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The 1,000 Club – Altcoins From the Depths

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Ah, the 1,000 Club – where 24 hour volume range between $0 and the price of a good pair of shoes. Where blockchains abandoned by their developers go to die. Where a 500% daily spike can be caused by a few hundred dollars worth of trades.

However, it’s not all doom and gloom. In our random trawling through the coins ranked 1000-1099, we’ve also uncovered some unlikely gems; although they’re few and far between amid a sea of joke-coins, scams and just plain old bad ideas.

With that said, let’s take a look at some of the coins which are languishing in the 1000 Club.

Cannation Coin #1010

Cannation is unlikely to remain in the 1010th spot for long as it continues to make good on its 49% gains over the last day. In the last 36 hours Cannation Coin jumped 280% – but this was a recovery from losses incurred earlier.

Cannation Coin joins the burgeoning ranks of ‘pot coins’, where the (sometimes vague) aim of the project is to promote and/or increase the profile of the legal cannabis market.

Cannation launched in May 2017 and grew steadily all the way up to January 14th when CNNC coins were priced at $0.39. However the subsequent crash carried on for the last six months to leave CNNC at a price of $0.01 – marking a 97.31% bloodletting for the once promising pot coin.

Cannation has a total 24 hour volume of $2,310 with 97% of that coming from CoinExchange. CNNC is also listed on YoBit and NovaExchange, while its listing on Cryptopia was brought to an end on June 7th.

The cannationcoin.com website is dead and doesn’t look to be coming back any time soon. The Bitcointalk forum thread is remarkably small for a coin launched over a year ago, but is still being occupied by a few enthusiasts.

Without casting aspersions: it would be easy to jump to the conclusion that Cannation Coin was a fugazi – a basically useless ICO launched in a weekend by some opportunistic money-makers. Such a coin probably wouldn’t take hold today, but in mid-2017 there was still room to grab people’s attention with a cannabis-focused altcoin.

Carboncoin #1058

The Carboncoin blockchain has been up and running since 2014, but besides a 600% spike in January the coin has failed to gain traction, recording typical daily trading volumes of a few hundred dollars.

The project aimed to create a sustainable and environmentally friendly approach to cryptocurrency mining by planting a tree for every set amount of CARBON coins mined.

For much of the coin’s lifetime it was priced at 1 satoshi. During January’s peak that price rose to 12 satoshi.

Control over the project has changed hands since launch, and some recent activity posted on Medium suggests the current developers are gearing up for another big push. A new ICO is being launched, with current CARBON holders being urged to hand their coins in for a new version of Carboncoin.

Many users on Bitcointalk have denounced this is a scam, with some claiming to have lost their coins to the scheme already.

Where Carboncoin goes from here remains to be seen, but a meagre 24 volume of $18 just a couple of days ago suggests that a huge marketing push would be needed to jumpstart a climb up the rankings.

PutinCoin #1054

The landing page of the PutinCoin website describes its function as being to serve as a tribute to both the President and the people of ‘…one of the largest and greatest country (sic) in the world: Russia!’.

The PutinCoin blockchain uses both PoW (Proof of Work) and PoS (Proof of Stake) in its confirmation algorithm, and promises the usual mix of fast transactions and low fees.

While January 2018 saw a strong performance by PutinCoin, its best performance actually came in 2017 when 1 PUT coin reached a price of $0.04. Indeed, 2017 was kind to PutinCoin in general, and PUT coins regularly recorded a price exponentially greater than its current price of $0.003.

PutinCoin disappeared off the map in 2018, and has a 24 hour volume of $300 at the time of writing. However, it has also managed to remain listed on numerous exchanges, including Cryptopia, Livecoin, CoinExchange, TradeSatoshi and Crex24.

As with many of these coins down in the low 1000’s, there is uncertainty as to whether or not  PutinCoin is a scam. A lack of response by developers has led many to believe the project lacks authenticity, while there remain some forum members who vouch for coin’s future potential.

