NFT Culture is looking back through time in an effort to document all the historic projects. Our Collaborator Ashley will do a weekly update covering the historic projects of our past.
Original Mint Date: August 9, 2017
256 Genesis mooncats
At first glance, this delightfully analog, almost historical website from 2017 seems childish. It is anything but. This project was ahead of its time. Thoughtful, and detailed.
The Cats were free, and adopters only needed to pay gas at the time. Gas fees were reported to be $.50 when the cats originally minted, with mining off chain. What a dream. The project was one of the earliest explorations of collectables being traded and recorded on the blockchain. To borrow from their FAQ on discord “Mooncats predate the ERC-721 standard, and are instead closer to the ERC-20 token.” This has skewed some of the data on Opensea as they now have the adjusted wrapper, however all original mint dates are viewable within the Mooncat’s metadata. They have also provided a tool which allows an old wrapper to be acclimated to the new token.
Features included the option to name your Mooncat (only once) and the funds from the mint were distributed amongst the community in an effort to explore different methods of distribution. A solid roadmap before roadmaps were “a thing”.
Mooncats is still going strong, and is actively traded on Opensea with a current floor price of .69.
The collection is robust and the community of over 15k on discord are seemingly thrilled to be a part of such an historical and early project. Current roadmap includes a Mooncat boutique, where you can add accessories to your mooncat; MoonCat Pop, a feature which allows for certain MoonCats to be added to digital soda cans, then vended out of digital vending machines; irl meetups, swag and conferences. All Mooncats are now on-chain as of January 2022.