Arbitrum One supports two different types of USDC:
- Arbitrum-native USDC (USDC): USDC tokens native to the Arbitrum One chain.
- Bridged USDC (USDC.e): Ethereum-native USDC tokens that have been bridged to Arbitrum One.
This concept doc describes the differences between these two types of USDC, along with relevant historical context.
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|Arbitrum-native USDC||Bridged USDC|
|Token Name||USD Coin||Bridged USDC|
|Benefits||CEX Support, directly redeemable 1:1 for U.S dollars||More liquidity, compatibility with DeFi protocols|
The Arbitrum Bridge will continue to facilitate transfers of all USDC tokens. When depositing Ethereum-native USDC, the option exists to receive Bridged USDC using Arbitrum's bridge or Arbitrum-native USDC using Circle’s Cross-Chain Transfer Protocol.
Arbitrum One has supported Bridged USDC since conception, with over a billion Bridged USDC currently in circulation. On June 8th, Circle added support for the Cross-Chain Transfer Protocol and launched Arbitrum-native USDC, which enables direct minting and burning of Arbitrum-Native USDC on Arbitrum One. Due to this, the Bridged USDC token symbol was renamed from USDC to USDC.e to accommodate Arbitrum-native USDC. Although most platforms have better support for Bridged USDC, the expectation is that this will change over time. At a later date, there will be incentives implemented to help facilitate the conversion of Bridged USDC to Arbitrum-native USDC.