Top 25 Altcoins, Blockchains, and Cryptocurrencies of 2017

Since the release of Bitcoin, cryptocurrencies and blockchain technology have taken the world by swarm. Typically, a cryptocurrency is differentiated from a normal, fiat, currency because it is decentralised, not centralised. Cryptocurrencies allow internet users to transfer value in a peer-to-peer (p2p) system without middle men. This means that payments cannot be censored, and financial friction will inevitably be lessened internationally. Over the last several years, we have seen all of these use cases slowly come to fruition.

Where Bitcoin and most other altcoins are only psuedonymous, new cryptocurrencies such as Zcash can actually be provably anonymous. Still others, such as Ethereum, have created decentralised platforms for smart contracts – paving the way for our decentralised future. Some of these cryptocurrencies use Proof of Work (PoW) while some use Proof of Stake (PoS) – still others use a hybrid model, or a different type of consensus algorithm to address the Byzantine Generals’ Problem altogether.

No matter how you look at it, since the release of Bitcoin in 2009, the cryptocurrency space has evolved – and is still evolving. Now that 2017 is coming to an end, let’s take a step back and look at the top 25 cryptocurrencies from 2017. Use this list to find the best cryptocurrency for you!

Where can I buy these cryptocurrencies? You’re in luck! BlockExplorer also has a Top 25 Cryptocurrency Exchanges List of 2017 that will let you compare different exchanges around the world and choose the one that’s best for you.

Disclaimer: Buy cryptocurrency at your own risk.  This top cryptocurrencies list does not constitute professional financial advice.

Top 25 Altcoins, Blockchains, and Cryptocurrencies (2017 Edition)

1. Bitcoin (BTC)

Max supply: 21,000,000.0
Current supply: ~16,705,000
Hashing algorithm: SHA256
Proof Type: PoW
Start Date: January 3rd, 2009
Difficulty adjustment frequency: 2016 blocks
Block reward: 12.5
Blockexplorer: https://www.blockexplorer.com

2. Ethereum (ETH)

Max supply: N/A
Current supply: ~96,000,000
Hashing algorithm: Ethash
Proof Type: PoW (PoS planned)
Start Date: July 30th, 2015
Difficulty adjustment frequency: Per-block
Block reward: 3

3. Litecoin (LTC)

Max supply: 84,000,000
Current supply: ~54,020,000
Hashing algorithm: Scrypt
Proof Type: PoW
Start Date: October 10th, 2011
Difficulty adjustment frequency: 2016 blocks
Block reward: 25

4. Bitcoin Cash (BCH)

Max supply: 21,000,000
Current supply: ~16,825,500
Hashing algorithm: SHA256
Proof Type: PoW
Start Date: August 1st, 2017
Difficulty adjustment frequency: Median Time Past (11 blocks)
Block reward: 12.5
Blockexplorer: https://bitcoincash.blockexplorer.com

5. Ripple (XRP)

Max supply: 38,305,873,865.0
Current supply: 38,305,873,865.0
Hashing algorithm: N/A
Proof Type: N/A
Start Date: February 2nd, 2013
Difficulty adjustment frequency: N/A
Block reward: N/A

6. Bitcoin Gold (BTG)

Max supply: 21,000,000
Current supply: ~16,775,123.4
Hashing algorithm: Equihash
Proof Type: PoW
Start Date: October 25th, 2017
Difficulty adjustment frequency: Per-block
Block reward: 12.5

7. Dash (DASH)

Max supply: 22,000,000
Current supply: ~7,716,621.9
Hashing algorithm: X11
Proof Type: PoW/PoS
Start Date: January 18th, 2014
Difficulty adjustment frequency: Per-block, Dark Gravity Wave (DGW)
Block reward: 3.6

8. IOTA (IOT)

Max supply: 2,779,530,283.0
Current supply: 2,779,530,283.0
Hashing algorithm: N/A
Proof Type: Tangle
Start Date: July 17th, 2016
Difficulty adjustment frequency: N/A
Block reward: N/A

9. Ethereum Classic (ETC)

Max supply: N/A
Current supply: 97,858,853.0
Hashing algorithm: Ethash
Proof Type: PoW
Start Date: July 23rd, 2016
Difficulty adjustment frequency: Per-block
Block reward: 5

10. NEO (NEO)

Max supply: 100,000,000
Current supply: 100,000,000
Hashing algorithm: N/A
Proof Type: Delegated Byzantine Fault Tolerance (dBFT)
Start Date: October 17th, 2016
Difficulty adjustment frequency: N/A
Block reward: N/A

