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What Is Litecoin?

Decentralized cryptocurrency, created as a "silver to Bitcoin's gold," featuring faster transactions, Scrypt mining, and an 84 million coin supply.

How To Buy Litecoin?

01. Litecoin ATM

Using a BitNational Litecoin ATM to buy Litecoin is a fast, simple and secure way to buy Litecoin in Canada. 

02. Swap Litecoin

Swap Litecoin using hundreds of cryptocurrencies in just a a few easy steps online.  

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03. Trade Desk

Buy Litecoin anywhere in Canada using a bank wire or with cash at our Calgary location.

What Is Litecoin

Litecoin is a peer-to-peer cryptocurrency created by Charlie Lee in October 2011. It is often considered one of the earliest altcoins, created as a "lite" version of Bitcoin. Litecoin shares many similarities with Bitcoin but also has some key differences.


Key features of Litecoin:

  1. Blockchain Technology: Like Bitcoin, Litecoin operates on a blockchain, a decentralized and distributed ledger that records all transactions across a network of computers.

  2. Proof of Work (PoW): Litecoin, similar to Bitcoin, initially used a proof-of-work consensus mechanism. Miners use computing power to solve cryptographic puzzles, validate transactions, and add new blocks to the blockchain.

  3. Scrypt Algorithm: Litecoin uses the Scrypt algorithm for mining, which is considered more memory-intensive than the SHA-256 algorithm used by Bitcoin. This was intended to make mining with consumer-grade hardware more accessible and to prevent the dominance of specialized mining equipment.

  4. Faster Block Generation: One of the significant differences is the faster block generation time in Litecoin. While Bitcoin has a 10-minute block time, Litecoin targets a 2.5-minute block time. This allows transactions to be confirmed more quickly.

  5. Increased Coin Supply: Litecoin has a maximum supply of 84 million coins, four times the maximum supply of Bitcoin (21 million). This was intended to provide a larger supply of coins and, consequently, lower individual coin values.

  6. Segregated Witness (SegWit): Litecoin implemented Segregated Witness in 2017, a protocol upgrade aimed at improving transaction throughput and reducing fees. SegWit separates transaction signature data from transaction data, increasing block capacity.

  7. Atomic Swaps: Litecoin has been involved in pioneering technologies such as atomic swaps, enabling the trustless exchange of cryptocurrencies without the need for an intermediary.

  8. Active Development: Litecoin has a dedicated development team, and updates to the protocol are made periodically. Charlie Lee, the creator, remains actively involved in the cryptocurrency community.

Litecoin is often seen as a "silver to Bitcoin's gold" due to its similarities with Bitcoin but with some differences in terms of block generation time, hashing algorithm, and coin supply. It serves as an alternative for those who prefer faster confirmation times and a different mining algorithm.

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