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This comprehensive document explores the concept of ordinals, a revolutionary protocol that assigns unique serial numbers to individual cryptocurrency units, such as satoshis in Bitcoin and Qtum.
Spanning six chapters, it delves into the intricacies of ordinals, comparing them with NFTs, elucidating the purpose and technical underpinnings of inscriptions, and explaining their implementation on both Bitcoin and Qtum networks.
The guide illuminates how ordinals enable the creation of bitcoin-native digital artifacts, stored entirely on-chain via taproot script-path spend scripts. It also covers the practical aspects, including the requirements for and steps to inscribe a satoshi, highlighting the protocol's adaptability across both networks.
This document serves as an authoritative resource for those with technical expertise, seeking to understand or engage with the ordinal system in the realms of Bitcoin and Qtum.