ADA (Cardano)

ADA (₳) is the network’s native token. It was named after 19th-century mathematician Ada Lovelace, widely regarded as the world’s first computer programmer. The ADA token is a and is also used to perform transactions on the network. [1]

ADA can be used for on the platform to help verify transactions. Staking rewards users with more ADA and the (PoS) system helps maintain the network's security. ADA can also be used to facilitate and run applications on the network. [2][3]

ADA token holders who stake their ADA tokens will be able to participate in on-chain governance and vote on development proposals. [5]


The initial token launch for Cardano (ADA) was on the 29th of September, 2017. 57.6% of the total ADA supply was distributed to investors in an  (ICO), in which Cardano raised $62.2 million. 11.50% was allocated to the Team (IOHK, EMURGO, and Cardano Foundation) and 30.90% to Staking Rewards. [2]



The maximum supply of the ADA token is capped at 45 billion, with an inflationary emission rate. Five distinct rounds of public sales were held by IOHK[4] between September 2015 and January 2017, giving interested buyers the chance to purchase ADA tokens and assist in early development. [2]

  1. $2.66M was raised in the Public Sale: Tranche 1 on Nov 2015 with an average price of $0.0024
  2. $16.49M was raised in the Public Sale: Tranche 2 on Apr 2016 with an average price of $0.0025
  3. $14.32M was raised in the Public Sale: Tranche 3 on Sep 2016 with an average price of $0.0026
  4. $19.36M was raised in the Public Sale: Tranche 3.5 on Sep 2016 with an average price of $0.0027
  5. $26.36M was raised in the Public Sale: Tranche 4 on Feb 2017 with an average price of $0.0028. [2]

Staking ADA

Validators - also known as pool operators - charge a commission fee for running staking pools. Delegators receive staking rewards in proportion to the amount staked. Every 5 days, the protocol automatically allocates and compounds staking income. Users are able to delegate to any staking pool without a lock-up period, and can freely move their stake. Rewards can be withdrawn without an unbounding period, though there is a latency period of 15-20 days before the initial stake begins to earn rewards. [5]

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