If you’re new to cryptocurrency, the quickest and easiest approach is to buy Ethereum Classic with US dollars. However, we’ve also included step-by-step instructions on exchanging another digital currency for Ethereum Classic if that’s your preferred option.
Buying Ethereum Classic with USD
If you want to buy Ethereum Classic with US dollars, here’s an example of how you can do so via Coinbase:
Step 1. Register for a Coinbase account
Ethereum Classic is listed on a huge range of exchanges, but not all of them accept USD deposits. Compare those platforms that do allow you to buy with USD to find a platform that’s right for you.
If you choose to open an account with Coinbase, you can register by providing:
Your email address
Your phone number
Proof of ID
We recommend that you also enable two-factor authentication on your account before proceeding to step 2.
Step 2. Deposit USD into your account.
Next, click on the “Settings” tab at the top of the page, navigate to “Linked Accounts” and click “Link a New Account.” There are three ways you can make a deposit:
Directly from your bank account
Step 3. Buy Ethereum Classic.
Once your deposit has cleared, click on the “Buy/Sell” tab at the top of the screen and click on Ethereum Classic. You can then type in either the amount of Ethereum Classic you want to buy or the amount of USD you want to spend. Make sure you review the details and total cost of your transaction before clicking “Buy Ethereum Classic.”
If you want to sell your Ethereum Classic tokens, the process you’ll need to follow is quite similar to the one described in step 4 above. However, rather than entering your transaction details in the “Buy” tab, you’ll obviously need to look for the “Sell” tab on your exchange’s trading interface.
It’s also worth pointing out that ETC is only listed in a limited range of trading pairs, so it may not be possible to immediately exchange your tokens for the currency you want to acquire.
Which wallets can I use to hold Ethereum Classic?
While you can store your ETC on an exchange if you wish, this is not usually recommended. Not only are exchanges regularly targeted by hackers and thieves, but you don’t have control over the private keys for your exchange wallet. As a result, moving your tokens into a private wallet is generally believed to be a much safer option.
The good news is that there’s plenty of choices when choosing a wallet to store Ethereum Classic. Options you may want to consider include:
Ethereum is an open-source, decentralized platform designed to build and run highly complex smart contracts. Smart contracts are decentralized applications (dapps) that are made to run exactly as programmed without downtime or third-party interference, and Ethereum’s popularity has seen it become one of the world’s largest digital currencies.
But how is it related to Ethereum Classic? In June 2016, the decentralized autonomous organization (DAO), a venture capital fund running on the Ethereum platform, was hacked and more than $50 million was stolen. However, the Ethereum community was split on how to respond to the attack. They could either:
Modify Ethereum’s code to revert the hack, which would return all the stolen ETH to its owners but fly in the face of one of the core principles of cryptocurrency: the immutability of the blockchain; or
Do nothing and stick to the principle that “code is law” and that transactions are final
The majority of the community favored the former option, so Ethereum underwent a hard fork to revert the hack. However, a smaller section of the community decided to keep the main code exactly as it was, and this currency came to be known as Ethereum Classic.
How Ethereum Classic works
Ethereum Classic is the original Ethereum blockchain. It’s an open-source, peer-to-peer platform where developers can implement dapps and smart contracts.
Ethereum Classic’s native token (ETC) is used to fuel transactions on the network, which itself is underpinned by a couple of key principles:
Immutability. ETC accounts cannot be modified by others and all transactions are final.
Decentralized governance. The Ethereum Classic community is structured in such a way as to avoid centralized leadership, with the responsibility for development and discussion distributed among a range of parties.
If you’re thinking of buying Ethereum Classic, consider the following factors:
Supply. According to CoinMarketCap, at the time of writing (September 2018) the circulating supply of Ethereum Classic was 104,306,881 ETC.
Inflationary. A proof-of-work currency, Ethereum Classic offers block rewards to miners. These block rewards will ensure that ETC is inflationary until the year 2025, when the maximum supply of coins will be capped at around 210 million (and no greater than 230 million).
ETC use. ETC is the primary token of the Ethereum Classic platform and it is used to pay for computation on the network.
Availability. ETC is widely available on several cryptocurrency exchanges and can be purchased with crypto or fiat currencies. This ease of access for new and experienced traders could help drive demand for Ethereum Classic.
Future plans. In 2018, Ethereum Classic developers are working on the Emerald software development kit for the creation of dapps on the platform, as well as working towards introducing sidechains for increased scalability. Looking ahead to 2019, key milestones on the Ethereum Classic roadmap include:
Scalability improvement and sharding (towards 1,000+ tx/sec).
Light client for IoT (internet of things) and mobile.
Interoperability with other blockchains.
Competition. Ethereum Classic is operating in a highly competitive space, and will need to do battle with the likes of NEO, Qtum, Lisk and of course Ethereum, the world’s second-largest cryptocurrency.
Backing. Ethereum Classic is backed by a strong community and committed developers. While it faces an uphill battle to try and catch up to its better-known sibling, the team behind ETC appears to be prepared to settle in for the long haul.
There is currently no direct way to buy Ethereum Classic with USD via PayPal in the US. You can use PayPal to buy bitcoin and then trade for ETC.
Yes, it is possible to buy Ethereum Classic without ID verification. For example, Bitfinex users can deposit, trade and withdraw cryptocurrencies (but not fiat currencies) without verifying their ID, while many decentralized exchanges don’t require you to provide any personal details before you start trading.
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Disclosure: At the time of writing the author holds ADA, ICX, IOTA and XLM.
Tim Falk is a freelance writer for Finder, writing across a diverse range of topics. Over the course of his 15-year writing career, Tim has reported on everything from travel and personal finance to pets and TV soap operas. When he’s not staring at his computer, you can usually find him exploring the great outdoors.
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