19 Weird, Gimmicky, Straight-Up Silly Cryptocurrencies

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Thanks to the exploding price of Bitcoin, cryptocurrencies are enjoying a frenzied moment in the sun.

The coins with the highest market cap (Bitcoin, Ether, Bitcoin Cash, Litecoin, Ripple, and others) deservedly get the most attention, but there are blockchain-based digital tokens for just about everything. While there are plenty of cryptocurrencies out there with tangible utility and unique value, in this story we salute the dregs: the weirdest, wackiest, and most ridiculous coins that have popped up over the past several years.

Fans of CryptoKitties—the Beanie Babies of blockchain—are only just realizing the frivolous wonders to behold within decentralized networks, but the cryptocurrency landscape is already littered with the bones of hundreds of dead coins that were too niche, too dumb, or blatant scams. The Cryptocurrency Market Capitalizations website lists more than 1,300 active coins, but the further down the list you go, the more obscure they get.

Below are 19 of the most out-of-the-box and straight-up bizarre cryptocurrencies we’ve seen (so far). Honorable mention to some defunct and truly vaporware entries like Fonziecoin (FONZ), SelfiecoinPizzacoin, and the ill-fated 2016 President Johnson coin (GARY), which are still technically listed but do not seem to be active.

  • 1Dogecoin

    Let’s start with the original weird cryptocurrency: Dogecoin. The meme-turned-cryptocurrency has been around since late 2013, developing a passionate online community on sites like Reddit around the likeness of the famed Shiba Inu dog. Dogecoin has pulled some stunts—like sponsoring Olympic athletes and NASCAR drivers—but has somehow managed to stay relevant and still sits on a healthy market cap of more than $650 million as of December 2017. Much coin, very currency.
  • 2Venezuelan Petro

    The most recent entrant on our list is the “Petro,” a new cryptocurrency announced by Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro. The embattled leader said the coin would be backed by oil, gas, gold, and diamond reserves to prop up the country’s struggling, sanction-laden economy. Maduro gave no details as to when the coins would be rolled out or how exactly the Petro would fit into the current monetary and cryptocurrency landscapes. The Petro is actually ­not the first digital currency to emerge from Venezuela, however. That distinction goes to Bolivarcoin.

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