What is DOGECoin?
Dogecoin (DOGE) is an open-source cryptocurrency developed initially as a meme but eventually found a purpose as an alternative to Bitcoin (BTC). It is primarily used as a means of payment and also as a fundraising and tipping system.
History of Dogecoin
In 2013, an Australian marketer and software developer, Jackson Palmer, had the funny idea of combining two tabs open side-by-side on his computer screen. One was CoinMarketCap, a crypto stats website, and the other was an article on a popular meme about the Japanese Shiba Inu dog. He put together both the elements and sent out a tweet about a new cryptocurrency called Dogecoin.
Shortly afterward, an IBM developer, Billy Markus, approached Jackson on Twitter, asking if he would like to create an actual cryptocurrency named Dogecoin. Palmer agreed, and Dogecoin was officially launched on 6th December 2013. Later, both the founders stepped away from Dogecoin, leaving it entirely in community members’ hands.
A year after launch, Dogecoin’s value spiked almost 10x to a price of roughly $0.002. After a famous meme in 2013, what started as a parody now has a market cap of over $550 million.
What is Dogecoin used for?
On its website, Dogecoin (DOGE) is described as ‘the internet currency’ that enables you to send money online. In the real-world, the coin is majorly used for tipping and donation. Occasionally, DOGE has been used by its community to raise funds. Some notable events are:
- Raising $50,000 to fund the Jamaican Bobsled Team journey to Winter Olympics in 2014.
- Raising $30,000 in 2014 to build wells of clean water in Kenya.
- Raising $55,000 to sponsor Josh Wise, a NASCAR driver.
Additionally, DOGE has a floating exchange rate with other cryptocurrencies and can be traded and bought for fiat currencies.
How does Dogecoin work?
Dogecoin uses a proof-of-work consensus mechanism to append blocks and approve transactions. While Bitcoin uses the SHA-256 hash function for mining, Dogecoin relies on Litecoin’s Scrypt, an ASIC-resistant algorithm.
DOGE is a fork of LuckyCoin, which itself was a fork of Litecoin. However, Dogecoin developers switched to a merged mining model to avoid risk and competition from the Litecoin community. This meant Litecoin miners could also mine Dogecoin without any additional efforts.
Unlike Litecoin, Dogecoin does not have a limited supply of DOGE tokens. The inflation-based approach was designed to ensure miners would always be rewarded with new Dogecoin.
Initially, the total supply of DOGE was capped at 100 billion coins, with an additional 5.256 billion coins to be released every year after that. Dogecoin mining targets a one-minute block time, and 10,000 coins are rewarded per block.
As of December 2020, Dogecoin has a circulating supply of 130 billion coins.
Dogecoin is building a community. It is building a place where people can have fun, perform good deeds, and learn about cryptocurrency.Aaron S
How can Canadians get Dogecoin (DOGE)?
How do I buy Dogecoin in Canada (DOGE to CAD)?
Buying Dogecoin (DOGE) in Canada can be done through a cryptocurrency exchange such as NDAX, a peer-to-peer trade, or a cryptocurrency ATM. However, using platforms such as NDAX will allow for affordable, safe, and fast transactions.
|1 DOGE||0.01 CAD|
|5 DOGE||0.06 CAD|
|10 DOGE||0.12 CAD|
|25 DOGE||0.3 CAD|
|50 DOGE||0.6 CAD|
|100 DOGE||1.2 CAD|
|500 DOGE||6.02 CAD|
|1000 DOGE||12.04 CAD|
|5000 DOGE||60.24 CAD|
|10000 DOGE||120.49 CAD|
|1 CAD||82 DOGE|
|10 CAD||829 DOGE|
|20 CAD||1659 DOGE|
|50 CAD||4149 DOGE|
|100 CAD||8299 DOGE|
|500 CAD||41497 DOGE|
|1000 CAD||82994 DOGE|
|5000 CAD||414972 DOGE|
|10000 CAD||829944 DOGE|
|50000 CAD||4149721 DOGE|
How do I store Dogecoin?
It is highly recommended that you always store Dogecoin (DOGE) in a cryptocurrency hardware wallet. However, at NDAX we have all the security measures in place to allow you to safely store your cryptocurrency on our platform. See NDAX Security. For cold wallets, check out Ledger or Trezor for your hardware wallet needs.