INFINIGOLD: Perth Mint Gold Token
Those of the Financial Awakening appreciate two things – the first is GOLD; the second is BLOCKCHAIN. The merging of the two was simply a matter of time. How this merging would take place was all that needed to be determined.
We thought it would have stemmed from the US. New state based precious metal depositories have been built over recent years. We assumed one of the depositories would have then established themselves on a blockchain. Allowing citizens to transact in gold and silver backed tokens, convertible for the metal held in the depository.
We have no doubt that this will still take place. However, it appears that the first institution to take their gold vault to the blockchain may be Australia’s PERTH MINT.
INFINIGOLD has released its Whitepaper 1.1. In collaboration with the Perth Mint they are taking the GoldPass digital certificate to the Ethereum blockchain, as an ERC20 standard token. The token has been aptly named the Perth Mint Gold Token – or PMGT for short.
Each PMGT token is backed by a 1 ounce GoldPass certificate, which is in turn redeemable for 1 ounce of physical gold at the Perth Mint.
Whilst stored physical gold is not allocated to each certificate, the Perth Mint claim that they have the gold available to meet any redemption request. It is also noted that the mint is guaranteed by the state Government of Western Australia – providing addition credit security.
So what do we make of this?
The PMGT is a terrific development for the cryptocurrency industry!
Tokens backed by physical assets will enhance public perception of cryptocurrency generally, as the tokens are now without doubt, a store of value. In time this should encourage more adoption of the tokens as a medium of exchange, outside of the failing fiat systems.
The PMGT could be good investment vehicle for some – just buy and hold. Though if you want to buy and hold gold – wouldn’t it be better to just buy and hold physical? Perhaps.
PMGT will be available for purchase on selected cryptocurrency exchanges for account holders who have satisfied the necessary KYC identification requirements. This in itself will limit early take-up. Once purchased however, these tokens can be moved onto the Ethereum blockchain to be transferred and traded within.
Redemption for physical gold would need to take place back at a selected exchange. This may not deter interest in the tokens though, as many would not be interested in converting anyway. Instead they may be simply looking to peg some of their cryptocurrency wealth to the price of gold – and the PMGT may be an ideal solution.
However, if the desired purpose of the token is everyday trade – forget it. A single transaction on the Ethereum network is costing as much as $US20 at present. The network is being pushed past capacity by the current exploding DeFi demand. The high transaction costs and network limitations will crush any chance of PMGT replacing fiat currency as an exchange medium.
In many ways it is a shame InifiniGold selected the slow and overworked Ethereum network to build their product on. There are so many other options now. In fact, one of our two favourite blockchains, Telos, is already capable of running thousands of transactions per second, with all transactions being feeless.
Furthermore, the Ethereum Virtual Machine (EVM) is built upon Telos, allowing token developers to continue to use their Ethereum style coding, on this profoundly more capable public ledger.
In the end…
the PMGT is certainly a step in the right direction, on the path to Good Money.
You can find more information on the PMGT here.
Have a wonderful weekend all.
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