Buying, selling and trading gold is about to become easier, safer and more efficient than ever thanks to GoldMint’s innovative new blockchain models.
Gold has a long history with investors as a revered store of value. As an asset, it provides a reputable alternative amid the instability of fiat money and can serve as a safe haven during a global financial crisis. More recently, gold has served as a viable hedge for the growing markets of cryptocurrencies and their tendency toward hyper-volatility.
GoldMint aims to make a mark in today’s evolving markets by backing its virtual token, GOLD, with actual gold from prevailing precious metals ecosystems. The company’s goal is to drive the future of gold markets using an automated vending machine model — one where individuals can purchase, sell and trade gold with ease and efficiency using the GOLD crypto asset.
The company aims to make its native GOLD tokens the unit of trade for these transactions, exchangeable for real gold via a process that verifies the quality of the metal traded by small sellers using the blockchain. Because of the importance of ensuring that gold on exchanges be of a certain quality, GoldMint has rated its crypto assets against the London Bullion market (LBMA). In other words, one GOLD crypto asset equates to one ounce of gold on the LBMA, which is rated 999 in purity. Therefore, any gold that becomes a part of GoldMint’s ecosystem must possess that pure or derived level of gold content from weight.
Of practical significance is the company’s comprehensive peer-to-peer (P2P) solution that allows businesses such as pawnshops to raise credit. Moreover, GoldMint seeks to deliver on a feature called “vending gold,” introducing something it calls the “Custody Bot.”
When asked about the roadmap ahead, founder and CEO Dmitry Pluschevsky had this to say:
“We plan to build a global P2P system of crediting secured by gold so that some people would be able to help others regardless of politics and without risk for both sides.”
Custody Bot and the Future of Gold Vending
Gold vending reflects a new approach to an old concept: The Custody Bot buys gold and then a person can purchase the GOLD crypto asset, which is equivalent to a given amount of physical gold.
Custody Bot is the solution that GoldMint utilizes to ensure that the collateral offered by a business such as a pawnshop can be audited and verified. It provides a means of offering a temporary hold, purity inspection and long-term storage vessel of physical gold on the GoldMint blockchain. Once the Custody Bot has completed the assessment process for the gold, it can be safely stored until it is retrieved via a special code unique to each item stored. This process not only affords a higher level of verifiability, but facilitates the trustworthy delivery of information to the blockchain.
Using this innovative approach, lenders profit when the owner reclaims the stored gold in Custody Bot, or in the case of an unclaimed pledge, when it is sold off by the pawnshop. GoldMint thus serves as a valuable tool for investors seeking to add gold to the blockchain for speed and security, with the added benefit that they can independently verify the purity of their gold.
“One of the next generations of Custody Bot will operate in retail, on the street,” said Pluschevsky. “A new generation of pawnshops in the form of vending machines will appear at each gas station. And the next step will be the home Custody Bot, which will allow you to evaluate the gold items while storing them at home.
GoldMint Crowdsale Ongoing Now
GoldMint’s crowdsale, which commenced on September 20, allows participants the opportunity to purchase MNTP token. This token will eventually migrate over to the blockchain under the name MNT, and will be used to verify the GOLD transactions on GoldMint’s blockchain.
Note: Trading and investing in digital assets is speculative. Based on the shifting business and regulatory environment of such a new industry, this content should not be considered investment or legal advice.