Ripple Labs Unlocks 1 Billion XRP Tokens in Monthly Distribution

Ripple Labs unlocks 1 billion XRP tokens from escrow, continuing monthly token distribution amidst ongoing legal battle.

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  • Ripple Labs has recently unlocked a significant number of XRP tokens from escrow.
  • Ripple has unlocked the tokens as part of its monthly XRP token distribution.
  • Three distinct transactions have been executed to distribute the most recent token unlock.

In the latest development, Ripple Labs has initiated the unlocking of many XRP tokens from its escrow, marking the monthly distribution of these tokens. This token unlock process occurred through three separate transactions from the escrow.

XRP’s Unique Pre-Mined Structure and Token Distribution

XRP, a digital asset operating on an open-source platform, is unique because it is pre-mined and possesses a maximum token supply of 100 billion. 

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However, the initial distribution of these pre-mined tokens was divided among Ripple, the parent company of the XRP ledger (XRPL), Ripple’s co-founders, and the core team.

Out of the 100 billion tokens, Ripple received 80 billion, while the remaining 20 billion were allocated to the company’s co-founders and the core team. 

To ensure a controlled and stable supply of its native token, Ripple chose to lock 55 billion tokens out of the 80 billion it received. It is from this pool of locked tokens that Ripple periodically conducts unlockings.

XRP Tokens Unlocked Amid SEC Battle

In the most recent token unlock, Ripple initially released 300 million XRP tokens, followed by an additional 200 million tokens, and finally unlocked 500 million tokens. This sequence of transactions brings the total number of unlocked XRP tokens to 1 billion.

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The fintech company, headquartered in San Francisco, has been making waves in the crypto world due to its ongoing legal battle with the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). 

The SEC’s primary allegation against Ripple Labs revolves around selling XRP as an unregulated security.

On the Flipside

  • Ripple’s distribution model questions the concentration of a significant number of XRP tokens in the hands of the company, its co-founders, and the core team.
  • While Ripple’s efforts to maintain a controlled supply of XRP tokens through locking mechanisms are aimed at stability, it could be seen as a potential restriction on the token’s natural market dynamics.
  • The unlocking of XRP tokens from escrow on a monthly basis introduces the possibility of impacting the token’s market value and stability, considering the periodic influx of substantial token quantities into circulation.

Why This Matters

The unlocking of 1 billion tokens by Ripple Labs holds great significance as it showcases the company’s ongoing efforts to maintain a stable supply of XRP. This event reinforces Ripple’s commitment to its digital asset and potential impact on the broader crypto landscape.

To learn more about recent XRP whale transfers and Ripple’s exchange connections, read here:

XRP Whale Transfers and Ripple’s Exchange Connections

To delve into the unveiling of an automated market maker network on XRPL by Ripple’s CTO, check out:

Ripple CTO Unveils Automated Market Maker Network On XRPL

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Author
Kyle Calvert

Kyle Calvert is a cryptocurrency news reporter for DailyCoin, specializing in Ripple, stablecoins, as well as price and market analysis news. Before his current role, Kyle worked as a student researcher in the cryptocurrency industry, gaining an understanding of how digital currencies work, their potential uses, and their impact on the economy and society. He completed his Masters and Honors degrees in Blockchain Technology within Esports and Business and Event management within Esports at Staffordshire University.