Glimmer (GLMR) is the native platform token for Moonbeam. Since the network is pre-launch, it is not yet available or in circulation. Glimmer will be a utility token, serving much the same purpose as ETH serves on Ethereum plus added Polkadot functionality like staking and on-chain governance functions. Read more about Glimmer.
Moonbeam Tokens and Tokenomics
The Glimmer token is not yet available. Final token distribution mechanisms, plans, and dates are still TBD. Please do your research and be wary of anyone offering you Glimmer tokens, since these offers are more than likely a scam. Detailed information on the planned token allocation for Glimmer is now available.
The Glimmer token is not an ERC-20 currently. Once we have launched and the bridges connecting Polkadot to Ethereum are up-and-running, it will be possible to move Glimmer and other tokens on Moonbeam to Ethereum as ERC-20s.
The Moonbeam Foundation is expected to be able to offer a public distribution shortly before the launch of the Moonbeam network. Currently, that timing is approximately mid-year 2021 (this summer).
The Moonbeam Foundation is currently working with trusted third-parties to ensure the most accessible, fair public sale possible, but details are still TBD. Updates will be released via the Moonbeam public channels as more details are finalized, and you will get the latest information well in advance.
The Moonbeam Foundation has not finalized details for this yet. The community will be updated once there is a clear plan.
River is the utility token of the Moonriver network. Moonriver is intended as a companion network to Moonbeam, where it will provide a permanently incentivized canary network. New code will ship to Moonriver first, where it can be tested and verified under real economic conditions. Once proven, the same code will ship to Moonbeam on Polkadot.
Details for this are TBD. The Moonbeam Foundation is working closely with the Parity and Web3 teams to define and document the appropriate steps, which will be made available prior to the crowdloan event.