COTI launches Djed's Reserve coin, Shen Coin

COTI released a reserve currency, called Shen coin for its Djed stablecoin at end of January 2023. Djed & Shen ADA pairs can be bought and traded on Wingriders DEX and centralized exchanges like BitTrue.

Why the names 'Djed' and 'Shen'?

Both 'Djed' and 'Shen' derive their names from ancient Egyptian symbols.

'Djed' was an Egyptian symbol that represented stability. It was also known as 'The Backbone of Osiris' which also represented strength and stability.

Shen is named after an ancient Egyptian symbol that represented infinity and durability. According to COTI

Shen has a deep connection with infinity, eternity, protection, and completeness given its circularity ... we found this name to convey the characteristics and properties of Djed’s Reserve Coin appropriately

COTI to rollout a reserve coin for Djed

Here are a few points to note about Shen:

  • Shen will only be available to whitelisted buyers; or what COTI terms as 'qualified investors'. KYC will probably be needed.
  • Shen will be tradable by its holders
  • Trading the Shen coins will help keep Djed's peg stable by providing sufficient liquidity to the stablecoin's ecosystem.
  • Shen coin holders will receive a share of its transaction pool

The Shen coin will not itself be stable i.e it will not be pegged to the dollar or any other coin. Instead, it will be provide stability to the price of Djed.

Unlike UST, Djed is 400 ~ 800% collateralized. To mint Djed, at least 400% collateral needs to be provided.

How Djed compares to other algorithmic stablecoins

BlockchainTerra ClassicCardano, COTIErgo
Reserve (stabilizer)LUNAShensigRSV
Reserve Ratio0% ~ 100%400% ~ 800%currently ~378%

For context, if Djed value increases to 1.03 USD, Djed will be sold to buy Shen coins until the 1 USD per Djed peg is restored. Similarly, if the value falls below the 1:1 peg, Djed coins will be minted and Shen coins will be 'burnt' to restore the peg. This process is algorithmic.

The exchange between ADA, Djed & Shen will be controlled by a smart contract. Users will provide ADA to the djed smart contract to buy (receive) Djed tokens. Similarly, they will send Djed tokens to the smart contract which will be burned in exchange for ADA tokens. In case there are not enough ADA in the smart contract to pay all Djed sellers, Shen coins will be minted and sold for ADA to provide stability.

As long as the ADA reserve ratio is below the required level, Shen holders will not be able to redeem their Shen coins for ADA. Djed holders will take priority in these situation.

Djed, Shen, ADA relationship chart

Incentives for Shen coin holders

In exchange for their obligation to maintain Djed's stability, Shen holders will be rewarded. Fees charged during every Djed or Shen mint / burn will be deposited into an ADA pool. Shen holders will receive a share of the pool. Naturally, as this pool grows, the Shen price will appreciate in value thus benefiting its holders.

Other transaction fees will be charged in ADA, then converted to COTI and deposited into COTI treasury for distribution to its users.

Learn more about Djed's shen coin on this video by COTI Group or by reading Djed's whitepaper.

Djed fees distribution

To honour these incentives, the Djed Protocol will boast 3 unique fees models namely:

  1. Minting fees
  2. Burning fees
  3. An operation fee
Fee TypeFee PercentangeMinimum Fee
Djed min Fee1.5%1 ADA
Djed burn Fee1.5%1 ADA
Shen min Fee0.2%not set
Shen burn Fee0.5%not set

Djed fee model structure

ADA will be used as collateral

As explained above, to mint either Djed or Shen, users will need to provide ADA as collateral.

During the Cardano Summit 2021, Input-Output HK (IOHK) announced a collaboration with COTI as Cardano's stablecoin network. The COTI network will be the official issuer of Djed.

Back in July 2021, IOHK CEO Charles Hoskinson had shared the stablecoin design for Decentralized Finance DeFi transactions. Now, it plans to use COTI's Trustchain-based system, which is a machine learning-based consensus algorithm.

In the statement, the COTI development team announced that stablecoins are a "killer app."

Chief executive of COTI Group Shahaf Bar-Geffen, said;

"I believe that adding the Djed stablecoin to the Cardano blockchain will significantly improve how transactions are settled on the platform ... Djed will to Cardano be what USDT is to ethereum, BTC ..."

He said that Djed would operate by sustaining a reserve of base coins. It will be used for transactions on Cardano by controlling "volatile and exorbitant gas fees." Cardano CEO Hoskinson announced that Djed stablecoin could be a game-changer in the cryptocurrency space at a time when the industry is already experiencing tremendous growth.

"Djed shares our commitment to formal verification, proving a robust method of combating price volatility of crypto markets."

COTI's partnerships inside the Cardano ecosystem

Recently, COTI has been working on partnering with Cardano dApps. Some notable ones include Aada Finance, World mobile token, ADAX, SundaeSwap, ADAX, Genius Yields, VyFinance, MeowSwap, AdaPay, Indigo protocol, MinSwap, Spectrum (formerly ergoDex), Indigo protocol At least 35 Djed partnerships have been announced so far.

Djed Partnerships announced in 2021

YearMonthCOTI Djed Partners
2021SeptemberOccam.Fi, Ardana, ADA Pay
2021NovemberCatalyst, Lovelace, Centaurify, SundaeSwap
2021DecemberADA Handle, AdaSwap, Spectrum (ErgoDEX)

Djed Partnerships announced in 2022

YearMonthCOTI Djed Partners
2022JanuaryDOEX, MeowSwap, Indigo Protocol, ADAX
2022FebruaryWorld Mobile Token (WMT), Aada Finance, NFT-MAKER
2022MarchGenius Yields, Cardax, LiqWid Labs, Revuto
2022AprilMinSwap DEX, Revelar, Fluid tokens
2022MayGADA, CardaShift, Gerowallet, Cardahub
2022JuneMuesliSwap, Celestial City, Trading Tent
2022JulyKirkStone, Astarter
2022AugustWingriders, JaraNetwork
2022SeptemberCardano Warriors, Cogito Protocol
2022OctoberEmpowa, Axo

These partnerships were in preparation for Djed's launch. Such that on launch, the stablecoin would hit the ground running i.e immediately enter circulation.

For these Cardano DEXs that COTI has partnered with, Djed will bring stability into liquidity pools. Currently there are no stablecoins inside the Cardano ecosystem. The absence is being felt by LPs (liquidity providers) in form of high incidences of impermanent loss. Djed will mitigate this sort of loss in a large way, thus encouraging more ADA holders to participate in LPs and yield farming opportunities.

Djed's launch will therefore lead to a growth in Cardano's TVL by boosting the DEXs liquidity. This increase in liquidity will reduce the prevailing higher slippage percentages on swaps.

COTI rolls out Djed on Cardano chain

Djed launch will help Cardano users approach DeFi within the ecosystem with confidence because it will bring predictability as it will not be volatile.


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