International Tower Hill Mines Appoints Harold Galbraith as Mining Manager

August 16, 2011

Vancouver, B.C

International Tower Hill Mines Ltd. – (TSX: ITH, NYSE-A: THM, Frankfurt: IW9) announces the appointment of Mr. Harold A. Galbraith as the Company’s new Mining Manager, effective September 7, 2011.  Mr. Galbraith has over 28 years of experience in all aspects of mining operations, maintenance systems, technical services and industrial engineering support, holding positions with mining companies such as Rio Tinto, Kennecott, Glamis Marigold Mining Company and Drummond Ltd.

Most recently, Mr. Galbraith served as the Mine Manager for ASARCO, LLC at the Mission Mine in Sahuarita, Arizona, where he was responsible for annual mine production of 56.4 million tonnes of material as well as maintenance of all rolling stock.  Mr. Galbraith also specified and directed the acquisition of $190 million worth of equipment since 2007.  Prior to that, he served as the Mine Superintendent for Glamis Marigold Mining Company where he oversaw the production of 42 million tonnes of material annually from 2005 to 2006.  From 2001 to 2005, he held increasingly senior roles with Drummond Limited in South America, including Production Engineer, Senior Production Engineer and Assistant Superintendent of production at the LaLoma, Caesar and Colombia mines.  From 1990 to 2001, he held multiple roles including Senior Projects Engineer as well as Short and Long Range Planning Engineer with Rio Tinto, Kennecott, Barneys Canyon Mining Company and Rawhide Mining Company.   Mr. Galbraith has a Bachelor of Science degree in Mining Engineering from the Pennsylvania State University.

Upon joining ITH, Mr. Galbraith will be responsible for developing the Livengood Life of Mine plan including all aspects of ore production and scheduling, overburden management plans, mine capital programs, mine infrastructure engineering, assisting in permit application data acquisition and assessment of construction earthwork requirements.

Carl Brechtel, President and Chief Operating Officer of ITH, states: “Hal has the ideal skillsets and experience with large-scale mining operations to help us optimize the movement of materials to enhance operational efficiencies.  His addition to our development team is another important step in retaining the best-in-industry talent as we advance the Livengood project towards development into a major new gold mine in North America.”

About International Tower Hill Mines Ltd.

International Tower Hill Mines Ltd. controls a 100% interest in the world-class Livengood Gold Project accessible by paved highway 70 miles north of Fairbanks, Alaska.  In 2011 ITH is focused on the rapid advancement of the Livengood project into a compelling potential development scenario while it continues to expand its current resource and explore its 145 km2 district for new deposits.

On behalf of
International Tower Hill Mines Ltd.

(signed) James Komadina
James J. Komadina
Chief Executive Officer

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