Capstone Reports Production Results for Q4 and Full Year 2010

By Capstone Mining Corp., PRNE
Tuesday, January 25, 2011

2010 Production of 76.0 Million Pounds of Copper in Concentrates

VANCOUVER, January 26, 2011 - Capstone Mining Corp. (CS: TSX) today announced its operating results for
the three and twelve months ended December 31, 2010 from its two operations,
the Cozamin and Minto mines. Combined production totalled 18.9 million and
76.0 million pounds of copper in concentrates in the three and twelve months,
respectively, with additional significant by-products of lead, zinc, silver
and gold. At December 31, 2010 Capstone had a cash balance of US$192.4
(including restricted cash of US$6.4 million and a short-term deposit
balance of US$20 million), a significant increase primarily attributable to
the cash generated from sales at higher metal prices as well as the sale of
some investments. As press released on December 17, 2010 Capstone reiterates
its 2011 guidance of 80-85 million pounds of copper in concentrates.

Q4 and 2010 Annual Production

                           Q4 2010   Total 2010
    Copper in concentrates

    (millions of pounds)
    - Cozamin                8.2        35.5
    - Minto                 10.7        40.5(*)
    Total                   18.9        76.0

    (*) Minto realized negative adjustments to previously reported copper
    production based on the final settlement of copper sales from previous
    quarters in the amount of one million pounds. The adjustments are only
    reflected in the year to date column.

Operational Highlights for the three and twelve months ended December 31,

The following is a summary of operational highlights for Capstone during
the three and twelve months, respectively, ended December 31, 2010:

    - Production of 18.9 million and 76.0 million pounds of copper contained
      in concentrates, respectively.

    - By-product production of 3.7 million and 17.3 million pounds of zinc,
      1.5 million and 9.1 million pounds of lead and 371,177 and 1,610,008
      ounces of silver in concentrates, for the three and twelve months,
      respectively. Final gold production is not available since assaying is
      done off site, but is estimated at 2,234 and 22,284 ounces for the
      respective periods.

    - Detailed operating statistics for both operating mines are provided in
      the tables below.

Cozamin Highlights and Outlook

Cozamin Mine results for the three and twelve months ended December 31,
, respectively, were:

                                Q4 2010   Total 2010
    Production (2)
    (contained in concentrates)

    - Copper (000s pounds)        8,209       35,552
    - Lead (000s pounds)          1,496        9,142
    - Zinc (000s pounds)          3,694       17,348
    - Silver (ounces)           334,751    1,403,170
    - Tonnes of ore mined       214,689      978,954
    - Tonnes processed          215,503      981,682
    - Tonnes processed per day    2,342        2,690
    - Copper grade (%)             1.88         1.80
    - Lead grade (%)               0.42         0.63
    - Zinc grade (%)               1.15         1.27
    - Silver grade (g/t)           67.1           62
    - Copper (%)                   92.0         91.2
    - Lead (%)                     74.1         67.6
    - Zinc (%)                     67.8         63.0
    - Silver (%)                   72.0         71.7
       =Concentrate (2)
    - Copper (dmt)               14,187       64,356
    - Copper (%)                   26.2         25.1
    - Silver (g/t)                  582          536
    - Lead (dmt)                  1,015        6,282
    - Lead (%)                     66.9         66.0
    - Silver (g/t)                2,119        1,391
    - Zinc (dmt)                  3,534       16,448
    - Zinc (%)                     47.4         47.8

    (2) Adjustments based on final settlements will be made in future periods

    - Mine and mill production for Cozamin for the last 5 weeks of the year
      came in at less than 50% of plan as a consequence of the stability
      assessments being carried out in the high grade Avoca area. Production
      was further hampered by a shutdown in the main ore haulage ramp while
      repairs were made in a cross faulting zone.

    - As a result of the geomechanical evaluation of the Avoca Zone,
      remediation and additional development activities are required,
      though production levels continue to increase as new support
      standards are implemented, they will not return to plan levels
      until late-February.

Minto Highlights and Outlook

Minto Mine results for three and twelve months ended December 31, 2010,
respectively, were:

                                      Q4 2010   Total 2010(4)
    Production (3)
    (contained in concentrates)

    - Copper (000s lbs)                10,672          40,454
    - Gold (oz) (2)                     2,234          22,284
    - Silver (oz)                      36,426         206,838
    - Waste (tonnes)                1,764,509       7,873,049
    - Ore (tonnes)                    484,907       1,494,752
    - Total material mined (tonnes) 2,249,416       9,367,801
    - Tonnes processed                258,121         915,051
    - Tonnes processed per day          2,806           2,507
    - Copper grade (%)                   2.03            2.22
    - Gold grade (g/t) (2), (3)          0.46            0.93
    - Silver grade (g/t)                  6.6             8.7
    - Copper (%)                         92.5            90.3
    - Gold (%) (2), (3),                 58.1            81.1
    - Silver (%)                         66.1            80.6
    - Dry tonnes produced              12,082          47,065
    - Copper grade (%)                   40.1            39.0
    - Gold grade (g/t) (2), (3)           5.8            14.7
    - Silver grade (g/t)                   94             137

    (2) Gold is not assayed on site, resulting in a significant lag in
    receiving this data. Data for Q4 is an estimate based on prior production

    (3) Adjustments based on final settlements will be made in future

    (4) Adjustments are only reflected in year to date column relating to
    negative adjustments of previously reported copper production.

    - Mill throughput increased during November and December with
      installation of higher performance tailings filter cloths.

    - With the completion of the dewatering of the Minto Main pit in October
      higher grade ore was mined from the Stage 4 push-back resulting in
      higher grades being processed.

    - Mining in Stage 4 of the Minto Main pit was essentially complete at
      year-end. Mining of the final stage of the Minto Main pit is on
      schedule to complete in early Q2 of 2011.

    - All critical permitting activities for initiation of mining in Area 2
      and initial development of the Area 2 underground resources is on
      track for completion in Q1 of 2011

2010 Financial Results Timing

Capstone will report its 2010 financial results on Monday, March 14, 2011
after market close and will host a conference call and webcast to discuss
these results as noted below.

Conference call and webcast details are as follows:

         Date:       Tuesday March 15, 2011
         Time:       8:30 AM PST (11:30 AM EST)
         Dial in:    North America - +41-888-231-8191, International -
         Webcast:    +1-647-427-7450
                     North America - +1-800-642-1687, International -
                     Replay Pass code: 14853632

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The following employees of Capstone, each a Qualified Person, reviewed
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release. In addition, Gregg Bush, Chief Operating Officer for Capstone,
reviewed Technical Information related to the Minto Mine and the Cozamin

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