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What is Stellar Lumens? – New Zealand’s XLM Cryptocurrency Overview

What is Stella Lumens (XLM)? Take a closer look at how Stellar is innovating ways to send all sorts of digital assets.

Posted February 5, 2018

Person holding the Stellar Lumens XLM logo on a purple background.
Person holding the Stellar Lumens XLM logo on a purple background.

What are Stellar Lumens (XLM)

Firstly, a bit of clarification on what we’re actually talking about. “Stellar” is an open source network protocol for the exchange of “lumens” (the currency of Stellar).

The technology is based on the Ripple protocol, but after years of development has mainly developed its own code.

The great things about Stellar (the network) are:

  • Speed – an average of 2-5 seconds per transaction
  • Cross currency payments – Stellar’s platform enables payments to be sent around the world, between any different currencies.
  • Social conscience – Stellar is a non-profit business and sets aside funding for initiatives that promote financial inclusion
Value proposition for Stellar Lumens. Source:

Stellar is a platform that connects banks, payment systems, and people. External companies can integrate with their protocol to move money quickly, reliably and at a very small cost. Lumens are the currency that acts as the fuel for the Stellar network.

What makes Stellar unique?

Stellar was developed as an alternative to what the Ripple network was trying to achieve. Ripple was focusing on the existing financial services industry and signing up companies (banks) as partners. Stellar is aiming more towards the developing world and use from the general population.

The Stellar Development Foundation

In keeping with its objectives, the Stellar team created the Stellar Development Foundation. Through this Foundation an interesting initiative has been implemented aptly named the Stellar Partnership Grant Program.

This program offers various forms of grants to an organisation that facilitates the improvement of the global financial landscape and promotes financial inclusion.

Creating equitable access to the global financial system
Stellar’s non-profit wing, the Stellar Development Foundation, and its value proposition. Source:

What are the main advantages of Stellar Lumens?

Lumens are transacted very quickly across the Stellar network. The speed of a transaction averages from 2 to 5 seconds to complete.

This is achieved due to the process in which the transaction is verified. All the Stellar servers are in sync with each other and all have a copy of the Stellar ledger.

Stellar Lumens Logo.
Stellar’s logo. Source:

When a transaction is sent these servers quickly work to verify and come to consensus (known as the Stellar Consensus Protocol) prior to delivering the lumens to the destination address.

Due to having this protocol Stellar doesn’t require miners like Bitcoin, giving it an advantage in speed.

Buy and Sell Stellar Lumens (XLM) in New Zealand

We make it easy for Kiwis to buy Stellar Lumens (XLM) within minutes of your order.

All you have to do is choose the amount and the lumens that will be delivered straight into your own wallet.

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Disclaimer: Information is current as at the date of publication. This is general information only and is not intended to be advice. Crypto is volatile, carries risk and the value can go up and down. Past performance is not an indicator of future returns. Please do your own research.

Last updated August 29, 2022

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