Comparison of cryptocurrencies

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The cryptocurrency market is explosive which currently serves 735 currencies.

This article aims to list only the most relevant active cryptocurrencies. To be listed here, a currency must have one of the following qualities:

  • At one point had significant notoriety.
  • A market cap of 1 billion US dollars.
  • Highly decentralized (anonymous).
  • First to introduce an innovative protocol.
  • Been an infamous fraud.

See Also


Launched Cryptocurrency Symbol Market cap, rounded Unit cap Anonymity Significant notoriety
2009-01-03 Bitcoin.png Bitcoin BTC $36 billion 20,999,999.9769 Low First blockchain
2010-10-21 Bitcoin.png Bitcoin Testnet 1 TNBTC None 20,999,999.9769 Low First altcoin[1]
2011-01-02 Bitcoin.png Tonal Bitcoin TBC See Bitcoin 7,750,54.00 Low First on-chain alternative
2011-03-01 Ripple.png Ripple XRP $8.2 billion 28,989,252,282 Low XRP is the native currency of the Ripple network that only exists within the Ripple system
2011-04-18 Namecoin.png Namecoin NMC $23 million 20,999,999.9769 (like Bitcoin) Low First alternative chain, bitDNS. merged mined with Bitcoin.
2011-10-07 Litecoin.png Litecoin LTC $1.2 billion 83,999,949.9076 Low
2012-04-12 Bitcoin.png Bitcoin Testnet 3 TNBTC None 20,999,999.9769 Low Current Bitcoin testnet
2012-07-04 Bytecoin-16x16.png Bytecoin BCN $414 million 184.46 billion Low Introduced CryptoNote.
2012-08-19 Peercoin.png Peercoin PPC $36 million Unlimited Low
2013-07-07 Primecoin.png Primecoin XPM $7 million Unlimited Low Implements a unique scientific computing proof-of-work system.
2013-09-29 Nxt.png Nxt NXT $52 million 999,997,096 Low
2013-12-06 Dogecoin.png Dogecoin DOGE $278 million Unlimited Low Was joke, became huge
2014-01-18 Dash.png Dash DASH $914 million 19 million (estimate) Medium Introduced the X11 algorithm.
2014-04-18 Monero.png Monero XMR $584 million ~18,400,000 then <1% inflation Medium
2015-03-31 NEM-16x16.png NEM XEM $1.7 billion 9 billion Medium Introduced the proof-of-importance (POI) algorithm.
2015-08-07 Ethereum.png Ethereum ETH $21 billion ? Low
2016-02-01 PIVX-16x16.png PIVX PIVX $84 million Unlimited Medium Introduced the Quark algorithm.
2016-07-24 Ethereum Classic-32x32.png Ethereum Classic ETC $1.6 billion ? Low Fastest growing cryptocurrency on the market ever.
2016-09-28 Zcoin-800x800.png Zcoin XZC $17 million 21,000,000 (like Bitcoin) High First cryptocurrency that implemented the zerocoin protocol which also makes it the first useful Zero-knowledge proof based anonymous cryptocurrency. First that implements Merkle Tree Proof of Work (MTP).
2016-10-28 Zcash-16x16.png Zcash ZEC $338 million 21,000,000 (like Bitcoin) High First cryptocurrency that implemented the zerocash protocol.
2016-11-10 Zclassic-32x32.png Zclassic ZCL $5 million 21,000,000 (like Zcash) High First Zcash-based currency without the 20% fee for miners made by Zcash.
2017-02-05 Komodo.png Komodo KMD $54 million ? High