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7 of the Best Altcoins Other than Dogecoin to Consider in 2021

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Michael Caloca / ONE37pm

Let’s take a closer look at the impressive tech behind some of the world’s fastest growing altcoins. IMHO, these altcoins have better tech than dogecoin, and still have a lot of room to grow. Dogecoin’s stealing headlines, but there are tons of amazing projects going on in the crypto space right now with money to be made.


Back in March, I wrote about 10 altcoins to look out for 2021. Since writing that, I think most of the coins have popped by 100% or more. Here’s a few more medium-to-low cap projects worth mentioning.

Note: This article is not intended to be formal financial advice. Always do your own research before investing. Also, current prices reflect the price at time of writing, they may have fluctuated by the time you are reading this article.

1. Stellar (XLM)

Current price: $0.65

52 week range: $.069837-$0.875563 (↑380.67% YTD)

Market cap: $14.07B

Stellar is only a few years old but already lands near the top of the list. This coin is pretty similar to Ripple (it was created by Ripple’s co-founder) and has a similar goal of creating a decentralized protocol for digital to fiat transfers internationally.

Stellar effectively connects financial institutions through its blockchain and provides cheap alternatives to foreign exchange platforms. Its native cryptocurrency Lumen has grown over 380% this year. Even with a market cap of $14 billion, Stellar has solid legs and a lot of room to grow over the next few years.

2. Decentraland (MANA)

Current price: $1.12

52 week range: $0.03514-$1.63

Market cap: $1.9B

Decentraland is at the forefront of web 3.0 and digital ownership. Their platform enables users to experience virtual reality through the Ethereum network. You can use MANA to purchase avatars, wearables, names, etc on the Decentraland marketplace. It is one of two tokens offered in the virtual world. The other token, LAND, is non-fungible. MANA must be burned to acquire LAND. This cutting-edge tech is still in its early days, and has already outlived the NFT hype earlier this year.

3. Solana

Current price: $52.04

52 week range: $0.518-$49.90

Market cap: $11.4B

Solana is a Swiss project that launched in March 2020. Solana incorporates a hybrid consensus model with a combination of proof-of-work and proof-of-history. With Elon Musk’s recent tweet about the climate impact of Bitcoin, investors will flock to more efficient coins and tokens.

Proof-of-work is notoriously energy-inducive for miners, so enabling this hybrid model is a clear win for sustainability goals in crypto. While it’s already exploded with 1000+% growth, look for Solana to stay strong this year.

4. Origin Trail (TRAC)

Current price: $0.5123

52 week range: $0.0184-$0.904

Market cap: $185M

Origin Trail (TRAC) is a low-cap coin based on the Ethereum network. It was founded in 2011 and sat around the one cent mark for years before exploding to 90 cents in March. While it’s certainly come back to Earth, TRAC has serious real-world use. OriginTrail helps enterprises streamline their supply chain and logistics, making it easier to track items and protect data.

5. Harmony (ONE)

Current price: $0.1614

52 week range: $0.002783-$0.2233

Market cap: $1.01B

Founded in 2017 by a UPenn PHD, Harmony aims to facilitate the use and development of decentralized apps (dApps). The company was able to successfully reduce node validation times by rolling out a sharding process. ONE coins are also built on the proof-of-stake model, improving scalability and processing time.

6. Digibyte

Current price: $0.09959

52 week range: $0.01328-$0.1825

Market cap: $1.6B

Digibyte was one of those “Dogecoin before Dogecoin”. While it wasn’t based on a meme, Digibyte exploded from under a penny to as high as ten cents a coin in early 2018.

About the tech: Digibyte is a fork from Bitcoin, with the intention of creating enhanced security, capacity and speed for users. Their original founder Jared Tate built Digibyte in 2014 and was an early advocate of Bitcoin.

7. Zcash

Current price: $242.50

52 week range: $41.59-$370.14

Market cap: $3.51B

Zcash has an interesting story. This privacy coin made its mark in 2016 based on Bitcoin’s codebase with an initial price around $1600. It dropped heavily after launch to around $35, and after a brief stint around $880, it didn’t make another recovery until this year.

Former Coinbase CTO Balaji Srinivasan was once asked why he got into Bitcoin before the hype. He explained how very few assets could rebound after a massive drop. After Bitcoin’s first battle-test, he immediately bought in. I feel similarly about Zcash. It was able to withstand two major drops. Plus, there will always be users that crave anonymity in place of pseudonymous coins like ETH and BTC.

Final Thoughts

Not only do these trending altcoins have strong growth trajectories, but they also have more stable tech than Dogecoin. I’d be the first to admit the power of big names backing a coin, so I don’t think Dogecoin is going anywhere. But if you are part of the late majority on DOGE, there may be other more suitable bets to make.

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