Crypto History

Welcome to our time machine. In this section you’ll find ancient crypto lore.

Cryptos that have gone away, the early beginnings, political ideas/movements that influenced cipherpunks and crypto hackers, interesting facts from the early days and other subjects that may help us better understand where cryptocurrencies came from and where we might be headed next.

ELI5 First, second and third generation cryptocurrencies by @Gal
Although the theoretical building blocks that form cryptocurrencies existed prior to 2009, it was only in January of that year that Bitcoin registered its first ever transaction o...
Bitcoin: The mother of all cryptocurrencies by @Gal
On January 12 2009, an individual or group using the pseudonym Satoshi Nakamoto, announced that the first Bitcoin transaction had taken place. Ten Bitcoins had been magically t...
ELI5 Antshares [ANS] [NEO] by @Gal
Antshares is Chinese project NEO's previous name. When originally released it was informally nicknamed "China's Ethereum" platform. Legendary ICO Antshares was one of the mo...
Alpereum Ethereum Mining Pool [Closed 2017] by Gal Crypto
Alpereum was an Ethereum mining pool that ran from May 2016 to late 2017. As of November 2017 Bitcointalk users reported that the pool had likely been shut down. No unfair p...
The alleged Craig's Wright vs David Kleiman email uses a unique subject string which is being used to pin it to March 2008 by @Gal
They say truth can be stranger than fiction, but nothing we've seen in the cryptocurrency Wild West is stranger than the story of David Kleiman vs. Dr. Craig S. Wright and the $11...
Early Bird Gets the Bitcoin! by @Gal
An 11 year old author has attracted the attention of the cryptocurrency world with a new book entitled Early Bird Gets The Bitcoin: The Ultimate Guide To Everything About Bitcoin ...
ELI5 Litecoin and Dogecoin by @Gal
Litecoin and Dogecoin were once the #2 and #3 cryptocurrencies by market cap, respectively. In early 2014, when Dogecoin had just been released, the meme fever pumped the cryptocu...
ELI5: What is Crypto Anarchism? by @Gal
Crypto Anarchism is a political ideology which advocates the use of strong cryptography as an instrument for the promotion of Anarchy, including unrestricted personal freedoms and...
Why are there so many cryptocurrencies? by @Gal
Why so many cryptocurrencies? Are all of them as complex as Bitcoin? Currently, the Crypto.BI cryptocurrency list has over 1993 entries. What's behind this crypto diversity? Pe...
Who is Satoshi Nakamoto? by @Gal
Who is Satoshi Nakamoto? We don't know and neither does anybody else. But we've got some ideas about who he might be, since there aren't too many people out there who possess the ...