A Guide to CoinList Auctions

Token Sales May 06, 2020

How do Dutch auctions work?

A Dutch auction is a decreasing price auction featuring a single seller and multiple buyers who determine the final clearing price. The final clearing price of the auction is the highest price at which the entire allocation can be sold. Economists describe Dutch auctions as a particularly fair distribution mechanism because every successful participant buys tokens at the same price, and all participants collectively determine that price.    

In a Dutch auction, the seller sets an initial price per token (e.g. $10), and then units are sold beginning from the highest bidder downward until the auction “clears.” Participants place bids for the number of tokens they would like to purchase and the maximum price per token that they are willing to pay. As the auction price declines, bids placed at a price above the current auction price will be accepted in the order that they were received until (a) current demand meets or exceeds supply or (b) the reserve price is met, and the auction clears.  

Auction Process

CoinList auctions occur in four phases: verification, bidding, pricing, and settlement.

  1. KYC verification. Purchasers must first be verified through CoinList’s onboarding process. Verified Purchasers can access the auction dashboard and place a bid on CoinList.
  2. Bidding. All Verified Purchases can submit bids through the auction dashboard. Purchasers are required to identify the price per token they are willing to pay and the total number of tokens and deposit the total bid amount. Purchasers are able to place early bids prior to the live auction, these bids will not affect the starting price. The highest price bidders (or the earliest, if purchasers submit at the same price) get priority on the tokens, which are then allocated in order from highest to lowest bid, until all tokens are sold. Purchasers are allowed to modify, withdraw, and re-enter their bids at any time prior to their acceptance, which is when the auction price meets the submitted bid price.
  3. Pricing: The bidding process generates a clearing price for tokens offered in the auction. The clearing price is the highest price at which tokens offered could be sold to all purchasers, based on bids in the order book that have not been withdrawn or rejected at the time of auction close.
  4. Settlement: Once the token price is determined, all investors who submitted successful bids receive an allocation of tokens at the clearing price. Settlement usually occurs within 10 days of the close of the auction. Post settlement, buyers may have leftover funds in their auction account — from partially-filled or rejected bids — which will be returned to their CoinList wallets.

How to Bid

In order to place a bid, participants are required to deposit their intended bid amount denominated in USD or USDC into a CoinList Wallet. To access wallets and deposit funds, participants must have a verified CoinList account. Note that the verification process can take up to 3 days.

To fund your Wallet, simply click “deposit” from inside your designated crypto or USD wallet. To learn more about using our wallets, click here.

Users have the option to deposit funds in USD, USDC, ETH or BTC. Processing time for USD wire transfers takes 3–5 days to appear in your account, while USDC can be deposited and used to bid during the live auction. To participate using ETH or BTC, upon registration click ‘Fund Wallets’ and enter in your total desired ETH or BTC denominated bid amount, which we will then convert to USDC.

To place a bid into the auction (this includes early bidding):

  1. Enter the total amount you would like to bid denominated in USD, ETH or BTC
  2. Enter your desired bid price per token
  3. Review the potential number of tokens you’ll receive at your desired price, and submit your bid

Participants’ deposited bids are securely held in their wallets, during which time transfers are locked until the settlement of the auction.

To learn more about upcoming CoinList auctions, click here. (https://coinlist.co/auctions)

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