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1
Bitcoin
1
Market Cap
$165,904,094,336
€147,897,527,553
Price
$9,339.14
€8,325.51
Volume (24 hr)
$20,495,182,301
€18,270,717,195
Change (24 hr)
+3.78%
Change (7d)
+17.24%
2
Ethereum
2
Market Cap
$29,166,150,623
€26,000,573,299
Price
$273.78
€244.07
Volume (24 hr)
$9,083,309,750
€8,097,443,643
Change (24 hr)
+2.16%
Change (7d)
+11.71%
3
XRP
3
Market Cap
$18,269,373,472
€16,286,488,753
Price
$0.43
€0.38
Volume (24 hr)
$1,735,499,737
€1,547,135,538
Change (24 hr)
+1.48%
Change (7d)
+7.85%
4
Litecoin
4
Market Cap
$8,336,890,113
€7,432,037,407
Price
$133.89
€119.36
Volume (24 hr)
$3,987,504,245
€3,554,716,484
Change (24 hr)
-1.63%
Change (7d)
+5.54%
5
Bitcoin Cash
5
Market Cap
$7,729,902,777
€6,890,930,049
Price
$433.21
€386.19
Volume (24 hr)
$1,623,569,870
€1,447,354,091
Change (24 hr)
+1.34%
Change (7d)
+10.39%
6
EOS
6
Market Cap
$6,537,942,220
€5,828,340,124
Price
$7.11
€6.34
Volume (24 hr)
$2,451,452,567
€2,185,381,711
Change (24 hr)
+2.28%
Change (7d)
+11.33%
7
Binance Coin
7
Market Cap
$4,789,652,376
€4,269,802,666
Price
$33.93
€30.24
Volume (24 hr)
$487,441,561
€434,536,603
Change (24 hr)
+4.89%
Change (7d)
+6.62%
8
Bitcoin SV
8
Market Cap
$3,955,973,552
€3,526,608,007
Price
$221.73
€197.67
Volume (24 hr)
$534,119,014
€476,147,873
Change (24 hr)
+5.34%
Change (7d)
+17.05%
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9
Tether
9
Market Cap
$3,543,454,727
€3,158,862,325
Price
$1.01
€0.90
Volume (24 hr)
$19,910,606,409
€17,749,588,832
Change (24 hr)
+0.45%
Change (7d)
+0.09%
10
Stellar
10
Market Cap
$2,514,161,453
€2,241,284,426
Price
$0.13
€0.12
Volume (24 hr)
$303,041,951
€270,150,990
Change (24 hr)
+0.41%
Change (7d)
+4.94%
11
Cardano
11
Market Cap
$2,410,312,775
€2,148,707,068
Price
$0.09
€0.08
Volume (24 hr)
$149,259,171
€133,059,178
Change (24 hr)
+1.36%
Change (7d)
+9.94%
12
TRON
12
Market Cap
$2,247,017,043
€2,003,134,801
Price
$0.03
€0.03
Volume (24 hr)
$726,979,888
€648,076,399
Change (24 hr)
+2.14%
Change (7d)
+7.08%
13
Monero
13
Market Cap
$1,694,335,764
€1,510,439,338
Price
$99.39
€88.60
Volume (24 hr)
$214,785,077
€191,473,164
Change (24 hr)
+3.59%
Change (7d)
+14.84%
14
Dash
14
Market Cap
$1,424,399,956
€1,269,801,282
Price
$160.58
€143.15
Volume (24 hr)
$326,203,202
€290,798,411
Change (24 hr)
+2.78%
Change (7d)
+7.84%
15
Cosmos
15
Market Cap
$1,329,896,326
€1,185,554,698
Price
$6.97
€6.22
Volume (24 hr)
$101,911,054
€90,850,036
Change (24 hr)
+8.9%
Change (7d)
+15.63%
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16
IOTA
16
Market Cap
$1,215,193,994
€1,083,301,699
Price
$0.44
€0.39
Volume (24 hr)
$41,694,938
€37,169,536
Change (24 hr)
-2.15%
Change (7d)
+1.79%
17
NEO
17
Market Cap
$997,235,225
€888,999,302
Price
$14.14
€12.60
Volume (24 hr)
$652,499,619
€581,679,920
Change (24 hr)
