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. 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 US dollars.
  2. Medium or highly decentralized (anonymous).
  3. Been the first to introduce an innovative protocol.


Launched Cryptocurrency Symbol Market cap, rounded Anonymity Introduced an innovative protocol
2009-01-03 Bitcoin.png Bitcoin BTC $36 billion Low First blockchain
2011-03-01 Ripple.png Ripple XRP $8.2 billion 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 Low First alternative chain, bitDNS. merged mined with Bitcoin.
2011-10-07 Litecoin.png Litecoin LTC $1.2 billion Low
2012-07-04 Bytecoin-16x16.png Bytecoin BCN $414 million Low Introduced CryptoNote.
2013-07-07 Primecoin.png Primecoin XPM $7 million Low Implements a unique scientific computing proof-of-work system.
2014-01-18 Dash.png Dash DASH $914 million Medium Introduced the X11 algorithm.
2014-04-18 Monero.png Monero XMR $584 million Medium
2015-03-31 NEM-16x16.png NEM XEM $1.7 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 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 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 High First cryptocurrency that implemented the zerocash protocol.
2016-11-10 Zclassic-32x32.png Zclassic ZCL $5 million High First Zcash-based currency without the 20% fee for miners made by Zcash.
2017-02-05 Komodo.png Komodo KMD $54 million High