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 cryptocompare.com.

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 bitcoin.org
Bytecoin-16x16.png Bytecoin BCN 2012-07-04 $414,000,000 Low Introduced CryptoNote. bytecoin.org
Dash.png Dash DASH 2014-01-18 $1,200,000,000 Medium Introduced the X11 algorithm. bytecoin.org
Ethereum.png Ethereum ETH 2015-08-07 $32,000,000,000 Low ethereum.org
Ethereum Classic-32x32.png Ethereum Classic ETC 2016-07-24 $1,800,000,000 Low ethereumclassic.org
IOTA-32x32.png IOTA IOT 2017-06-13 $1,500,000,000 ? The main innovation behind IOTA is the Tangle algorithm. iota.org
Komodo.png Komodo KMD 2017-02-05 $140,000,000 High komodoplatform.com
Litecoin.png Litecoin LTC 2011-10-07 $1,500,000,000 Low litecoin.org
Monero.png Monero XMR 2014-04-18 $670,000,000 Medium getmonero.org
NEM-16x16.png NEM XEM 2015-03-31 $1,800,000,000 Medium Introduced the proof-of-importance (POI) algorithm. nem.io
PIVX-16x16.png PIVX PIVX 2016-02-01 $84,000,000 Medium pivx.org
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 ripple.com
Zcash-16x16.png Zcash ZEC 2016-10-28 $590,000,000 High First cryptocurrency that implemented the zerocash protocol. z.cash
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. zclassic.org
Zcoin-800x800.png Zcoin XZC 2016-09-28 $26,000,000 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). zcoin.io
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 - Quark PoW/PoS
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