The long-awaited Ethereum merger has taken place, and the community cannot stand idly by. Moments after the historic crypto event, a user minted the first non-immutable token (NFT) based on Proof of Stake (PoS) consensus.

Officially, the merger took place Thursday at 6:42 AM UTC in block 15537393. The first announcement of the NFT minting and sale came shortly after at 07:08 AM UTC.

The NFT, a time capsule of the iconic panda’s first mint bear NFT moment, was quickly purchased at 36 Ether (ETH).

After the first PoS NFT was announced, Crypto Twitter exploded with tweets and comments. Society’s feedback ranged from “making a questionable decision” to calling it “fire.” One user even wondered if Merge panda would be the new monkey, referring to the famous Bored Ape Yacht Club characters.

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After the news of the first NFT mints and sale spread, a torrent of early adopters for the new blockchain operating system started.

Sheldon Evans, founder of lifestyle brand Bloom Web3, tweeted that the brand has created the first official NFT pool to mint on the PoS network.

While some proudly show off their first minted digital assets and pools, others in the Ethereum community are proudly displaying their first purchases on the new system.

Consensys, the blockchain software company of Joseph Lubin, encourages community members to make their first PoS transaction by minting one of their commemorative NFTs to celebrate the merger.

Merge has also sparked the creativity of big names like Beeple, who created a Merge-inspired illustration of a large Ethereum logo slowly taking shape with the support of scientists. Members of the Ethereum Foundation also created, composed and performed a song dedicated to the event.

Source: CoinTelegraph