2012

May 22, 2012
Endeavour Silver Discovers High Grade Silver-Gold Mineralization at the San Sebastian Property in Jalisco, Mexico

Drilling Intersects 1,489 gpt Silver and 0.85 gpt Gold over 5.66 Meters in the Terronera Vein

Vancouver, Canada -- May 22, 2012 - Endeavour Silver Corp. (TSX: EDR, NYSE: EXK, Frankfurt: EJD) announces that exploration drilling at the San Sebastian property in Jalisco State, Mexico has discovered a new high grade silver-gold mineralized zone in the Terronera vein. 

Drilling highlights in the Terronera Vein include 1,489 grams per tonne (gpt) silver and 0.85 gpt gold over 5.66 meters (m) true width (44.7 ounces per ton (opT) silver equivalent (based on silver: gold ratio of 50:1) over 18.6 feet (ft)) in hole TR02-1. Other drilling highlights include 500 gpt silver and 1.15 gpt gold over 11.48 m true width (16.3 opT silver equivalent over 37.7 ft) including 4,500 gpt silver and 3.27 gpt gold over 0.20 m true width (136.0 opT silver equivalent over 0.66 ft) in hole TR12-1.

Drill results are as follows:

SAN SEBASTIAN DRILL RESULTS

Hole Vein From To Core Length True Width Ag Au
(m) (m) (m) (m) (g/t) (g/t)
TR02-1 Terronera Vein 238.00 245.75 7.75 5.66 1,489 0.85
Including 243.25 243.80 0.55 0.50 5,580 1.56
TR12-1 Terronera Vein 199.25 216.00 16.75 11.48 500 1.15
Including 211.65 212.00 0.35 0.20 4,500 3.27
TR13-1 Terronera Vein 265.80 281.20 15.40 13.34 222 0.73
Including 267.70 268.60 0.90 0.78 754 1.04
TR15-1 Terronera Vein 366.25 371.95 5.70 4.37 287 1.08
Including 368.60 369.00 0.40 0.31 579 6.06
TR16-1 Breccia 208.70 209.10 0.40 0.31 502 2.15
Vein 382.85 386.40 3.55 3.18 147 8.91

Barry Devlin, Vice President of Exploration for Endeavour stated, "Endeavour's 2012 exploration drilling program has encountered an exciting new zone of high grade silver-gold mineralization on the Terronera vein in the San Sebastián district.
 

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The San Sebastián veins, like the past-producing Terronera vein, tend to be large and can carry high grade silver-gold mineralized ore-bodies. These new high grade drill results confirm our view that San Sebastián has promising district-scale silver-gold discovery potential."

The Terronera vein is up to 15 m wide has been traced for 2 kilometers along strike. Several old shafts and adits mark the locations of small scale historic mining along the vein. Drilling will continue with one drill rig to delineate the lateral and vertical extent of the recently discovered high grade silver-gold mineralization in the Terronera vein.

Endeavour currently holds an option to acquire a 100% interest in 5,466 hectares (13,507 acres) within the historic silver district of San Sebastian (click to view maps) which was discovered in 1542 and produced silver on a small scale from multiple historic mines on more than 20 different veins until the Mexican Revolution of 1910. Since optioning San Sebastian in 2010, Endeavour has focused on mapping, sampling and drilling six veins within a five kilometer (3 mile) area in the southern half of the property. 

In 2011, Endeavour drilled 7,700 meters in 36 holes at San Sebastian to test the Los Negros, Animas, Tajo, Real and Quiteria veins for their ore potential. Five new, moderate grade silver-gold mineralized zones were outlined containing a small initial silver resource, several mineralized zones remain open for continued exploration and there are many veins yet to be drilled.

Barry Devlin, M.Sc., P.Geo. Vice President, Exploration is the Qualified Person who reviewed this news release and supervised the drilling programs at the San Sebastián project. A Quality Control sampling program of reference standards, blanks and duplicates has been instituted to monitor the integrity of all assay results. All samples are split at the San Sebastián field office and shipped to ALS-Chemex Labs, where they are dried, crushed, split and 50 gram pulp samples are prepared for analysis. Gold and silver are determined by fire assay with an atomic absorption (AA) finish and other elements are determined by AA.

ENDEAVOUR SILVER CORP.
Per: 

/s/ "Bradford J. Cooke"

BRADFORD COOKE
Chairman and CEO

About Endeavour Silver Corp. -- Endeavour Silver is a premier mid-tier silver mining company focused on the growth of its silver production, reserves and resources in Mexico. Since start-up in 2004, Endeavour has posted seven consecutive years of growing silver production, reserves and resources. The organic expansion programs now underway at Endeavour's two (soon to be three) operating silver mines in Mexico combined with its strategic acquisition and exploration programs should facilitate Endeavour's goal to become the next premier senior silver mining company. 

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