The term altcoin originated when there was a much larger gap between bitcoin and the other cryptocurrencies in terms of adoption, market cap and trust.

At the time, cryptocurrencies other than bitcoin were referred to as altcoins (or alternative coins).

The term has stuck among cryptocurrency traders and is still used to refer to lower cap cryptocurrencies.

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XMXM

4.9 rating based on 1,168 ratings
4.9/5 1168
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DerivDeriv

4.9 rating based on 144 ratings
4.9/5 144
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FBSFBS

3.6 rating based on 99 ratings
3.6/5 99
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FXTMFXTM

3.9 rating based on 43 ratings
3.9/5 43
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LMFXLMFX

4.7 rating based on 92 ratings
4.7/5 92
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PrimeBitPrimeBit

3.9 rating based on 7,130 ratings
3.9/5 7130
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BinanceBinance

4.3 rating based on 7,662 ratings
4.3/5 7662
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bybitbybit

4.2 rating based on 3,323 ratings
4.2/5 3323
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XBTFXXBTFX

1.9 rating based on 4,449 ratings
1.9/5 4449
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BitMEXBitMEX

3.8 rating based on 6,911 ratings
3.8/5 6911