Solitario Reports Significant Drilling Results On Its Mt. Hamilton Gold Project, Nevada Plans Additional 2011 Drilling Program

June 2, 2011

Denver, Colorado: Solitario Exploration & Royalty Corp. ("Solitario;" NYSE Amex: XPL; TSX: SLR) and Ely Gold & Minerals ("Ely Gold;" TSX.V: ELY) are pleased to announce the remaining results from its core drilling program completed in the first quarter of 2011 on its advanced Mt. Hamilton gold project located at the southern end of the prolific Battle Mountain gold trend, Nevada. Based on these results, additional drilling is planned for mid-2011.

Highlights of the most recent drill results include MH10-09 and MH11-02 on the eastern perimeter of the resource containing 81.2meters (266.5 feet) of 1.93 grams per tonne gold equivalent ("g/t Au Eq") and 60.9 meters (199.9 feet) of 1.66 g/t Au Eq, respectively. These two holes are depicted on cross sections that can be accessed at: Additionally, an infill hole (MH11-01) in an area of sparse drilling reported 102.5 meters (336 feet) of 1.13 g/t Au Eq.

The project is a joint venture between Solitario and Ely Gold. The eleven-hole, 6,250-foot core drilling program was designed to provide feasibility-level geotechnical, metallurgical, hydro-geologic and additional resource information at Mt. Hamilton's Centennial gold deposit. A Feasibility Study for production at Centennial is targeted for completion by the end of the third quarter of 2011.

Results for the entire drilling program have now been received. Previously reported drill holes MH-10-02, 03 and 04 were designed to provide samples for testing of average to lower grade material to confirm metallurgical recoveries

Holes MH-10-01, 05 and 08 were geotechnical holes for the collection of data for pit slope studies and were not designed to intersect mineralization. The remaining holes in-filled existing resources or tested the perimeter of the previously drilled area.

Chris Herald, President and CEO of Solitario commented, "The purpose of this program was primarily to provide information for the preparation of our Feasibility Study on the Centennial Deposit at Mt. Hamilton. The results of the last three holes, however, confirm our belief that the higher grade portion of the deposit remains open to the east with increasingly strong mineralization. This potential to expand resources at the Centennial Deposit is enhanced by significant geochemical data supporting other drill targets at Mt. Hamilton in the immediate area of the planned open pitable deposit. We are looking forward to testing these targets in upcoming drill programs."

"Solitario continues to fast track the Mt Hamilton project towards production, stated Trey Wasser, Ely Gold's President & CEO. These outstanding results combined with the recently permitted geotech drilling will be incorporated in a bankable feasibility this fall."

Mt. Hamilton Project

Centennial Gold Deposit Drill Results, 2010-2011 Program

Drill Hole   From     To   Interval  Gold   Silver  Interval Gold Equiv
             (ft)    (ft)   (ft)     (opt)  (opt)     (m)     (g/tn)
MH10-06     257.5   276.1    18.6    0.026   0.17     5.7      1.10
            312.7   372.3    59.6    0.014   0.11    18.2      0.60
MH10-07     191.0   208.4    17.4    0.044   0.16     5.3      1.74 
            337.8   399.0    61.2    0.027   0.48    18.7      1.33
MH10-09     346.7   613.2   266.5    0.050   0.20    81.2      1.93
      incl  490.0   542.0    52.0    0.110   0.86    15.8      4.36
MH11-01     238.5   574.7   336.2    0.026   0.23   102.5      1.13
      incl  396.3   574.7   179.4    0.036   0.31    54.7      1.55
MH11-02     394.2   594.1   199.9    0.043   0.26    60.9      1.66
      incl  411.2   492.8    81.6    0.092   0.53    24.9      3.52
            577.8   606.8    29.0    0.017   0.62     8.8      1.10
MH10-02*     27.4    98.7    71.3    0.024   0.88    21.7      1.10
MH10-03*    317.5   341.5    24.0    0.016   0.61     7.3      0.89
            367.3   376.7     9.4    0.042   1.54     2.9      1.76
            426.0   453.9    27.9    0.017   0.62     8.5      0.96
            393.8   514.0    20.2    0.045   1.67     6.2      2.27
MH10-04*    373.6   484.5   110.9    0.044   1.61    33.8      1.83

All drill thicknesses are thought to represent at least a 90% true thickness of the mineralized interval.

Assumed silver to gold ratio is 50:1. opt=ounces per short ton; g/tn=grams per metric tonne

"*" holes previously reported on February 7, 2011.

Planned 2011 Drilling Program

Plans are well advanced for additional drilling at Mt. Hamilton for the third quarter of 2011. An additional 12 holes are planned to test the eastern extension of mineralization that remains open to expansion and to infill a couple of areas within the deposit. Another 20 holes are planned in the Chester prospect area where limited past drilling intersected strong near-surface gold mineralization.

Terms of the Mt. Hamilton LLC Joint Venture

Solitario and Ely Gold formed the Mt. Hamilton LLC ("MH-LLC"), a limited liability company which now holds 100% of the Mt. Hamilton project assets under an Operating Agreement ("MH-Agreement"). Per the terms of the MH-Agreement, DHI-US, Ely Gold's wholly owned US subsidiary, currently has a 90% initial interest in the MH-LLC and Solitario has a 10% initial interest. Solitario can earn up to an 80% interest in the MH-LLC by completing a feasibility study, arranging project financing, and making future property and advanced royalty payments.

Qualified Person

The drill hole information contained within this release is reported under a quality control program supervised by Mr. Walt Hunt, Chief Operating Officer for Solitario, who is a qualified person as defined by National Instrument 43-101. He has verified the drill results and other data disclosed in this new release, including sampling, analytical and test data. Samples are derived from 50% splits of HQ and NQ (2.5 and 1.9 inch) diameter core. Samples are then shipped via secured third-party land transportation and analyzed by American Assay Laboratories, Reno, Nevada, an ISO9001:2000 registered company. In addition to the laboratory's quality control program, a check assay program is ongoing.

About Solitario

Solitario is a gold, silver, platinum-palladium, and base metal exploration and royalty company actively exploring in Brazil, Mexico, Peru and Nevada. Solitario has significant business relationships with Votorantim Metais, CompaƱia de Minas Buenaventura S.A.A., Anglo Platinum, and Newmont Mining. Solitario has approximately US$14 million in net cash and marketable securities. Solitario is traded on the NYSE Amex ("XPL") and on the Toronto Stock Exchange ("SLR"). Additional information about Solitario is available online at

About Ely Gold

Ely Gold is focused on the acquisition and development of gold resources in North America. The Company is currently working toward production from the Centennial Gold Deposit, a project located on the Company's 100% owned Mount Hamilton property. Ely Gold is traded on the TSX Venture Exchange ("ELY"). Additional information about Ely Gold is available online at


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Christopher E. Herald

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Trey Wasser

President & CEO


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