BiblePay # 1039

BiblePay is a Christian-oriented blockchain which donates 10% of its funds to charities and non-profit organizations. The project is sponsor to over 300 orphans on a monthly basis, and encodes the King James Bible in its transactions in what it terms a Proof-of-Bible (PoB) hash.

BiblePay is currently is something of a lull, having crashed around 50% since its recent high point on April 15th. One BBP coin is currently priced at $0.002703, which is 78% less than it was during the gold rush of January.

The BiblePay thread on Bitcointalk.org is still very active to this day. An enthusiastic group of volunteers continue to develop and refine the blockchain, and its economic rankings are ultimately not reflective of its overall popularity. The project only launched in November of 2017, and there’s still plenty of time for BiblePay to climb the market cap ladder.

42-Coin #1057

What if I told you that one of the most expensive coins in the top 1628 cryptocurrencies was the coin ranked at number 1057 by market cap?

Because that’s the case for 42-Coin, which holds the unique virtue of only having 42 coins in circulation.

42-Coin debuted in January of 2014 at a price of $1,013,620. Popularity cooled on 42, and the value of the coin fell to a mere $38.41 by August 2016.

However 42 then got swept along by the growing market throughout 2017, and by January of 2018 had reached a unit value of $91,000.

Two-thirds of those gains have since been lost, but 42-Coin still ranks an overall third for the cryptocurrency with the highest face value. The title of most expensive cryptocurrency was previously held by 42-Coin, but it eventually lost out to Project-X and Bit20, which recorded token values of $2,530,660 and $1,702,440 respectively.

As the website landing page states:

“42 – the answer to life, the universe, and everything…”

If that isn’t enough to get your investment then I don’t know what is.

Woodcoin #1072

You’d be forgiven for thinking this was another of those ‘mine a coin – plant a tree’ platforms, but Woodcoin actually has a lot more going for it than just replanting the rainforest.

Woodcoin seeks to find the sweet-spot between inflation and stagnation by growing logarithmically (LOG). This means that mining rewards decrease at a set rate, and that coins mined right now will always be worth more than coins mined tomorrow.

Unlike Bitcoin and Litecoin who released half of their coin supply in the first 4 years, Woodcoin will release theirs over 200 years.

No pre-mine or ICO took place during Woodcoin’s launch. Its blockchain has been operating since way back in 2014, without any fork, interference, or influence in that time.

At the time of writing, Woodcoin’s 24 hour volume stands at $39. One LOG coin is worth $0.09 – which is almost half the level it achieved in April, and a four-fold decrease from January’s peak of $0.39.

The forum chatter is limited, and developers don’t show themselves very often. Don’t expect Woodcoin to sprout and grow any time soon.

PiggyCoin #1094

Not many cryptocurrencies are specifically aimed at children, but that’s exactly what sets PiggyCoin apart from the competition.

The only trouble is that it doesn’t seem to have helped. PIGGY coins have halved in value since March, and the 24 hour trading volume has sunk to $402, from a respectable low-six figures recorded in January.

It’s not clear how much input the original developers still have in the project. The only posts on their blog in the last year relate to exchange delistings, with no news of upcoming developments being posted in a long time.

The idea behind PiggyCoin is novel, and we may eventually see some version of it succeed one day. PiggyCoin’s website and wallet is designed to educate children about sensible economics, while also introducing them to cryptocurrency. Several games exist on the website, mostly based around the eponymous Pig.

Regardless of its recent performance, PiggyCoin has still experienced a tremendous 600% growth since the time of its ICO, going from a coin price of $0.000129 up to its current value of $0.000967.

So there we have it – another handful of lurkers from the depths of the market capitalization charts. Whether this article inspires you to buy up some PutinCoin, or to simply never venture past the Top-100 ever again is entirely up to you.

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Crypto Markets: Bloodied But Not Broken

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As legend has it, prize fighter Jake Lamotta returns to his corner at the end of round four of one of his early boxing matches with blood all over and his face was a mess.  Trying his best, his trainer tells Jake, you’re doing great kid, they haven’t laid a glove on you. To which Lamotta replies, well you better keep an eye on the referee because somebody is beating the crap out of me.

