Bitcoin Forks and why they happened – Part 1

Bitcoin Forks and why they happened – Part 1

April 25, 2018 by Hitesh Malviya
Bitcoin Forks

Since it was introduced to the general public, there has hardly been a time when Bitcoin has not been the centre of some kind of controversy or speculation. All crypto enthusiasts would know that the original team has—at multiple occasions—parted ways because of differences launching their own modified Btc. In crypto terminologies, this has been named hard fork.

In this pool of multiple Bitcoins, understanding which one is which is sure to give you a headache. In this piece, we are going to list 13 hard Forks, across two parts, why they happened, and how they are currently performing in the market.

Let’s begin by looking at the current state of the coin.

Bitcoin (BTC): The first cryptocurrency introduced to the world by Satoshi Nakamoto with the aim of decentralising the financial landscape. It is primarily a consensus network powered by its users with zero central authority. BTC was launched in the year 2009.

Currently, the BTC stats look like this:

Maximum Supply21,000,000 BTC
Circulating Supply16,992, 787 BTC
Market Cap$150,849,218,396 USD
Current Price$8,877.25 USD

Now, let’s move on to understand how some of their more popular forks are doing.

CLAMS (CLAM)—May 2014

Occurring in May 2014, CLAM was a fork that was based on implementing the PoS algorithm on a decentralised network. CLAMS only exist in the network and therefore cannot be taxed. The network offers a block time of 1 minute.

Token Value Information

Maximum Supply16,670,163 CLAM
Circulating Supply2,973,719 CLAM
Market Cap$13,957,865 USD
ICO Price$23.72 USD
Current Price$0.573 USD

BitCore (BTX)—April 2017

BitCore is based on the BTC code but with a new genesis block. The network credits 0.5 BCX for every 1 BTC held at the fork block. The team created a new chain so as to keep their blockchain super-tiny with less than 400 MB in size.

The network wanted to solve the problems relating to transaction time and block size. The network claims to offer a 10 MB block size with 2.5-minute transaction speed—both better than the previous forks.

Token Value Information

Maximum Supply16,922,634 BTX
Circulating Supply14,315,284 BTX
Market Cap$130,836,828 USD
ICO Price$23.72 USD
Current Price$9.14 USD

Bitcoin Cash (BCH)—August 2017

Bitcoin Cash was created to deal with the increasing number of people becoming users of the orginal blockchain. The BTC community split over what the ideal size of a block should be. BCH was created to offer a two-time increase in the block size. The aim of Bitcoin Cash was to make the blockchain more scalable.

Token Value Information

Maximum Supply21,000,000 BCH
Circulating Supply17,087,400 BCH
Market Cap$20,373,477,894 USD
ICO Price$578.97 USD
Current Price$1,192.31 USD

Bitcoin Gold (BTG)—November 2017

Created on October 2017, Bitcoin Gold wanted to restore the GPU mining algorithm to make the blockchain decentralised again. This came from the motivation to alter the miner centralisation by changing the consensus mechanism making them resistant to the ASIC hardware.

Token Value Information

Maximum Supply17,058,661 BTG
Circulating Supply16,958,661 BTG
Market Cap$1,137,364,827 USD
ICO Price$539.72 USD
Current Price$66.89 USD

Bitcoin Diamond (BCD)—November 2017

The Bitcoin Diamond was created with the aim of implementing the PoS algorithm instead of PoW. The prime difference between Bitcoin Diamond and Bitcoin is that the hard-fork multiplied the original supply by a factor of 10. The network intended to solve the problems of slow transaction speeds (by allegedly implementing an 8MB block size) and a high threshold for new members.

Token Value Information

Maximum Supply156,238,250 BCD
Circulating Supply153,238,250 BCD
Market Cap$696,847,877 USD
ICO Price$66.18 USD
Current Price$74.44 USD

Bitcoin Private (BTCP)—February 2018

Bitcoin Private is basically a co-fork of Bitcoin and Zclassic which was created with the intention of adding privacy to the bitcoin blockchain. To achieve this, the Bitcoin Private network uses a larger block size, a shorter block time, and a GPU friendly PoW algorithm for mining—Equihash.

Token Value Information

Maximum Supply21,000,000 BTCP
Circulating Supply20,403,830 BTCP
Market Cap$1,069,023,986 USD
ICO Price$66.18 USD
Current Price$52.39 USD

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