• Aptos, Optimism and ApeCoin emerged as some of the best debuts of 2022, exploding by as much as 470% to date.
  • Popular crypto investor Lark Davis listed altcoins that could potentially 100X this year.
  • The list included potential tokens from Sei Network, Shardeum and Sui Network.

While Bitcoin is still widely considered the safest investment when it comes to cryptocurrencies, over the last few years, altcoins have also emerged with solid potential. The likes of Solana and MATIC have raised the interest of investors, leading them to look for more options. Some of such cryptocurrencies can be found listed below.

Look out for these coins in 2023

According to crypto investor Lark Davis, akin to SOL and MATIC, many altcoins releasing in 2023 also have the potential to return 100X. While none of the cryptocurrencies mentioned have been released yet, most of their networks have an active testnet.


Debuting in 2023, Shardeum is an Ethereum Virtual Machine (EVM) based L1 that uses dynamic state sharding to achieve linear scalability. Expected to run 100,000 transactions per second at the lowest, the network is expected to charge minimal fees. 

The Shardeum network’s testnet is live and has been built by the founder of one of the biggest cryptocurrency exchanges in India, WazirX.

Sui Network

Developed by former Facebook employees, Sui Network, according to Davis, has the potential to be a competitor to Aptos. Pitched as the first permissionless Layer 1 blockchain designed from the ground up, Sui Network will be targeting web3 developers.

The testnet for the network is currently live and is expected to have token incentives for investors.

Sei Network

Hailed as the first sector-specific Layer 1 blockchain, Sei Network is specialized for trading. Built for exchanges, the network boasts handling 22,000 orders per second with over 850,000 users on its active testnet.

Sei Network token’s airdrop has been confirmed, and the network is also backed by the likes of Coinbase, giving it a potential edge.

Altcoins from 2022 that made it big

Among the many cryptocurrencies launched last year, a few caught investors’ eye and proved their potential despite the crippling crypto market. Aptos, ApeCoin and Optimism were such altcoins.

While since its launch in October 2022, Aptos has grown by just 50%, most of this growth took place in the last two months. Starting 2023, the cryptocurrency shot up by nearly 470% to mark an all-time high of $18 before APT slipped to trade at $13.50 at the time of writing.

APT/USD 1-day chart

APT/USD 1-day chart

Optimism, launched in June 2022, faced a severe decline in value right after its debut, falling by more than 82%, but it rallied soon after. Facing some turbulence throughout Q3 and Q4, OP managed to chart a 450% increase to date. While the all-time high is at $3.096, the altcoin is currently trading at $2.480.

OP/USD 1-day chart

OP/USD 1-day chart

Lastly, ApeCoin also emerged as a major cryptocurrency despite not charting increases as significant as the above-mentioned assets. APE first witnessed bullishness after its launch in March 2022 due to being the first NFT token, rising by nearly 200% but fell soon after as the crypto market crashed in May.

APE/USD 1-day chart

APE/USD 1-day chart

Consequently, since its debut, the altcoin has lost more than 30% of its value and is currently trading at $5.69, far below its all-time high of $23.17.

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