Lately, those of us who have a passion for the world of cryptocurrencies are feeling that somebody is beating the crap out of us. Trouble is, it is hard to figure out why.  Just as we are about to land a punch with the SEC declaring that bitcoin and Ethereum are not securities, ditto that for ICOs that do not convey an equity interest in the issuer, whamo prices drop to 2018 lows.  

The Other Side Of The Coin

We read of the recent hack of a tiny South Korean crypto exchange and pundits blame this for helping to push prices lower.  However, the market seemed to completely ignore this week’s progress in the Mt. Gox litigation. There is actually a decent prospect that investors that held $450 million in bitcoin at 2014 prices will be compensated in nitcoin.  If my arithmetic is working right, this is good news considering the 2014 Blbitcoin price was less than $2.00.

Institutionalizing Crypto

While most eyes last week were fixated on falling prices, exchange giant Coinbase let it be known that it was preparing a crypto custody service.  This may appear as a boring administrative step but that is hardly the case. This move is being heralded as the final step in opening crypto to institutional buyers.

Before Coinbase’s solution the problem has been that, despite the highly secure nature of bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies, the wallets where they are stored are a regular target for hackers.

For investors, making cryptos more accessible to institutional investors is every bit as important as adding retail merchants that accept crypto for goods and services.  

Finding Crypto Support From Unexpected Places

Last Friday various media outlets point out how The U.S. Supreme Court mentioned bitcoin and cryptocurrency while issuing a ruling on a seemingly unrelated case. Here is what the U.S. Supreme Court had to say on June 21st in the case of Wisconsin Central LTD v. United States:

“What we view as money has changed over time. Cowrie shells once were such a medium but no longer are, our currency originally included gold coins and bullion, but, after 1934, gold could not be used as a medium of exchange, perhaps one day employees will be paid in Bitcoin or some other type of cryptocurrency.”

In spite of the current oversupply of naysayers, the legacy of crypto is increasing daily. Now even the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis is collecting and publishing prices of bitcoin, bitcoin cash, Ethereum and Litecoin. A year ago at this time, such a notion would have been absurd.    

Suspension Of Efficient Market Thinking

For those who have been kind to follow these ramblings know that I am a big believer in the theory of efficient markets.  The key to this theory is that people have all the available information about a particular investment asset and act upon is rationally.  Of course, this is not to say that everybody reads the information in the same way. That is what makes for buyers and sellers.

Lately, there has been a complete suspension of an efficient market for crypto. All coins and tokens have been dumped without regard for fundamentally positive events, some of which we mentioned above.  Since the vast majority of crypto is owned by individuals, the wisdom of the crowd (or in this case mob) psychology prevails. The last time this was the case it was bitcoin alone that lost some 80% of it’s value starting late in 2013.  But that took more than a year to play out. Since the infamous $19,000+ peak, bitcoin has lost 68% so history is getting close to repeating itself.

It may also be a sign that a bottom in prices may be getting closer. The values are clearly there to be had. Now if only those of us who have a longer term view can find other who share a similar view.

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Cryptocurrency Market Update: Correction Deepens as Coin Values Approach 2018 Lows

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The cryptocurrency market approached its lowest level of the year Saturday in a continuation of yesterday’s flash crash that wiped more than $30 billion off coin values.

Market Update

Cryptocurrencies saw their combined market capitalization plunge to a low of $250.6 billion late Friday, according to CoinMarketCap. With the decline, coin values came within $2 billion of their bear-market low for the year.

At the time of writing, the total market cap was $255.9 billion on trade volumes of nearly $14 billion.

It became apparent early Saturday that bitcoin and Ethereum had found support near their Friday swing lows. Both coins are down less than 1% compared to 24 hours earlier.

Bitcoin touched a new yearly low of $5,938 on Saturday but has since consolidated above $6,100 on major exchanges. The largest cryptocurrency by market cap suffered a major reversal on Friday after failing to breach the all-important $6,800 threshold. The coin quickly broke down below $6,500 and has since tested multiple new lows. In terms of immediate support, BTC/USD is now eyeing $5,850.

