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Token Use-cases and Examples

How to choose which digital asset is best suited for your target audience and the bigger picture.

In the previous guide, we walked you through design considerations and characteristics of your digital asset or token. This guide is aimed at helping you understand your tokens functionality in relation to other real-world examples.

Active vs Passive Token Examples

In the guide on designing your token, we looked at "rights considerations" and whether your token was a store of value (passive) or if your token gave the holder access to perform an activity (active). Below are some examples of these tokens.

Fixed (Active)
Unlimited (active)
Fixed (Passive)
Unlimited (Passive)


  • Memberships
  • Utility tokens (API Keys)
  • Tickets
  • Appointment
  • Securities
  • Equity
  • Currencies
  • Commodities


  • Identity
  • Arline Tickets
  • Entry access
  • Prescriptions
  • Government services
  • Arline Miles
  • Award points
  • Record

Non-Fungible vs Fungible Token Examples

We also looked at Fungibility considerations (whether your tokens are individually unique or indistinguishable from one another). Below are some examples of both fungible and non-fungible assets.



  • Poker Chips
  • Discount Codes
  • Cash
  • Bus Ticket
  • Coupons
  • Gift Cards
  • Bitcoin (without blacklisting)
  • Commodity (rice, oil, gold)
  • Utility Tokens
  • Lottery Tickets
  • Ownership of car
  • House key
  • Title Deed


  • Gym membership?
  • Plane Ticket?
  • App with associated account?
  • Divers license
  • University Certificate
  • Prescription
  • Password
  • Identity

Purpose driven Tokens

Proof of CO2 emission reduction: riding a bike, walking, public transportation instead of using a car.

Proof of energy consumption reduction: incentivizing users with a token every time prove that they used less energy.
Proof of tree planted, recycling, etc.: Proof of undertaking actions to help natural resources.

All this to say, there are many directions you can go in creating a token. If you have specific questions and want to ask advice head over to Stack Overflow and ask a question, someone from the community or the foundation will help you navigate your design decisions.

If you're ready to start building, check out our guide on creating your first token](

Token Use-cases and Examples

How to choose which digital asset is best suited for your target audience and the bigger picture.

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