What is a crypto-currency?

This digital, independent and decentralized currency allows exchanges to be made from one person to another without an intermediary.

Indeed, cryptocurrency does not require the intervention of a trusted third party, i.e. a banking or financial institution. 

It is not backed by a central bank or a state.

La crypto-monnaie est une idée apparu en 2008.

The diversity of cryptocurrencies

According to CoinMarketCap, there are an estimated 19,650 cryptocurrencies in May 2022, worth €1,264 billion.

The most well-known crypto-currencies

Le bitcoin permet d'effectuer des paiements directs.

Bitcoin (BTC) : the first and most commonly traded cryptocurrency.

Ethereum (ETH) : a blockchain platform with its own cryptocurrency.

Ethereum, la plateforme blockchain avec sa propre crypto-monnaie.
Litecoin : monnaie similaire au Bitcoin.

Litecoin (LTC) : the most similar currency to bitcoin. It allows faster payments but also a greater number of transactions.

Ripple (XRP) : founded in 2012, this distributed ledger system can track different types of transactions, not just cryptocurrencies.

Ripple a été fondé en 2012.

Here is a non-exhaustive list of cryptocurrencies:

– Tether (USDT)
– USD Coin (USDC)
– Binance Coin (BNB)
– Cardano (ADA)
– Binance USD (BUSD)
– Solana (SOL)
– Polkadot (DOT)
– Dogecoin (DOGE)
– Avalanche (AVAX)
– Multi-collateral DAI (DAI)
– Polygon (MATIC)
– Uniswap (UNI)

– Tron (TRX)
– Wrapped Bitcoin (WBTC)
– Ethereum Classic (ETC)
– FTX Token (FTT)
– NEAR Protocol (NEAR)
– ChainLink (LINK)
– Cronos (CRO)
– Cosmos (ATOM)
– Stellar (XLM)
– Flow (FLOW)
– Monero (XMR)
– BitDAO (BIT)

– etc…