Many blockchain and cryptocurrency platforms continue to emerge. It is becoming increasingly difficult to make the best decision when it comes to an investment project. This piece provides a summary of each of the top 50 digital assets according to how they rank on CoinMarketCap (CMC) as of this writing.

Top 50 Cryptocurrencies:

1. BITCOIN

Dubbed the Crypto grandfather, Bitcoin is a secure, decentralized digital asset. Count on it for transactions and a store of value.

2. ETHEREUM

The first to initiate smart contracts and tokens, Ethereum leads in creating a robust and decentralized platform for app development.

3. RIPPLE

Ripple enables fast and secure transactions, focusing on financial institutions—the main difference between it and Bitcoin.

4. BITCOIN CASH

A fork of the original bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash enables cheaper transactions and a transparent development process.

5. CARDANO

A brainchild of the Ethereum co-founder, CARDANO offers a reliable Smart contracts platform, branded ‘Ethereum of Japan.’

6. LITECOIN

Litecoin is the silver of Bitcoin

7. NEM

The world’s first ‘Smart Asset’ blockchain platform

8. STELLAR

In the footsteps of Ripple, Stellar targets more end users than financial institutions

9. IOTA

This digital currency requires no transaction fees, no blocks, and no mining. Unlimited nano payments

10. DASH

DASH is a digital currency, a hybrid between Bitcoin and Monero

11. NEO

NEO operates smart contracts similar to Ethereum. The largest cryptocurrency in China aims to be the platform for a new smart economy

12. TRON

Operates on ERC20 token with the objective to become a decentralized platform for entertainment content sharing

13. MONERO

The first digital currency to offer transactions with complete anonymity

14. EOS

A platform for Smart contracts similar to Ethereum, but offers better performance and scalability

15. ICON

Aims to ‘Hyperconnect the world’ by building by creating one of the largest decentralized global networks

16. BITCOIN GOLD

This Bitcoin fork uses a fresh POW algorithm, allows for GPU mining with faster block difficulty adjustment.

17. QTUM

A hybrid of Bitcoin and Ethereum, based in Singapore

18. RAIBLOCKS

Focuses on scalability and zero-free transactions

19. ETHEREUM CLASSIC

An Ethereum fork that failed to revert the hacked DAO funds

20. LISK

A Javascript-based platform for smart contracts similar to Ethereum

21. VERGE

Works like bitcoin but incorporates TOR for faster transactions

22. OMISEGO

An extension of OMISE—an Asian-based payment processing company, operates on ERC20 token

23. SLACOIN

A platform for distributed cloud storage

24. BITCONNECT

Regulators and investors call it a Ponzi scheme, it allows for lending of bitcoin on their platform

25. ZCash

Focuses on privacy like Monero, but operates on a different protocol

26. BYTE COIN

Similar to Bitcoin but offers faster transactions using a different POW algorithm

27. POPULOUS

Operates on the Ethereum blockchain, focuses on invoice and trade finance

28. STRATIS

A blockchain-as-a-service platform, allows creation of private blockchains and applications to run on those ledgers

29. BINANCE COIN

Operates on ERC20 token issued by Binance exchange. Lower trading fees

30. BITSHARES

A decentralized platform and exchange for Smartcoins. Deals in bitUSD, bitGold, bitCNY

31. ARDOR

This blockchain platform will allow people to utilize the blockchain technology using child chains

32. KUCOIN SHARES

Operates like Binance Coin but only for KuCoin exchange

33. TETHER COIN

This digital asset represents fiat currencies. Each tether is equivalent to $1 in value

34. DOGECOIN

Much WOW, very MEME

35. STATUS

It offers a mobile interface and an open-source platform for messaging, with decentralized applications. Runs on Ethereum network

36. DENTACOIN

This ERC20 token has the goal to transform the global dentistry by reducing costs and improving dental care. Aims to create a community

37. STEEM

This digital currency is for the Steemit platform—a blockchain-based social media platform where users get paid to post content

38. VECHAIN

This blockchain-based platform empowers consumers and retailers to decide the authenticity and quality of the products bought

39. WAVES

This blockchain-based platform enables users to launch their own custom digital asset tokens, which they can exchange on the P2P exchange built on the wallet

40. DRAGONCHAIN

A private and public hybrid blockchain operates on ERC20 token. Designed in Disney’s office in Seattle, it utilizes the DRAGON currency

41. WAX

An acronym for World Wide Asset Exchange, the token serves as payment method on the marketplace OPSkins, which allows any user to list his or her virtual goods such as GoSkins, CryptoKitties, and more

42. DIGIBYTE

Works like bitcoin but offers faster transaction fees, less fees and different POW algorithm

43. VERITASEUM

This P2P platform works in a similar way to WAX and Bitshares. It enables token rentals and serves as a vehicle to facilitate P2P over the counter transactions

44. 0X

Pronounced ZERO-X, the platform is a permissionless, P2P exchange that allows for trading of ERC20 tokens on the Ethereum blockchain.

45. AUGUR

This decentralized prediction market operates on the Ethereum blockchain, allows users to forecast events and receive rewards for the right predictions

46. ARK

This decentralized community allows members to build their own blockchains from Ark. Allows for bridging of multiple blockchains using SmartBridges

47. DENT

Supported by DENT Wireless Limited, this platform allows users to sell, buy, or to contribute data on the Ethereum blockchain

48. KOMODO

This hybrid of Bitcoin Dark and ZCash features a DPOW (Delayed proof of work) protocol

49. HSHARE

This token for HCash is designed to transfer value from one blockchain to another, allowing for private payments, DAO governance, and quantum resistance

50. GOLEM

This global, decentralized supercomputer is accessible by anyone

 

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