BOULDER, Colo., Feb. 23, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Athena Silver Corporation (OTCBB:AHNR) announced today completion of its drilling program on its Langtry silver project in San Bernardino County, California. The drilling program was conducted under the design and supervision of Athena's consulting geologists.   

"We are looking forward to the results of our drilling program and its comparison to the results generated by Superior Oil Company over 35 years ago. We are still estimating a minimum of 30 days for comprehensive and complete assay results to be received and analyzed by our consulting geologists. We will release detailed information about the assay results at that time, but are encouraged by the very limited assay information that we have received to date. We will need the final comprehensive detailed assay data from the drilling program in order to accurately assess the results of program and the project, " said John Power, President & CEO of Athena Silver Corporation.

"Subject to the availability of additional working capital, we plan to engage an independent mining consulting firm to prepare a NI 43-101 technical report on the project after receipt and analysis of the final assay certificates. While we have had preliminary discussions with a international mining consultanting firm concerning this possible next step, whether the preparation of an NI 43-101 technical report is appropriate will depend upon the results of our newly completed drilling program," added Power.

Athena's drilling program consisted of 13 drill holes instead of a planned 14 drill holes; 10 vertical holes were drilled to depths of between 350' to 575'for a total of 4,285' will test the results of a much larger historic drilling program conducted by Superior Oil Company; and three angle holes were drilled to a depth of between 500' and 600' for a total of 1,700' were exploratory as they targeted veins near 19 th century historic workings on the property and were not intended to replicate any prior drilling holes.  

The historical resource estimate at Langtry thus far has been defined by 201 rotary drill holes drilled by the minerals division of Superior Oil Company in the late 1960s and early 1970s.   Average hole depth was 400 feet and the deepest hole was 575 feet.    The estimated historical resources on the Langtry claims are a 22 million ton ore body, with silver grading at an average of 2.37 ounces per ton for a total of 52.14 million ounces and barite grading at 7.9% for a total of 1.73 million tons.   Superior estimated a potential 65% recovery rate on the silver ore.   Superior was an NYSE listed independent American Oil Company acquired by Mobil Corporation (now Exxon Mobil Corp. –NYSE "XOM") in 1984 for $5.7 Billion.    Athena has not independently verified these historical estimates and cannot attest to their accuracy.