Ethereum prices bottomed at $450.34 on Saturday, their lowest since mid-April. Ether values were last seen hovering around $470.

Elsewhere in the top-ten, EOS was down another 5% compared to yesterday and was last seen trading at $8.33. The EOS network is battling through a PR nightmare amid multiple delays and controversies.

Bottoming Process Continues

There doesn’t appear to be an immediate catalyst for the latest selloff. As Hacked reported earlier, attributing the declines to the Bithumb hack is misguided given that the market quickly recovered from the negative headlines. (The initial decline was also limited.) Bithumb has already announced plans to compensate users affected by the $30 million heist. The exchange also disclosed that the theft accounted for no more than 6% of its proven reserves.

Cryptocurrencies remain trapped in a long-term bearish cycle that emerged early this year after markets reached their highest level on record. According to Bill Baruch, President of Blue Line Futures, the six-month correction represents a bottoming process that has yet to conclude.

In a recent interview with CNBC, Baruch said that repeated selloffs over the past four months have “wiped out most, if not all, of the over-enthusiasm” and FOMO speculators from the market. While initially bad from the perspective of prices, this means speculative positions are declining. Hacked first noted the decline in speculative positions more than three months ago following the April Fool’s Day selloff.

Analysts have noted that the recent six-month correction mirrors bitcoin’s 2014 retreat, which highlights the boom-and-bust nature of the digital asset class. Against this backdrop, bitcoin and its altcoin counterparts likely need to demonstrate several months of consolidation and stability before the bull market re-emerges.

Disclaimer: The author owns bitcoin, Ethereum and other cryptocurrencies. He holds investment positions in the coins, but does not engage in short-term or day-trading.

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Game (GTC) Gains 60% Yesterday and Loses It All Today

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This time yesterday the crypto market was nosediving, and as has become standard practice in such times, links to suicide prevention hotlines were posted on popular crypto forums.

But amid the flurry of red candles stood one proud green column; and a token which showed 60% gains while everything else sank.

GTC tokens started yesterday at a price of $0.125, and by the end of the day its value had surged to $0.20.

However, in the last 24 hours all of those gains have been wiped off the table, and Game.com has even been forced to pay interest on those gains as the token price has since sunk to $0.114 – a price even lower than it started at before the spike.

GTC had spent most of the month within the $0.09 – $0.13 range,

What the crypto market giveth, the crypto market taketh away – or at least that’s how it often seems to play out. The Game.com team may have been slightly too optimistic at this time yesterday, when they tweeted out the celebratory exclamation:

“GTC TO THE MOON CONFIRMED!!!”

Pump and Dump?

Looking at the shape of the GTC’s weekly graph, the natural assumption would be that it has been the victim of a pump and dump.

Game.com’s 24 hour trading volume increased by an astronomical 3500% – starting yesterday with a daily volume of around $2 million, before jumping to $72 million just a few hours ago. That volume has dropped back down to the $40 million range in the last four hours, and continues to fall.

Such movements are not uncommon among tokens lower down on the market cap Top-100. Indeed, Game.com finds itself positioned in 96th spot, with a valuation of $87 million, among other coins which have experienced unnatural market movements in recent weeks, such as Enigma, Funfair and Decentraland.

This time yesterday GTC had broken into the Top-70’s, but now faces the proposition of dropping out of the Top-100 entirely.

All Roads Lead to Tether

Nearly 60% of GTC’s total trades in the last day have come from Gate.io, where $30 million worth of trades were made against USDT. The second highest volume of trades also came against USDT on the OKEx exchange.

Only 14% of the total trades have come against BTC, while ETH trades only account for around 10% of the day’s volume.

Yesterday’s spike marks the highest market valuation reached by GTC since April 22nd, when the value of one token surged to a price of $0.45, which was even higher than the $0.35 valuation achieved during the spike of January.

Game.com aims to become a media hub for the gaming industry. The team’s annoucement states:

“Through the creation and integration of game content, we provide ready-to-go entertainment services and application environment to facilitate the rapid expansion and development of blockchain technology.”

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