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# Proof-of-Work reward cap
- Status: proposed
- Type: protocol adjustment
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- Start Date: 03-18-2021
- Supersedes: (fill me in with a link to RFC this supersedes - if applicable)
- Superseded by:
- Author: Peerchemist
Peercoin PoW block reward is product of network Proof-of-Work difficulty: the higher the network difficulty, the lower the block reward. This mechanism is effectively "pegging" the issuance of Peercoins to the development of SHA256 ASIC miner hardware. Reasoning behind this decision is that it's expected that efficiency of SHA256 miners represents the level of advancement of general cryptocurrency industry, at least that is something that can be encoded into an algorithm. Miners will turn to Peercoin when profit is high, and drive up the PoW difficulty while reducing the block reward. Which is expected behavior, to have ever decreasing average block reward.
However, PoW miners have no loyalty, they will move on to mine whatever is most profitable at the moment. Sometime they will even speculate about future price appreciation of a specific asset and will dedicate time and energy to mine it at loss for a while. This can lead to extended periods of lower mining difficulty and relatively large PoW block rewards. It is easy to imagine some extremely unusual chain of event (black swan) which would result in extremely low PoW difficulty and thus abnormal PoW-based inflation.
It is justifiable to cap the Pow block reward at 50 Peercoin in order to shield the network from excessive inflation in case of unusually low PoW difficulty.
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