By Gideon Adonai
Leading cryptocurrency exchange Binance has announced the completion of its 17th quarterly burn.
The company destroyed more than 1.3 million BNB tokens that were cumulatively worth roughly $639 million.
This marks Binance’s biggest quarterly burn to date in dollar terms.
This was announced Monday in a Twitter statement seen by AF24news.
“Burning” is the process of shrinking the token’s circulating supply. Binance is on track to destroy 50% of all BNB tokens every quarter.
The number of tokens that are destroyed each quarter is calculated based on the trading volume on Binance’s crypto-to-crypto exchange.
Binance burned $393 million worth of BNB in the second quarter and $595 million in the first quarter of 2021.
The BNB price added a meager 1.2% after the burn was announced before quickly trimming even such modest gains.
Last week, BNB recorded a double-digit price spike after announcing a $1 billion growth fund.
What is a coin burning?
Coin burning is the process of permanently removing cryptocurrencies from circulation, reducing the total supply.
When the Binance Coin was still part of the Ethereum network, Binance performed periodic coin burn events using a smart contract function known as burn function. The BNB burning events are scheduled to occur every quarter until 100,000,000 BNB are finally destroyed, which represents 50% of the total BNB ever issued (200,000,000 BNB).
The amount of BNB coins to be burned is based on the number of trades performed on the exchange within a 3-months period. So after each quarter, Binance burns BNB according to the overall trading volume.