DescriptionLitecoin was the second digital currency introduced to the public, and it quickly gained the number two spot in the industry; as Bitcoin prices rise—and it becomes less accessible to some investors—Litecoin has picked up some of that slack. One of its standout features is the ease with which its data blocks can be mined, using the Scrypt method as opposed to the more space- and time-consuming SHA-256 mining protocol employed by other currencies. The current block reward for successful mining of data blocks is 50 Litecoins, which is larger than that of most other currencies, as well (this block reward is designed to be reduced over time, much like other currencies). Their data blocks are also larger, and contain more transaction information, than those of most of their competitors. Scrypt, in theory, also allows for much faster block data verification than SHA-256.
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