+1.24%
Change (7d)
+15.13%
18
Ethereum Classic
18
Market Cap
$980,295,116
€873,897,806
Price
$8.81
€7.85
Volume (24 hr)
$735,637,178
€655,794,062
Change (24 hr)
+1.21%
Change (7d)
+6.74%
19
Tezos
19
Market Cap
$867,664,905
€773,492,027
Price
$1.32
€1.17
Volume (24 hr)
$6,063,123
€5,405,056
Change (24 hr)
+2.65%
Change (7d)
+1.56%
20
NEM
20
Market Cap
$816,832,829
€728,177,061
Price
$0.09
€0.08
Volume (24 hr)
$42,719,993
€38,083,336
Change (24 hr)
+3.46%
Change (7d)
+7.57%
21
Maker
21
Market Cap
$754,704,827
€672,792,184
Price
$754.70
€672.79
Volume (24 hr)
$6,086,604
€5,425,988
Change (24 hr)
+2.99%
Change (7d)
+3.66%
22
Ontology
22
Market Cap
$751,820,490
€670,220,901
Price
$1.52
€1.35
Volume (24 hr)
$171,263,659
€152,675,387
Change (24 hr)
+5.24%
Change (7d)
+6.78%
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23
Chainlink
23
Market Cap
$687,364,151
€612,760,395
Price
$1.96
€1.75
Volume (24 hr)
$188,997,935
€168,484,855
Change (24 hr)
+17.41%
Change (7d)
+73.42%
24
Zcash
24
Market Cap
$680,406,948
€606,558,299
Price
$100.42
€89.52
Volume (24 hr)
$480,127,753
€428,016,607
Change (24 hr)
+7.07%
Change (7d)
+25.34%
25
Bitcoin Gold
25
Market Cap
$489,840,148
€436,674,858
Price
$27.97
€24.93
Volume (24 hr)
$31,755,232
€28,308,646
Change (24 hr)
+2.71%
Change (7d)
+8.28%
26
Crypto.com Chain
26
Market Cap
$468,703,103
€417,831,943
Price
$0.07
€0.06
Volume (24 hr)
$8,379,890
€7,470,370
Change (24 hr)
+0.24%
Change (7d)
-0.68%
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27
Basic Attention Token
27
Market Cap
$460,295,735
€410,337,077
Price
$0.36
€0.32
Volume (24 hr)
$66,150,358
€58,970,662
Change (24 hr)
+8.96%
Change (7d)
+9.05%
28
VeChain
28
Market Cap
$414,151,450
€369,201,108
Price
$0.01
€0.01
Volume (24 hr)
$22,832,201
€20,354,085
Change (24 hr)
+2.59%
Change (7d)
-2.98%
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29
Dogecoin
29
Market Cap
$383,811,825
€342,154,425
Price
$0.00
€0.00
Volume (24 hr)
$65,283,205
€58,197,627
Change (24 hr)
+0.41%
Change (7d)
+3.94%
30
Qtum
30
Market Cap
$345,781,605
€308,251,853
Price
$3.61
€3.22
Volume (24 hr)
$245,058,849
€218,461,142
Change (24 hr)
-2.35%
Change (7d)
+13.59%
31
USD Coin
31
Market Cap
$342,768,368
€305,565,661
Price
$1.00
€0.89
Volume (24 hr)
$107,552,431
€95,879,120
Change (24 hr)
+0.0%
Change (7d)
+0.02%
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32
OmiseGO
32
Market Cap
$307,783,034
€274,377,495
Price
$2.19
€1.96
Volume (24 hr)
$148,202,845
€132,117,501
Change (24 hr)
+0.34%
Change (7d)
+6.11%
33
BitTorrent
33
Market Cap
$290,610,796
€259,069,063
Price
$0.00
€0.00
Volume (24 hr)
$74,252,039
€66,193,020
Change (24 hr)
+0.2%
Change (7d)
+11.06%
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34
Decred
34
Market Cap
$289,180,577
€257,794,074
Price
$29.07
€25.91
Volume (24 hr)
