Comparison of cryptocurrencies

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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 launch date.

Coin Ticker Launched Consensus tool Distribution Market cap Unit cap Status Notes
Bitcoin.png Bitcoin BTC 3 Jan 2009 SHA256d Proof-of-work (fixed, halving) $6.34 billion 20,999,999.9769 Active First blockchain
Bitcoin.png Bitcoin Testnet 1 TNBTC 21 Oct 2010 SHA256d Proof-of-work (fixed, halving) None 20,999,999.9769 Abandoned First altcoin[1]
Bitcoin.png Tonal Bitcoin TBC 2 Jan 2011 Pegged to Bitcoin 7,750,54.00 Active First on-chain alternative
Ripple XRP 1 Mar 2011 Ripple Central $139 million 28,989,252,282 Active
Namecoin.png Namecoin NMC 18 Apr 2011 SHA256d - merged mined with Bitcoin Proof-of-work (fixed, halving) $11.14 million 20,999,999.9769 Active First alternative chain, bitDNS
Tenebrix TBX 25 Sep 2011 scrypt Central, Proof-of-work (fixed, halving) None 10,499,999.9769 Dead First scrypt coin
Litecoin.png Litecoin LTC 7 Oct 2011 scrypt Proof-of-work (fixed, halving) $154 million 83,999,949.9076 Active TBX clone
Bitcoin.png Bitcoin Testnet 3 TNBTC 12 Apr 2012 SHA256d Proof-of-work (fixed, halving) None 20,999,999.9769 Active Current Bitcoin testnet
Bytecoin BCN 4 Jul 2012 CryptoNight Proof-of-work (random, smooth) $2.73 million 184.46 billion Active First CryptoNote coin
Peercoin.png Peercoin PPC 19 Aug 2012 Central authoriy[2] Proof-of-work/stake $15.5 million Unlimited Active
Freicoin FRC 21 Dec 2012 SHA256d Proof-of-work $84 thousand ? Active First demurrage cryptocurrency
Feathercoin FTC 16 Apr 2013 scrypt Proof-of-work (fixed, halving) $1.15 million ? Active LTC hardfork
Primecoin XPM 7 Jul 2013 Cunningham Proof-of-work $1.2 million Unlimited Active First "useful proof-of-work" altcoin
Btsx.png BitSharesX BTSX 29 Sep 2013 Consensus through obscurity  ? $66.5 million 1,999,992,536 Active
Nxt.png Nxt NXT 29 Sep 2013 Consensus through obscurity[3] Central $29.0 million 999,997,096 Active
Dogecoin.png Dogecoin DOGE 6 Dec 2013 scrypt Proof-of-work (random) $12.7 million Unlimited Active Was joke, became huge
Darkcoin.png Darkcoin DRK 19 Jan 2014 Combo11 Proof-of-work (fixed, curve) $12.5 million 18.4 million (estimate) Active
Huntercoin.jpeg HunterCoin HUC 1 Feb 2014 SHA256d and/or scrypt Game rewards, Proof-of-work $47 thousand 42,000,000 Active First blockchain-based game
Monero.png Monero XMR 18 Apr 2014 CryptoNight Proof-of-work (random, smooth) $6.27 million ~18,400,000 then <1% inflation Active
Maid.png MaidSafeCoin MAID 22 Apr 2014 Bitcoin Central $8.54 million 452,552,412 Active
Bitcoin.png Zcash ZEC 28 Oct 2016 Zerocash Zero-knowledge proofs ? ? Active Zcash is less prone to privacy timing attacks than Zcoin (see difference between them).
Bitcoin.png Zcoin XZC 28 Sep 2016 Zerocoin Zero-knowledge proofs ? ? Active The first Zero-knowledge proof based anonymous cryptocurrency.

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