All About BTC, LTC, ETH mining as well as other alternative crypto currencies
With the latest price increase of Ethereum it seems that it has managed to reach a total market capitalization of over 1 billion USD making it the second crypto coin after Bitcoin currently into the Billions. Even though the current market capitalization of Ethereum (ETH) is being estimated at almost 1/6th of the Bitcoin market cap you should be well aware of the fact that the largest part of the available Ethereum coins have been pre-mined and distributed in pre-sale and among developers and other people with the actually mined coins by users still less than 10 percent of the total coin availability. So a direct comparison with Bitcoin where users have mined all of the available coins might not be the best thing to do, but then again coin market capitalization is just a standardized way of measuring and comparing coins. With all that said the success of Ethereum that is being marked by the significant interest among users and the demand for Ether coins is a fact. The question that remains is if Ethereum will be as successful as a platform for smart contracts powered by Ether coins or it will be more popular among users looking at the ETH coins just as an alternative form of tokens with high value.
Ethereum (ETH) has reached a serious milestone passing 1 million blocks mined by users in a bit more than half a year since the official launch of mining. This is possible thanks to the fast block times on the Ethereum network as compared to Bitcoin for example that is just approaching block 400000 for more than 5 years of existence. Looking at the file size of the Ethereum blockchain data files we see that they have already grown to reach about 8 GB which is already pretty big, tough it is just about 12% of the Bitcoin blockchain that is already getting close to 65 GB in size. Passing the 1 millionth mined block means that about 5 million of Ether coins have been mined by users so far, but since there have been 72 million already available prior the start of the mining the total coin supply is currently at about 77 million already. The 60 million of these coins were sold to users prior the official launch of the Ethereum network, and the rest 12 million of the initial 72 million coins were used for developers and contributors and a s along term reserve.
Currently 1 Ether coins is being traded for about about $4.8 USD bringing the total market capitalization of Ethereum with all available coins to about 371 million USD positioning it at the second crypto coin just after 6 billion USD Bitcoin market cap. Leaving market capitalization aside, looking at the 24 hour trading volumes alone we can see that Ethereum is doing about 18-19 million USD while Bitcoin is currently at about 66 million USD. So while the gap in total market capitalization is quite huge, Ethereum is not that far behind in terms of trading volumes at the moment, meaning that there is really a lot of interest in it. What we need to see is if this peak of interest in Ethereum is going to last temporary or it will be going even stronger in the feature… we are ready to go for the latter.