Luna Gold Corp. is pleased to announce positive assay results from 30 additional holes from the resource drill program at the Piaba gold deposit, Aurizona. An updated drill plan map and 3D Corebox model showing the drill hole locations in the deposit have been uploaded to the Luna Gold website at or to view directly click below.

Significant intercepts:

23.00 meters @ 4.04 g/t Au including 6.00 meters @ 12.40 g/t Au in BRAZD400 (Section 1300E - New East Extension)
71.00 meters @ 1.69 g/t Au in BRAZD390 (Section 1100E - New East Extension)
18.00 meters @ 3.54 g/t Au including 2.50 meters @ 7.30 g/t Au and 1.00 m @ 12.40 g/t Au in BRAZD391 (Section 1900W -- New West Extension)

Updated Drill Plan Map

Luna Gold's President & CEO, John Blake, comments, We are on target to finalize the NI 43-101 resource update in early December. These new drill results, inclusive of high grade holes located well outside the boundary of our current resource estimate, are of major significance. They further extend the strike length of the Piaba deposit beyond the limits announced earlier this month (see Luna press release dated November 7, 2011) and continue to demonstrate Aurizona's growth potential. Management is very encouraged by the continued positive trend in drill results and we look forward to further development possibilities.

Today's assay results are for thirty drill holes totaling 6,961 meters drilled on 17 sections covering the now extended 3.3 kilometer strike length of the Piaba deposit. Significant mineralized intercepts from holes drilled across the deposit are tabulated below.



Table 1. Mineralized drill intercepts from the Aurizona resource drill program. Intervals are calculated as composites using a 0.30 gram/tonne Au cut-off and maximum 2 metre internal waste. True widths to be established. Intervals lower than 1.00 g/t Au are not shown.

Luna Gold's VP Exploration, Titus Haggan, states, These are solid results leading into the 2011 Aurizona resource update. We have now defined the Piaba deposit over a 3.3 kilometer strike length which remains open along strike and at depth. Drilling at the Boa Esperança near mine target has commenced with two diamond drill rigs and one reverse circulation drill rig.

About Luna Gold Corp.
Luna Gold is actively engaged in the operation, exploration, acquisition and development of gold opportunities in Brazil. The Company currently has a gold mining operation, Aurizona Gold Mine in Maranhão, Brazil, a gold development project, the Cachoeira project in Para, Brazil and the Company is exploring in a large strategically placed greenfields land position in Maranhão, Brazil.

On behalf of the Board of Directors


John Blake - President and CEO

For further information contact Investor Relations at (604) 558 0560


Regulatory Footnotes

Luna operates a rigorous QA/QC protocol on all aspects of sampling and analytical procedure. Drill core is checked, logged, marked for sampling and sawn in half. One half of the HTW (71 mm diametre) core is maintained for future reference and one half of the core is sent for analysis. Samples are collected at approximately 2 metre intervals, which is reduced to 1 metre interval or less when a mineralized zone is encountered. All core and samples are stored in secure locked areas. Some samples are transported from the Aurizona project to the ACME Labs sample preparation facility in Cuiaba, Mato Grosso and Goiania, Goias accompanied by Luna personnel. Samples are assayed at ACME Labs in Santiago, Chile using a 50 gram fire assay with AAS finish. Other samples are transported from the Aurizona project to the ALS Chemex sample preparation facility in Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais accompanied by Luna personnel. Samples are assayed at ALS Chemex Labs in Lima, Peru and Perth, Australia using a 50 gram fire assay with AAS finish. Each sample batch contains 10% of randomly inserted internal control samples consisting of certified analytical standards, blanks (barren rock) and duplicates. These QA/QC procedures provide several measures of data quality and assure the Company that the assay data is representative of the original sample. Additional technical information about the Aurizona Project is available in our technical report dated September 1, 2010, filed on SEDAR.

Titus Haggan Ph.D., EurGeol Certified Professional Geologist #746, Luna's Vice President Exploration is the Qualified Person as defined under National Instrument 43-101 responsible for the scientific and technical work on the exploration program and has supervised the preparation of and reviewed the technical disclosure in this press release. Non- qualified persons currently work on Luna's exploration programs under the guidance of Titus Haggan. Dr. Haggan takes responsibility for work, information and advice generated by non-Qualified persons and has taken the steps required to ensure that the work, information and advice is sound.

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