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According to Wikipedia:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peercoin

the reward is halved every time the mining power increases by x16. So does that mean that you need historic data on the mining power in order to calculate how many coins there are?

Also, does anyone know what's the initial reward and difficulty? I can't seem to find those either

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According to Wikipedia:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peercoin

the reward is halved every time the mining power increases by x16. So does that mean that you need historic data on the mining power in order to calculate how many coins there are?

No you do not need historical data on mining power, but you can calculate out the historical data with a simple calculation used by the entire ppc chain to get an idea of how much hashing power there has been historically. (but that's not the question you are asking).

Also, does anyone know what's the initial reward and difficulty? I can't seem to find those either

Block explorers are your best bet. ABE based explorers like cryptocoinexplorer have some nice API functions. using http://ppc.cryptocoinexplorer.com/chain/PPCoin/q/totalbc I am told there have been 21019084.894021 PPC mined currently

the first block with a reward (block 1) hash is 00000000000be4e024af5071ba515c7510767f42ec9e40c5fba56775ff296658

http://ppc.cryptocoinexplorer.com/block/00000000000be4e024af5071ba515c7510767f42ec9e40c5fba56775ff296658 " 2499.75 Coins generated Hash: 00000000000be4e024af5071ba515c7510767f42ec9e40c5fba56775ff296658 Previous Block: 0000000032fe677166d54963b62a4677d8957e87c508eaa4fd7eb1c880cd27e3 Next Block: 0000000000fdfc564b25df5858ad9f5e3378d9102a22d5c785f9ab92ec3a304a Transaction Merkle Root: 1bdae84eff34e15399335fc2a48c70fa6b0b9caf972e38b0e3bda106d223f668 Time: 1345400356 (2012-08-19 18:19:16) Difficulty: 256.003 (Bits: 1c00ffff) Nonce: 1915373966 Transactions: 1 Value out: 2499.75 "

So there were 2499.75 coins on the first block. The first mined block had a difficulty of 256.003

as always, google is your friend. Check it out

  • btw Joe do you know any other Peercoin chain explorers as the one you've posted doesn't seem very reliable. For example: ppc.cryptocoinexplorer.com/chain/Peercoin/q/totalbc gives: 210389.95584858 - which is not true. At the moment the number of Peercoins in circulation is around 21 million. – Peter Vasilev Jan 12 '14 at 13:54

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