What is Dash Cryptocurrency?

Dash is a peer to peer cryptocurrency

Dash is a peer-to-peer cryptocurrency like bitcoin built on open source software. Their system is built on a two-tiered blockchain. The (buzzword alert) decentralized distributed miner network supports transactions and new block creation using proof of work (PoW) while the second tier, Masternodes, handles private (PrivateSend) and instant (InstantSend) transactions along with governance functions. The entire system is incentivized by dividing up the block rewards so that 45% goes to miners and 45% to Masternodes. The remaining 10% is used to fund community projects.

Dash touts itself as user-friendly, fast and inexpensive. The project focus is on being a pure cryptocurrency for financial transactions rather than a platform for apps, storage, or any of the numerous other uses for blockchain technology. Dash can be used to purchase debit cards, digital service and consumer products. See their vendor list.

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Dash can be purchased on several exchanges. The following is a subset of their complete exchange page listing.


Poloniex is a US-based pure-crypto exchange offering high volume DASH pairs for BTC, XMR and USDT. Leveraged margin trading and lending is also available for DASH.


Bittrex is a US exchange working with cryptocurrencies only, although USD wire transfers have been intermittently supported in the past. DASH trading pairs are available for BTC, ETH and USDT.


Bitfinex is a cryptocurrency exchange based in Hong Kong offering high volume BTC and USD trading pairs for DASH, as well as leveraged trading. USD fiat deposit facilities were suspended as of April 2017.


Kraken is a high-volume US-based exchange offering fiat currency deposits in EUR, USD, JPY and GBP. DASH can be traded against EUR, USD and BTC.


Quoinex serves the Asian market with funding support for USD, JPY, AUD, INR, PHP, EUR, HKD, CNY, IDR and SGD, and trading against ETH, BTC, BCH and DASH.


HitBTC offers facilities to major investors to credit USD, EUR and GBP, as well as BTC, ETH and USDT trading pairs against DASH for normal users.


YoBit is an exchange focusing on Ethereum tokens, but also supports BTC, USD and RUB trading pairs for DASH.


WEX, previously known as BTC-e until it was shut down by authorities, has resumed business under a new name. DASH trading pairs exist for BTC, USD, RUB, EUR, LTC and ETH.


Liqui is headquarted in Ukraine and offers a modern interfaced for leveraged trading of many cryptocurrencies, including a DASH/BTC pair.


Livecoin offers fiat deposits in EUR, USD and RUB, and DASH trading pairs for BTC, USD and some other low volume cryptocurrencies.


Exmo is a UK-registered exchange offering fiat deposits in USD, EUR, USD and UAH (Ukrainian Hryvnia). DASH trading pairs exist for BTC, USD and RUB.


With legal entities in the UK, Israel and Cyprus, eToro offers a social trading platform where you can copy top performing accounts. DASH and a number of other cryptocurrencies, forex and stocks are available.


Bithumb is the largest cryptocurrency exchange in South Korea. It accepts fiat deposits in South Korean Won only, and offers high volumes of DASH trading.


CEX.IO is a UK-based exchange with over one million users and offers DASH exchange pairs for fiat currencies including GBP, EUR and USD.


BitShares is a decentralized exchange (DEX) offering DASH trading pairs for BTC and BTS, as well as the bit assets bitUSD, bitCNY and bitBTC.


Coinrail is a Korean exchange offering DASH trading against KRW.


Qryptos is a Japanese pure-crypto exchange offering DASH trading against BTC with optional leverage.


Coinsquare is a Canadian exchange offering DASH trading against BTC and CAD.


Binance is a pure-crypto with a focus on ICOs and the Chinese market. DASH is available for funding and can be traded against BTC.


Coinapult is an asset exchange headquartered in Panama City and providing exchange services between BTC, DASH, USD, GBP and EUR, as well as gold and silver.


Tidex is an exchange focusing on tokens on the WAVES and Ethereum blockchains, but also offers trading against fiat currencies. DASH can be traded against ETH, BTC, WAVES and Waves pegged currencies.


ShapeShift operates a little differently by allowing users to directly exchange one crypto asset for another without creating any account, albeit with a higher markup than most exchanges. The user simply sends a specified amount to an address provided by ShapeShift, and is paid out at the specified exchange rate to an address they specify. ShapeShift supports Dash and over 50 other cryptocurrencies.


Bisq is a decentralized exchange running entirely on the Tor network and offers complete privacy, although all trades are peer-to-peer and require a relatively high escrow bond. DASH trading pairs are available for 80 national currencies and 130 cryptocurrencies, but availability depends entirely on users posting trades.


xBTCe is an exchange based in St. Kitts and Nevis with a focus on providing fiat currency trading pairs. Various deposit methods are available for currencies including CNH (Chinese Offshore Yuan), EUR, GBP, JPY, IDR and RUB. DASH trading pairs are available for BTC, USD and CNH.


Based in Hong Kong, Whaleclub offers an advanced platform that allows highly leveraged trading of cryptocurrency including DASH against other cryptocurrencies, forex, metals, stocks and bonds.


Cryptopia is a New Zealand cryptocurrency exchange with a reputation for supporting a large number of low-volume altcoins. It offers DASH trading pairs for BTC, LTC, DOGE and USDT.


BitMEX is a pure-crypto derivates exchange offering trading with up to 100x leverage. DASH is available to trade against BTC.


UPbit is a Korean exchange allowing deposits in KRW and offering DASH trading pairs for KRW, ETH, BTC and USDT.


Bter is a Chinese exchange allowing deposits in CNY and offering DASH trading pairs for CNY and BTC.


LiteBit is a service based in The Netherlands selling cryptocurrency including Dash for EUR.


Coincheck is a Japanese exchange allowing deposits in JPY and USD for trading against DASH and other cryptocurrencies.


Registered in Brazil, Bleutrade offers DOGE and BTC trading pairs for DASH.


Holy Transaction offers DASH trading pairs for BTC, USD and EUR, as well as over ten other altcoins.


UseCryptos is an exchange based in Portugal offering DASH trading for EUR and BTC.


Based in Argentina, SouthXchange offers DASH for USB and BTC.


Bitcoin Indonesia allows funding in IDR and offers a DASH/BTC trading pair.


ALFAcashier, incorporated in Belize, provides electronic exchange and fiat services. DASH trading paris are available for BTC, XRP, XMR, XEM, ETH, LTC, BCH, USD, EUR, CNY, CAD and RUB.


Laissez Faire offers incentivized trading which includes DASH.