Since the London Hardfork upgrade, also known as the EIP 1559 went live on the Ethereum blockchain, the total number of tokens that has been burnt on has recently surpassed the $1 billion benchmark. Since the hardfork turned the Ether coin into a deflationary digital currency on August 5, a total of 320380.7 coins have been burnt, a number that is valued at $1,103,734,590.75 going by the current price of approximately $3,450.
Ethereum Token Burn Rate. Source: Etherchain
To gain more context, a token burn event is a way to permanently take off some portion of the circulating supply of a cryptocurrency. The program is often initiated for a number of reasons including to boost the tokenomics of a particular blockchain project, or to reduce the total supply, a move that has the potential to impact the price of the asset positively.
While the token burn rate has continued to stir scarcity in the Ethereum blockchain in a subtle way, many are skeptical about its potential impacts on the price of the underlying asset. Ethereum is one of the major digital currencies with a steady growth rate when compared with Bitcoin (BTC), and the surge from $2,791.17 to the current price of $3,450 may be attributed to other factors beyond the token burning program.
These other factors may come from the increasing buyup of the cryptocurrency as the decentralized finance (DeFi), and Non-Fungible Token (NFT) has continued to see positive momentum in the past weeks.
Ethereum 2.0 to Complement Token Burn Event
Amongst the most iconic plans in the roadmap of the Ethereum foundation is the eventual migration to Ethereum 2.0. Ethereum 2.0 is the Proof-of-Stake (PoS) model designed to replace the current energy-intensive Proof-of-Work (PoW) protocol that has come under intense criticism in the past few days.
Besides the boost to the overall outlook of the Ethereum network, the advent of Ethereum 2.0 will serve as the final complement to all of the positive upgrades the blockchain has experienced thus far, including the EIP 1559 upgrade.
Depending on the nature of the impact that proponents wish to see, the ongoing burn event is notably part of the wide array of fundamentals that is stirring the steady growth we are seeing in the performance of the Ethereum coin.
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