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Allied Nevada Completes Successful Second Half 2011 Drill Program Highlighted by 62 Meters of 1.13 g/t Gold and 33.2 g/t Silver (1.7 g/t Gold Equivalent(1)) at Hycroft

Monday, January 09, 2012

Allied Nevada Completes Successful Second Half 2011 Drill Program Highlighted by 62 Meters of 1.13 g/t Gold and 33.2 g/t Silver (1.7 g/t Gold Equivalent(1)) at Hycroft16:01 EST Monday, January 09, 2012RENO, NEVADA--(Marketwire - Jan. 9, 2012) - Allied Nevada Gold Corp. ("Allied Nevada" or the "Company") (TSX:ANV)(NYSE Amex:ANV) is pleased to provide an update to the drilling completed in the second half of 2011 at its wholly owned Hycroft mine located near Winnemucca, Nevada.Highlights of the recent drilling include 62 meters grading 1.13 g/t Au2 and 33.2 g/t Ag2 (1.7 g/t AuEq1,2) and 27 meters grading 0.79 g/t Au and 130.4 g/t Ag (3.1 g/t AuEq) of mill material. Heap leach material drilling highlights include 84 meters grading 0.90 g/t Au and 17.4 g/t Ag (1.2 g/t AuEq) and 41 meters grading 0.91 g/t Au and 24.0 g/t Ag (1.3 g/t AuEq). The primary goals for the drill program in the second half of 2011 were directed towards collecting material for engineering support of the expansion projects, ongoing metallurgical optimization work and condemnation drilling. Secondarily, these holes will provide additional data to infill areas for the resource model. A resource update for Hycroft is expected to be released by the end of the first quarter of 2012 and will incorporate the majority of the holes drilled in 2011."We have successfully completed the drill program for 2011, as planned, and are very pleased with the results," commented Dave Flint, Vice President of Exploration. "We are on track to complete a revised block model for Hycroft, which will lead to an update to the reserve and resource estimate to be provided in the first quarter 2012."The material gathered in the second half of 2011 is primarily being utilized for metallurgical optimization work for the mill process flowsheet, ore hardness testing and mill equipment sizing. Composites are being compiled based on domain and the period in which an area will be mined to provide a more accurate annual production profile for the first five years of mill operations. Bulk samples collected are being used to create large quantities of concentrate for additional optimization work and to provide samples for testing in offsite processing facilities. The Company continues to review other final process methods for the concentrate such as fine grind and leaching.For a full list of the assay results for the 2011 drill program and a current drill map showing the locations of current and planned holes, please go to our website at www.alliednevada.com. Hole IDFROMTOINTERVALGRADE (g/t)LocationMaterialmetersmetersmetersAuAgAuEqType426582105230.8218.71.1BrimstoneOxide + Sulfide419975158840.9017.41.2BrimstoneOxide + Transitional4227041410.9124.01.3CentralOxide + Transitional424381151700.7222.81.1BrimstoneOxide + Transitional42553855170.8129.11.3CentralOxide + Transitional4101149174240.5234.41.1BrimstoneSulfide4119408443351.147.71.3AlbertSulfide4159457483261.0310.11.2VortexSulfide4160556584270.79130.43.1VortexSulfide4194140162210.7714.21.0BrimstoneSulfide4248178200220.6940.51.4VortexSulfide4260102122200.7934.01.4BrimstoneSulfide4260209219110.7823.81.2BrimstoneSulfide4260305366621.1333.21.7BrimstoneSulfide4263183195121.1121.01.5BrimstoneSulfide4269114136210.9222.51.3BrimstoneSulfide42726175141.007.01.1BrimstoneSulfideAllied Nevada maintains a strict quality control program at all of its projects. Drill samples are gathered on-site and validated by Allied Nevada geologists to be shipped to ALS Chemex's assaying laboratories in Reno, Nevada. Gold and silver analyses are conducted on 1‐assay ton prepped samples with gold determined using industry standard fire assay methods with an atomic absorption finish. Gold over limits and silver are determined using fire assay with a gravimetric finish.Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward Looking InformationThis press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the U.S. Securities Act of 1933 and the U.S. Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (and the equivalent under Canadian securities laws), that are intended to be covered by the safe harbor created by such sections. Such forward-looking statements include, without limitation, statements regarding the results and indications of exploration drilling currently underway at Hycroft; the potential for confirming, upgrading and expanding gold and silver mineralized material at Hycroft; resource estimates and the timing of the release of updated estimates; estimates of gold and silver grades; and other statements that are not historical facts. Forward-looking statements address activities, events or developments that Allied Nevada expects or anticipates will or may occur in the future, and are based on current expectations and assumptions. Although Allied Nevada management believes that its expectations are based on reasonable assumptions, it can give no assurance that these expectations will prove correct. Important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements include, among others, risks that Allied Nevada's exploration and property advancement efforts will not be successful; risks relating to fluctuations in the price of gold and silver; the inherently hazardous nature of mining-related activities; uncertainties concerning reserve and resource estimates; uncertainties relating to obtaining approvals and permits from governmental regulatory authorities; and availability and timing of capital for financing the Company's exploration and development activities, including the uncertainty of being able to raise capital on favorable terms or at all; as well as those factors discussed in Allied Nevada's filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC") including Allied Nevada's latest Annual Report on Form 10-K and its other SEC filings (and Canadian filings) including, without limitation, its latest Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q. The Company does not intend to publicly update any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise, except as may be required under applicable securities laws.The technical contents of this news release have been prepared under the supervision of Donald A. Harris, a Certified Professional Geologist with American Institute of Professional Geologists (A.I.P.G.), #10819, who is Manager of Exploration, Hycroft for Allied Nevada Gold Corp. and is a Qualified Person as defined by National Instrument 43-101.For further information regarding the quality assurance program and the quality control measures applied, as well as other relevant technical information, please see the Hycroft Technical Report dated October 5, 2011, filed with SEDAR at www.sedar.com.Cautionary Note to U.S. Investors- The United States Securities and Exchange Commission permits U.S. mining companies, in their filings with the SEC, to disclose only those mineral deposits that a company can economically and legally extract or produce. We use certain terms on this website (or press release), such as "measured," "indicated," and "inferred" "resources," which the SEC guidelines strictly prohibit U.S. registered companies from including in their filings with the SEC. U.S. Investors are urged to consider closely the disclosure in our Form 10-K which may be secured from us, or from our website at http://www.sec.gov/edgar.shtml.(1) Gold Equivalent (AuEq) is calculated using a silver to gold ratio of 57.14:1. (2) Au = gold, Ag = silver, AuEq = Gold EquivalentFOR FURTHER INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT: Scott CaldwellAllied Nevada Gold Corp.President & CEO(775) 358-4455ORTracey ThomAllied Nevada Gold Corp.Vice President, Investor Relations(775) 789-0119www.alliednevada.com