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A step by step guide on how to buy & store the Metal (MTL) cryptocurrency

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For this guide we'll be using the easiest & most convenient wallet option for storing your Metal coins- provided by MyEtherWallet (which can store any coin on the Ethereum blockchain, including Metal).

If you already have an Ethereum wallet you can skip ahead.

Otherwise, go to and enter a password that would be hard to guess (but which you won't forget!). Remember: always check the URL in the address bar looks correct and secure when dealing with cryptocurrency wallets.

Press 'Create New Wallet'.

Note: if you forget this password you can possibly lose access to your coins.

Creating a wallet at

Click 'Download Keystore File'. Be sure to read and understand the warnings.

It's very important that you back this file up somewhere safe (think multiple external hard drives and/or USB drives that you put somewhere safe).

Once you've done that, click 'I understand. Continue.'

Saving your keystore file

Now you will be given a powerful unencrypted private key to your wallet (it's a way of opening your wallet without knowing the password) and the option to print a paper wallet (which displays everything you'd need to access your wallet).

If you choose to print this, treat it just like the Keystore file you just downloaded- keep it hidden and keep it safe.

Next, click 'Save your address'.

Saving your private key

Important Note: We all hear of computers and phones being hacked. Websites running illicit code to steal passwords. Phishers tricking people into clicking links that steal information from their computers.

Another line of defence to keep our coins from being siphoned out of our wallets is essential.

And that's a hardware wallet.

Hardware wallets plug into your computer like a USB stick, and they have one job- to be a firewall between your coins and the outside world.

To do this, they encrypt the private keys to your cryptocurrency wallets so that no-one- not even you- can know them. That way only someone with physical access to your hardware wallet- and who also knows its password- has a chance to access and move your coins.

Where do I get a hardware wallet?
Our recommendation is to purchase from the specialist company Ledger, from their official website.

Their basic model, the Nano S, makes it easy to manage your coins- it's compact and discreet, and wallet management is achieved through a small LCD screen and two buttons.

Ledger Nano S

Their cutting-edge Ledger Blue is more impressive, allowing you to handle your coins with a pad-like interface, and is regarded as the most advanced product on the market.

Ledger Blue

Once you have your Ledger, here's a step by step guide to setting it up.


Now we're going to open your new wallet. To do that you can either:

a) Select the 'Keystore File' option, then upload the keystore file you saved in step 2, then enter your password.

b) Select the 'Private Key' option, then paste your private key into the input box.

Once you've done one of those two things, scroll down the page to see your opened wallet.

Unlocking your wallet

You will see a long string of letters and numbers labelled 'Your Address'.

This is your personal wallet address, and it's where we're going to be sending your Metal coins.

Copy this address and keep it somewhere safe as we're going to need it soon.

Finding your wallet address

Now we'll purchase the popular cryptocurrency Bitcoin, so that we can exchange it for Metal (if you already own Bitcoin you can skip ahead).

Choose which Bitcoin exchange you'd like to use (by clicking on the logo), and the guide will continue:

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There are also some other exchanges listed here.

If you use this link to sign up to Coinbase we'll both receive ten dollars of free coins when you spend over $100 (or the equivalent in your currency).


Press the 'sign up' button and fill out your name (make sure this is exactly how it's written on your photo ID), email, password and location.

Just like a US bank, Coinbase is regulated by the US government, and has to follow strict financial rules. So they take verifying your identity very seriously. It's a pain, but it does give Coinbase a reputation for being the most trusted way to convert fiat currency to cryptocurrency.

Signing up to Coinbase

To verify your account you must supply a phone number, upload an image of your photo ID and verify a credit/debit card or bank account before you can buy.

Using a credit/debit card means higher fees but offers instant purchasing. Using a bank transfer is cheaper but slower (taking up to a week to get your coins).

Signing up to Coinbase

Once your payment details are verified, click 'buy/sell' on the top menu.

Select 'Bitcoin', and at the bottom of the page choose how much to spend in your local currency / how many coins you want to buy.

Once you're happy with the amount, click the big 'Buy' button.

Buying Bitcoin on Coinbase

You'll be asked to confirm your purchase.

Press the 'Confirm Buy' button.

Congratulations! You now own some Bitcoin. But don't close Coinbase yet, we're going to need it again in a few minutes.

Confirm buying Bitcoin on Coinbase

Click here to go to

Click the 'Register' button along the top menu.

Enter your email address and a secure password. Click the checkbox to agree to the terms.

Click 'Register'.

Signing up to

You will now be asked to set up 2-factor authentication for your new account. It is strongly advised not to skip this step, as 2-factor authentication makes your account far more secure.

We recommend using the 'Smartphone App' option.

Signing up to

Once your security has been set up, you'll be taken to your account dashboard.

Before we do anything else, head on over to your personal email account- there will be an email from asking you to click a link to verify your account. Click it.

You will be taken to a page telling you your email has been confirmed. Click 'Go back to the site'.

Signing up to

Look for your user ID in the top menu, hover your mouse over it and in the drop down menu click 'Verification'.

Signing up to

Every exchange that lets your buy cryptocurrencies for cash require you to verify your identification before doing so.

Complete the verification process by supplying your personal information and uploading your ID.

Signing up to

Once you're verified, click the 'Deposit' button along the top menu.

You now get to choose how you'd like to deposit money:

Via credit/debit card

If you choose credit/debit card you can buy instantly, but you pay commission on the money you deposit.

Via bank transfer

This option takes a few days for the transfer to arrive but has no commission fees.

Choose the method you prefer and follow the instructions to deposit your money.

