Last Updated: 5/17/2021

How to Buy Symbol (XYM) | Beginner's Guide

NEM was developed by a vibrant community on Bitcointalk and launched in the spring of 2015 under the banner "New Economy Movement". Symbol is a rebirth of the NEM enterprise blockchain, building on the best of its features and making NEM 2.0. The core token for the Symbol platform is XYM.

Symbol is Live!

For a deep dive into Symbol read our primer What is Symbol?

Below is a quick summary getting the XYM token:
  1. Get a Coinbase account for Bitcoin
  2. Choose an exchange
  3. Transfer Bitcoin to exchange
  4. Purchase Symbol (XYM) token
  5. Transfer XYM to wallet for secure storage

Symbol has launched! On March 15, 2021 NEM has made history once again by launching Symbol, the next iteration of blockchain technology.

STEP 1. Get a Coinbase Account

If you already have bitcoin you can straight to step 2 and choose an exchange to buy XYM. If not Coinbase allows you to buy BTC or ETH from USD. Once the BTC is in your account send it over to your exchange of choice.

Sign up at ---> Coinbase (Get $10 in credit with this link)

Once you have Bitcoin in your Coinbase account go to Step 2.

STEP 2. Choose an Exchange

Below are the top exchanges that are currently open for withdrawal and deposit and open for trading on their platform. This list will change, and is not an exhaustive list.

STEP 3. Transfer Bitcoin to Exchange

In this tutorial we will be using Kucoin.
US customers are able to use Kucoin with a 5 BTC/daily withdrawal limit.
We will first need to log into Kucoin.
Kucoin Login

Next, select asset BTC for deposit. Copy that address and transfer your Coinbase BTC to Kucoin. Deposit Kucoin

STEP 4. Buy Symbol (XYM) token

Now that we have our BTC, go to Spot Trading to exchange BTC for XYM.
(Be sure to move your BTC from your Main account to your Trading Account). Spot Trading

Select XYM/BTC and place an order to buy XYM. Ideally you want to place a limit order at the price you want to buy. Trade XYM

STEP 5. Transfer XYM to Wallet

Now that we have XYM. We need to move it off exchange into the official XYM wallet.
Download and install the latest release of the wallet: Symbol desktop wallet.
(Be sure to checksum SHA256 the file before installing)

We won't go into how to setup the wallet, if you need help go here to setup an account.

Your wallet should look like below. Symbol Wallet

Click to copy your address so we can paste into Kucoin. Symbol Account

Now back to Kucoin where we go to the withdraw page.
Enter your new Symbol address into the withdrawal page. Click Confirm Withdraw Withdraw XYM

In just a short time, your XYM will deposit in your Symbol wallet! Deposit XYM

You can use the Symbol block explorer to verify your tokens.

Congratulations! Welcome to Symbol!