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 cryptocurrencies. Some data in this article are gathered from

To be listed here, a currency must

  • currently be sold on cryptocurrency exchanges in general

and meet one of the following qualities:

  1. A market cap of 1 billion (not million) US dollars.
  2. Moderate anonymity (significant better than Bitcoin) or better.
  3. Been the first to introduce an innovative technology.
Cryptocurrency Exchange symbol Launched Market cap (M) Anonymity Innovative introduction Website
Bitcoin.png Bitcoin BTC 2009-01-03 $36,000,000,000 Low First blockchain
Bytecoin-16x16.png Bytecoin BCN 2012-07-04 $414,000,000 Low Introduced CryptoNote.
Dash.png Dash DASH 2014-01-18 $914,000,000 Medium Introduced the X11 algorithm.
Ethereum.png Ethereum ETH 2015-08-07 $21,000,000,000 Low
Ethereum Classic-32x32.png Ethereum Classic ETC 2016-07-24 $1,600,000,000 Low
Komodo.png Komodo KMD 2017-02-05 $54,000,000 High
Litecoin.png Litecoin LTC 2011-10-07 $1,200,000,000 Low
Monero.png Monero XMR 2014-04-18 $584,000,000 Medium
Namecoin.png Namecoin NMC 2011-04-18 $23,000,000 Low First alternative chain, bitDNS. merged mined with Bitcoin.
NEM-16x16.png NEM XEM 2015-03-31 $1,700,000,000 Medium Introduced the proof-of-importance (POI) algorithm.
PIVX-16x16.png PIVX PIVX 2016-02-01 $84,000,000 Medium Introduced the Quark algorithm.
Primecoin.png Primecoin XPM 2013-07-07 $7,000,000 Low Implements a unique scientific computing proof-of-work system.
Ripple.png Ripple XRP 2011-03-01 $8,200,000,000 Low XRP is the native currency of the Ripple network that only exists within the Ripple system
Zcash-16x16.png Zcash ZEC 2016-10-28 $338,000,000 High First cryptocurrency that implemented the zerocash protocol.
Zclassic-32x32.png Zclassic ZCL 2016-11-10 $5,000,000 High First Zcash-based currency without the 20% fee for miners made by Zcash.
Zcoin-800x800.png Zcoin XZC 2016-09-28 $17,000,000 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).
Cryptocurrency Max supply Algorithm Proof Type
Bitcoin.png Bitcoin 21,000,000.0 SHA256 PoW
Bytecoin-16x16.png Bytecoin 184,467,440,735.0 CryptoNight PoW
Dash.png Dash ? ? ?
Ethereum.png Ethereum Not Applicable Ethash PoW
Ethereum Classic-32x32.png Ethereum Classic - Ethash PoW
Komodo.png Komodo 200,000,000.0 Equihash dPoW/PoW
Litecoin.png Litecoin 84,000,000.0 Scrypt PoW
Monero.png Monero Not Applicable CryptoNight PoW
Namecoin.png Namecoin 21,000,000.0 SHA256 PoW
NEM-16x16.png NEM 8,999,999,999.0 ? PoI
PIVX-16x16.png PIVX - Quark PoW/PoS
Primecoin.png Primecoin 3,299,976.0 Multiple PoW
Ripple.png Ripple 38,305,873,865.0 -
Zcash-16x16.png Zcash 21,000,000.0 Equihash PoW
Zclassic-32x32.png Zclassic 21,000,000.0 Equihash PoW
Zcoin-800x800.png Zcoin 21,000,000.0 Lyra2RE PoW