Signing up to

Once your money is in your account, click 'BUY/SELL' on the top menu.

Choose 'BTC' and the currency you'd like to buy it in (Dollars, Euros, Pounds or Rubles).

You will be offered some precalculated amounts of Bitcoin, or you can scroll to the bottom of the page and input the amount of Bitcoin you'd like to buy in the 'Custom amount' box.

Once you've decided, click 'Buy'.

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You'll be asked to confirm your buy.

Check everything looks correct and click 'Confirm the order'.

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Congratulations- you now own some Bitcoin!

Press 'Ok'.

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We'll use the site Binance to exchange your Bitcoin for Metal.

Click here to go to Binance, and click 'Register' on the top right menu.

Binance exchange

Enter your email and a strong password (that you won't forget!).

Click 'Register'.

Setting up a Binance account

You will be sent an email to confirm your email address.

Click the link in the email.

Setting up a Binance account

You will be taken back to Binance as your email is confirmed.

Press 'Login'.

On the login form, enter the email and password you just used to sign up, then press 'Login'.

Setting up a Binance account

A pop-up will advise you to set up 2FA (two factor authentication) on your account.

We strongly advise you to do this- in the event a hacker manages to get hold of your password, this second level of security makes it very unlikely they will be able to get into your Binance account.

We recommend using the Google Auth app on your mobile phone, as it's the most secure 2FA available.

Setting up a Binance account

Hover your mouse over 'FUNDS' on the top menu and click on 'Deposits Withdrawals'.

This screen displays any coins you have stored on Binance- obviously none at the moment.

Type 'BTC' in the search box.

This will narrow the wallets displayed to just one- Bitcoin.

Press 'Deposit'

You will be given a Bitcoin deposit address (a long string of numbers and letters).

Copy this address and keep it somewhere safe as we're going to need it soon.

Setting up a Binance account

Now, return to Coinbase.

Click 'Accounts' from the top menu, then find your Bitcoin wallet listed on the left.

Click 'Send'.

Sending Bitcoin on Coinbase

In the 'Recipient' box, paste the Bitcoin wallet address we just copied from Binance.

In amount, type how much Bitcoin you wish to send (there is a 'use max' option if you wish to send it all).

Click 'Continue'.

Coinbase may ask you to confirm with your password/phone. Follow the instructions until it confirms the Bitcoin are sent.

Sending Bitcoin on Coinbase

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Press 'Withdraw' on the top menu.

Under 'Select currency and amount' click 'USD' and select 'BTC' in the drop down menu.

Input the amount of Bitcoin you're sending.

In the box labelled 'Enter the recipient's address below' paste the Bitcoin wallet address we just copied from Binance.

Once you've looked everything over, click the check box to confirm you've double checked everything is correct.

Press 'Withdraw'.

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You will be asked for a 2-factor authentication number.

Use your selected method of authentication to generate the number and write it in the box. Press 'Confirm'.

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You will be sent an email to confirm the withdrawal.

Go to your personal email and click the link has sent you. This will send the coins on their way.

Signing up to

Now we've got to wait a few minutes for the coins to move across the network.

Unless there's an unusually large network backlog, the coins will take between 20 and 60 minutes to appear in your Binance wallet.

Binance will update automatically so there's no need to refresh the page.

While you're waiting, consider sharing this guide with your friends and followers to spread the word about Metal, encouraging its popularity and value to grow.

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Once the Bitcoin shows in your 'available balance' we're ready to trade for Metal.

Click here to jump straight to the MTL/BTC exchange market on Binance.

Setting up a Binance account

The exchange page can look overwhelming at first, but don't worry, we're only going to use a small part of it.

There are two ways of buying coins:

A 'Limit' order, which lets you manually set the price at which you want to buy MTL.

A 'Market' buy, which fills your order automatically at the best price available.

As market buy is the simpler of the two options we'll go with that.

Look for the big green 'Buy MTL' button.

Above it, click the 'Market' option.

In the input box marked 'Amount' you now need to fill in how many MTL you'd like to buy. It may be easier to use the percentage buttons below the input box- for example, press 50% if you'd like to exchange 50% of your Bitcoin for MTL.

When you're happy with the amount, press the buy button.

Your order will be filled immediately.

Setting up a Binance account

Press 'Funds' along the top menu, then 'Deposits Withdrawals'.

In the search box, type MTL. You will now see your new MTL in your MTL wallet.

Setting up a Binance account

Now lets move these coins to your personal wallet.

Click the 'Withdrawal' button.

In the boxes that appear, fill in this information:

Label: Write 'My wallet'

Address: Put the wallet address that you copied from MyEtherWallet (in step 5).

Available: Press the 'Max' button to send all your MTL.

Once you're sure all this information is correct (double check you've inputted the correct wallet address!), press 'Submit'.

If you've set up two-factor authentication, you will be asked for a code from your phone. Enter it and press 'Submit'.

You will be sent an email to confirm the withdrawal.

Go to your email and click the link that has been sent to you.

Setting up a Binance account

Go back to MyEtherWallet.

You should now see the Metal (abbreviated to MTL) in your wallet under 'Token Balances'.

Not all newer tokens automatically show in your token balance list. If this is the case with your Metal, follow this tutorial to have them show up.
MyEtherWallet token balance

One note of importance is that the example wallet in this guide has no Eth in it. Why is that important?

Metal coins exist as a token on the Ethereum network. To move Metal coins across that network costs 'gas', which are in the form of Ether coins. If in the future you want to move your Metal coins to another address, you're going to need some of those Ether coins to power the transaction.

You already know how to buy Ether, but you can use this guide if you're still unsure how to move them to your personal wallet.


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