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 $40,000,000,000 Low First blockchain.
Bytecoin-16x16.png Bytecoin BCN 2012-07-04 $414,000,000 Medium Introduced CryptoNote.
Dash.png Dash DASH 2014-01-18 $1,200,000,000 Medium Introduced the X11 algorithm.
Ethereum.png Ethereum ETH 2015-08-07 $32,000,000,000 Low
Ethereum Classic-32x32.png Ethereum Classic ETC 2016-07-24 $1,800,000,000 Low
IOTA-32x32.png IOTA IOT 2017-06-13 $1,500,000,000 ? The main innovation behind IOTA is the Tangle algorithm.
Komodo.png Komodo KMD 2017-02-05 $140,000,000 Medium
Litecoin.png Litecoin LTC 2011-10-07 $1,500,000,000 Low
Monero.png Monero XMR 2014-04-18 $670,000,000 High Introduced Ring Confidential Transactions.
NEM-16x16.png NEM XEM 2015-03-31 $1,800,000,000 Medium Introduced the proof-of-importance (POI) algorithm.
PIVX-16x16.png PIVX PIVX 2016-02-01 $84,000,000 Medium
Ripple.png Ripple XRP 2011-03-01 $10,000,000,000 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 $590,000,000 Medium First cryptocurrency that implemented the zerocash protocol.
Zcoin-800x800.png Zcoin XZC 2016-09-28 $26,000,000 Medium 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
IOTA-32x32.png IOTA 2,780,000,000 Tangle
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
NEM-16x16.png NEM 8,999,999,999.0 ? PoI
PIVX-16x16.png PIVX Not Applicable Quark PoW/PoS
Ripple.png Ripple 100,000,000,000.0 -
Zcash-16x16.png Zcash 21,000,000.0 Equihash PoW
Zcoin-800x800.png Zcoin 21,000,000.0 Lyra2RE PoW