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Thursday, September 21, 2017

10 Cryptocurrencies with the Largest Market Capitalization in the World

For those of you who like or watch technological developments, the term Bitcoin may already sound familiar. Bitcoin is one of the most famous cryptocurrency types in the world. Cryptocurrency itself is a digital currency that uses encryption techniques to regulate each unit of a new currency and verify every shipment of funds that occurs. This digital currency operates independently without central bank intervention.

Although Bitcoin is the most widely discussed cryptocurrency, there are actually many cryptocurrency types in the world. This time, Tech in Asia summarizes ten of them, which is also a cryptocurrency with the largest market capitalization based on Coin Market Cap analysis.

Bitcoin (BTC) is the first cryptocurrency and is touted as the best. BTC was created by Satoshi Nakamoto and launched publicly in open source in 2009. Total circulation of Bitcoin amounts has now reached 14 million BTC. The prize for miner bits stops when the Bitcoin circulation reaches 21 million to be achieved by 2140.

Market capitalization: USD3.3 billion (Rp42 trillion)

Litecoin or LTC was officially released to the public in 2011. Cryptocurrency was created by a former Google employee, Charles Lee, with the goal of making better Bitcoin. The advantages offered by LTC is the duration to produce blocks that only takes 2.5 minutes, faster than BTC which takes up to 10 minutes. This can happen because LTC uses a Scrypt algorithm that is known to be simpler and faster than the SHA-256 algorithm used by BTC.

Market capitalization: USD54 million (Rp3


Ripple also known as XPR is a digital currency originally developed in private by Ripple Network to create a secure, easy, and fast payment system. However, in 2013, Ripple Network decided to make the project open source under the ISC license. Ripple uses the Consensus algorithm that enables distributed payment, exchange, and remittance processing.

Market capitalization: USD253 million (Rp704 billion)

DASH or Darkcoin

DASH is an extension of Digital Cash originally named Darkcoin and must be replaced for marketing purposes. In contrast to BTC and lTC, DASH uses the X11 algorithm that uses 11 different hash rotation functions. This algorithm is touted more quickly and uses a more efficient computer performance.

Market capitalization: USD15 million (Rp195 billion)


Stellar is a cryptocurrency established in early 2014 by Jeb Mccaleb and Joyce Kim. The striking difference between Stellar and other cryptocurrencies is that 95 percent of the digital currency is provided free of charge. This new digital currency coin is not obtained through mining because Stellar uses the Consensus algorithm that automatically generates new coins and verifies each transaction.

Market capitalization: USD13 million (Rp169 billion)

MaidSafe stands for Massive Array of Internet Disks - Secure Access For Everyone. A cryptocurrency developed by David Irvine in 2006, before it was officially released to the public in April 2014. MaidSafe's way of mining differs from Bitcoin's method of verification. To get the coins, the miners - called for cryptocurrency coin seekers - must provide a storage medium for storing MaidSafe.

Market capitalization: USD9.7 million (Rp126 billion)


NXT is a cryptocurrency launched in 2013 by anonymous software developer named BCNext. This digital currency uses a proof-of-stakes (PoS) system to handle transactions and NXT coins. Similar to Stellar, NXT also does not allow for mining.

Market capitalization: USD9 million (Rp117 billion)


You may also feel that the name of this digital currency reminds you of dogs. Yes! Because this digital currency is inspired by Shiba Inu, one of the most popular breeds of Japanese dog breeds through a meme on the internet. Dogecoin was originally created as a joke currency, but managed to attract the attention of internet users until finally developed more serious and officially launched to the public in 2013. Dogecoin also uses a Litecoin Scrypt algorithm, allowing users to do mining.

Market capitalization: USD8.7 million (Rp113 billion)


BitShares originated from a thesis titled "A Peer-to-Peer Polymorphic Digital Asset Exchange" by Daniel Larimer, Charles Hoskinson, and Stan Larimer. After completing the thesis and getting funding from a Chinese VC, Daniel Larimer decided to create a new digital currency called BitShares.

BitShares was first launched to the public in 2013. This digital currency uses the Consensus algorithm that allows all users to automatically approve, making it impossible for coin mining.

Market capitalization: USD8.4 million (Rp109 billion)


BanxShares is a cryptocurrency developed by Mark Lyford an entrepreneur who has been active since the 90s. Basically, BanxShares is the bank for storing cryptocurrency. However, if you want to save, users need to convert their digital currency to BankShares.

Market capitalization: USD7.3 million (Rp95 billion)

In addition to the 10 types of digital currencies above, there are still 593 other types of circulating in the market and certainly can dominate the market anytime.

Based on the results of our research, most of the perpetrators of cryptocurrency in Indonesia do more mining, compared to buying and selling using this digital currency.

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