$3,053,034
€2,721,670
Change (24 hr)
+4.11%
Change (7d)
+7.04%
35
Bitcoin Diamond
35
Market Cap
$256,005,083
€228,219,315
Price
$1.37
€1.22
Volume (24 hr)
$8,878,857
€7,915,181
Change (24 hr)
+11.16%
Change (7d)
+12.82%
36
Lisk
36
Market Cap
$253,106,681
€225,635,494
Price
$2.15
€1.92
Volume (24 hr)
$11,515,672
€10,265,807
Change (24 hr)
+1.21%
Change (7d)
+5.85%
37
Waves
37
Market Cap
$246,359,734
€219,620,834
Price
$2.46
€2.20
Volume (24 hr)
$38,856,670
€34,639,323
Change (24 hr)
+3.13%
Change (7d)
+3.97%
38
Holo
38
Market Cap
$237,287,347
€211,533,128
Price
$0.00
€0.00
Volume (24 hr)
$30,159,054
€26,885,711
Change (24 hr)
+2.86%
Change (7d)
-6.35%
39
TrueUSD
39
Market Cap
$233,258,437
€207,941,499
Price
$1.00
€0.89
Volume (24 hr)
$172,294,607
€153,594,440
Change (24 hr)
+0.28%
Change (7d)
+0.25%
40
Ravencoin
40
Market Cap
$232,094,544
€206,903,931
Price
$0.06
€0.05
Volume (24 hr)
$19,100,439
€17,027,353
Change (24 hr)
-2.27%
Change (7d)
-7.96%
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41
Zilliqa
41
Market Cap
$225,741,275
€201,240,220
Price
$0.03
€0.02
Volume (24 hr)
$94,954,575
€84,648,585
Change (24 hr)
+7.18%
Change (7d)
+11.55%
42
Pundi X
42
Market Cap
$216,337,180
€192,856,808
Price
$0.00
€0.00
Volume (24 hr)
$17,952,951
€16,004,410
Change (24 hr)
+3.41%
Change (7d)
+6.69%
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43
0x
43
Market Cap
$210,121,001
€187,315,308
Price
$0.35
€0.31
Volume (24 hr)
$43,125,904
€38,445,190
Change (24 hr)
+1.66%
Change (7d)
+6.71%
44
Bytom
44
Market Cap
$209,862,059
€187,084,470
Price
$0.21
€0.19
Volume (24 hr)
$63,704,899
€56,790,624
Change (24 hr)
+8.55%
Change (7d)
+49.56%
45
Nano
45
Market Cap
$208,875,352
€186,204,857
Price
$1.57
€1.40
Volume (24 hr)
$9,914,804
€8,838,691
Change (24 hr)
+0.68%
Change (7d)
-0.88%
46
Augur
46
Market Cap
$203,882,332
€181,753,759
Price
$18.53
€16.52
Volume (24 hr)
$9,196,547
€8,198,390
Change (24 hr)
-0.75%
Change (7d)
-1.7%
47
Komodo
47
Market Cap
$194,113,498
€173,045,196
Price
$1.70
€1.51
Volume (24 hr)
$2,120,714
€1,890,540
Change (24 hr)
+6.37%
Change (7d)
+2.31%
48
Bytecoin
48
Market Cap
$187,819,815
€167,434,604
Price
$0.00
€0.00
Volume (24 hr)
$83,537
€74,470
Change (24 hr)
-0.12%
Change (7d)
+9.53%
49
Aurora
49
Market Cap
$186,527,292
€166,282,366
Price
$0.03
€0.03
Volume (24 hr)
$27,277,693
€24,317,081
Change (24 hr)
-2.84%
Change (7d)
-22.18%
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50
Huobi Token
50
Market Cap
$176,688,046
€157,511,032
Price
$3.53
€3.15
Volume (24 hr)
$117,190,103
€104,470,758
Change (24 hr)
+2.97%
Change (7d)
+9.71%
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51
BitShares
51
Market Cap
$176,033,637
€156,927,650
Price
$0.06
€0.06
Volume (24 hr)
$7,374,745
€6,574,319
Change (24 hr)
+1.98%
Change (7d)
+4.03%
52
ICON
52
Market Cap
