According to a recent announcement made by the Treasury, the plans for a government-backed non-fungible token (NFT) generated by the Royal Mint have been scrapped.
In April 2022, when Rishi Sunak was serving as chancellor, he issued a directive that called for the construction of an “NFT for Britain” that could be traded online.
In the world of digital assets, non-fungible tokens (NFTs) are assets that can be bought and traded but do not have a physical form of their own.
After speaking with the Royal Mint, the Treasury ultimately decided to “not proceed with the launch,” as the announcement put it.
However, Economic Secretary Andrew Griffiths stated that the plan would be kept “under consideration” by the department.
It has been suggested that NFTs are the digital equivalent of collectibles; nevertheless, there are many who are concerned that this is just a bubble ready to burst. These have been put up for sale as speculative investments, with some of them fetching prices in the millions of dollars.
In response to the announcement, the chair of the Treasury Select Committee, Harriet Baldwin, stated that “We have not yet seen a lot of evidence that our constituents should be putting their money in these speculative tokens unless they are prepared to lose all of their money.” Harriet Baldwin is quoted as saying that “We have not yet seen a lot of evidence that our constituents should be putting their money in these speculative tokens.”
“Thus, it’s possible that this is the reason why the Royal Mint and the Treasury came to this decision together.”
NFTs are one-of-a-kind pieces of digital data that are created utilizing the same “blockchain” technology that is used to create cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin. Because the blockchain ledger is updated and maintained by hundreds of computers located all over the world, it is impossible to falsify the records.
The digital tokens, which first came into existence in 2014, can be regarded as certificates of ownership for either virtual or actual goods. They can be purchased with either conventional currency or a cryptocurrency like bitcoin.
The Treasury is now working on implementing regulations for certain cryptocurrencies and had intended to enter the market for non-fiat currencies as part of a larger effort to establish the United Kingdom as a center for digital payment firms.
Mr. Sunak, who was serving as the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom at the time, made the following statement in April 2022: “We want to see the [cryptocurrency] businesses of tomorrow – and the jobs they create – here in the UK, and by effectively regulating them, we can give them the confidence they need to think and invest long-term.”
The “Bored Ape Yacht Club” is one of the most well-known series of non-fungible tokens (NFTs), and it confers ownership of a one-of-a-kind image of a cartoon ape on the holder of the token. The failure of the cryptocurrency exchange FTX in 2017 caused a precipitous drop in the price of NFTs.