If you are not familiar with blockchain concepts, a blockchain (or "chain" for short), is a distributed ledger of actions. Computers across the Internet use a blockchain to synchronize (agree on) a shared payment history for everyone on the network. You can think of it as a distributed database in which everyone who wants to transact records their actions according to certain rules that ensure nobody is cheating. Bitcoin, Ethereum, and Algorand are examples of chains.
A chain typically hosts one or more cryptocurrencies (or "currencies" for short) which have value. Currencies are also often referred to as tokens. Most chains host a native currency, and may sometimes have additional currencies (or tokens) hosted on the same chain. For example, the Bitcoin chain hosts the native Bitcoin (
BTC) currency, but also secondary tokens like Omni (
OMNI). The Ethereum chain hosts the native Ethereum (
ETH) currency, but also a wide variety of currencies and tokens, including
USDT. Many of them follow a technical standard called ERC-20. Similarly, the Algorand chain hosts the native Algo (
ALGO) currency, but also a variety of assets following the Algorand Standard Assets framework, including
Occasionally a single currency can be available on multiple chains.
The table below lists the chains and currencies currently supported by the crypto asset API.
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