Coinbase (business)

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A hosted (shared) web-based EWallet used for sending, receiving and storing bitcoins. This is not to be confused with the data structure in the blockchain which is also named coinbase. This also is not to be confused with a podcast series called Coinbase that was produced by

The service aims to be the easiest way to get started with Bitcoin. Its service is modeled to provide an experience familar to those who are comfortable using PayPal.


Buy Bitcoins


From a linked bank account, bitcoins can be purchased easily. The exchange rate used is locked in at the time of purchase, but the coins are not available until the bank transfer (an ACH bank transaction) is completed. This will take two or more business days. A fee is paid (currently 1% of the market price plus $0.15 per purchase) when using this service.

Linking a bank account can be done using Instant Account Verification (by providing your bank account credentials) or through a Challenge Deposit method which will take several days to complete.

Sell Bitcoins


Proceeds from selling bitcoins are sent as a direct ACH transfer to your bank account. The fee is 1% plus $0.15. The price is locked upon executing the sell and the funds arrive in your bank account in 2-3 business days.

Send Money

This feature provides the ability to send bitcoins to an e-mail address or to a bitcoin address. The amount can be entered in USDs however that current market exchange rate is applied to that amount to determine the number of bitcoins to send.

Receive Money

This feature provides the ability to request funds (denominated in either USDs or BTCs) in which an invoice will be sent by e-mail.

Merchant Tools

Payment buttons make it easy to accept bitcoin on any website by copying and pasting a few lines of code.

Payment pages accept bitcoin via a hosted checkout page on

Callbacks instant payment notifications to your website

Payouts cash out bitcoin daily to your U.S. bank account


There are no fees for sending or receiving bitcoins.


The service was announced on June 29, 2012[1]. The organization is funded by Y! Combinator. The service has plans to offer a wallet denominated in USDs as well, and to offer fixed-rate exchange so that bitcoins can be bought and sold.

On October 26, 2012 the service launched its method to buy and sell bitcoins using a linked bank account[2]

On December 5, 2012 Coinbase launched its Merchant Tools[3].

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