$175,120,433
€156,113,562
Price
$0.37
€0.33
Volume (24 hr)
$13,279,634
€11,838,316
Change (24 hr)
+0.22%
Change (7d)
-2.12%
53
Paxos Standard Token
53
Market Cap
$168,299,848
€150,033,256
Price
$1.00
€0.89
Volume (24 hr)
$156,530,153
€139,540,997
Change (24 hr)
-1.34%
Change (7d)
+0.54%
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54
DigiByte
54
Market Cap
$154,160,072
€137,428,155
Price
$0.01
€0.01
Volume (24 hr)
$2,124,807
€1,894,189
Change (24 hr)
+1.17%
Change (7d)
-2.31%
55
IOST
55
Market Cap
$154,149,056
€137,418,334
Price
$0.01
€0.01
Volume (24 hr)
$50,633,789
€45,138,200
Change (24 hr)
+9.46%
Change (7d)
+11.44%
56
Qubitica
56
Market Cap
$153,429,897
€136,777,230
Price
$54.63
€48.70
Volume (24 hr)
$241,050
€214,887
Change (24 hr)
+2.74%
Change (7d)
+24.12%
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57
KuCoin Shares
57
Market Cap
$151,286,820
€134,866,754
Price
$1.69
€1.50
Volume (24 hr)
$32,720,988
€29,169,583
Change (24 hr)
+4.68%
Change (7d)
+55.28%
58
Verge
58
Market Cap
$147,627,997
€131,605,045
Price
$0.01
€0.01
Volume (24 hr)
$2,988,531
€2,664,167
Change (24 hr)
+2.32%
Change (7d)
+3.04%
59
MonaCoin
59
Market Cap
$145,935,506
€130,096,250
Price
$2.22
€1.98
Volume (24 hr)
$22,645,642
€20,187,775
Change (24 hr)
+9.21%
Change (7d)
+0.43%
60
Aeternity
60
Market Cap
$145,138,800
€129,386,015
Price
$0.54
€0.48
Volume (24 hr)
$45,625,148
€40,673,177
Change (24 hr)
+2.19%
Change (7d)
+3.8%
61
GXChain
61
Market Cap
$140,751,827
€125,475,187
Price
$2.35
€2.09
Volume (24 hr)
$4,243,240
€3,782,696
Change (24 hr)
+3.14%
Change (7d)
+6.21%
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62
Metaverse ETP
62
Market Cap
$135,694,916
€120,967,132
Price
$1.90
€1.69
Volume (24 hr)
$39,137,026
€34,889,250
Change (24 hr)
+1.71%
Change (7d)
+16.76%
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63
Dent
63
Market Cap
$135,275,013
€120,592,804
Price
$0.00
€0.00
Volume (24 hr)
$3,223,243
€2,873,405
Change (24 hr)
-6.47%
Change (7d)
+0.72%
64
Steem
64
Market Cap
$133,029,522
€118,591,030
Price
$0.42
€0.37
Volume (24 hr)
$2,405,648
€2,144,548
Change (24 hr)
+1.22%
Change (7d)
+1.4%
65
Siacoin
65
Market Cap
$131,757,959
€117,457,477
Price
$0.00
€0.00
Volume (24 hr)
$1,676,922
€1,494,916
Change (24 hr)
+0.82%
Change (7d)
+1.3%
66
HyperCash
66
Market Cap
$130,545,454
€116,376,573
Price
$3.00
€2.67
Volume (24 hr)
$11,334,684
€10,104,463
Change (24 hr)
+12.7%
Change (7d)
+28.74%
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67
SOLVE
67
Market Cap
$125,627,078
€111,992,018
Price
$0.39
€0.34
Volume (24 hr)
$9,002,066
€8,025,017
Change (24 hr)
+4.09%
Change (7d)
-2.13%
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68
ThoreCoin
68
Market Cap
$123,211,167
€109,838,320
Price
$1,421.35
€1,267.08
Volume (24 hr)
$146,302
€130,423
Change (24 hr)
+3.88%
