Cryptocommunity Currencies

29 Pages Posted: 11 Jan 2019 Last revised: 11 Nov 2019

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J.S. Nelson

Villanova Law School; Villanova School of Business; The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania; Institute for Corruption Studies

Date Written: December 31, 2018


What are cryptocurrencies: securities, commodities, or something else? Maybe they are a new form of established currency―a non-sovereign fiat currency. By shooting across the bow of the securities vs. commodities debate, this Essay calls on regulators and academics to rethink their assumptions about cryptocurrencies and the communities that develop them.

Keywords: cryptocurrency, cryptocurrencies, securities, commodities, currencies, regulation, sovereign, community

JEL Classification: K1, K11, K2, K20, K22, K23, K29, K33, K42, G00, G20, G21, G23, G28, G29, G38, G39, Z1, Z10, Z18, Z19

Suggested Citation

Nelson, Josephine, Cryptocommunity Currencies (December 31, 2018). Cornell Law Review, Forthcoming. Available at SSRN: or

Josephine Nelson (Contact Author)

Villanova Law School ( email )

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Villanova School of Business ( email )

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