Roughly six years ago in July 2016, an Ethereum hard fork was used to address the infamous DAO hack. This specific fork saw the chain split into two factions, and a new crypto asset called ethereum classic was introduced to the crypto community. For years now both chains have co-existed using the same proof-of-work (PoW) consensus algorithm, and with The Merge coming up, speculators assume Ethash PoW miners will transition to ethereum classic mining. During the last two weeks, ethereum classic has climbed more than 124% against the U.S. dollar, and the network’s hashrate has spiked a great deal as well.
Ethereum Classic Catches Triple-Digit Gains During the Last Two Weeks
is this month and it’s seen some significant gains during the last 14 days. In fact, ever since the for The Merge was revealed, has risen in value alongside its counterpart .
Whilehas seen a significant double-digit 45.7% gain in two weeks, has jumped 124.2% in that same period of time. Despite the 124% rise, year-to-date, is still down 34% and around 80% lower than the crypto asset’s all-time high at $167 per unit.
shares the same consensus algorithm as and it seems PoW miners that used to miner ether, are starting to transition and are now mining on the chain. In mid-July, when the preliminary Merge date was penciled-in, ’s hashrate was 17.39 terahash per second (TH/s) and today, it’s 20% higher at 20.88 TH/s.
28.53 TH/s on May 7, 2021, at block height 12,695,074. At the pace the Ethereum Classic hashrate has been going, it’s quite possible the hashrate could surpass its all-time high in the near future.hit a high this week at 21.41 TH/s and the network is also nearing the all-time high it tapped last year. ’s all-time hashrate high was
Korean Won Represents More Than 20% of Ethereum Classic Trades
0.002 ETH or $3.31, while the average fee is 0.000096 or $0.0031 per transfer. Tether ( ) is ’s largest trading pair, as the stablecoin captures 59.17% of all trades today. Following is the Korean won with 20.82% of all trades, and the U.S. dollar is ’s third-largest trading pair as it commands 7.84%.’s average fees are much cheaper than ’s average fees, as the average fee today is
11.53% of the volume on the South Korean exchange Bithumb stems from swaps and 22.96% of Upbit’s volume derives from trades against the Korean won (KRW) as well. In terms of decentralized finance (defi), the Ethereum Classic network is way behind the eightball when it comes to defi development.
Ethereum ($56.62 billion total value locked (TVL). That’s more than 65% of the $87.56 billion locked across the myriad of blockchains that support defi protocols. Meanwhile, Ethereum Classic’s has a very small TVL, with only $175,483 on July 27, according to defillama.com statistics.) has the largest value locked out of all the blockchains today with
There’s a total of threedefi applications compared to Ethereum’s 523 protocols. Over 92% of the value locked in defi applications is held on the Hebeswap, an automated token exchange. The rest of ’s defi TVL or a mere $12,366 is held on Etcswap and Swap Cat.
If miners continue to find value in’s PoW security, it is possible that ETC-based defi protocols and smart contract applications could see more development. also has a supply cap set at 210,700,000 while Ethereum’s supply is infinite. Today, 136,026,596 is currently in circulation which means there’s only 74,673,404 left to mine.
Ethereum () network and community is much larger than Ethereum Classic ( ) ecosystem in a variety of ways, and in terms of market capitalization, is a behemoth in comparison to . , the second-largest crypto asset by market cap represents 17.7% of the $1 trillion crypto economy with $193.36 billion. , on the other hand, represents 0.402% of the crypto economy’s value with $4.39 billion today.
What do you think about’s recent price spike and the hashrate climbing higher? Do you expect ether miners to transition over to the Ethereum Classic chain? Let us know what you think about this subject in the comments section below.