Usd Coin - USDC
USD Coin (USDC) is a digital currency that is fully backed by U.S. dollar assets. USDC is a tokenized U.S. dollar, with the value of one USDC coin pegged 1:1 to the value of one U.S. dollar. The value of USDC is designed to remain stable, making USDC a stablecoin.
Stablecoins are commonly backed by reserve assets like dollars or euros to achieve price stability.1 The price stability of USDC contrasts sharply with the notorious price fluctuations of other cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin and Ethereum.
Despite its name, it is important to note that USDC is not issued or backed by the U.S. government. USD Coin is an open-source project, meaning that anyone can view and contribute to the project's code.
You may be wondering about how USDC maintains the 1:1 peg with the U.S. dollar. If you initiate a transaction to buy one USD Coin using fiat currency, then that fiat currency is deposited and stored as one U.S. dollar and the new USDC is minted. If you sell a USD Coin in exchange for fiat currency, then the USDC is "burned" when the fiat money is transferred back to your bank account.
USDC is compatible with several blockchains,including:Ethereum,Algorand,Solana,Stellar,TRON.
USD Coin is managed by Centre, a consortium co-founded by the cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase and Circle, a financial technology company. Centre aims to change the global financial landscape by connecting every person, merchant, financial service, and currency worldwide.
USD Coin is a fiat-collateralized stablecoin, meaning that USDC tokens are collateralized by fiat money like U.S. dollars. Other types of stablecoins include those that are collateralized by a cryptocurrency, or an algorithm, or by hybrid approach.