What Are Altcoins?

In the beginning, Bitcoin was created. It was the very first cryptocurrency. All other cryptocurrencies created after Bitcoin are called Altcoins (Alternative Coins).

As of this writing, there are over 5,430 Altcoin cryptocurrencies! That number increases each day. What is one of the best ways to see how many cryptocurrencies there are? Just visit the CoinMarket Cap website and look up in the upper left-hand corner.

The Major Altcoins are …

  • Ethereum
  • XRP
  • Litecoin
  • EOS
  • Cardano
  • Stellar
  • Monero
  • Zcash
  • NEM

There are others.

Word of caution: Not all cryptocurrencies are legitimate. More than 90% of them are scams, so be careful.


A retired Information Technology Specialist and Foreign Service Officer with a large U.S. Government Federal Agency, Technical Instructor, Blogger, WordPress Instructor, Web Designer, Internet Marketer, and Cryptocurrency Investor and Mentor.

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