March 29, 2019

Coin Profile: Ethereum Classic

Ethereum Classic

Ethereum Classic – A cryptocurrency which is:
Decentralized. Immutable. Unstoppable.”

Coin Market Cap Rank: 20

Current Market Cap: $554,466,115



Ethereum Classic is the result of a hard fork which was branched from the Ethereum blockchain after a major Ethereum project was hacked.

The History of Ethereum Classic

Ethereum Classic exists as an open-source blockchain-based project because of a hacking incident project based on Ethereum’s blockchain was hacked.

In May 2016, the Distributed Autonomous Organization (the DAO) raised over $160 million in Ether during a public crowd sale. The crypto project had hoped to invest the funds into different projects through the use of smart contracts.

One month later, a hacker took advantage of one of the security vulnerabilities in DAO’s system and 3.6 million Ether – which translated to approximately $50 million at the time – was stolen. In July, it was decided by the DAO and Ethereum community to create an Ethereum fork and move the Ether which was stolen in the attack to a new smart contract. Through this process, the Ether would be recovered and then reimbursed to the investors.

What happened with Ethereum?

Ethereum – in the sense as we know it today – continued to introduce the change and compensate the investors and thus the hard fork kept the original name. The original blockchain has become known as Ethereum Classic and still has a team of developers dedicated to working on the platform. Now, Ethereum Classic acts as a blockchain which differs from Ethereum in distinct features with a focus on immutability.

According to the Ethereum Classic website, the team and network of supporters have a vision fixed on the irreversible contracts made on the blockchain:

We believe in the original vision of Ethereum as a world computer you can’t shut down, running irreversible smart contracts.”

Ethereum Classic vs Ethereum

There are pros and cons of both blockchains.

Pros of Ethereum Classic

  • The platform retains the original philosophy of Ethereum as an immutable blockchain; which is an important ideology for many cryptocurrency supporters
  • Ethereum Classic has received attention and support from heavyweight investors such as Greyscale Investments LLC

Cons of Ethereum Classic

  • The original platform does not enjoy the benefits of the updates made on the Ethereum blockchain
  • Many of the original figureheads, such as Vitalik Buterin, moved from Ethereum Classic’s blockchain and took a lot of support with them
  • The community for Ethereum split when the hard fork happened and most of the support went to the new blockchain
  • The community backing Ethereum Classic does not boast a welcoming or positive reputation
  • Many think that those who support Ethereum Classic are insulting Ethereum because they are supporting the network which faced the attack

Pros of Ethereum 

  • Ethereum holds the title for the leading altcoin
  • The platform sees the benefits of the original heavyweights leading the development of the blockchain
  • Ethereum orchestrated the reversal of the DAO attack and allowed the stolen funds to be returned to the investors
  • It has a great deal of support from large companies such as Microsoft and Toyota
  • It displays that a solution for a hack is possible

Cons of Ethereum Classic

  • It does not maintain the original philosophy of immutability that the Ethereum community set to achieve

Basic Details

The basic details of NEO are that there is a capped supply of 210,000,000 ETC that will be produced with a current market cap of $518,240,982 USD. The average block time is approximately fourteen seconds.


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