The first digital token backed by the central bank will soon be launched in the eurozone. According to the Reuters report on 2 July, Lithuania will be the first eurozone nation to issue a digital central bank token. The report notes that 24,000 digital tokens, dubbed LBCOIN, based on the blockchain, will be issued within a week.
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Crypto-friendly Baltic nation will issue LBCOINs as part of its plan to test central bank digital currencies and blockchain technology in day-to-day applications. The news of the launch of the central bank’s digital tokens follows the release of the Libra Whitepaper on Facebook. The development of the new Facebook Libra has forced central banks to accelerate their CBDC plans.
Moreover, the deputy governor of the Bank of Lithuania, Marius Jurgilas, while talking to Reuters on the new digital tokens said:
“No one in the central bank community was thinking about digital currency seriously before we realized that there is a legitimate threat that someone else will take our space… We need to provide society with what it wants.”
Central bank digital token to be exchanged for physical coins
In addition, the Deputy Governor noted that LBCOIN is identical to the central bank digital currency, which is fiat in digital version, issued and administered by the central bank. In particular, the digital tokens of the central bank will be distributed at €99 ($111.28) in a bunch of six. And the bands will have an attached image of one of the 20 individuals who signed the declaration of independence of Lithuania in 1918.
The Bank of Lithuania expects residents to trade a digital token with orders to create a specific set that can be exchanged for a physical silver con the size of a regular credit card. As stated in the report, the physical coin will have a nominal value of €19.18 ($21.55). The holders of LBCOIN may immediately exchange the digital asset with the Bank of Lithuania and the private blockchain infrastructure, as stated in the report.