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Columbus Copper Reports 54.0 Metres Grading 3.3gpt Gold from Continuous Rock Chip Sampling at its Kavaklitepe Project, Turkey

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VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA -- (Marketwired) -- 06/11/13 -- Columbus Copper Corporation ("Columbus Copper") (TSX VENTURE: CCU) (formerly Empire Mining) is pleased to provide additional exploration results from its 100% owned Kavaklitepe gold project in western Turkey. Continuous rock chip sampling along a forest track running across one of the mineralized zones returned 54.0 metres grading 3.33 grams per tonne ("gpt") gold including 21.5 metres grading 7.2 gpt gold where the mineralization is better exposed and no contamination with overburden was observed. Scattered rock chip composite samples were also collected within the zone and returned 22.7 gpt, 13.2 gpt and 1.91 gpt gold respectively, and confirm previously announced positive gold results. The gold mineralization was found within a well-defined soil anomaly that measures 850 metres by 250 metres elongated northeast to southwest, that might be displaced about 700 metres by a northwest-trending fault, and continuing for another 800 metres to the southwest. The limited outcrop found and sampled within the zone led to identify brecciated schist with dark silica infill suggestive for a low-sulphidation epithermal type of gold mineralization.

The results from the rock chip sampling are presented in the table below together with the original reconnaissance rock sampling by Columbus Copper that was reported in news releases of January 17, 2013 and March 1, 2013 respectively. Results from the current sampling are highlighted in grey.

Sample No Au (gpt) Ag (gpt) Sb (ppm) Sample Description---------------------------------------------------------------------------- 1.5m rock chip146009 5.21 2.6 73 sample----------------------------------------------------------------------------146010 less than 0.01 less than 0.5 less than 5 Float sample----------------------------------------------------------------------------146011 less than 0.01 less than 0.5 less than 5 Float sample----------------------------------------------------------------------------146012 0.01 3.1 16 Rock sample---------------------------------------------------------------------------- 3m rock chip146051 0.02 less than 0.5 6 sample----------------------------------------------------------------------------146052 0.04 0.7 128 Rock sample----------------------------------------------------------------------------146053 0.05 less than 0.5 less than 5 Float composite----------------------------------------------------------------------------146054 0.01 less than 0.5 8 Rock sample---------------------------------------------------------------------------- 0.8m rock chip146058 5.21 1.6 67 sample---------------------------------------------------------------------------- 4m continuous rock146059 1.96 1.5 52 chip sample---------------------------------------------------------------------------- 8m continuous rock146060 2.29 1.1 42 chip sample---------------------------------------------------------------------------- 9m continuous rock146061 3.32 2.2 80 chip sample---------------------------------------------------------------------------- 0.5m rock chip146062 2.14 1.2 42 sample---------------------------------------------------------------------------- Rock composite146063 0.04 0.5 34 sample---------------------------------------------------------------------------- Rock composite146064 0.27 1.6 21 sample---------------------------------------------------------------------------- Recrsytallized135785 less than 0.01 less than 0.5 7 marble---------------------------------------------------------------------------- 3m rock chip135786 21.7 6 206 sample---------------------------------------------------------------------------- 1m rock chip135787 28.2 3.5 118 sample---------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2m rock chip135788 3.66 1.5 543 sample---------------------------------------------------------------------------- 4m rock chip135789 6.7 4 662 sample---------------------------------------------------------------------------- Rock composite135790 0.04 less than 0.5 12 sample---------------------------------------------------------------------------- 1.5m rock chip135792 7.39 1.7 157 sample---------------------------------------------------------------------------- 1m rock chip135793 5.03 1.3 160 sample---------------------------------------------------------------------------- 1.5m rock chip135794 2 0.9 120 sample---------------------------------------------------------------------------- 1m rock chip135795 7.68 1.7 185 sample---------------------------------------------------------------------------- 1m rock chip135796 2.8 0.6 135 sample---------------------------------------------------------------------------- 7m rock chip135797 0.04 less than 0.5 6 sample---------------------------------------------------------------------------- 5m rock chip135798 0.09 less than 0.5 15 sample---------------------------------------------------------------------------- 1m rock chip135800 0.24 0.6 186 sample---------------------------------------------------------------------------- 1.5m rock chip135801 0.84 less than 0.5 59 sample----------------------------------------------------------------------------135802 1.91 0.5 81 Rock sample----------------------------------------------------------------------------135803 22.7 3.6 801 Rock sample---------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2m rock chip135804 13.2 1.9 1350 sample---------------------------------------------------------------------------- 3m continuous rock135805 0.15 less than 0.5 124 chip sample---------------------------------------------------------------------------- 3.1m continuous135873 0.11 less than 0.5 92 rock chip sample---------------------------------------------------------------------------- 3.6m continuous135874 1.21 0.5 144 rock chip sample---------------------------------------------------------------------------- 3.4m continuous135875 1.05 0.6 165 rock chip sample---------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2.9m continuous135876 4.27 0.9 105 rock chip sample---------------------------------------------------------------------------- 3.2m continuous135877 0.39 less than 0.5 85 rock chip sample---------------------------------------------------------------------------- 3.1m continuous135878 0.16 less than 0.5 88 rock chip sample---------------------------------------------------------------------------- 3.6m continuous135879 0.2 0.6 87 rock chip sample---------------------------------------------------------------------------- 3.4m continuous135880 3.65 0.6 188 rock chip sample---------------------------------------------------------------------------- 3.3m continuous135881 17.65 2 311 rock chip sample---------------------------------------------------------------------------- 3.8m continuous135882 13.65 1.2 272 rock chip sample---------------------------------------------------------------------------- 4m continuous rock135883 1.02 less than 0.5 245 chip sample---------------------------------------------------------------------------- 3.8m continuous135884 2.22 0.9 134 rock chip sample---------------------------------------------------------------------------- 3.1m continuous135885 6.3 0.7 150 rock chip sample---------------------------------------------------------------------------- 3.7m continuous135886 0.5 less than 0.5 83 rock chip sample---------------------------------------------------------------------------- 3.1m continuous135887 0.13 less than 0.5 57 rock chip sample---------------------------------------------------------------------------- 1.5m rock chip135888 0.08 less than 0.5 54 sample----------------------------------------------------------------------------



