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24 May, 2024

All-Time-High (ATH)

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The All-Time-High (ATH) is the highest price a specific crypto coin has ever reached.

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Brief Overview of ATH in Crypto

The All-Time-High (ATH) is the highest price a specific crypto coin (e.g., Bitcoin, Ethereum, or a non-fungible token) has ever reached.

Screenshot: Bitcoin hits new ATH
Bitcoin recently hit a new ceiling, passing $73K | Source: Binance 

Definition of ATH in Cryptocurrency

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All-Time-High is used in the crypto community to recognize the highest value a certain asset has ever hit.

The Bitcoin ATH is an indicator of market conditions and potential future growth of other cryptocurrencies. Bitcoin is the largest crypto asset by market cap, so price surges in this one asset can lead to bull runs. 

All-Time-High is also tracked for all major digital assets and NFTs. It shows the maximum value a coin has ever been worth (peak performance) and may or may not help predict future results.  

Importance of the ATH in the Crypto Market

ATH is significant in the crypto trading world as it signals a specific crypto asset’s demand and performance or broader market sentiment. 

When Bitcoin reaches a new high point, investors celebrate the increased value of their holdings. The All-Time Highs are likely to follow across most crypto assets. 

When making trading decisions, All-Time-High needs to be considered alongside other factors like All-Time-Low (lowest price), current price, trading volume, and historical market trends. 

Always do your own research to make informed trade decisions, and use strategies that align with your risk tolerance.  

Bitcoin ATH History: Tracing the Peaks

Bitcoin was worth $0.9 at its initial launch in 2009, founded after the 2008 financial crisis.

(Radanliev, 2023)

It saw exponential growth in the following years, passing $1000 but saw price slumps in 2014 and 2015. 

Bitcoin reached record highs in 2018 when it passed $20,000. The COVID-19 pandemic led to the next milestone, reaching $40,000 in January 2021. 

After Coinbase went public in April 2021, the Bitcoin All-Time-High passed $68,000 that year, followed by a few years of volatile pricing and drops in value. 

Bitcoin hit a new All-Time-High in March 2024, exceeding $75,000, driven by the approval of the Bitcoin ETF. 

BTC peaks since 2009
BTC has hit a few key peaks since its launch in 2009 | Source: TradingView 

ETH ATH History: Raveling Ethereum’s Peaks

Ethereum (ETH) was created in 2014 and priced at $0.31 in the Initial Coin Offering (ICO). 

Ethereum’s ATH price first passed $100 in the 2017 bull run, maxing out at $414 in June. After a correction, ETH hit a new ATH of $1,418 in January 2018. 

From there, the entire market experienced high volatility and price fluctuations for the next few years but saw new ATHs in 2021. Ethereum blockchain also became the home of NFTs, and the NFT boom contributed to a new All-Time-High of $4,379 in May 2021.

Prices fell and fluctuated in the next few years, but prices rebounded above $3,300 in March 2024 as Bitcoin hit a new ATH. 

Ethereum price pattern
Ethereum has followed a similar price pattern to Bitcoin | Source: TradingView 

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Suchet Dhindsa Salvesen
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Suchet is a Norwegian economist, entrepreneur, and investor, serving as the CFO and COO of Brainfund. With over a decade of experience in global expansion, venture capital, and emerging technologies, he earned his MBA from the NMBU School of Business & Economics. He held dual bachelor’s degrees from the University of South-Eastern Norway. His career spans roles at NextToMe, Get, and Conax before joining Everipedia, now Brainfund, in 2017.

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