What's an NFT?

An NFT is a non-fungible token, a kind of digital bearer asset that represents ownership of a unique item or property. NFT's are designed to be distinguishable from each other so that no two tokens are the same, making them ideal for representing collectibles.

How do I use them?

NFT’s can be issued on different blockchains and networks. On Raretoshi, they're created on the Liquid Network, a Bitcoin layer-2 solution and sidechain, that can be stored in any wallet that supports Liquid assets. Raretoshi offers a free built-in web wallet that gets used by default.

How are they created?

When an artist first uploads an image or video file for an artwork, the file is added to the IPFS network and assigned a hash number that uniquely identifies the contents of the file. The artist's Raretoshi wallet will then generate a Liquid asset issuance transaction containing the artwork's title and its hash and broadcast it to be permanently recorded in the Liquid blockchain.

Who can publish their art here?

Raretoshi is a curated physical and digital art marketplace focused solely on Bitcoin art. Your application will be reviewed by our team and we'll reach out to let you know if you’ve been accepted.

What’s different about Raretoshi compared to other NFT platforms?

Raretoshi is the first NFT platform that uses the Bitcoin Liquid Network instead of Ethereum or Counterparty. The Liquid Network is a Bitcoin layer-2 solution and sidechain where transaction fees are denominated in Liquid Bitcoin (L-BTC), which is pegged 1:1 to bitcoin.

Transaction fees on Liquid are orders of magnitude cheaper than on the Bitcoin or Ethereum networks. Liquid also supports native asset issuance and atomic swaps, making it possible for people who don't know or trust each other to exchange their different tokens and assets directly in a single transaction without needing to go through a trusted 3rd party escrow agent.

How much are fees on Raretoshi?

Currently, it is 50 sats (0.0000005 BTC) or less than three cents per asset issuance, and 100 sats (0.000001 BTC) for listing and auctions. The lowest bid price allowed is 1,000 sats (0.00001 BTC).

How do I get some L-BTC?

To bid or list art on Raretoshi, patrons will need to have some L-BTC in their Raretoshi wallets. The easiest way to fund your account is to send onchain BTC or bitcoin on the Lighting Network to your Raretoshi wallet, and it will auto-convert to L-BTC. You can also watch this video tutorial to learn how to use the SideSwap mobile app to turn BTC into L-BTC.