Comparison of cryptocurrencies
This article aims to list relevant cryptocurrencies.
To be listed here, a currency must have one of the following qualities:
- The currency must have a market cap of one million US dollars.
- The currency must be the first to introduce an innovative protocol.
- The currency must have at one point had significant notoriety.
- The currency must have been an infamous fraud.
These coins are currently ordered according to Launched date.
|Coin||Symbol||Launched||Consensus tool||Distribution||Market cap||Unit cap||Status||Anonymous||Notes|
|Anoncoin||ANC||2 Jun 2013||Zerocoin||Zero-knowledge proofs||?||4,200,000||Developed||Yes||Built in support of I2P and Tor. Zerocoin will be implemented in an upcoming release|
|Bitcoin||BTC||3 Jan 2009||SHA256d||Proof-of-work (fixed, halving)||$6.34 billion||20,999,999.9769||Active||No||First blockchain|
|Bitcoin Testnet 1||TNBTC||21 Oct 2010||SHA256d||Proof-of-work (fixed, halving)||None||20,999,999.9769||Abandoned||No||First altcoin|
|Bitcoin Testnet 3||TNBTC||12 Apr 2012||SHA256d||Proof-of-work (fixed, halving)||None||20,999,999.9769||Active||No||Current Bitcoin testnet|
|BitSharesX||BTSX||29 Sep 2013||Consensus through obscurity||?||$66.5 million||1,999,992,536||Active||No|
|Bytecoin||BCN||4 Jul 2012||CryptoNight||Proof-of-work (random, smooth)||$2.73 million||184.46 billion||Active||Yes||First CryptoNote coin|
|Dash||DASH||18 Jan 2014||X11||Proof-of-work (fixed, curve)||$12.5 million||19 million (estimate)||Active||Yes||Dash was formerly known as Darkcoin and XCoin.|
|Dogecoin||DOGE||6 Dec 2013||scrypt||Proof-of-work (random)||$12.7 million||Unlimited||Active||No||Was joke, became huge|
|Feathercoin||FTC||16 Apr 2013||scrypt||Proof-of-work (fixed, halving)||$1.15 million||?||Active||No||LTC hardfork|
|Freicoin||FRC||21 Dec 2012||SHA256d||Proof-of-work||$84 thousand||?||Active||No||First demurrage cryptocurrency|
|HunterCoin||HUC||1 Feb 2014||SHA256d and/or scrypt||Game rewards, Proof-of-work||$47 thousand||42,000,000||Active||No||First blockchain-based game|
|Litecoin||LTC||7 Oct 2011||scrypt||Proof-of-work (fixed, halving)||$154 million||83,999,949.9076||Active||No||TBX clone|
|MaidSafeCoin||MAID||22 Apr 2014||Bitcoin||Central||$8.54 million||452,552,412||Active||No|
|Monero||XMR||18 Apr 2014||CryptoNight||Proof-of-work (random, smooth)||$6.27 million||~18,400,000 then <1% inflation||Active||Yes|
|Namecoin||NMC||18 Apr 2011||SHA256d - merged mined with Bitcoin||Proof-of-work (fixed, halving)||$11.14 million||20,999,999.9769||Active||No||First alternative chain, bitDNS|
|Nxt||NXT||29 Sep 2013||Consensus through obscurity||Central||$29.0 million||999,997,096||Active||No|
|Peercoin||PPC||19 Aug 2012||Central authoriy||Proof-of-work/stake||$15.5 million||Unlimited||Active||No|
|PIVX||PIVX||1 Feb 2016||?||?||?||?||Yes||Active||It was first launched under the name of Darknet (DNET) on February 1st 2016.|
|Primecoin||XPM||7 Jul 2013||Cunningham||Proof-of-work||$1.2 million||Unlimited||Active||No||First "useful proof-of-work" altcoin|
|Ripple||XRP||1 Mar 2011||Ripple||Central||$139 million||28,989,252,282||Active||No|
|Tenebrix||TBX||25 Sep 2011||scrypt||Central, Proof-of-work (fixed, halving)||None||10,499,999.9769||Abandoned||No||First scrypt coin|
|Tonal Bitcoin||TBC||2 Jan 2011||Pegged to Bitcoin||7,750,54.00||Active||No||First on-chain alternative|
|ZeroVert||ZER||5 Nov 2014||Zerocoin||Scrypt-N, merge-mineable on the VTC chain||?||8,400,000||Abandoned||No||First cryptocurrency that integrated the Zerocoin extention.|
|Zcash||ZEC||28 Oct 2016||Zerocash||Zero-knowledge proofs, Proof-of-work (Equihash), with a portion of each block subsidy distributed to founders for the first four years.||$66.63 million||21,000,000||Active||Yes||Less prone to privacy timing attacks than Zcoin.|
|Zclassic||ZCL||?||Zerocash||(See Zcash)||?||?||Active||Yes||Like Zcash without the 20% fee for miners made by Zcash.|
|Zcoin||XZC||28 Sep 2016||Zerocoin||Zero-knowledge proofs||?||?||Active||Yes||The first Zero-knowledge proof based anonymous cryptocurrency. Uses libzerocoin|