Polkadot's Inaugural Vote Could Expand DOT Supply by 1,000x

The first vote on Polkadot will be to see whether the DOT supply should be redenominated by a "logical" 100x or even by 1,000x.

Jul 13, 2020 at 4:22 p.m. UTC
Updated Sep 14, 2021 at 9:30 a.m. UTC

Polkadot fans can cast their first votes on a redenomination proposal that could increase the supply of DOT tokens up to a thousand-fold.

  • In a blog post on Monday, Gavin Wood, co-founder and president of Polkadot developer Web3 Foundation, said community stakeholders could vote on a proposal to redenominate the smallest unit of DOT – a Planck.
  • If successful, it will lead to a corresponding increase in the DOT supply.
  • Open to all DOT holders, there are four options on the table: no change or increasing supply by 10x, 100x, or 1,000x.
  • If any of the redenomination proposals passes, the DOT price, according to CoinGecko, could well move from its present $152 to $15, $1.52, or $0.15, respectively.
  • Polkadot only went live in late May so this will be the protocol's first community vote.
  • A supply of 10 million was originally agreed for the 2017 initial coin offering but Web3 Foundation said in a tweet thread Monday that a token supply of 1 billion would now be more "logical."
  • The polls have now opened and community members have two weeks to cast their vote.
  • A similar proposal already passed on Kusama, Polkadot's test-tube blockchain, more than two months ago.

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