Top 10 Cryptocurrencies Attempting to Catch Bitcoin’s Market Cap

When most people think of cryptocurrencies, it is likely that they think of Bitcoin. The cryptocurrency has become the biggest talking point in finance, with many speculating that it is either the future or a giant fad. Based on CoinMarketCap’s most recent data, Bitcoin has at least 17 million coins in circulation, and a total market capitalization of around $142 million. Yet it isn’t the only cryptocurrency.


Altcoins, Market cap

There are approximately 1,600 cryptocurrencies in circulation today, each with a distinct quality. Some are known as StableCoins, while others are known for their volatility. In this list, you will find cryptocurrencies that are gaining traction in terms of prices and popularity, which could lead them to catch up with Bitcoin.


Bitcoin Cash

While Bitcoin Cash has the same technology as Bitcoin, it has two main differences. The first is that Bitcoin Cash’s value is much lower compared to Bitcoin. As of this writing, it sells for about $1,197. Second, it is projected to beat Bitcoin in terms of popularity in the next few years because the former has lower fees per transaction. Bitcoin Cash’s market cap is currently at $20.5 million. 



Ethereum is one of Bitcoin’s biggest competitors not only in terms of popularity but also market capitalization. In fact, its market cap is the closest one to Bitcoin at $68.5 million. FXCM notes that Ethereum is only behind Bitcoin Cash in terms of aggregate market value. From January 2017, to January 2018, Ethereum’s prices appreciated to over 6,000%. With a huge market cap and value of only $690 per ether, this cryptocurrency isn’t going anywhere soon. 



Ripple works with over 75 financial institutions, making it one of the most progressive cryptocurrencies in the world. It has a really low value at $0.88 per coin but a huge market cap of $26.3 million. Ripple is usually used as an entry point by investors who want to get exposure from the cryptocurrency market due to its cheap price. 



LiteCoin was created in 2011 to complement Bitcoin as well as eliminate its flaws. The fees associated with using LiteCoin are about 1/50th of Bitcoin’s dues, and its speed is 4 times faster than Bitcoin transactions. It costs about $133 per coin and has a market cap of about $7.5 million. What makes LiteCoin different from other cryptocurrencies is that it can be withdrawn from Bitcoin ATMs. 



Just as the name implies, Dash offers instant transactions to users. In addition to its speed, Dash has a self-governing and self-funding mechanism that encourages the creation of independent entities within its networks, and it is because of these reasons that Dash may catch up to Bitcoin’s market cap. As of this writing, Dash currently sells at $378 per coin, and has a total market cap of $3.05 million.


SALT Lending

Unlike other cryptocurrencies in the list, SALT works by allowing investors to deposit different altcoins in exchange for real money. Similar to how mutual funds work, but instead of bonds and stocks cryptocurrencies are the assets. Each SALT costs about $2.70, and it has a current market cap of $159 million.



IOTA specializes in selling data. Major companies around the world demand information about consumer trends, and IOTA is capitalizing on them through cryptocurrency investments. While an IOTA only costs $2.28, its market cap has grown to $4.7 million, making it one of the cryptocurrencies to watch out this year. 



Monero is one of the most difficult cryptocurrencies to keep track of because of its volatility. However, its prices have slowly gained traction over the years, piquing the curiosity of investors who are trying to diversify their portfolio with cryptocurrencies. One Monero costs approximately $195, and it has a total market cap of $3.1 million. Its market cap is expected to increase more in the next few years. 



OmiseGO may not have a mainstream status just yet but this cryptocurrency based on Ethereum technology is slowly gaining traction. The purpose of OmiseGO is to allow businesses to process payments faster and with less hassle. Its market cap is predicted to jump in the next few years due to McDonald’s, and other globally recognized companies, investing money into OmiseGO. Each OmiseGO now costs about $12.3, and its current market cap stands at $1.3 million. 



Decred is one of the fastest-rising cryptocurrencies in the world, and it was built to be self-governing. It’s one of the few cryptocurrencies in the market that actually allows owners to contribute to its growing number of rules. Decred currently sells at $113 per coin, and its market cap is currently at $810,000. Despite its market cap not hitting millions yet, Decred may catch up to Bitcoin’s market cap because the cryptocurrency is constantly changing its rules in order to adapt to the ever-changing economy. 

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  • Ian June 2018 - Reply

    I would bet most of my money on Ripple. Because it works with many financial institutions it seems like the most secure one of the bunch and I think it will grow at a good yearly rate.

  • Sandra Morrison June 2018 - Reply

    I just do not see it happening. Bitcoin has a great jump start and even with some of the ones like Ripple, Stellar and Cardano, the overall volume is not going to go up without some traction from consumers.

  • April Ledonne June 2018 - Reply

    Litecoin has survived a few of the worst downturn’s in the market up to this point, but I am not sure the volume is going to be there to see it get even close to the Bitcoin market cap.

  • Ethan Martinez July 2018 - Reply

    I had no idea there were so many options out there competing for cryptocurrency. It always surprises me the more I read about this. Thanks for the article!

  • Oliver Williams July 2018 - Reply

    I know some people think it is just a fad but, For 17 million coins out there it sure sounds like the future to me.

  • Ben Amstutz July 2018 - Reply

    17 million coins in circling?!? Thats a crazy number for how fresh BTC seems! I will have to become a part of this trend in investing.

  • Josh Sprunger July 2018 - Reply

    Since Ripple works with over 75 financial institutions, I think that they can be trusted pretty well. I might have to check them out and look into them more.

  • Kody Tyson August 2018 - Reply

    I own some Ethereum and really see its market cap growing in the future. I know a lot of friends who are trying to get in and buy what they can. I foresee some pretty substantial growth in the future.

  • Yasin Fletcher August 2018 - Reply

    What are the odds any of these catch Bitcoin market cap? Some seem close while others appear to be more far off. It’ll be interesting to watch and see if any manage to do it.

  • Mark Bates November 2018 - Reply

    You have to admire the gusto that some of these companies have. Bitcoin is just too big and too fast. It’s like trying to catch Usain Bolt in the 50m dash. That is just not going to happen.

  • James Aaron November 2018 - Reply

    If I had to choose one or two, Cardano and Ethereum are likely to get CLOSE, but not really catch Bitcoin.

  • Stephanie Ricciardi November 2018 - Reply

    Coin Market Cap is a fun website to watch. As the news hits the web, there are many times that you can literally watch the graphs changing.

  • Thomas Coffman December 2018 - Reply

    There is a lot of room between the Bitcoin marketshare and just about anyone else. However, with the recent downturn in Bitcoin’s price, that leaves a window open for companies that are a bit smaller and possibly looking for a place to grown.

  • Isidro Escobar December 2018 - Reply

    The technology that is creating this fast paced industry is growing each week and as long as companies can keep up with it, Bitcoin is not that far ahead.

  • Crystal Rivera December 2018 - Reply

    5 years ago, Bitcoin had a major grip on the market share, but I do not think it is that way any more. The prices keep coming down and even though there is only one other direction to go, that does not mean that consumers are just going to jump on board to fill the gap.

  • William Davis January 2019 - Reply

    Since BitCoin has been coming down like a rock lately, it might not be as hard to catch the market cap now 🙂

  • Christopher Wood January 2019 - Reply

    It is going to take years before any other cryptocurrency can get the market cap that BitCoin has. There is just so much there and it has been on the market for so long, it will be a tough catch.

  • Debra Stewart January 2019 - Reply

    CoinMarketCap is a great resource for things like this. Even though BitCoin has been coming down, the others on the market are also going to be coming down. That will make catching up to BitCoin a very difficult game.

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