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Official Feathercoin logo
Plural Feathercoins, FTCs
Symbol FTC, ₣ (unofficially)
Date of introduction 16 April 2013; 6 years ago (2013-04-16)
User(s) International
Inflation Limited release (geometric series, rate halves every 2.1 million blocks reaching a final total of 336 million FTCs)

Feathercoin (FTC or [1]) is an open source cryptocurrency, published under the license of MIT / X11.1, based on the Litecoin protocol. On 16 April 2013 Feathercoin successfully forked from Litecoin by the creation of its genesis block. As a cryptocurrency, creation and transfer of coins is based on an open source cryptographic protocol (the blockchain) and is not managed by any central authority.[2]

The hashing algorithm chosen for Feathercoin was the Proof-of-Work NeoScrypt[3], which had premiered on Phoenixcoin. NeoScrypt is 25% more memory intense[4], which makes it less feasible to create ASICs for it.

The main programmer is Peter Bushnell, at the time running the information technology for the Brasenose College of Oxford University. He explained his motivation for developing the coin in an interview with Vitalik Buterin.[5]

One month after launching Feathercoin, Peter Bushnell left his job as head of IT at the Brasenose College of Oxford University and lived off his Litecoin savings.[6]

He left the development of the coin in 2014, working on projects such as HullCoin[7] and returned to the platform in late December 2017 with the intention of bringing Feathercoin technically to the same level as Bitcoin Core 0.13 and subsequently adding Lightning and BarterDEX technology to the coin [8] [9]

On the 21st March 2018, the creation of the Feathercoin Development Foundation was announced. Its goal is to foster the development and acceptance of Feathercoin.[10] Based in Zug, crypto-valley in Switzerland, the Feathercoin Foundation got rapid coverage by local media such as Swissinfo[11], Finews[12] or Fintechnews[13].

History[edit | edit source]

The first version of Feathercoin was released on 16 April 2013 and based on the 0.6.3 build of Litecoin. The initial block reward was set at 200 blocks and not a single block was pre-mined. With its halving rate every 2.1 million blocks, Feathercoin is limited to 336 million coins. Approximately 16 times more than Bitcoin and 4 times more than Litecoin. Average block time is about 60 seconds, which, compared to Litecoin (2.5 minutes) and Bitcoin (8.4 minutes), is considerabily fast.[14]

On 9 April 2018, at precisely 22:31:59 GMT block number 2’157’120 was the first block to get mined with SegWit [BIP 141] activated. This promoted Feathercoin to one of the very few cryptocurrencies having this feature along with others like Litecoin, Bitcoin, Digibyte and Vertcoin. While this in itself was a great news, Peter Bushnell wasn’t resting on his laurels and has readied the first release candidate of Feathercoin Core 0.16, bringing exciting new features such as BECH32 addresses [BIP173], the ‘native’ address format for SegWit.[15]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Based on the former French currency Franc
  2. "[FAQ] New forum Member? - Most Asked Questions! Try Here First!". 29 May 2016. Retrieved 16 March 2018. 
  3. "Feathercoin ( FTC ) – What You Need To Know". cryptolix.com. Retrieved 28 February 2018. 
  4. Doering, John (26 July 2014). "NeoScrypt, a Strong Memory Intensive Key Derivation Function" (PDF). Retrieved 6 February 2018. 
  5. Buterin, Vitalik. "Feathercoin: Interview With Peter Bushnell — Bitcoin Magazine". Bitcoin Magazine. Retrieved 6 February 2018. 
  6. Bradbury, Danny (25 June 2013). "Bitcoin's successors: from Litecoin to Freicoin and onwards". the Guardian. Retrieved 7 February 2018. 
  7. https://disrupts.com/catchy-header-nostrum-group/
  8. "Return to Feathercoin and future development". 2 January 2018. Retrieved 16 March 2018. 
  9. Bushnell, Peter (17 December 2017). "Returning to Feathercoin proper in the new year to start work on the 0.13 release. The 0.13 codebase gives us the latest soft forks and will then allow us to join other services like Lightning Network, BarterDEX and others that make use of newer tech. #Feathercoin #FTC". @bushstar. Retrieved 7 February 2018. 
  10. Foundation, Feathercoin Development (2018-03-21). "Announcing the Feathercoin Development Foundation". Feathercoin Development Foundation. Retrieved 2018-03-21. 
  11. swissinfo.ch, Matthew Allen,. "Feathercoin out to prove it's no lightweight". SWI swissinfo.ch. Retrieved 2018-04-11. 
  12. "Swiss Investor Digs Into Crypto". finews.com. 2018-03-21. Retrieved 2018-04-11. 
  13. "Swiss Fintech Startup Map, April 2018, 10 new Swiss Fintech Startups | Fintech Schweiz Digital Finance News - FintechNewsCH". Fintech Schweiz Digital Finance News - FintechNewsCH. 2018-04-09. Retrieved 2018-04-11. 
  14. "Bitcoin, Litecoin, Namecoin, Dogecoin, Peercoin, Ethereum stats". bitinfocharts.com. Retrieved 16 March 2018. 
  15. Foundation, Feathercoin Development (2018-04-09). "Segwit activates successfully and Feathercoin Core 0.16 First Release Candidate ready for download". Medium. Retrieved 2018-04-11.