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Bitcoin Cash logo

Bitcoin Cash

BCH

378.54

0.00

Market Cap

$7.469907B

24h Volume

$348.148M

Volume/Market Cap (24h)

4.66

Circulating Supply

19.733578M BCH

Total Supply

19.733578M BCH

Is Crypto Cash King? Explaining the Bitcoin Cash Cryptocurrency 

When the pseudonymous Satoshi Nakamoto first described Bitcoin (BTC) in 2008, they used the phrase “electronic cash system” to describe its primary use case. Although BTC works as a peer-to-peer (P2P) virtual currency, some crypto traders complain of slow confirmation speeds and high transaction fees, especially during high traffic. This increased frustration over Bitcoin’s scalability led to many intense debates and different proposed solutions, including a new blockchain called Bitcoin Cash (BCH). 

Despite their shared name, vision, and history, Bitcoin and Bitcoin Cash are distinct entities in the decentralized web. Traders must understand the nuances between BTC and BCH before buying, transferring, and using these crypto assets. 

A brief history of Bitcoin Cash

The idea for Bitcoin Cash emerged in 2017 as Bitcoin gained increased media attention following a major price surge. Those favoring the Bitcoin Cash model proposed increasing Bitcoin’s average storage capacity from 1 megabyte (MB) per block to 8 MB to process more transactions per second (TPS). Developers opposing this idea favored using an upgrade called “Segregated Witness” (SegWit) to re-arrange data storage on Bitcoin’s blockchain rather than introducing a block size increase.  

As most of the Bitcoin community moved forward with SegWit, a group of programmers who believed in increasing BTC’s storage capacity created the separate blockchain “Bitcoin Cash” based on Bitcoin’s code. 

Initially, Bitcoin Cash had a data capacity of 8 MB per block, but it jumped to 32 MB capacity following a 2018 upgrade. This increased storage size aims to give Bitcoin Cash faster average speeds and lower transaction fees compared with Bitcoin. Bitcoin Cash reportedly can process 200 TPS, with average fees of a few cents, compared to Bitcoin’s 7 TPS and average fees of a few dollars.

How does Bitcoin Cash work? 

Bitcoin Cash is a “hard fork” upgrade of the Bitcoin blockchain, which means it uses the same coding architecture on BTC but introduces backward-incompatible upgrades. The defining difference between Bitcoin and Bitcoin Cash is the latter’s larger block size, which requires computers on the network (aka nodes) to change their software if they want to process BCH transactions. 

Besides the block size increase, Bitcoin Cash shares most of the features on Bitcoin, including a Proof-of-Work (PoW) consensus algorithm where nodes compete every 10 minutes to solve algorithmic puzzles, post new transactions, and receive BCH rewards.  

Bitcoin Cash FAQs

How do traders distinguish Bitcoin versus Bitcoin Cash?

Besides their name differences, there are a few telltale signs traders use to confirm they’re looking at the Bitcoin Cash coin price rather than Bitcoin. First, the ticker for Bitcoin Cash is BCH, while Bitcoin’s is BTC. The globally recognized symbol for Bitcoin is an orange circle with a “₿” tilted to the right, while Bitcoin Cash has a green color with a “₿” tilted to the left. It’s also more likely to find Bitcoin higher on a crypto exchange’s list of supported coins versus a Bitcoin Cash price chart due to BTC’s larger market cap and higher liquidity. 

Where do traders buy Bitcoin Cash? 

Bitcoin Cash isn’t as widely accessible as Bitcoin, but it’s often available on cryptocurrency exchanges like Coinbase. Many Bitcoin ATMs also include Bitcoin Cash price conversions for crypto traders who want to purchase BCH. 

Does Bitcoin Cash work on Bitcoin wallets? 

Although their stories are intertwined, Bitcoin and Bitcoin Cash use incompatible coding standards. Therefore, when traders send BCH to a BTC wallet—or vice versa—they lose their cryptocurrency. 

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