Circle’s USDC Stablecoin Fully Dollar Backed, Says Latest Auditor's Report

Crypto finance startup Circle’s USDC stablecoin was fully backed with fiat reserves at the close of 2018, according to auditing firm Grant Thornton.

AccessTimeIconJan 17, 2019 at 12:15 p.m. UTC
Updated Sep 13, 2021 at 8:48 a.m. UTC

Crypto finance startup Circle’s USDC stablecoin was fully backed with fiat reserves at the close of 2018, according to auditing firm Grant Thornton.

The auditor published an attestation report on Wednesday, stating that Circle had $251,211,209 held in custody accounts as of Dec. 31, 2018, against the 251,211,148 USDC tokens in circulation at the time.

Goldman Sachs-backed Circle currently has a total of 353,309,381 USDC tokens on the markets, according to data from Etherscan, indicating it has topped up supply by about 100 million tokens within the last 15 days.

In its report, Grant Thornton noted that its examination “was conducted in accordance with attestation standards established by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.”

The firm's previous attestation of Circle’s assets back in November also found no issues. Circle had just under $127.5 million as of Oct. 31, 2018, enough to redeem its USDC tokens circulating at the time.

Stablecoin issuers Gemini and Paxos have similarly published supporting attestations from their auditing firms, BPM and Withum, respectively. Gemini had about $91 million in reserves to back its Gemini dollar (GUSD) circulation as of Dec. 31, 2018, while Paxos had about $142 million to back its PAX supply.

While the controversial and the largest stablecoin issuer in the space, Tether, reportedly appears to have had sufficient fiat reserves to back up its USDT tokens during 2018 and 2017, it has failed to produce a full audit from a professional specialist.

US dollars image via Shutterstock 

DISCLOSURE

Please note that our privacy policy, terms of use, cookies, and do not sell my personal information has been updated.

The leader in news and information on cryptocurrency, digital assets and the future of money, CoinDesk is a media outlet that strives for the highest journalistic standards and abides by a strict set of editorial policies. CoinDesk is an independent operating subsidiary of Digital Currency Group, which invests in cryptocurrencies and blockchain startups. As part of their compensation, certain CoinDesk employees, including editorial employees, may receive exposure to DCG equity in the form of stock appreciation rights, which vest over a multi-year period. CoinDesk journalists are not allowed to purchase stock outright in DCG.

Trending

1
CoinDesk - Unknown
A New Chapter of Web3: Solana Unveils Smartphone ‘Saga’; Moody’s Downgrades Coinbase

The most valuable crypto stories for Friday, June 24, 2022.

CoinDesk - Unknown
2
CoinDesk - Unknown
How Are Institutions and Companies Investing in Crypto?

From putting bitcoin on their balance sheets to setting up shop in the metaverse, the ways brands and institutions are investing in cryptocurrencies continues to expand.

CoinDesk - Unknown
3
CoinDesk - Unknown
Consensus 2022: Hollywood, Colleges, Conferences vs. Crypto

The state of crypto and economics live from Consensus 2022 in Austin, Texas.

CoinDesk - Unknown
4
CoinDesk - Unknown
Bitcoin se estabiliza cerca de $21K; inversores esperan evitar otra caída el fin de semana

Los analistas se cuestionan si BTC podrá mantenerse por encima del umbral de $20.000 en un clima de desconfianza entre los inversores.

CoinDesk - Unknown