A type of digital currency or cryptocurrency that is unconnected to any other platform or blockchain. While the term "coin" can also apply to a cryptocurrency asset that is not a token, a coin's main distinguishing feature is that it is a type of money. Coins are not intended to serve utility activities like expressing votes within a community or showing storage capacity on a decentralized cloud storage, in contrast to cryptocurrency tokens. Instead, a coin operates on its own separate blockchain and serves as the native money within a certain financial system. A currency is therefore essentially used as a store of value or a medium of exchange in a digital economic network. Most blockchains operate as a decentralized, distributed ledger that logs and authenticates every transaction, and their native currency is exclusively transferable within this particular user network. A coin can be exchanged for an agreed-upon value as a single unit of money, depending on the status of the market. On rare occasions, it can be exchanged through private transfers (like peer-to-peer and OTC trades) or a cryptocurrency exchange for another coin or token that is linked to a separate blockchain. Decentralized exchanges and atomic swaps are other methods for trading coins and tokens. Initial Coin Offerings (ICO) crowd sales are a well-liked method for companies and entrepreneurs in the blockchain industry to generate capital prior to developing their own blockchain. The majority of initial coin offerings (ICOs) were conducted as fundraising events on top of the Ethereum network, issuing tokens using the alleged Ethereum Token Standard protocol (also known as ERC20). This suggests that instead of launching their own native coin, some companies opt to create a digital token that is issued on top of an already-existing blockchain network. Several businesses accepted fiat money or other cryptocurrencies in addition to the standard ones like Ethereum exchange for these ICO tokens while raising money. In certain cases, the tokens reflect the prospective project and are designed to be swapped for native coins after the blockchain has been completely established.