Coinbase Transfers Customer USDC to Ethereum L2

David Hoffman, co-host of the Bankless podcast, suggests that Coinbase's on-chain move paves the way for a future on-chain financial system.

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Coinbase is set to transfer numerous customer and company accounts of the USD Coin (USDC) stablecoin to Base, a Layer 2 Ethereum blockchain they deployed over seven months ago.

Max Branzburg, Coinbase’s Vice President, announced on X on March 26 that this move aims to help the cryptocurrency exchange “manage and secure customer assets with lower fees and faster payment times”. This change only affects accounts on, excluding the Coinbase Wallet, where users are responsible for their own private keys.

Currently, user tokens on are stored in a wallet secured by computation from multiple parties. Branzburg emphasizes that Coinbase always holds customer assets on a 1:1 basis and does not lend them out unless instructed. David Hoffman, co-host of Bankless, focused on Ethereum in a post on X on March 26, explaining that Coinbase’s on-chain action opens up opportunities for an on-chain financial system in the future.

Ryan Sean Adams, Bankless co-host, believes this move will also set a precedent for cryptocurrency exchanges and banks to follow suit. “Every asset is a token in the future […] Every bank is a chain in the future,” Sean Adams added. However, not everyone agrees with this move. A user named “callmeKappa.algo” on X suggested that Base is becoming too centralized in its current state.

Currently, Coinbase is the only ordering tool on Base, according to data from L2BEAT, meaning the exchange fully controls the chain. However, the company has committed to gradually decentralizing Base over time.

Base was launched as a scaling solution for Ethereum on August 9, 2023. It uses optimistic rollups to store off-chain transaction data and sends transactions to the Ethereum base layer.

Related: Coinbase Offers Freebies for Ethereum NFT Game Parallel

Coinbase also open-sourced Base in October to increase transparency and accountability, while allowing the community to contribute to the project. According to L2BEAT, Base is currently the fourth largest Layer 2 Ethereum network in terms of total value locked, behind Arbitrum, Optimism, and Blast.

Base reached an all-time high of 2 million daily transactions on March 16, while daily new user numbers continue to rise.


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