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Hecla to Present at New Orleans Investment Conference

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Hecla to Present at New Orleans Investment Conference16:30 EDT Tuesday, October 23, 2012 COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho (Business Wire) -- Hecla Mining Company's (NYSE:HL) Sr. Vice President – Chief Financial Officer, James A. Sabala, will speak at the New Orleans Investment Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana, on Friday, October 26, at 6:40 p.m. CT. Mr. Sabala will present an overview of Hecla's business strategy and its position as the largest North America-focused silver producer. The presentation slides used by Mr. Sabala will also be available under the events & webcasts section of the Investor Relations page on Hecla's web site at www.hecla-mining.com following his presentation. About Hecla Established in 1891, Hecla Mining Company is a leading low cash cost silver producer in the U.S. The company has two operating mines and exploration properties in four world-class silver mining districts in the U.S. and Mexico. 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 and regulatory risks, project development risks, political and regulatory 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 and has no intention of updating forward-looking statements other than as may be required by law. Hecla Mining CompanyJeanne DuPont, 1-800-HECLA91 (1-800-432-5291)Corporate Communications CoordinatorInvestor and Public Relationshmc-info@hecla-mining.com