Change (7d)
+18.08%
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69
Enjin Coin
69
Market Cap
$113,512,093
€101,191,944
Price
$0.15
€0.13
Volume (24 hr)
$8,503,230
€7,580,324
Change (24 hr)
+0.77%
Change (7d)
-3.71%
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70
THETA
70
Market Cap
$112,913,082
€100,657,948
Price
$0.13
€0.12
Volume (24 hr)
$4,293,251
€3,827,278
Change (24 hr)
+0.28%
Change (7d)
-9.1%
71
aelf
71
Market Cap
$108,866,594
€97,050,649
Price
$0.22
€0.20
Volume (24 hr)
$19,227,616
€17,140,727
Change (24 hr)
+0.75%
Change (7d)
+5.89%
72
HedgeTrade
72
Market Cap
$107,229,712
€95,591,428
Price
$0.37
€0.33
Volume (24 hr)
$311,743
€277,908
Change (24 hr)
+0.69%
Change (7d)
+23.5%
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73
Ardor
73
Market Cap
$105,843,162
€94,355,369
Price
$0.11
€0.09
Volume (24 hr)
$3,174,755
€2,830,179
Change (24 hr)
+2.84%
Change (7d)
+5.78%
74
Status
74
Market Cap
$100,569,312
€89,653,921
Price
$0.03
€0.03
Volume (24 hr)
$20,959,951
€18,685,042
Change (24 hr)
+0.74%
Change (7d)
-2.99%
75
Stratis
75
Market Cap
$100,110,568
€89,244,968
Price
$1.01
€0.90
Volume (24 hr)
$6,111,767
€5,448,420
Change (24 hr)
-5.13%
Change (7d)
+4.14%
76
Maximine Coin
76
Market Cap
$99,926,788
€89,081,134
Price
$0.06
€0.05
Volume (24 hr)
$3,201,983
€2,854,453
Change (24 hr)
+24.61%
Change (7d)
-7.17%
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77
Crypto.com
77
Market Cap
$99,386,389
€88,599,388
Price
$6.29
€5.61
Volume (24 hr)
$8,334,039
€7,429,496
Change (24 hr)
+1.39%
Change (7d)
+0.48%
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78
VestChain
78
Market Cap
$98,452,697
€87,767,035
Price
$0.01
€0.01
Volume (24 hr)
$417,968
€372,604
Change (24 hr)
+8.14%
Change (7d)
+25.87%
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79
Mixin
79
Market Cap
$96,963,400
€86,439,380
Price
$215.38
€192.00
Volume (24 hr)
$640,243
€570,753
Change (24 hr)
+0.61%
Change (7d)
+16.97%
80
Golem
80
Market Cap
$95,440,726
€85,081,972
Price
$0.10
€0.09
Volume (24 hr)
$2,001,399
€1,784,175
Change (24 hr)
-1.14%
Change (7d)
+5.43%
81
ABBC Coin
81
Market Cap
$93,295,071
€83,169,198
Price
$0.18
€0.16
Volume (24 hr)
$73,547,650
€65,565,083
Change (24 hr)
-1.57%
Change (7d)
-10.41%
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82
WAX
82
Market Cap
$92,725,426
€82,661,379
Price
$0.10
€0.09
Volume (24 hr)
$961,032
€856,726
Change (24 hr)
-0.64%
Change (7d)
-0.05%
83
Zcoin
83
Market Cap
$90,105,945
€80,326,206
Price
$11.66
€10.39
Volume (24 hr)
$3,287,016
€2,930,257
Change (24 hr)
+1.4%
Change (7d)
+20.62%
84
Insight Chain
84
Market Cap
$85,285,602
€76,029,044
Price
$0.24
€0.22
Volume (24 hr)
$3,276,366
€2,920,762
Change (24 hr)
-1.44%
Change (7d)
+4.46%
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85
Dai
85
Market Cap
$85,060,124
