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In this new financial world, it's well worth finding out what the top cryptocurrency performers are, whether you're thinking of investing or not. 

This top currencies as of 10 years ago, are now legit asset this time. It's pretty easy to find out what the top cryptocurrency is at any given time. 

However, the market moves so quickly that it's a lot harder to keep up with what's happening. 

What is the top cryptocurrency by value?

1. Bitcoin (BTC)
Bitcoin market cap: $839 billion - Bitcoin value: $45,000.

Bitcoin has been around since 2008 and is the blue chip cryptocurrency. It has the largest market cap, the highest coin value, and the largest network of users. 

Bitcoin was created by an unknown person or group who goes by the name of Satoshi Nakamoto. 

Like all cryptos, Bitcoin started out worth virtually nothing. In 2017 it took off from under $1,000 to over $20,000, but within a year was down around $4,000. 

In late 2020 it began skyrocketing again, this time from around $10,000 to a high of more than $60,000.

It's currently trading at $45,000 as of early Monday (May 17).

2. Ethereum (ETH)
Ethereum market cap: $403 billion - Ether value: $3,510 

Ethereum is another contender for top cryptocurrency. But it doesn’t compete with Bitcoin. 

Ethereum, are unique technologies that also have a coin component, its currency is called Ether, and it can be used in applications run on the Ethereum platform. 

Ethereum was founded by Vitalik Buterin in 2015 with bigger and broader ambitions. The blockchain it runs on is programmable, meaning it can run programs, or apps, in a decentralized way, i.e., on millions of computers at once.  

In the past year, Ethereum’s price has shot up from around $200 to well over $3,000. In fact, it recently passed $4,000 for the first time in early May and reached an all-time high of more than $4,350 recently before dipping back to around $3,5 00.

3. BinanceCoin (BNB)
BinanceCoin market cap: $81.7 billion - BinanceCoin value: $537 

BinanceCoin was launched in 2017 by the Binance cryptocurrency exchange, the world’s largest crytpo exchange by volume. 

During its initial coin offering (ICO), it sold 100 million coins to the public at $0.15 per coin. 

BinanceCoin can be used to pay transaction fees on the Binance exchange, to trade for other cryptocurrencies, and to pay for some goods and services. 

Since launching in 2017, BinanceCoin has made a long, slow climb to about $60 a coin, before shooting upwards in February 2021. As of today (Monday, May 17) it was trading in the $530 range. 

4. Cardano (ADA)
Cardano market cap: $69.5 billion - Cardano value: $2.21 

Cardano, founded in 2017, is another Ethereum-like contender for the top cryptocurrency crown.

Also, is a blockchain platform that supports applications, systems, and real-life business use cases. 

What makes Cardano unique is that it is the first blockchain platform to evolve out of a scientific philosophy and a research-first driven approach. 

Cardano was cruising along at about $0.10 from its founding in 2017 until early 2021, when it jumped to well over a dollar and was recently trading at well over $2. 

5. Dogecoin (DOGE)
Dogecoin market cap: $65.2 billion -  Dogecoin value: $0.50 

Dogecoin Launched in 2013 by software developers Billy Markus and Jackson Palmer as a satire of Bitcoin and the exploding popularity of crypto, it’s basically a Bitcoin clone with a cute dog meme for a mascot. 

In early 2021, Dogecoin crossed the $0.05 threshold for the first time, then went to the moon in April, recently trading at an all-time high of $0.70. 

6. Tether (USDT)
Tether market cap: $58.1 billion - Tether value: $1 

Tether is unique among the options in our top cryptocurrency list.

It's the leader in the category of cryptocurrency known as stable coins. Why stable? Because they are pegged to a traditional currency, in this case the US dollar. 

Tether was launched in 2015 and operates on the Ethereum platform. USD Coin is another stable coin, and many crypto folks think it’s a safer bet than Tether, citing a greater transparency. 

7. XRP/Ripple (XRP)
XRP/Ripple market cap: $50.4 billion - XRP value: $1.45 

XRP’s claim to fame is that it's the fastest digital asset, enabling near real-time global payments anywhere in the world. 

XRP was launched in 2012 by a trio of developers, who then created a private company called OpenCoin, now called Ripple Labs, and gifted it 80 billion XRP. 

Buyer beware - In late 2020, the US Securities and Exchange Commission filed suit against Ripple and its two cofounders, claiming they raised over $1.3 billion through an unregistered, ongoing digital asset securities offering (aka XRP). The lawsuit is still unsettled. 

Aside from a blip of a spike in December 2017-January 2018, XRP didn’t crack the $0.60 threshold until 2020. As of May 17, 2021, it was trading at $1.45. 

8. Polkadot (DOT)
Polkadot market cap: $37 billion - Polkadot value: $40 

Polkadot’s is one of the loftiest: to enable a completely decentralized web where users are in control. 

Launched in 2020, Polkadot is the flagship project of the Swiss Web3 foundation. If Web 1.0 was commerce, and Web 2.0 was social, think of Web3 as decentralization.

This crypto was trading at about a nickel until late 2020, when it took off (stop us if you’ve heard this one before) and was recently trading at $40. 

9. Internet Computer (ICP)
Internet Computer market cap: $26.9 billion - Internet Computer value: $220 

Internet Computer only officially launched on May 10, 2021, but it immediately jumped into the Top 10 list of the biggest cryptocurrencies by market cap. 

According to CoinMarketCap, it's "the world’s first blockchain that runs at web speed with unbounded capacity" and also "the third major blockchain innovation, alongside Bitcoin and Ethereum." 

ICP enjoyed a stellar launch on the open market, jumping from $0 to $488 in a day. It then fell back sharply and is currently trading at around $220. 

10. Bitcoin Cash (BCH)
Bitcoin Cash market cap: $20.5 billion - Bitcoin Cash value: $1,115 

Don't be confused by the name, because Bitcoin Cash is a completely different cryptocurrency to Bitcoin.

Bitcoin Cash was created by a group of developers intent on bringing down the cost of Bitcoin transactions.

Bitcoin Cash has a lot of catching up to do to Bitcoin in terms of the size of its network. 

After reaching a high of nearly $4,000 back in 2018, it then dropped considerably and settled to around $300-400 for the next couple of years. 

A big jump in recent weeks has seen it climb back to more than $1,500, although it's currently at around $1,115.

Source: https://www.tomsguide.com

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