# Payment

A payment holds digital assets that are in transit or expected to soon be in transit. It can be deposited in purses, split into or combined with multiple payments, and claimed (getting an exclusive payment and revoking access from anyone else).

A payment is linear, meaning either a payment has its full original balance, or it is used up entirely. You cannot partially use a payment. In other words, if a payment is 10 Quatloos, you can't take out, say, 3 Quatloos from it, leaving the payment with 7 Quatloos.

However, you can split a payment into multiple payments, for example into two new payments of 3 Quatloos and 7 Quatloos. The split() operation burns (destroys) the original 10 Quatloos payment.

Payments are often received from other actors. Since they are not self-verifying, you cannot trust payments. To get the verified balance of a payment, use the issuer associated with the payment's brand: issuer.getAmountOf(payment).

To convert a payment into a new purse:

  1. Get the payment's trusted issuer.
  2. Use the issuer to create an empty purse for that brand.
  3. Deposit the payment into the new purse.

purse.deposit(payment) burns the payment.

# payment.getAllegedBrand()

  • Returns: {Brand}

Get the allegedBrand, indicating the kind of digital asset this payment purports to be, and which issuer to use with it. Because payments are not trusted, any method calls on payments should be treated with suspicion and verified elsewhere.

const payment = quatloosMint.mintPayment(quatloosAmountMath.make(10));
//Should return 'quatloos'
const allegedBrand = payment.getAllegedBrand();

The following methods on other ERTP components either operate on or return a payment. While a brief description is given for each, you should click through to a method's main documentation entry for full details on what it does and how to use it.