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Unambiguous Monetary Notation

While you can use any [A-Z]{1,16}(\/\d{1,6}) asset in your transactions, it is encouraged to use the Unambiguous Monetary Notation if you're dealing with ISO 4217 currencies.


An Unambiguous Monetary Notation value is represented as:


Where SCALE represent the negative power of ten to multiply the amount with to obtain the decimal value in the asset, and AMOUNT is an unsigned integer. As an example,

[USD/2 30] is equivalent to USD 30*1E-2, i.e USD 0.30, i.e 30 USD cents.

For values where the amount already represents the amount of said asset, a scale of zero should not be represented, e.g. [JPY 100].


The reason behind this recommendation that using USD in itself is inherently ambiguous. If you see

USD 100

It is supposed to represent $100.00 or $1.00? You can't tell without more context - this interpretation is not standardized across payments services providers, some will use strings and happily parse both "100", and "100.30".

By explicitly adding the scale in values, Unambiguous Monetary Notation makes it really hard for amounts to be misinterpreted.