All Terms in: Coins & Tokens
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    Bitcoin (BTC)
    Bitcoin (BTC), conceived in a white paper by Satoshi Nakamoto in 2008, was the first modern cryptocurrency that paved the way for the larger cryptocurrency ecosystem. It is still the largest cryptocurrency by market cap. Its primary use cases are as a form of digital currency and as a digital store of value.
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    Bitcoin Cash (BCH)
    Bitcoin Cash (BCH) forked from the Bitcoin network in August of 2017. Its developer team forked it with the intention of focusing more exclusively on the use case of a cheap, fast, convenient form of widely accepted digital cash.
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    Bitcoin SV (BSV)
    Bitcoin SV (BSV, “Satoshi Vision”) forked from Bitcoin Cash’s blockchain in November 2018. Its creation was the result of a disagreement over Bitcoin Cash’s direction: the Bitcoin SV developers believe that their version of the cryptocurrency best reflects Satoshi Nakamoto’s original vision of what Bitcoin should be, as outlined in the Bitcoin white paper, Nakamoto’s forum posts, and Nakamoto’s emails. Bitcoin SV rejected certain updates adopted by the main Bitcoin Cash chain, including the introduction of code supporting smart contracts and canonical transaction ordering.
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    Ethereum (ETH)
    Ethereum (ETH), the second-largest cryptocurrency by market cap, was proposed by Vitalik Buterin in a 2013 white paper. Ethereum is also a powerful blockchain intended to function as a type of global, decentralized computer, with a complete programming language and a system of smart contracts that allow developers to create new decentralized applications, tokens and ICOs.
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    Ethereum Classic
    Ethereum Classic was created in the wake of the DAO hack, which resulted in the theft of 3.6 million ETH. While the majority of Ethereum stakeholders voted to rewrite the blockchain to erase the results of the hack, a vocal minority argued that doing so would undermine the entire concept of blockchain by violating its immutability. This minority refused to accept the revised code and became the Ethereum Classic currency. From these beginnings, Ethereum Classic has developed into something like a more conservative version of Ethereum, focused on immutability above all else.
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    Litecoin (LTC)
    Litecoin (LTC) is a “clone” of Bitcoin released in 2011 by Charles Lee, but with a larger pool of total coins, shorter block processing times, and a different hashing algorithm. Lee believed that BTC was better suited to be a store of value, like gold, rather than a true currency. He created LTC to be the digital equivalent of silver: it’s in the same asset class as Bitcoin’s digital gold, but LTC is designed to be less valuable and easier to transact with.