2. Ethereum (ETH)
- Market cap: Over $557 billion
Because of its potential uses, including so-called “smart contracts” that automatically execute when certain conditions are fulfilled and non-fungible tokens, Ethereum—which is both a cryptocurrency and a blockchain platform—is a darling among programmers (NFTs).
Ethereum has also grown quite fast. Its price increased by more than 42,000% from roughly $11 to over $4,700 in a little more than five years.
3. Binance Coin (BNB)
- Market cap: Over $104 billion
You can trade and pay fees on Binance, one of the biggest cryptocurrency exchanges in the world, using the Binance Coin cryptocurrency.
Binance Coin has grown since it was introduced in 2017, and it now does more than just enable transactions on Binance’s exchange platform. Now, it may be utilized for trading, processing payments, or even making trip plans. Additionally, it may be sold or converted into other cryptocurrencies like Ethereum or Bitcoin.
It cost only $0.10 in 2017; by November 30, 2021, it had increased to about $628, a gain of roughly 627,000%.
4. Tether (USDT)
- Market cap: Over $73 billion
Tether is a stablecoin, which means it is backed by fiat currencies like U.S. dollars and the Euro and theoretically maintains a value equal to one of those denominations, in contrast to some other types of cryptocurrencies. As a result, investors who are cautious of the severe volatility of other coins choose Tether since its value is theoretically expected to be more stable than that of other cryptocurrencies.