Coinbase Card review 2021

Supported Coins: 41
Paypal allowed: No
True Creditcard: No
Integrated Exchange: Yes
Included Wallet: Yes
US Customers: Yes
Supports DeFi:
Supports API: No
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Coinbase Card is a card from Coinbase, one of the world's largest crypto platforms. To be more specific, the European version of the card is issued by Paysafe Financial Services Limited (a company being authorized by the UK Financial Conduct Authority under the Electronic Money Regulations 2011 FRN: 900015 for the issuing of the electronic money and payment instruments.

Coinbase Card
Coinbase Card

Pros & Contras :

  • Makes it quick and easy to spend cryptocurrency anywhere.
  • Seamlessly connects to your Coinbase crypto wallets.
  • Available in UK and Europe .
  • Launching in the US in 2021..
  • Charges physical card issuance fee (£4.95 or €4.95).
  • High cryptocurrency exchange fees (2.49%).
  • Transaction fees apply outside of your country.
  • No PIN code required to access the Coinbase Card app on your phone.
  • Alternatives with wider cryptocurrency support available.

Details and information about the Coinbase Card

This card is  a VISA-card. This means that you can use the card at any point of payment that accepts VISA. This is of course a great advantage, seeing that VISA (and Mastercard) are the most widely accepted cards in the world. The latest figure that we heard of was that VISA-cards were accepted by more than 42 million merchants worldwide.

Different from many other crypto debit cards, Coinbase Card supports Google Pay. At the date of last updating this review (23 January 2021), Apple Pay was however not supported.

The card is available to citizens and permanent residents in the following list of countries:

Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and the UK.

Coinbase Card is currently working on expanding the offer to additional markets.  

The card supports the same number of cryptos that Coinbase does. On the date of last updating this review (23 January 2021), the list of supported cryptocurrencies included 44 different cryptocurrencies .

Compared to the other crypto cards out there, Coinbase Card is actually quite expensive. Sure, there are no monthly fees and the issuance fee is quite moderate (EUR 4.95), but all other fees are a bit on the high end compared to the industry average. This goes in particular for the most important fee of them all: the commission on spending.

Coinbase Card charges a spending fee in two parts. First, you have the straightforward card commission. This commission is 0.20% for "domestic purchases". This is quite alright. For international purchases however, the spending fee is 3.00%. This is a bit more painful to the card user. But it doesn't stop there. In order to make a purchase in the first place, you need to convert your cryptocurrency to a form of payment that is acceptable to the merchant where you want to make the transaction. When doing that conversion, Coinbase Card charges you a 2.49% "liquidation fee". This means that the cheapest trade you can make - a domestic purchase - will set you back 2.69% (0.20% + 2.49%) of the purchase value. International transactions set you back 5.49% (3.00% + 2.49%). 


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