Airdrop (cryptocurrency)

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An airdrop is a distribution of a cryptocurrency token or coin, usually for free, to numerous wallet addresses. Airdrops are primarily implemented as a way of gaining attention and new followers, resulting in a larger user-base and a wider disbursement of coins.


Airdrops aim to take advantage of network effect by engaging existing holders of a particular blockchain-based currency, such as Bitcoin or Ethereum in their currency or project.[1]

In the United States the practice has raised policy issues about tax liability and whether they amount to income or capital gains.[2]


  1. ^ BJORØY, Trond Vidar (2017-09-06). "The latest crypto PR craze: 'Airdropping' free coins into your wallet".
  2. ^ "Bitcoin Is on a Collision Course With the IRS". Fortune. Retrieved 2018-01-17.