Appointment of Director

January 21, 2013 - Golden Queen Mining Co. Ltd. (OTCQX: GQMNF, TSX: GQM) (the “Company”) is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Bryan A. Coates to the Board of Directors.

Mr. Coates has more than 30 years of progressive experience in the international and Canadian mining industry. Mr. Coates is currently the Vice President, Finance and Chief Financial Officer of Osisko Mining Corporation since May 1, 2007. He is responsible for all activities related to financing, financial reporting, gold marketing, risk management and government relations. Prior to joining Osisko, Mr. Coates was Chief Financial Officer of IAMGOLD Corporation (2006-2007), Cambior Inc. (2001-2006), and Cia Minera Antamina (1998-2001). He is a director of U3O8 Corp, and the Quebec Mining Association. He also chairs the Federation des Chambres de commerce du Quebec’s Mining Industry Committee. He holds an Honours Bachelor of Commerce from Laurentian University in Ontario.

The Company also announces the resignation of Mr. Gordon Gutrath from the Board of Directors. Mr. Gutrath has been a director since 1987, and the Company wishes to thank him for his service and contribution to the Company over the last 25 years.

For further information regarding this news release please contact:

Lutz Klingmann, P.Eng., President
Telephone: (604) 921-7570

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