Bitcoin is a peer-to-peer electronic cash system that is completely decentralized, without the need for a central server or trusted parties. Users hold the crypto keys to their own money and transact directly with each other, with the help of a P2P network to check for double-spending.
PyCryptoPlus is a cryptographic module similar to PyCrypto, with which it shares the API. But PyCryptoPlus is written 100% in Python, so its primary interest is educational and scientific; if you want real speed, you're better checking out PyCrypto. It was not completely written from scratch, but integrates other cipher codes when available in Python and under appropriate licenses. It contains, among other things: Block cipher algorithms (Serpent, Blowfish, Twofish, DES, 3DES, AES, Rijndael, and PRESENT); modes of operation (CMAC, ECB, CBC, CTR, and XTS); paddings (bit padding, zeros, PKCS7, PKCS12, ISO 10126, and ANSI X.923); and one-way functions (MD5, SHA1/SHA2, Whirlpool, RipeMD, RadioGatun, HMAC, and PBKDF2).