Silvercorp to Commence Trading on NYSE Alternext US

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA -- (Marketwire) -- 02/17/09 -- Silvercorp Metals Inc. ("Silvercorp" or the "Company") (TSX: SVM)(NYSE Alternext US: SVM) is pleased to announce that its common shares have been authorized for listing on the NYSE Alternext US, formerly the American Stock Exchange, and trading will commence today under the ticker symbol "SVM". The Company's shares will continue to trade on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol SVM.TO.

"Silvercorp is committed to raising its profile among international investors and potential global partners," states Dr. Rui Feng, Chairman and CEO of Silvercorp. "The listing will provide an excellent platform for us to highlight our exceptionally low-cost and profitable silver and polymetallic projects, strategically located in China, to the international financial and mining community. We anticipate that the listing will give us greater visibility with new investors, enhance liquidity and ultimately lower the Company's cost of capital to support continued growth."

About Silvercorp Metals Inc.

Silvercorp Metals Inc., China's largest primary silver producer, is engaged in the acquisition, exploration and development of silver related mineral properties in the People's Republic of China ("China"). The Company is currently operating and/or developing four silver-lead-zinc mines in the Ying Mining District of Henan Province, China. Silvercorp is also applying for a mining permit for the newly acquired, 95% owned GC & SMT properties to profitably mine and produce silver, lead and zinc in the Guangdong Province of China.

The Company's common shares are included as a component of the S&P/TSX Composite and the S&P/TSX Global Mining Indexes.

Silvercorp Metals Inc.
Rui Feng
Chairman & CEO
(604) 669-9397

Silvercorp Metals Inc.
Lorne Waldman
Corporate Secretary
(604) 669-9397
(604) 669-9387 (FAX)

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