Digital Assets: Cryptocurrencies vs Crypto Tokens

Until now, we have generalised the term cryptocurrencies, but not all assets in the crypto market are cryptocurrencies. There is a crucial difference between cryptocurrencies and crypto tokens. The most important difference is that cryptocurrencies have their own blockchain. Crypto tokens are built on an existing blockchain.

Digital assets
Figure 1 – Digital assets, the terminology.

In the context of blockchain terminology, digital assets include cryptocurrencies and crypto tokens. Some examples of cryptocurrencies are Bitcoin and Ethereum. An example of a crypto token is any ERC-20 token, in other words, tokens that are created on Ethereum, like TRAC.

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