March 11, 2008 – Vancouver, British Columbia.  Merit Mining Corp. (TSX-V: MEM) reports that it has completed the first tranche of its previously announced non-brokered flow-through private placement offering of up to 10,000,000 shares of the Company, at a price of $0.35 per share.  At the first closing, the Company issued 7,011,364 shares for total gross proceeds of $2,453,977.  Securities issued at the closing are all subject to a hold period until July 12, 2008.

Jory Capital Inc. assisted the Company by introducing certain subscribers for the private placement and was paid a finder’s fee equal to 5% ($120,948) of the total subscription proceeds received from the subscribers introduced to the Company.

The proceeds of the flow-through private placement will be used by the Company for qualifying flow-through expenses on its J&L polymetallic property (gold/silver/zinc/lead), located near Revelstoke, British Columbia.   An exploration program comprised of underground development (1,000 metres) commenced in December 2007 at the J&L property, with underground diamond drilling (5,000 metres) planned to commence in May 2008.

Merit Mining Corp.
“Fred Sveinson”
Fred Sveinson, President & CEO

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Fred Sveinson at (604) 694-2344

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