List of cryptocurrencies

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This is a list of cryptocurrencies. There were more than 669 cryptocurrencies available for trade in online markets as of 24 August 2015 and more than 740 in total[1] but only 9 of them had market capitalizations over $10 million.[2]

Release Active Currency Symbol Founder Hash algorithm Timestamping Notes
2014 Active Auroracoin AUR Baldur Odinsson
Scrypt POW Created as an alternative to fiat currency in Iceland.
2009 Active Bitcoin BTC,[4][5] XBT Satoshi Nakamoto[nt 1] SHA-256d[6][7] POW[7][8] First decentralized ledger currency.
2014 Active BlackCoin BC, BLK Rat4 (pseudonym) Scrypt Proof-of-stake (POS) BlackCoin secures its network through a process called minting.
2014 Inactive Coinye KOI, COYE Scrypt POW Used American hip hop artist Kanye West as its mascot, abandoned after trademark lawsuit.
2014[9] Active Dash DASH Evan Duffield &
Kyle Hagan[10]
X11 POW & POS[nt 2] Adds privacy to transactions through a decentralized coin-mixing system called Darksend.
2015 Active Decred DCR Blake-256 POW & POS Created by Bitcoin developers.
2013 Active Dogecoin DOGE, XDG Jackson Palmer
& Billy Markus[11]
Scrypt[12] POW Based on an internet meme.
2014 Active DigitalNote XDN XDN-dev team, dNote[13] CryptoNight[14] POW DigitalNote (XDN) is a new private cryptocurrency with an instant untraceable crypto messages and first blockchain banking implementation, use CryptoNote protocol.
2015 Active Ethereum ETH Vitalik Buterin[15] Dagger Hashimoto[16] POW Turing complete smart contracts.
2013[17][18] Active Gridcoin GRC Scrypt POW First cryptocurrency linked to citizen science through the Berkeley Open Infrastructure for Network Computing[19][20]
2011 Active Litecoin LTC Charles Lee Scrypt POW First cryptocurrency to use Scrypt as a hashing algorithm.
2013 Active Mastercoin MSC J. R. Willett [21] SHA-256d[22] N/A Mastercoin is both digital currency and communications protocol built on top of the existing bitcoin block chain.
2014 Active MazaCoin MZC BTC Oyate Initiative SHA-256d POW The underlying software for MazaCoin is derived from that of another cryptocurrency, ZetaCoin.
2014 Active Monero XMR Monero Core Team[23] CryptoNight[14] POW Monero (XMR) is a new privacy-centric coin using the CryptoNote protocol.
2011 Active Namecoin NMC Vincent Durham[24][25] SHA-256d POW Also acts as an alternative, decentralized DNS.
2013[26][27] Active Nxt NXT BCNext
SHA-256d[28] POS Nxt is specifically designed as a flexible platform to build applications and financial services around its protocol.
2012[7] Active Peercoin PPC Sunny King
SHA-256d[30] POW & POS First to use POW and POS functions.
2013[31] Active Emercoin EMC EvgenijM86 SHA-256 POW & POS Trusted storage for any small data: acts as an alternative, decentralized DNS, PKI store, SSL infrastructure and other.
2014 Active PotCoin POT Scrypt POW Developed to service the legalized cannabis industry
2013 Active Primecoin XPM Sunny King
1CC/2CC/TWN[32] POW[32] Primecoin uses the finding of prime chains composed of Cunningham chains and bi-twin chains for proof-of-work, which can lead to useful byproducts.
2013 Active Ripple[33][34][35] XRP[35] Chris Larsen &
Jed McCaleb[36]
ECDSA[37] "Consensus" Based on peer to peer debt transfer. The term Ripple can refer to both the digital currency or the payment network.
2014 Active Titcoin TIT Edward Mansfield & Richard Allen[38] SHA-256d POW First cryptocurrency to be nominated for a major adult industry award.[39]
Proposed to be developed as Moneta Inactive Zerocoin Matthew Green, Ian Miers and Christina Garman Proposed bitcoin extension to add true cryptographic anonymity


  1. It is not known whether the name "Satoshi Nakamoto" is real or a pseudonym, or whether it represents one person or a group.
  2. Via Masternodes containing 1000 DRK as "Proof of Service". Through an automated voting mechanism, one Masternode is selected per block and receives 45% of mining rewards.


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