The last year was one of the biggest years for cryptocurrencies as a whole. They entered the mainstream in a big way, especially Bitcoin [BTC], Ethereum [ETH] and Ripple [XRP]. They gained a lot of exposure, especially around December when Bitcoin reached its all-time high of $20000.
The website ATH Coin Index shows the growth of cryptocurrencies over the year. In a space of time where the overall market cap grew from $99 billion on 5th July 2017 to $273 billion on 5th July 2018, it is interesting to see how individual cryptocurrencies have evolved in price.
Surprisingly, Stellar Lumens [XLM] is the biggest gainer over the year, with a whopping 699% of growth over the period. Stellar’s year was star-studded, featuring a partnership with IBM Blockchain. It was trading at around $0.02 at this time last year and is currently trading at $0.20.
Coming in second place for the biggest gainer was the sleeping giant NEO [NEO], with a 364% growth over the period. Hailed as China’s Ethereum, the coin grew from a price of $7.95 last year, hitting a high of $187.41 in January. It is currently at $41.52.
IOTA [MIOTA] came in 3rd place, with a growth of 189%. The coin was trading at around $0.37 at the same time last year, spiking up to $5.37 in December before falling to its current price of $1.17.
Bitcoin, the market leader, comes in closely behind IOTA with a growth rate of 150%. Its rise and fall are very well documented, from a price of $2530 in July 2017 to its current price of $6684. The XRP token also saw a respectable gain of 90% since last year, from a price of $0.25 to an all-time high of $3.33. It is currently trading at $0.48.
Ethereum and Litecoin [LTC] saw growths of 70% and 54% respectively. Ethereum was trading at around $263 last year, reaching a high of $1397 in January. It is currently trading at $475. Litecoin, on the other hand, was trading at around the $50 mark before it saw a sharp spike in December to $359. It is currently trading at $84.
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