Darkcoin was released in 2014 and has been a top 50 coin for sometime. That being said, you may not recognize the name due to the fact that they rebranded to DASH in 2015.
Darkcoin (or DASH) was one of the first cryptocurrencies to claim increased privacy over Bitcoin. Despite those claims, DASH really isn’t any more private than Bitcoin with the exception of their implementation of CoinJoin. Dash touts other features, such as speed and usability, but I’m not sure your going to find many coffee shops accepting Dash…
With crypto already having reputation issues in the mainstream, with many nay-sayers labeling crypto as only existing for nefarious activities – it makes sense that a company would try and move away from the word “dark” in their name.
Despite the attempt to pivot away from a shroud-like name, DASH has never been able to re-capture the glory of their earlier days (from a price perspective). Still Dash has a robust community and has been around since 2014, which makes it an “OG” in our view.