has recently been completed in this area. An underground diamond drill will be in later this week to complete the definition drilling of this ore zone to finalize planning of the North Lobe production stopes.

The surface diamond drill is continuing exploration in a separate area at QR, the North Zone, located approximately 265 to 300 metres below the QR Mill. The North Zone is drill indicated to be the largest mineralized zone at QR and is the next zone slated for development and mining.
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