The Chancallor has told the mint to issue the NFT by the summer as the government examines whether it could borrow money using blockchain technology.
Speaking at a financial technology conference in London Monday, Mr Sunak’s deputy and the Economic Secretary to the Treasury John Glenn, said:
“I am announcing today that the Chancellor has asked the Royal Mint to create a non-fungible token – an NFT to be issued by the Summer, an emblem of the forward-looking approach we are determined to take.”
The Tory minister there would be “more details available very soon”.
NFTs are unique units of digital data that use the same “blockchain” technology that is behind cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin.
The tokens have in recent years become used as a speculative asset and have been implicated in a number of scams.
The best-known NFTs claim to give the bearer ownership over a unique picture of a cartoon ape, a series known as the “Bored Ape Yacht Club”.
Speaking at the Innovate Global Finance Summit 2022 on Monday, the economic secretary Mr Glenn said: “Unlike the EU and US, the UK has a small number of regulators, and central government sets the overall framework and can take decisive action. So, we can move very nimbly.
“And, trust me, we have a determined, unified, single-minded government that is going to prioritise this.
“For instance, we’ll be undertaking a programme of work to explore whether it’s possible to apply [distribued ledger technology] DLT to the debt issuance process.
“Could the UK one day issue a debt instrument using DLT? I don’t yet know the answer … but let’s find out.
“And we will lead by example. We are already effectively using crypto-technologies to make government more efficient.
“We are developing opportunities to use distributed ledger technology for Customs and International Trade, to ease the import of goods, and we will continue to support further opportunities to deploy that technology.
“Finally, I am announcing today that the Chancellor has asked the Royal Mint to create a non-fungible token – an NFT… to be issued by the Summer, an emblem of the forward-looking approach we are determined to take… and there will be more details available very soon.”