What is Dogecoin?

Dogecoin: Definition and History

Dogecoin is a peer-to-peer open-source cryptocurrency altcoin. Running on a decentralized platform, it allows users to exchange it at its given rate. It uses the ticker symbol Doge and Shiba Inu dog as its logo. Dogecoin is a controversial coin that saw its rise through memes that went around the internet.

Billy Markus is the first who came up with the idea to buy a domain for Dogecoin. The software developer at IBM Jackson Palmer was working on building a crypto coin. He was on the verge to give up. Together, they found the idea by Marcus and they came together to create what was termed as a ‘fun currency.’ 

This altcoin was developed after crypto called Lucky coin. It uses Scrypt technology making it difficult to hack. It also uses proof-of-work making it relatively safe. Its and its market cap has been rising to make it a firm currency in the crypto market.

Dogecoin is used in tipping especially on the mainstream commercial applications of the currency this happens on Reddit and Twitter.  It is also used in the exchange with tangible resources this also occurs on Reddit or Twitter where many people share financial advice and information. Dogecoin has also been used in casino poker games and the pornography industry.

What is Dogecoin ? An low value altcoin

The controversies that do not weaken it

Controversies have weakened and strengthened his value. On 6th of December 2013 when it started, Dogecoin saw a major spike by 300% in 72 hours and its value moved higher than the founders expected. This spike happened two weeks later after it was launched. Unfortunately on the 25th of the same month a thief came and sent all coins to a static address. But Dogecoin fans started a donation campaign they named “Save Dogemas” whose aim was to raise money for those who had lost their coin in the theft and a month later they had raised enough to cover for every lost coin.

2015 saw the exit of Jackson Palmer, Palmer blamed it on a toxic community that came in with illegal dealings. Ryan Kennedy was in the spotlight. A British citizen who started a Dogecoin exchange known as Moolah was accused of buying $1.5 million worth of Bitcoin from proceedings of donations made in Dogecoin. Kennedy was later sentenced to 11 years in prison for multiple rape cases.

Ever since Dogecoin has been facing the normal highs and lows like any other cryptocurrency until 2017 when its value reached a peak of $0.017 and it had a market capitalization of $2 billion. In mid-2020 a Tiktok video brought a price spike of the Dogecoin, the video was about how it aimed to get its price at $1.

The beginning of 2021 brought the actual price rise of Dogecoin from pressure from Reddit users and tweets from Elon Musk and other celebrities like Calvin Cordozar Broadus Jr alias Snoop Dogg. It hits a market cap of $5.7 billion by February 2021.


Mining and Trading Dogecoin

Mining a Dogecoin takes a shorter time (1 minute) compared to Litecoin (2.5 minutes), but researchers have found that most Litecoin miners also prefer mining Dogecoin. This is because the process that is used in mining either the two is relatively similar. It is low priced and is unlimited in supply. In 2014 Jackson Palmer announced the removal of the limit to avoid inflation of the coin over time.

Dogecoin is not tradable in the forex market, but it can be traded for fiat currency or another digital currency. One can gain profit through this trade. Nevertheless, it is worth understanding that this is a cryptocurrency and its value increases and reduces through speculations. It advisable that one should stake what they can comfortable lose.

To go further you may want to learn more about Bitcoin.


This article is not investment advice. Do your own research before investing in the cryptocurrency market.

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