Litecoin (LTC) price has declined today.
Litecoin price today is $76.44 with a 24-hour trading volume of $441,529,501. LTC price is down -2.2% in the last 24 hours. It has a circulating supply of 72 Million LTC coins and a total supply of 84 Million. If you are looking to buy or sell Litecoin, MEXC Global is currently the most active exchange.
What is Litecoin (LTC)?
Litecoin is a peer-to-peer cryptocurrency created by Charlie Lee. It was created based on the Bitcoin protocol but differs in terms of the hashing algorithm used. Litecoin uses the memory intensive Scrypt proof of work mining algorithm. Scrypt allows consumer-grade hardware such as GPU to mine those coins.
Litecoin is a cryptocurrency that has evolved from Bitcoin after its own popularity in the industry, this alternative, or ‘altcoin’ has emerged to allow investors to diversify their digital currency package, according to Investopedia. Litecoin is one of the most prominent altcoins and was created by former Google employee and Director of Engineering at Coinbase, Charlie Lee. Litecoin was the first to alter Bitcoin and the most significant difference is that it takes 2.5 minutes for Litecoin to generate a block, or transaction, in comparison to Bitcoin's 10 minutes.
‘While this matters little to traders, miners who use hardware to run Bitcoin's network cannot switch over to Litecoin. This keeps bigger mining conglomerates away from Litecoin because they cannot easily optimize their profits by swapping to another coin, contributing to a more decentralized experience. Litecoin also has bigger blocks, and more coins in circulation, making it more affordable and swift when transacting,’ Investopedia explained.
As explained above, Litecoin can transact a lot faster than Bitcoin, but there are also a number of other characteristics that investors need to know before trading. Litecoin can handle higher volumes of transactions because of the capability of transacting faster and if Bitcoin attempted to transact on the scale of its altcoin, a code update would be needed. However, Litecoin’s blocks would be larger, but with more ‘orphaned blocks'. The faster block time of litecoin reduces the risk of double spending attacks - this is theoretical in the case of both networks having the same hashing power.
Litecoin Technical Details:
The transaction confirmation time taken for Litecoin is about 2.5 minutes on average (as compared to Bitcoin's 10 minutes). The Litecoin network is scheduled to cap at 84 million currency units.
Litecoin has inspired many other popular alternative currencies (eg. Dogecoin) because of its Scrypt hashing algorithm in order to prevent ASIC miners from mining those coins. However it is said that by the end of this year, Scrypt ASIC will enter the mass market.
Litecoin in 2022 and beyond
Litecoin was launched in 2011. Over the last 11 years trading in the market, it has been underperforming against bitcoin in terms of price despite it being the silver to bitcoin's gold. This is most likely due to the proliferation of newer alternative cryptocurrencies with new utility such as smart contract, DeFi, GameFi, governance and more. Litecoin tends to hold value quite well and experience lower volatility as a mature cryptocurrency, especially when compared to meme coins.
Market watchers are observing what will the price of Litecoin be in 2025. Based on historical performance, Litecoin tracks the overall cryptocurrency market. As bitcoin price and the overall crypto market cap goes up, Litecoin tends to follow accordingly.
Where can Litecoin be traded?
What is the 24 hour trading volume of Litecoin?
The 24 hour trading volume of Litecoin is $441,529,501.
What is the highest price for Litecoin?
The all-time high price of Litecoin is $410.26 on May 10, 2021 (over 1 year).
What is the lowest price for Litecoin?
The all-time low price of Litecoin is $1.15 on Jan 14, 2015 (almost 8 years).