# Creating a fungible eright with ERTP

# Definition of "fungible"

A fungible asset means that different elements of this asset are interchangeable. Currencies are interchangeable: if you have 10 one-dollar notes laying around and decide to take 5 of them, you do not care which 5 you get. They're all "the same" as far as counting value goes.

This would not be the case for 10 house ownership rights each designating a different house. House ownership rights are not fungible, they are specific.

# Creating a fungible asset with ERTP

# Creating and sending the asset

In ERTP, digital assets are created by a mint. Having access to the mint gives you the power to create more digital assets of the same type at will. For instance, let's say we want to create a new community currency called 'BaytownBucks'. You would first install the ertp JavaScript package (npm install @agoric/ertp) and then:

import produceIssuer from '@agoric/ertp';
import harden from '@agoric/harden';

const { mint: baytownBucksMint, issuer } = produceIssuer('BaytownBucks');

Great! Now let's use our mint to create 1000 new BaytownBucks.

const baytownBucks = issuer.getAmountMath().make;
const payment = baytownBucksMint.mintPayment(baytownBucks(1000));

The act of minting created 1000 BaytownBucks and stored them together in a payment.

Payments are objects that are meant to be exchanged. On the other hand, if you want to store the asset for some time before exchanging it, you can store it in a Purse. Let's store our payment in a purse!

const myPurse = issuer.makeEmptyPurse();
console.log(myPurse.getCurrentAmount().extent); // 0

console.log(myPurse.getCurrentAmount().extent); // 1000

Let's distribute the BaytownBucks to members of the community. To send money in ERTP, we withdraw payments from purses.

const paymentForAlice = myPurse.withdraw(baytownBucks(35));

Now let's send the payment to Alice as a message:


Here alice is an object reference, and we can call her receivePayment to ask her to receive this payment. Alice's methods are entirely up to her, and are not part of ERTP.

# Receiving the asset

On Alice's side, she creates a purse for baytownBucks and gets ready to receive payments. For this to happen, Alice needs access to baytownBucksAssay. However, she does not need access to baytownBucksMint. If she had access to it, she could create baytownBucks herself by calling baytownBucksMint.mint.

const myBaytownBucksPurse = issuer.makeEmptyPurse();

console.log(myBaytownBucksPurse.getCurrentAmount().extent); // 0

const alice = {
    receivePayment(allegedBaytownBucksPayment) {

And just like that, when alice.receivePayment(paymentForAlice) from earlier is called, Alice accumulates the 35 payment in her purse.

When alice wants to exchange something for 13 BaytownBucks, she creates a payment from her purse:

const baytownBucks = issuer.getAmountMath().make;
const payment = myBaytownBucksPurse.withdraw(baytownBucks(13));

This came naturally without having to express "which" 13 she wanted to withdraw.

And this is how fungible assets work in ERTP!

# Security Properties

How does Alice know that she got paid real money? She could have been sent fake money, or she could have been sent money that was double-spent.

When alice receives an alleged payment, she calls myBaytownBucksPurse.deposit. This function first checks that its argument is a genuine payment object of the same issuer as the purse. If it's the case, the amount is transferred in full from the payment to the purse. If there is a mismatch, the method throws an error.

After the call to deposit succeeds, ERTP guarantees that:

  • the payment object is now empty
  • the purse contains the full content of the payment

After the call to deposit throws, ERTP guarantees that:

  • the alleged payment is in the same state as before the call
  • the purse is in the same state as before the call

The issuer is associated with the mint, but the issuer is the public-facing version that is accessible to anyone. By holding the reference to a mint, you can mint more tokens. By holding a reference to the issuer for a mint, you can check that a payment is valid and exclusively claim it in a new payment to yourself (issuer.claim) or deposit it in a purse of yours (myBaytownBucksPurse.deposit).