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Hecla Maintains 2011 Production and Cash Cost Guidance

Monday, November 21, 2011

Hecla Maintains 2011 Production and Cash Cost Guidance06:00 EST Monday, November 21, 2011 COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho (Business Wire) -- Hecla Mining Company (“Hecla”) (NYSE:HL) reports that the suspension of operation on November 18 at its Lucky Friday mine is not expected to impact the 2011 silver production guidance of 9 to 10 million ounces and cash cost of approximately $1.00 per ounce, net of by-products. Cautionary Statements Statements made which are not historical facts, such as anticipated payments, litigation outcome (including settlement negotiations), production, sales of assets, exploration results and plans, costs, and prices or sales performance are "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Words such as “may”, “will”, “should”, “expects”, “intends”, “projects”, “believes”, “estimates”, “targets”, “anticipates” and similar expressions are used to identify these forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements involve a number of risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected, anticipated, expected or implied. These risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, metals price volatility, volatility of metals production and costs, environmental and litigation risks, operating risks, project development risks, political risks, labor issues, ability to raise financing and exploration risks and results. Refer to the company's Form 10-K and 10-Q reports for a more detailed discussion of factors that may impact expected future results. The company undertakes no obligation of updating forward-looking statements other than as may be required by law. For further information, please contact: Mélanie Hennessey                 Direct Main: 800-HECLA91 (800-432-5291) Vice President – Investor Relations Email: hmc-info@hecla-mining.com Direct: 604-694-7729 Website: www.hecla-mining.com   Hecla Canada Ltd. Hecla Mining Company 400 – 580 Hornby Street 6500 N. Mineral Drive, Suite 200 Vancouver, British Columbia Coeur d'Alene, Idaho 83815 V6C 3B6 Canada Hecla Mining CompanyMélanie HennesseyVice President ? Investor RelationsDirect: 604-694-7729Direct Main: 800-HECLA91 (800-432-5291)hmc-info@hecla-mining.comwww.hecla-mining.com