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A Brief History Of Litecoin

Litecoin is one of the most popular cryptocurrencies currently in circulation. In this blog, we’re going to take a quick look back through the history of LTC, from its beginnings to its present-day outlook.

Early days

Litecoin was first created in 2011, by Charlie Lee, a developer who previously worked for Google. Its establishment came just two years after Satoshi Nakamoto announced the release of Bitcoin, which is why many have labelled Litecoin as being the ‘silver’ to the more popular Bitcoin’s ‘gold’. Litecoin’s USPs are its speed of transaction – it processes blocks in 2.5 minutes, compared to Bitcoin’s 10 minutes – and cheaper fees.

Increasing popularity

2013 was the year in which Litecoin really started to take off. In November of that year, LTC grew in value by 100% over a period of just 24 hours and reached a $1 billion market capitalisation. This progression established it as the second most valuable cryptocurrency, after its rival Bitcoin.

More milestones

In May 2017, Litecoin was the subject of the first Lightning Network transaction when 0.00000001 LTC was sent from Zürich to San Francisco in under one second.

Litecoin had a stellar year in 2017 – the year in which cryptocurrencies started to reach a wider audience. Between January and December 2017, its price rose from $4 to $350, a return of over 8000%.


Although it has now grown its market capitalisation to over $9 billion, Litecoin has, in recent months, been superceded by cryptocurrencies such as Ethereum and XRP. A crash in the market in March 2018 is partly to blame for this decrease in valuation. Despite this, Litecoin is currently the world’s seventh most valuable cryptocurrency – a strong position to hold in what is becoming a gradually more saturated market.

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Robert is a keen investor with a particular interest in cryptocurrencies. He has been involved in the industry for many years, and because of this, has gathered a lot of knowledge surrounding this area. He studied English at university level and has a passion for writing. He loves being able to combine his two mains interests on a daily basis.