€75,828,039
Price
$1.01
€0.90
Volume (24 hr)
$43,645,975
€38,908,815
Change (24 hr)
+1.67%
Change (7d)
+0.08%
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86
TrueChain
86
Market Cap
$84,614,044
€75,430,375
Price
$1.06
€0.95
Volume (24 hr)
$55,603,926
€49,568,899
Change (24 hr)
+1.47%
Change (7d)
+5.89%
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87
Cryptonex
87
Market Cap
$84,365,282
€75,208,612
Price
$1.52
€1.35
Volume (24 hr)
$14,262,555
€12,714,554
Change (24 hr)
+4.81%
Change (7d)
+0.82%
88
Nash Exchange
88
Market Cap
$83,143,721
€74,119,634
Price
$2.30
€2.05
Volume (24 hr)
$1,724,024
€1,536,905
Change (24 hr)
+5.43%
Change (7d)
+40.28%
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89
Grin
89
Market Cap
$78,526,445
€70,003,499
Price
$5.96
€5.31
Volume (24 hr)
$54,183,029
€48,302,220
Change (24 hr)
+23.09%
Change (7d)
+100.43%
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90
Waltonchain
90
Market Cap
$77,233,039
€68,850,474
Price
$1.85
€1.65
Volume (24 hr)
$7,811,737
€6,963,882
Change (24 hr)
-1.53%
Change (7d)
-15.09%
91
Project Pai
91
Market Cap
$76,654,261
€68,334,514
Price
$0.05
€0.05
Volume (24 hr)
$1,436,537
€1,280,621
Change (24 hr)
-0.29%
Change (7d)
+1.74%
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92
Nebulas
92
Market Cap
$73,945,262
€65,919,539
Price
$1.52
€1.36
Volume (24 hr)
$8,647,741
€7,709,150
Change (24 hr)
-3.68%
Change (7d)
-16.75%
93
Energi
93
Market Cap
$73,634,610
€65,642,604
Price
$4.29
€3.83
Volume (24 hr)
$533,709
€475,783
Change (24 hr)
+5.42%
Change (7d)
+66.47%
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94
MaidSafeCoin
94
Market Cap
$71,621,010
€63,847,552
Price
$0.16
€0.14
Volume (24 hr)
$614,975
€548,228
Change (24 hr)
-7.15%
Change (7d)
-17.36%
95
NULS
95
Market Cap
$71,475,820
€63,718,120
Price
$1.01
€0.90
Volume (24 hr)
$14,120,819
€12,588,202
Change (24 hr)
+5.34%
Change (7d)
+2.93%
96
Egretia
96
Market Cap
$71,474,547
€63,716,986
Price
$0.02
€0.02
Volume (24 hr)
$15,889,131
€14,164,588
Change (24 hr)
-3.18%
Change (7d)
+44.19%
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97
Horizen
97
Market Cap
$69,850,260
€62,268,992
Price
$10.44
€9.31
Volume (24 hr)
$3,252,148
€2,899,173
Change (24 hr)
+1.97%
Change (7d)
-0.46%
98
Santiment Network Token
98
Market Cap
$66,997,160
€59,725,556
Price
$1.07
€0.95
Volume (24 hr)
$55,718
€49,671
Change (24 hr)
-0.67%
Change (7d)
+18.4%
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99
Loopring
99
Market Cap
$64,918,649
€57,872,638
Price
$0.07
€0.06
Volume (24 hr)
$36,985,719
€32,971,437
Change (24 hr)
+3.22%
Change (7d)
+0.32%
100
Ark
100
Market Cap
$64,786,424
€57,754,764
Price
$0.57
€0.51
Volume (24 hr)
$680,446
€606,594
Change (24 hr)
+0.83%
Change (7d)
-6.05%
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Cryptocurrency Guide

