Circle, the USD Coin (USDC) issuer, has officially launched the stablecoin on the Polkadot network. This move represents another significant step in the expansion of USDC, currently the second-largest stablecoin by market capitalization, trailing only behind Tether (USDT).
According to the announcement, Polkadot users and developers can now access Polkadot USDC through Circle’s platform. This development aims to provide seamless accessibility and transfer capabilities for users and developers within the Polkadot ecosystem, facilitated by Circle Account and Circle APIs.
Polkadot, renowned for its innovative approach to blockchain technology, operates as a network of sovereign blockchains known as parachains. These parachains work in parallel, offering faster transaction speeds while benefiting from Polkadot’s robust security and decentralized structure.
Within this ecosystem, the Polkadot Asset Hub serves as a common-good parachain designed specifically for issuing, managing, and transferring digital assets across the Polkadot network.
Polkadot Asset Hub: Facilitating USDC
The Polkadot Asset Hub now facilitates the native issuance of the coin, allowing for seamless transfer to multiple parachains using the Cross-Chain Messaging (XCM) protocol.
Within the Polkadot ecosystem, Polkadot USDC serves as the official stablecoin, providing developers and users with a fully reserved, dollar-backed solution that maintains a 1:1 peg with US dollars.
Notably, this expansion onto Polkadot follows a similar move made earlier in the month. On September 3rd, Circle announced that WUSDC became natively available on the NEAR blockchain, accessible via Circle Account and Circle APIs.
However, Circle Account and Circle APIs exclusively support Polkadot USDC natively issued on the Polkadot Asset Hub within the Polkadot ecosystem. Therefore, users must first transfer the stablecoin from the Circle Account to an external Polkadot Asset Hub wallet address before using the XCM transfer protocol.
Circle has highlighted the significance of this step, urging users to exercise caution when attempting to deposit USDC transferred using XCM from any parachain other than Polkadot Asset Hub into their Circle Account. It is important to be aware that such actions may lead to the loss of funds and could potentially be irreversible.
The addition of Polkadot to the supported blockchain networks for the stablecoin further solidifies the growing influence of stablecoins in the world of cryptocurrency. With this recent integration, USDC can now be accessed through 14 diverse blockchain networks, including Ethereum, Tron, Stellar, Solana, and others.
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