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"Altcoin" is a colloquial term used for cryptocurrencies other than bitcoin. The term refers to these cryptocurrencies being considered "alternative coins," as they are not as well-established as bitcoin. They may also have features or benefits that bitcoin does not.[1][2]

Some examples of altcoins include TRON, Ripple, and Ethereum.[3]


  1. Goldman-backed startup Circle buys major crypto exchange Poloniex. Reuters.
  2. Altcoin News. Cointelegraph.
  3. Ripple Fever? Other Crypto Assets Are Outpacing Its 2018 Gains. Coindesk.