i looked at the link: http://brainwallet.org/

witch generate offline wallets for all major coins, i noticed that the same Passphrase generate different [Private Key&Address] pairs for eatch coin type, witch means eatch coin has a public shared id (or salt) added to the mix of the hash, am i right?

so how can i get that public coins key? and how can i edit the javascript to support other scrypt coins?

eatch time i change coin in the menu a function is called, i got that code of the page:

  PUBLIC_KEY_VERSION = parseInt($(this).attr('data-target'));
  ADDRESS_URL_PREFIX = $(this).attr('href');
    var eckey = gen_eckey;
    var compressed = gen_compressed;
    var hash_str = pad($('#hash').val(), 64, '0');   
    var hash = Crypto.util.hexToBytes(hash_str);

    var hash160 = eckey.getPubKeyHash();        
    var h160 = Crypto.util.bytesToHex(hash160);

    var addr = new Bitcoin.Address(hash160);
    addr.version = PUBLIC_KEY_VERSION;


when addr is the wallet address....

and the data-target for the links are:

bitcoin : 0x00
dogecoin: 0x1E
litecoin: 0x30
namecoin: 0x34

is this is the uniqe identifire of the coin? is if possible? it's just a single byte...

if not than what is?, and if yes how can i get the identifier of other coins, not listed (any way to extract it from the network/wallet software)?


  • oooh just noticed that dogecoin and datacoin has the samve publick_key_version 0x1E !
    – itai
    May 5, 2014 at 15:08
  • witch means that same dogecoin wallet address can store datacoin aswell, depanded on the network you connected to? so what is this public_key_version?, and how can i tell witch version is witch coin?
    – itai
    May 5, 2014 at 15:10

1 Answer 1


Yes, currencies like Bitcoin typically have a version byte that gets stored in the address which would be the PUBLIC_KEY_VERSION in the code you found.

More information here:



There is another byte used for private keys as well. See:


These bytes can't really uniquely identify a coin but they should make it harder for users to accidentally send Bitcoin to a Dogecoin address or make other mistakes like that.

  • thanks!, very helpful, so if a bunch of coins using the same prefix, so basically i can have the same address for all of them, like doge and datacoin? that's weird... :) , i really expeted by desgn to be some kind of a long identifier like a uuid for eatch currency...
    – itai
    May 5, 2014 at 16:35
  • Addresses currently have 20 bytes of payload data and 1 version byte. UUIDs are 16 bytes, so if you added a UUID then you would almost double the length of the address and any kind of operation you do with them (e.g. writing them down or scanning a QR code) would be harder. May 6, 2014 at 1:31
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    yes i understand, i also think because of the massive amount of coin types, there need to be a larger identifier, maby 4 bytes.. but i also know that by the original design of bitcoin no one anticipate there will be other coins... only put "version" to use as a version, not type of currency... there are collisions like datacoin & doge coin, there are only room for 255 types of currency, but there are much more now...
    – itai
    May 6, 2014 at 13:03

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