*Visit our cryptocurrency learning guide for in-depth analysis on Bitcoin, Ethereum, blockchain technology, ICO's and much more.

Browse our interactive cryptocurrency chart to learn more about the biggest coins and tokens currently being traded. You can view live prices 24/7, see the latest cryptocurrency market capitalizations and other important data, or simply learn more about the blockchain technology that each coin is built on via our comprehensive review pages.

Learning About Cryptocurrencies

It can be overwhelming at first when you’re trying to learn about the technology behind some of the most popular cryptocurrencies being traded on the market today. It is exponentially more difficult for beginners who are just starting to explore this new decentralized digital economy. That is why one of our primary goals at World Crypto Index is to take our extensive knowledge of the cryptocurrency ecosystem and convert it into plain English via comprehensive, easy-to-understand articles.

You will find that we have taken the time to carefully review each cryptocurrency in full detail so that you will be in a better position to make an informed decision before buying a coin, or you can simply learn about a new technology you’re interested in. In this way, we hope to help those who are just beginning to learn about Bitcoin, altcoins and blockchain technology by making it easy to understand how each part of this new ecosystem works.

How Cryptocurrencies Work

A cryptocurrency is simply a digital currency that is built on a blockchain which is usually decentralized. This means there is no single person, entity, government or company that has control over the network. A decentralized blockchain is arguably the most important piece of any functioning cryptocurrency; it’s a secure public ledger containing all of the transactions that have ever been performed on the network.

In a nutshell cryptocurrencies are simply decentralized, digital currency payment networks that operate like a democracy in which all of the users have a say in any major decisions that can potentially affect or improve the network. Decentralized blockchains cannot be controlled or manipulated by any central authority, including governments and financial institutions.

Cryptography

Another important part of any usable digital currency is cryptography. Most cryptocurrencies are developed using advanced cryptographic technology, hence their name; which stems from the idea of “cryptographic currencies.” Cryptography might sound like an intimidating word and a concept that would be difficult to understand, and that is true. However, the only thing the average cryptocurrency enthusiast needs to understand is that this practice is essentially just the execution of advanced techniques that achieve secure communications in the presence of a third party.

When it comes to digital currencies, cryptography consists of building and analyzing mathematical, scientific and physical protocols meant to prevent third parties from reading or interfering with transactions and other sensitive data that is relayed across the network. It accomplished this by applying a complex mixture of of mathematical algorithms, computer science, communication science, electrical engineering and physics.

Bitcoin is the best example of how cryptography can be used to make digital currencies work. Bitcoin’s software utilizes several different forms of cryptography in order to assign public keys to coins on the network, run the Hashcash proof-of-work function using SHA256 and to perform other cryptographic hash functions. In short, cryptography is what makes Bitcoin transactions, wallets and mining possible.

Blockchain Technology

The decentralized blockchain technology on which many of today’s biggest cryptocurrency coins are built act as public ledgers where all of the transactions that have been performed within the network are stored for anyone to independently verify. Public ledgers are what make trustless peer-to-peer transactions possible, because the users of that digital currency know that all of the transactions on the network will be confirmed and displayed on the blockchain.

Today, virtually every cryptocurrency operates on a decentralized blockchain. On the blockchain of most cryptocurrencies, miners compete with one-another to confirm transactions on the network. With Bitcoin, for example, miners take pending transactions (“blocks”) from the blockchain (a chain of blocks) and turn them into complex mathematical puzzles. Then, they compete with one another to solve them. After confirming a transaction, the miner who solved that particular puzzle is rewarded with the currency of the network (for example, BTC).

Anonymous Cryptocurrencies

While most cryptocurrencies (including Bitcoin) are pseudonymous, there are also some fully anonymous coins. These types of cryptocurrencies work in a similar way as Bitcoin, with the major difference being that users are able to send completely anonymous digital transactions in which the sender and receiver’s personal information is never revealed.

Though Bitcoin was often referred to as an “anonymous digital currency” by some users during its early years, that is actually not the case. It is pseudonymous; when you send a Bitcoin transaction, you are identified via a cryptographic pseudonym. It is also possible for someones identity to be revealed by tracking previous payments they made or by monitoring their IP address nodes.

This still makes Bitcoin transactions more difficult to trace compared to traditional payment methods such as a check or credit card, but it’s still far from being completely anonymous.

Most Popular Anonymous Cryptocurrencies

The most popular fully anonymous cryptocurrency coins that are actively being traded in high volumes include Monero, Bytecoin, Komodo and Zcash.

As personal data privacy becomes increasingly important in the digital-driven world that we live in today, so too does financial privacy and security. This is one of the main reasons that anonymous digital currencies like Monero, Zcash and Komodo are gaining popularity within the cryptocurrency sphere. These innovative anonymous digital currencies are a promising new solution for those who want to transfer money or wealth anonymously.

