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Number of cryptocurrencies surpasses 16,000 this year, adding over 8,000 in 2021

Number of cryptocurrencies surpasses 16,000 this year, adding over 8,000 in 2021
Jordan
Major
2 weeks ago
3 mins read

As the year draws to a close, the number of cryptocurrencies has increased in parallel with the growth of the cryptocurrency market.

When employing a web archive tool, Finbold was able to determine that the number of crypto assets was 8,153 on January 1, 2021, based on the data obtained.

By comparison, the number of digital assets as of December 31 stands at 16,223, indicating 8,070 new cryptos were added since the beginning of 2021 alone, representing a 98.98% increase over the previous year and almost double the initial amount, according to CoinMarketCap statistics.

The total number of cryptos, December 31, 2021. Source: CoinMarketCap

Each day, around 21 new cryptocurrencies are introduced to the market on average, as shown by the fact that 8,070 new cryptocurrencies have been launched since the beginning of the year.

Number of cryptos 13,000 just 2 months ago

Notably, the number of cryptocurrencies had passed 13,000 for the first time not long ago, on October 25. Despite the market experiencing a brief dip at the time, the entire market value was at $2.6 trillion, which is much more than the current crypto market capitalization, which remains at $2.26 trillion despite the addition of 3,000 new digital assets to the sector in a little more than two months.

To be clear, a greater number of cryptocurrencies does not necessarily translate into an increased market capitalization for the respective sectors, given that the vast majority of funds are concentrated in only the top 100 cryptocurrencies in terms of market capitalization.

In particular, we pointed out that, as of October 20, 2021, just 0.02%, or the top 3 coins out of all 12,917 coins at the time, controlled about 70% of the whole cryptocurrency market.

Crypto space continues to grow

Indeed, the cryptocurrency space has seen plenty of growth this year, with more and more countries and institutions putting in place the necessary infrastructure to support the adoption of digital assets. In a recent report, we noted that nearly 20,000 new Bitcoin ATMs were installed in 2021, which corresponds to more than 50 new machines every day. 

As cryptocurrencies become more widely accepted, the increasing number of Bitcoin ATMs being erected demonstrates the relevance of these machines in today’s society. 

As a result of this breakthrough, suppliers and investors are expected to be more optimistic about the long-term prospects of the space. According to Finbold’s Bitcoin return on investment (ROI), the flagship digital currency has gained 64% so far this year, fueled by institutions that drew more individual investors who sought to benefit from the asset’s soaring value.

The global crypto market

Currently, the global crypto market cap is $2.26 trillion, a 2.49% increase from yesterday. Similarly, the market volume hit $91.57 billion in the last 24 hours, down 5.91%.

Global crypto market 1-day market cap. Source: CoinMarketCap

Finally, the DeFi volume is now $24 billion, or 26.21% of the entire 24-hour cryptocurrency market volume, while the total volume of all stable currencies is $63.72 billion, or 69.60%.

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Jordan Major
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Jordan is an investor and market analyst. He's passionate about stocks, ETFs, blockchain, and digital assets. At Finbold.com, he delves into the technicalities to obtain future trends for new market traders and gives insights into user-friendly platforms for beginners.

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