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Steve Aaker Joins the Board of Directors of International Tower Hill Mines Ltd.

March 12, 2009

Vancouver, B.C........International Tower Hill Mines Ltd. ("ITH" or "the Company") - (TSXV: ITH, NYSE-A: THM, Frankfurt: IW9) is pleased to announce that Steve K. Aaker, Chief of U.S. Operations, Franco-Nevada Corporation, has joined the Company's Board of Directors, effective March 12, 2009. Over his long and distinguished career Mr. Aaker has been involved in numerous strategic business transactions and royalty acquisitions as well as merger and acquisitions reviews.

Mr. Aaker has more than 30 years' experience in the mining industry, including 18 years association with the Franco-Nevada royalty portfolio, and served as Group Executive for Newmont Capital Limited from 2002 to 2007. Prior to the acquisition of Franco-Nevada Mining Corporation Limited (Old Franco-Nevada) by Newmont Mining Corporation in 2002, Mr. Aaker served as Vice President for Old Franco-Nevada, Euro-Nevada Mining Corp. Ltd. and Redstone Resources Inc., based in Reno, Nevada. Mr. Aaker has been associated with the majority of the U.S. acquisitions made by those companies. Prior to joining Old Franco-Nevada, Mr. Aaker was an independent geological consultant. Mr. Aaker holds a Bachelor's degree in geology from the University of Colorado.

"We are very fortunate to have an individual of Steve's calibre join our team at this critical time in the Company's growth curve" stated Jeff Pontius, President and CEO. "Steve's experience in strategic business transactions, as well his extensive knowledge of the industry and its key players, will be invaluable for ITH as we move to our next step of maximizing shareholder value".

Grant of Incentive Stock Options

The Company also announces that, pursuant to its 2006 Incentive Stock Option Plan, it has granted incentive stock options to directors, officers, employees and consultants of the Company and its affiliates to purchase up to an aggregate of 885,000 common shares in the capital stock of the Company. The options are exercisable on or before March 12, 2011 at a price of CAD 2.66 per share.

About International Tower Hill Mines Ltd.

International Tower Hill Mines Ltd. is a resource exploration company, focused in Alaska and Nevada, which controls a number of exploration projects representing a spectrum of early stage to the advanced multimillion ounce gold discovery at Livengood. ITH is committed to building shareholder value through

new discoveries while maintaining a majority interest in its key holdings, thereby giving its shareholders the maximum value for their investment.

On behalf of
INTERNATIONAL TOWER HILL MINES LTD.

(signed) Jeffrey A. Pontius

Jeffrey A. Pontius,
President and Chief Executive Officer

Contact Information:
Quentin Mai, Vice-President - Corporate Communications
E-mail: qmai@internationaltowerhill.com
Phone: 1-888-770-7488 (toll free) or (604)683-6332 / Fax: (604) 408-7499

Neither TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this press release, which has been prepared by management.

Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act and Section 27E of the Exchange Act. All statements, other than statements of historical fact, included herein including, without limitation, statements regarding the anticipated use of proceeds of the bought deal financing and concurrent private placement in the US, are forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are typically identified by words such as: believe, expect, anticipate, intend, estimate, postulate and similar expressions, or are those, which, by their nature, refer to future events. The Company cautions investors that any forward-looking statements by the Company are not guarantees of future results or performance, and that actual results may differ materially from those in forward looking statements as a result of various factors, including, but not limited to, risks associated with the timing and pricing of the financing, pricing fluctuations in metal prices, currency fluctuations, dilution, the volatility of the Company's common share price and volume; and tax consequences to U.S. investors, variations in the nature, quality and quantity of any mineral deposits that may be located, the Company's inability to obtain any necessary permits, consents or authorizations required for its activities, the Company's inability to produce minerals from its properties successfully or profitably, to continue its projected growth, to raise the necessary capital or to be fully able to implement its business strategies, and other risks and uncertainties disclosed in the Company's Annual Information Form filed with certain securities commissions in Canada and its annual report on Form 20-F filed with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC"), and other information released by the Company and filed with the appropriate regulatory agencies. All of the Company's Canadian public disclosure filings may be accessed via www.sedar.com and its United States public disclosure filings may be accessed via www.sec.gov, and readers are urged to review these materials, including the technical reports filed with respect to the Company's mineral properties.

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