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Top 3 Coins to Watch September 16 – September 22, 2019

As we move through September, and continue to move into the second half of the year, this week’s choices are set to benefit from significant developments and announcements that should strengthen their market positions and benefit their communities. The news should also result in increased amounts of attention to each respective currency over the coming weeks.   

1. Dash (DASH) 

Dash DASH, -0.71% was created in January 2014, and uses a blockchain which is similar to Bitcoin’s but which has a number of advanced features such as instant and private transactions. Dash also allows coin-holders and master-node operators to have a say in how funds are spent and on which projects the Dash development team should focus their efforts. Approximately 19 million coins will be created eventually, with new coins awarded to miners who help to secure the network. 

Why Dash?  

The Dash Convention Europe is set to take place from September 28 to September 30, and the tree day summit comprises of events being held in both Zurich and Munich. The convention will bring together a number of influential members of the Dash ecosystem, and also act as a central hub for any of the latest development announcements. Sentiment around the project should remain on a high with, DASH also scheduled to launch on Coinbase Pro on September 16 at 10am Pacific Standard Time. The exchange will begin accepting DASH deposits for at least 12 hours prior full trading begins at 9am PST on Tuesday, September 17.

2. Ethereum Classic (ETC)

Ethereum Classic ETC, -1.59% is a smart contract platform that was born as a spin-off of Ethereum following a large-scale theft of ether as a consequence of The DAO, a decentralized organization, being hacked in 2016. The fork occurred after the Ethereum Foundation disagreed on how the incident should be handled. Following the hard fork, all ETH holders were issued with an identical amount of ETC and the two cryptos went their separate ways. 

Why Ethereum Classic?  

Ethereum classic has successfully implemented its scheduled “Atlantis” hard fork which took place at block height 8,772,000. Atlantis consists of 10 Ethereum Improvement Proposals (EIPs) that include improvements to stability, Op-code upgrades, precompiled contracts, performance-related improvements, enhanced security, and precompiled contracts to improve Zk-Snarks. ETC now also adopts Ethereum’s Byzantium and Spurious Dragon protocol upgrades which aids compatibility across both networks. The hard fork requires all software users to upgrade their clients and helps ETC to keep up with the Ethereum network.

3. Lisk (LSK)

Lisk LSK, -2.31% aims to make it easy for anyone to build their own blockchain, and the Sidechain Development Kit are free, open source, and written in JavaScript. The project also makes use of a Distributed Proof of Stake mechanism that sees blocks created every 10 seconds, and Lisk has a partnership with Microsoft, and the Azure Blockchain uses Lisk for its cloud computing infrastructure.

Why Lisk?       

The team have announced the end of their Community Fund and will be reimbursing initial donations. Funds sent over remain in escrow accounts, and remained intact throughout the entire duration of the Community Fund. Beginning on September 18, the Lisk Foundation will begin the reimbursement process, and will contact all donors in order to confirm their Lisk address is still valid. After receiving confirmation, donations will be sent back to the original address.

How did the coins perform last week?  

The seven-day period led to mixed results across the market and last week’s coins to watch did not perform well throughout the week. Bitcoin BTC, -1.12% lost 2% in value and is currently trading at around $10.300. VITE VITE, -3.26% fell by around 15% in value, and is currently trading at $0.01 and Metal MTL, -5.30% also fell by around 14% in value and is currently trading at $0.33. Over the course of the week, the market moved sideways and fluctuated around $266B.  

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