The two previously reported soil sampling areas that returned open gold anomalies in all directions have now been extended and connected by additional 512 soil samples collected in a 50 metre x 50 metre grid. The new sampling brings the total number of soil samples collected on the project, including standards and field duplicates to 1,583 of which 176 return gold grades higher than 50 parts per billion ("ppb"), 70 - higher than 100 ppb and 40 - higher than 250 ppb with 5 of these samples containing more than 1000 ppb (1 gpt) gold.

Columbus Copper reported the discovery of gold mineralization at Kavaklitepe in a news release dated January 17, 2013. The discovery was made by following up a stream sediment anomaly and resulted in an average of 2.67 gpt gold over 21 metres of exposure. Follow up on a soil sample anomaly led to identification of a brecciated zone striking 50NE with low-sulphidation epithermal gold signature at about 1.4 kilometres northwest from the discovery outcrop. Four rock samples collected there returned 28.2 gpt, 21.7 gpt, 6.7 gpt and 3.66 gpt gold respectively (see news release of March 1, 2013). The additional sampling confirmed the presence of high-grade gold mineralization returning 54.0 metres of continuous rock chips with an average grade of 3.33 gpt gold and delineated a mineralized zone measuring 850 metres by 250 metres. The zone is possibly displaced by a northwest southeast trending fault at its southern margin, but possibly continues for another 800 metres to the southwest where gold grades are strongly anomalous.

Columbus Copper's Kavaklitepe Project is situated 120 kilometres south-southeast of Istanbul in western Turkey, immediately north of a fertile zone demonstrating copper, molybdenum and gold porphyry systems. A set of dominantly dextral strike-slip and cross sinistral faults have been interpreted to form extensional strain anomalies and pre-mineral shear zones and folds in the area. The dextral faults are also parallel to the Eskishehir Fault that is regionally important and is considered to penetrate deeply into the Earth's crust and probably controls the emplacement of the two known porphyry systems in the area.

To view maps of regional geology, project location, and the updated Gold and Antimony sampling results, see link below: www.columbuscopper.com/i/nr/2013-06-11-maps.pdf.

Columbus Copper plans to open up trenches where the soil anomalies are defined and conduct orientation IP geophysics. A shallow drill-hole campaign is also intended once the follow-up has been completed.

Quality Assurance/Quality Control

All soil sampling was carried out according to procedures described in the Bursa CPR and comprise 'B' horizon soils sent under chain of custody to ALS Chemex in Vancouver after preparation in ALS' preparation facilities in Izmir, Turkey. In addition to the 512 soil samples, 27 standard reference materials and 25 duplicates were included in the sample batch.

All rock samples were sent under chain of custody to ALS Chemex in Vancouver after standard preparation in ALS' preparation facilities in Izmir, Turkey. Rock samples were analysed for gold by the ALS Au-AA25 method, while multi-element geochemistry was done by the ALS ME-ICP61 method, determining 33 elements. The rock sample batches included 2 standard reference materials.

All standard reference material samples for both soil and rock samples reported within their respective certified ranges.

In addition, ALS Chemex performed internal check assaying on about 5% of the samples, and also included analyses of internal standards inserted into the sample string.

Columbus Copper's Qualified Person, David C. Cliff, BSc (Hons), MIMMM, C Eng., FGS, also Columbus Copper's President & CEO, has reviewed and approved the content of this news release.

ON BEHALF OF THE BOARD

David Cliff, President & CEO

This release contains forward-looking information and statements, as defined by law including without limitation Canadian securities laws and the "safe harbor" provisions of the US Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 ("forward- looking statements"), respecting Columbus Copper's exploration plans. Forward-looking statements involve risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause actual results to be materially different from those expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements, including without limitation that plans may change as results are obtained; the ability to acquire necessary permits and other authorizations; environmental compliance; cost increases; availability of qualified workers; competition for mining properties; risks associated with exploration projects, mineral reserve and resource estimates (including the risk of assumption and methodology errors); dependence on third parties for services; non- performance by contractual counterparties; title risks; and general business and economic conditions. Forward-looking statements are based on a number of assumptions that may prove to be incorrect, including without limitation assumptions about: drilling plans based on present knowledge and expectations; general business and economic conditions; the timing and receipt of required approvals; availability of financing; power prices; ability to procure equipment and supplies; and ongoing relations with employees, partners and joint venturers. The foregoing list is not exhaustive. Although Columbus Copper has attempted to identify important factors that could cause actual actions, events or results to differ materially from those described in forward-looking statements, there may be other factors that cause actions, events or results not to be anticipated, estimated or intended. There can be no assurance that forward-looking statements will prove to be accurate, as actual results and future events could differ materially from those anticipated in such statements. Columbus Copper undertakes no obligation to update forward-looking statements if circumstances or management's estimates or opinions should change except as required by applicable securities laws. The reader is cautioned not to place undue reliance on forward-looking statements.

To view the maps associated with this release, please visit the following links: http://media3.marketwire.com/docs/CCUfigs.pdf.

Neither the TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.



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