|Ledger||The Vertcoin peer-to-peer network regulates and distributes through consensus in protocol.|
|Date of introduction||8 January 2014|
Vertcoin (VTC) is a peer-to-peer cryptocurrency and software project. Vertcoin is currently the 14th-largest cryptocurrency by market capitalization, which is $4,608,294 USD as of 17 May 2014[update].
A 2014 International Business Times article mentions Vertcoin as a potential Bitcoin successor. The article notes that it "hopes to offer an alternative. By taking the foundations of Bitcoin and making some adjustments, Vertcoin punishes miners who use powerful machines and work together in 'pools' to monopolise the mining market."
The Vertcoin Wallet can be downloaded from Vertcoin's official website.
Cryptocurrencies have the ability to merge mine with another cryptocurrency, meaning a miner is able to mine for more than one blockchain at the same time. The benefit is that every "hash" that a miner submits contributes to the total hash rate of both currencies, and as a result, they both become more secure.
Vertcoin developers announced plans to add merged-mining with a new cryptocurrency to be called monoclecoin, so that developers may "test new features regularly". They anticipated that this would end the proliferation of independent Scrypt-N-based cryptocurrencies, and that "new Scrypt-N coins will sidechain off of Vertcoin", which would improve Vertcoin's hashrate.
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