Solana Surpasses XRP, Becomes Fifth-Largest Cryptocurrency

Solana (SOL) ascended to claim its position as the fifth-largest digital currency, overtaking XRP

Handoyo Saputra | December 21, 2023

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The cryptocurrency landscape witnessed a significant shift on December 20, 2023, as Solana (SOL) ascended to claim its position as the fifth-largest digital currency, overtaking XRP. CoinMarketCap data revealed that Solana reached a staggering market cap of $35.5 billion, marking a pinnacle not seen in the last 20 months.

Solana's remarkable ascent was not without challenges. The token successfully withstood substantial selling pressure originating from the FTX bankruptcy estate. However, its recent surge can be attributed to the flourishing decentralized finance (DeFi) ecosystem, accompanied by the frenzy surrounding meme coins that propelled its growth.

This week, Solana's total value locked (TVL) crossed the $1 billion mark for the first time since the collapse of FTX in the previous November. This surge was propelled by escalating asset valuations and a consistent influx of capital into various DeFi protocols.

Decentralized exchanges within the Solana network experienced an unprecedented surge in trading volume. Notably, Orca recorded a trading volume of $746 million on December 15, a stark contrast to the previous threshold of $100 million before November. This surge can be largely attributed to the rise of meme coins like Bonk, which has amassed a market cap surpassing $1.2 billion.

In the pursuit of identifying the next high-yield meme coin, speculators have been acquiring Solana as the primary asset before exchanging it for their chosen meme coin. Each sale of the meme coin, back into Solana, triggers a significant influx of buying activity, amplifying its market momentum.

Focused Attention on Solana

Solana Price on December 21, 2023
Solana Price on December 21, 2023

Recent developments have spotlighted Solana itself. The blockchain has notably improved its network stability post a series of outages in the previous year. Moreover, Solana has distanced itself from FTX, the collapsed exchange that procured $1 billion worth of Solana-based tokens before its bankruptcy filing.

Currently valued at $83.2, SOL has observed an 11.25% surge in the past 24 hours and a notable 18.86% increase over the last 7 days. CoinMarketCap data indicates a remarkable 110% surge in trading volume, reaching $4 billion within the past 24 hours.

This monumental surge positions Solana as a formidable player in the ever-evolving landscape of cryptocurrencies, hinting at a promising trajectory in the foreseeable future.


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