11. Monero (XMR)

Max supply: N/A
Current supply: ~15,407,875.5
Hashing algorithm: CryptoNight
Proof Type: PoW
Start Date: June 2nd 2016
Difficulty adjustment frequency: 2 blocks
Block reward: 6

12. NEM (XEM)

Max supply: 8,999,999,999
Current supply: 8,999,999,999
Hashing algorithm: N/A
Proof Type: Proof of Importance (PoI)
Start Date: March 31st, 2016
Difficulty adjustment frequency: N/A
Block reward: N/A

13. EOS (EOS)

Max supply: 1,000,000,000
Current supply: 1,000,000,000
Hashing algorithm: DPoS
Proof Type: Delegated Proof of Stake (DPoS)
Start Date: June 26th, 2016
Difficulty adjustment frequency: N/A
Block reward:N/A

14. Cardano (ADA)

Max supply: 45,000000000
Current supply: ~25,927,070,538
Hashing algorithm: Ouroboros
Proof Type: PoS
Start Date: January 28th, 2017
Difficulty adjustment frequency: N/A
Block reward: N/A

15. Qtum (QTUM)

Max supply: 100,000,000
Current supply: 100,000,000
Hashing algorithm: POS 3.0
Proof Type: PoS
Start Date: December 19th, 2016
Difficulty adjustment frequency: N/A
Block reward: N/A

16. OmiseGO (OMG)

Max supply: 140,245,398
Current supply: 140,245,298.2
Hashing algorithm: N/A
Proof Type: PoS
Start Date: June 23rd, 2017
Difficulty adjustment frequency: N/A
Block reward: N/A

17. Zcash (ZEC)

Max supply: 21,000,000
Current supply: ~2,714,456.3
Hashing algorithm: Equihash
Proof Type: PoW
Start Date: October 28th, 2016
Difficulty adjustment frequency: Per-block
Block reward: 10
Blockexplorer: https://zcash.blockexplorer.com

18. Stellar (XLM)

Max supply: 100,804,167,793
Current supply: 17,713,853,990
Hashing algorithm: N/A
Proof Type: N/A
Start Date: July 23rd, 2016
Difficulty adjustment frequency: N/A
Block reward: N/A

19. Lisk (LSK)

Max supply: 159,918,400
Current supply: ~115,352,280
Hashing algorithm: DPoS
Proof Type: PoS
Start Date: May 24th, 2016
Difficulty adjustment frequency: N/A
Block reward: N/A

20. Tether (USDT)

Max supply: N/A
Current supply: 674,967,839.0
Hashing algorithm: N/A
Proof Type: N/A
Start Date: October 6th, 2014
Difficulty adjustment frequency: N/A
Block reward: N/A

21. Waves (WAVES)

Max supply: 100,000,000
Current supply: 100,000,000
Hashing algorithm: Leased POS
Proof Type: Leased Proof of Stake (LPoS)
Start Date: December 6th, 2016
Difficulty adjustment frequency: N/A
Block reward: N/A

22. Stratis (STRAT)

Max supply: N/A
Current supply: ~98,639,001
Hashing algorithm: X13
Proof Type: PoW/PoS
Start Date: August 9th, 2016
Difficulty adjustment frequency: N/A
Block reward: 1

23. Bitshares (BTS)

Max supply: 2,511,952,117
Current supply: 2,511,952,117
Hashing algorithm: SHA-512
Proof Type: PoS
Start Date: May 11th, 2014
Difficulty adjustment frequency: N/A
Block reward: N/A

24. Monacoin (MONA)

Max supply: 105,120,000
Current supply: ~55,627,825
Hashing algorithm: Scrypt
Proof Type: PoW
Start Date: January 1st, 2014
Difficulty adjustment frequency: Digishield
Block reward: 25

25. HShare (HSR)

Max supply: 84,000,000
Current supply: ~42,303,371.2
Hashing algorithm: To be announced (TBA)
Proof Type: PoW/PoS
Start Date: October 2nd, 2016
Difficulty adjustment frequency: N/A (TBA)
Block reward: N/A

 

 

Editor in Chief at BlockExplorer. Caleb is a graduate of the University of Virginia where he studied Economics, East Asian Studies, and Mathematics. He holds a MSc in Digital Currency from the University of Nicosia. He believes that we are moving towards a better tomorrow, bit by bit by Bitcoin.

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