Buying and Trading Cryptocurrencies

When Bitcoin was introduced to the world in 2009, it became the first usable cryptocurrency. The only problem with Bitcoin at the time was that there were not any viable options for people who wanted to buy BTC. Even if you managed to find somewhere or someone to buy Bitcoin from, storing it required a certain degree of coding skills, which many people do not have.

As cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin continued to gain more mainstream attention in the mid-2010’s, a number of big corporate exchanges opened. At first, the big exchanges, such as Coinbase, only offered Bitcoin in a single currency pair (BTC/USD for example). As time went on and demand continued to steadily increase, these exchanges began integrating additional cryptocurrencies into their platform. The biggest cryptocurrency exchange in the United States, Coinbase, now supports Bitcoin, Ethereum and Litecoin with plans to expand their offering again in 2018.

Cryptocurrency Accessibility

Since there are licensed Bitcoin exchanges located in a variety of countries throughout the world, all cryptocurrencies are now more accessible than ever before. More often than not, trading cryptocurrencies begins with owning Bitcoin. Now that exchanges are easy to access for a large portion of the global population, the cryptocurrency investment ecosystem has the potential to one day rival that of traditional stock markets like the NYSE.

Thanks to increasing mainstream awareness and the fact that purchasing Bitcoin is more accessible than ever before, there are now tens of millions of Bitcoin, Ethereum and altcoin owners worldwide.

Trading Altcoins with BTC

If you own Bitcoin, you can begin trading it for virtually any other altcoin on the market within just a few minutes by opening an account at any online cryptocurrency exchange. If you do not own Bitcoin, Ethereum or Litecoin, you will be able to easily buy them from exchange sites like Coinbase or peer-2-peer trading platforms like LocalBitcoins.

To start trading cryptocurrencies, you will first need to find a suitable cryptocurrency exchange with low fees and a good track record. For this, we reccomend Bittrex or Changelly. After you choose an exchange, you’ll need to create an account and locate your Bitcoin wallet address so that you can deposit some BTC into the account.

Once you have chosen a cryptocurrency you want to invest in, the next step is to place a trade on the exchange and wait for your order to get fulfilled. At this point, you now own a new cryptocurrency and can store it directly in your exchange wallet or transfer it to another personal wallet.

Legality of Buying and Owning Cryptocurrencies

Owning, buying and trading cryptocurrencies is legal in most countries around the globe, with a few exceptions. In recent years, many governments have begun to regulate certain aspects of the cryptocurrency market, including but not limited to Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs). There are only a few countries where owning or mining Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies is outright illegal.

The most notable countries where Bitcoin is completely illegal are Ecuador, Bangladesh, Bolivia and Napal. Before buying or selling cryptocurrencies, it’s important that you make sure owning them is legal in your country on a national level as well as on the state and local levels.

Storing Cryptocurrencies

Regardless of which Cryptocurrency you decide to invest in, coins and tokens are always stored within a digital wallet. A digital wallet is simply a random combination of numbers and/or letters which is unique for each user on the network. When you are looking for a safe place to securely store a cryptocurrency, you have several options to choose from:

Web-Based Wallets

The first option you have when deciding where to store your coins is at an online “web-based” wallet such as blockchain.info, for example. These types of crypto wallets are convenient if you plan on storing a small amount of crypto. For larger amounts, this is not as secure as some of the other options such as a hardware wallet.

Hardware Wallets

The second option you have is to store your digital currency on a hardware wallet. Hardware wallets are one of the best ways to store Bitcoin, Ethereum and other cryptocurrencies securely. Devices like the Trezor Hardware Wallet allow you to safely access your cryptocurrency by simply plugging in the device into your computer’s USB port.

Mobile Wallets

Mobile wallet apps are another popular option, especially in today’s mobile-driven world. These types of wallets are realistically only convenient for sending transactions when you’re away from your computer, because they are much less secure than hardware wallets, desktop wallets and even web-based wallets.

Desktop Wallets

A desktop wallet is the final choice you have for digital currency storage. They can be a great solution but generally will require a higher level of technological skills. However, if you are familiar with how the Bitcoin blockchain works it is much more customizable. For the average Bitcoin user, a desktop wallet is not as practical as other more user-friendly options.