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12 cryptocurrency alternatives to Bitcoin

Namecoin

Market cap: $26.9 million

Price: $3.30

Year created: 2011

Namecoin was created to explore the record-keeping side of the cryptocurrency technology. It acts as a peer-to-peer, decentralized domain name system for dot-bit domains. People can purchase dot-bit domains with Namecoin, and then Namecoin tracks the transaction in the "block chain," or public ledger.

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