Capstone Reports Significantly Improved Performance at its Mining Operations

By Capstone Mining Corp., PRNE
Sunday, September 12, 2010

Cozamin and Minto Mines' Performance Returning to Design Levels

VANCOUVER, September 13, 2010 - Capstone Mining Corp. (CS: TSX) today reported that significant progress
has been made towards returning its two mining operations, the Cozamin and
Minto mines, to normal operational levels. With additional stopes brought on
line and a resumption of mining in the wide Avoca stopes at Cozamin, the
underground mine has been able to provide significantly more ore for
processing, while at the Minto mine, a number of operational changes and
maintenance upgrades have resulted in significantly improved throughput in
the tailings plant to allow higher throughput in the mill.

"A sustained effort over the past few months has resulted in a
considerable improvement in the tonnes processed at both of our mining
operations," said Darren Pylot, Chief Executive Officer of Capstone. "Access
to more and higher copper grade stopes at the Cozamin Mine and improved
performance in the tailings filtration plant at the Minto Mine is yielding
benefits. While we are encouraged by the throughput levels returning to
design, we will continue to make improvements to further increase production
at both operations."

Cozamin Mine

As reported on July 19 and August 10, 2010, mill throughput at the
Cozamin Mine in Zacatecas, Mexico, has been constrained by lack of ore from
underground, requiring the mill to operate at less than its potential
capacity. The lower underground ore production was related to implementation
of an enhanced geotechnical stability program in the large scale, high copper
grade Avoca stoping area which prevented access to this important area for
ore production. During the more extensive cable bolting process, ore was
primarily derived from higher areas in the mine, which have lower copper and
higher lead grades than average for the mineral reserve. However, in July,
two new, higher copper grade stopes on the 12 level were brought on line,
increasing ore production and copper grade, and in the first week of
September, mining recommenced in the high grade, large scale Avoca stoping
area. The net results has been daily throughput has increased from an average
of 2,559 tonnes per day ("tpd") in Q2/10 to 3,420tpd over the past 30 days up
to and including September 8, 2010.

Minto Mine

As noted in the same news releases referenced above, mill throughput at
the Minto Mine was constrained by the performance of the filter presses in
the tailings plant. Through a comprehensive operations and maintenance
improvement process that has included: (a) a rebuild of one filter press, (b)
changes to the filter cloth types on the same press and, (c) improved
grinding control to reduce fines generation as well as other improvements and
operational changes, performance of the filter presses has improved
considerably, with the rebuilt press throughput markedly higher. These
changes resulted in significant throughput improvements commencing in
mid-August and, over the past 30 days (up to and including September 8,
), plant throughput has increased to 2,871tpd as compared to an average
of 2,036tpd in Q2/10, and over the past 15 days the average plant throughput
has averaged 3,096tpd. Four filters remain to be rebuilt and cloths replaced,
two of which rebuilds will be completed in September and the remaining two in
early October, which should result in further increases in throughput.

Quality Assurance

The technical information in this news release has been prepared in
accordance with Canadian regulatory requirements set out in National
Instrument 43-101 and reviewed by Stephen P. Quin, P. Geo., President of
Capstone Mining Corp. and Bob Barnes, P. Eng., Vice President Operations for

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For further information: Darren Pylot, Vice Chairman & CEO, Stephen
, President; Or Investor Relations', Zobeida Slogan at +1-604-684-8894
or +1-866-684-8894; Or e-mail Capstone at

For further information: Darren Pylot, Vice Chairman & CEO, Stephen Quin, President; Or Investor Relations', Zobeida Slogan at +1-604-684-8894 or +1-866-684-8894; Or e-mail Capstone at info at

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