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Founders' Reward Transfers

Nathan Wilcox | Nov 15, 2016

With the Zcash launch of October 28th, 2016, a couple weeks behind us, and a couple of bugfix releases out, we're beginning to turn our focus to the coming year. The last lingering task to complete our MVP goal is to begin the Founders' Reward transfers.

We will begin initiating transfers of the Founders' Reward funds sometime on or after November 28th, 2016, a month after our launch. Recipients of the Founders' Reward may independently use these funds as they see fit. Additionally the end of the mining slow start is predicted to be roughly around the same time after which the rate of ⓩ production over time will become constant for approximately the following four years.


The rest of this post presents a technical background on the Founders' Reward and the Miners' Reward, and how the mining slow start interacts with them. Finally, some of the links provided allow you to observe up-to-date details for these kinds of funds.

For further background, please see our prior blog posts:

Monetary Base and Founders' Reward

The Founders' Reward is the cornerstone of our funding and developer incentives model, and allocates 10% of all tokens created to a Founders' Reward fund, with the remaining 90% allocated to miners eventually.

The 10% of the total supply that makes up the Founders' Reward is distributed between launch and the first halving (at block 850,000). During this period (which will last approximately four years), half of the total monetary base will be generated. After the first halving, there will be no more Founders' Reward, and all newly-created ⓩ will be received by miners. The following figure shows the monetary base and Founders' Reward plotted over time:

Founders Reward Graph

Source: Funding

Block Subsidies

When a new valid block is discovered, the special coinbase transaction is permitted to create new ⓩ tokens according to the monetary base growth schedule. The total number of ⓩ created per block in this beginning stage of the network follow the slow start rule: for the first 20,000 blocks, the number of ⓩ grows linearly from 0 ⓩ towards 12.5 ⓩ (which is approximately ~34 days). Thus the 20,000th block is the first block with a 12.5 ⓩ subsidy. As of this writing we are around block 11034, or about 55% through the slow-start period. This figure shows the rate per block as a function of block height:

ZEC distribution rate for first 30,000 blocks

ZEC distribution rate for first 30,000 blocks. Source: User Expectations at Sprout Pt. 1: Slow-Start Mining & Mining Ecosystem

This block subsidy is split between the Miners' Reward (80%) and the Founders' Reward (20%) during the halving interval. After that the entire block subsidy will go to the Miners' Reward. You can see an example by viewing any coinbase transaction, such as this example from block 8086:

  • Address t1XepX38RxS3o5hLioLbaNb6Fa2Y2Be55xw, the miner's address, receives 4.0431 ⓩ, and
  • Address t3Vz22vK5z2LcKEdg16Yv4FFneEL1zg9ojd, which collects the Founders' Reward, receives 1.01075 ⓩ.

Founders' Reward Addresses

The miner's address is chosen by the miner at the time they created the block, whereas the founders' Reward address, t3Vz22vK5z2LcKEdg16Yv4FFneEL1zg9ojd seen above, is specified in the consensus rules (specifically in this source code). Throughout the approximately four years of Founders' Reward distribution, the specific addresses used will change, a measure to improve our operational security.

You can see that as of this writing (around block 8775), no funds have moved from the Founders' Reward address t3Vz22vK5z2LcKEdg16Yv4FFneEL1zg9ojd (link to explorer). Once we begin transfering funds out of that address, the URL should reflect those transfers out.


Once Founders' Reward transfers begin, on or around November 28th, and the slow start completes the Zcash network will be in the basic post-launch steady state. We designed the Founders' Reward as the best practical structure to make Zcash a reality, both in its launch and it's continued evolution. We're avidly preparing for that evolution!


To learn about the current public state of Founders' Reward funds or Miners' reward funds, you can use the following resources:

Note: The last two links are to the explorer which is not operated by the Zcash Company. Any blockchain explorer will provide the same information.

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