Appointment of Project and Construction Manager

April 30, 2013 - Golden Queen Mining Co. Ltd. (TSX:GQM, OTCQX: GQMNF) is pleased to announce the engagement of Mr. Laurence Morris as Chief Operating Officer of the Company and as Project and Construction Manager for the Company’s Soledad Mountain Project.

Mr. Morris is a mining engineer and geologist with more than 30 years of experience in the metals andmining business. Mr. Morris has broad international experience in construction, operating and planning roles ranging from exploration stage to large scale operating mines in a variety of commodities and countries. Most recently, Mr. Morris was the Chief Operating Officer of Esperanza Resources Corporation from May 2012 to March 2013. From August 2010 to May 2012, Mr. Morris held the position of Vice President of Operations for Minefinders Corporation Ltd. In that position, he oversaw all aspects of sustaining development, mining operations, exploration activities and resource management at the Dolores gold mine in Mexico. Prior to joining Minefinders in 2010, Mr. Morris worked in mine management for First Quantum Minerals Ltd. in Zambia and Mauritania. Mr. Morris holds an Honours Bachelor of Science in Geology from the University of Sheffield.

About Golden Queen Mining Co. Ltd.

The Company plans to develop a gold-silver, open pit, heap leach operation on its fullypermitted Soledad Mountain property, located just outside the town of Mojave in Kern County in southern California. The Project will use conventional open pit mining methods and the cyanide heap leach and Merrill-Crowe processes to recover gold and silver from crushed, agglomerated ore. Please refer to the Company’s news release of October 25, 2012 and the Form 10-K dated March 18, 2013 for information on the Project.

For further information regarding this news release please contact:

Lutz Klingmann, P.Eng., President
Telephone: (604) 921-7570
email: mintoexpl@telus.net

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