Zcash is a cryptocurrency that powers the Zcash blockchain. Zcash a privacy-protecting, digital currency built on strong science. Launched in 2016 by Zooko Wilcox-O’Hearn and based on the Zerocoin protocol. Zcash also has the ability for participants to release certain transaction data so that the cryptocurrency can be used legally and so transactions can be audited if so desired. Since its launch in 2016, Zcash has quickly grown to be one of the most valued and admired cryptocurrencies in the world.