As a precious metal, gold is often associated with wealth, prestige and power. And as a commodity it has long been considered a prized asset for scores of investors throughout the world.
Beginning with bitcoin in 2009, cryptocurrencies have also seen their prominence rise due to some of the qualities that they share with gold, the most prominent of which is their scarcity.
One of the big issues that has continued to hamper gold as a physical asset is that it can often be difficult to transfer from one place to another. Moreover, the managing and handling of gold can be quite logistically challenging and laborious.
With the emergence of today’s digital age, a startup called GoldMint is seeking to alter this trend with a new means of exchange for physical gold, with transactions occurring over a blockchain-based platform.
This gold-based venture aims to assist investors and traders in managing volatility risks and gaining competitive commissions on commodities sold via GoldMint to financial institutions, pawn shops, and other business and individual stakeholders.
GoldMint’s platform will leverage the private and individual gold trading market, including potentially the management of larger physical stocks such as those in central banks. It will also deliver an electronic payment solution tethered to physical gold, as well as a gold-backed peer-to-peer lending system.
The GoldMint ecosystem is fueled by two types of tokens, GOLD and MNT.
The GOLD cryptoasset is an investment tool that is 100 percent backed by physical gold and/or an exchange-traded fund (ETF). One GOLD token represents one ounce of gold on the London Bullion Market Association (LBMA).
MNT is GoldMint’s native cryptocurrency, which is used to confirm GOLD cryptoasset transactions. For GoldMint miners, the amount of MNTs reflects how many assignments, or transaction blocks, they can accept.
Fostering Digital Gold Trading
There are two options for trading GOLD for fiat or cryptocurrencies. First, there is a method for seeking a GoldMint-guaranteed buyback. And second, a loan can be requested. For either option, the process is as follows:
● GoldMint utilizes the current price of gold, as set by the LBMA, to fix the rate of a loan.
● GoldMint requires the customer to undergo its know-your-customer (KYC) process as well as consent to GoldMint’s loan terms to receive the loan. Various repayment options for the loan amount and the means of repaying it are then offered.
● If a customer defaults on repayment, their GOLD cryptoassets are transferred to GoldMint.
GoldMint also has a process for converting gold into GOLD tokens and reconverting these tokens into gold for cross-border passages. This is designed to alleviate the hassles associated with carrying gold from one country to another, often resulting in untold expense and aggravation. By converting gold into GOLD, this hassle can not only be avoided, but a person can retrieve 100 percent of the value of their gold at the end of their travels.
“Custody Bot” is GoldMint’s decentralized storage unit, which computationally identifies and stores gold jewelry, small ingots (up to 100 grams) and coins. In this case, it functions as a DApp, a decentralized application that runs rapidly and efficiently without the need for a third-party intermediary to control it. Through the use of cutting-edge technology, Custody Bot inspects and assesses the value of incoming gold to ensure its purity and quality.
GoldMint ICO Accelerates Ahead
On September 20, GoldMint launched its initial coin offering (ICO), allowing users to send bitcoin or ether and receive MNTP (MNT pre-launch) tokens, issued on the Ethereum blockchain at a price of $7 per token.
The value of these tokens is expected to grow, because MNT is limited in its supply and is used in the Proof-of-Stake (PoS) consensus algorithm. Participation in the GoldMint crowdsale involves more than the purchase of cryptocurrencies. It involves a stake in the consensus algorithm that will be utilized by the GoldMint blockchain post-launch.
Owning MNT allows users to achieve 75 percent from commissions earned when transactions are validated through the GoldMint blockchain. The number of MNT tokens owned determines the number of transactions that can be validated.