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Appleton Makes First Anniversary Option Payment on Manalo Gold Project

April 5, 2010 - Vancouver, British Columbia. Appleton Exploration Inc. (AEX - TSX.V) reports that pursuant to the agreement dated February 20, 2009, whereby the Company may acquire up to a 100% interest in the Manalo Gold Project in Mali, the Company has issued 500,000 units to Delta Exploration Inc., being the first anniversary option payment.  Each unit is comprised of one common share and one share purchase warrant entitling the holder to acquire one additional common share of Appleton at an exercise price of $0.32 per share, on or before April 1, 2012.  The securities are subject to a four month hold until August 2, 2010.

On Behalf of the Board of Directors,

"R. Tim Henneberry"

R.Tim Henneberry, P.Geo.

President and CEO

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