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Polkadot (DOT) price, chart, coin profile and news
Find the latest Polkadot (DOT) price, coin profile, news and history to get you started with Polkadot trading and investing.
What is Polkadot?
DOT is the native token of the Polkadot network.
Polkadot is a unique network which allows the transfer of data, money and assets between different blockchains.
Polkadot is different from other networks such as Ethereum, as it uses various blockchains instead of smart contracts, allowing developers a more granular approach to design. DOT tokens are the native currency of the Polkadot ecosystem and are used for proof-of-stake and governance.
At Polkadot's core is a universe of blockchains, both public and private, which can all interact with each other through a process known as interoperability. Instead of using smart contracts to run applications, Polkadot uses parallel blockchains, known as parachains, to serve a similar purpose. Whereas a developer on Ethereum would use a collection of smart contracts to program a dapp, developers on Polkadot use parachains instead.
By programming individual blockchains to host dapps instead of smart contracts – which are bound to the parent blockchain's rules – developers are able to exercise greater control over design, including key features such as speed, fees and whether data is public or private. Smart contracts are still supported on Polkadot, although they must exist within a parachain.
For example, a bank might want to host customer data on a private blockchain that only employees can alter. Customers could then access this data using a third-party payments app which operates on a public blockchain. Permission to access either parachain could be moderated by a digital ID held on a smart contract parachain.
Tying these parachains together is the relay chain, which can be thought of as the central blockchain within Polkadot. By managing a network of parachains from a central relay chain, friction is reduced, enabling a faster and more efficient network for both the user and those that operate it.
Polkadot (DOT) is the 10th largest cryptocurrency in the world by market cap, valued at $19,302,127,645. The current price of Polkadot is $17.91, which is -0.140% lower than yesterday. Prices have ranged between $18.42 and $15.98 over the past 24 hours. All prices are listed in US dollars and accurate as of January 25, 2022 04:01 UTC.
Recent Polkadot developments
Polkadot (DOT) priceUse our graph to track the performance of (DOT) over time.
Polkadot at a glance
|Total DOT supply||1,158,721,838|
|All time high||US$54.98|
Polkadot price performance over time
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