When you compare number of confirmations for a transaction by hash using Coinbase vs using Blockchain.info, Coinbase is always ~10 confirmations below Blockchain. Does anyone know why?

I'm using the two resources below to compare. Coinbase's transaction details page requires authentication, so compare using a transaction from your own wallet. https://coinbase.com/network/transactions/TRX_HASH http://blockchain.info/tx/TRX_HASHd

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    Can confirm this is the case. A transaction of mine from December 15, 2013 has 10 less confirmations than the same TXID searched up on blockchain.info. I suspect it's caused by faults in the database every once in while, but I'd assume counts below 10 are accurate.
    – John T
    Mar 13, 2014 at 22:31

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Coinbase allows BTC to become spendable after zero confirmations as long as they are in sync with the BTC blockchain, which they usually lag behind a bit.

The reason Coinbase lags behind the bitcoin blockchain is because their internal node is generally lagging behind the blockchain about 2-4 blocks; sometimes less, sometimes much more. I don't know why, but I imagine it helps reduce fraud with instant buys and maybe the system they use to sync their services with the blockchain gets bogged down under heavy loads..

Coinbase does have a network page (https://coinbase.com/network) that allows one to check the status of the last block seen on their side. Therefore, if it shows "Last block created 57 minutes ago," one can safely assume they are about 5-6 blocks behind the btc blockchain and will take some time to catch up.

It can be quite annoying and cause a purchase to be delayed or cancelled, but by watching the network page, one can make more informed decisions about when to send.

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