Ethereum was first conceived in 2013 by its founder, Vitalik Buterin. The Ethereum whitepaper described the blockchain as an evolution of Bitcoin’s, enabling not only payments but “smart contracts” too.
Using Ethereum’s “Turing complete” smart contract language, Solidity, developers are able to deploy a set of instructions to the blockchain that operate indefinitely with a high degree of finality and fraud-resistance. With the first block being mined in July 2015, Ethereum has since become the largest smart contract platform of its kind, and the second largest blockchain of all time as measured by market capitalization.
The rapid price increase of Ethereum has not only attracted investors but developers too. Ethereum has tens of thousands of developers in its open source community, each contributing to the many layers of the “Ethereum stack”. This includes code contributions to the core Ethereum clients, second layer scaling tech and the “decentralized applications” (dApps) that are built on top of the platform. The appeal of Ethereum to developers is unique in that it was the first platform to allow anyone in the world to write and deploy code that would run without the risk of censorship. The community of developers which have formed around these core principles have led to the creation of technologies that could not have existed without the inception of Ethereum, many of which were never predicted. Some of the major use-cases of Ethereum so far have been:
- Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs) – crowdfunding through the sale of tokens
- Crypto-collectibles – non-fungible tokens (NFTs) whose scarcity is enforced by the blockchain
- Stablecoins – fiat-pegged cryptocurrencies (collateralized or fiat-backed) with their stability enforced by smart contracts
- Decentralized exchange – the exchange of cryptoassets using Ethereum smart contracts, where the Ethereum blockchain acts as a trustless intermediary
These are just a handful of the applications conceived for Ethereum; the most powerful use cases of this blockchain are yet to be imagined. Ethereum’s challenge now is in garnering of mainstream appeal, something which has so far eluded the platform due to the friction between the traditional and crypto spheres.
Read more about the Ethereum blockchain, mining and its surrounding ecosystem in our guide to What Is Ethereum?
Ethereum Price History
The price of Ethereum has fluctuated wildly in its short history. At its launch in July 2015, the price of an Ethereum token (Ether) was just $0.43. In the years following, the price of Ethereum would see a high of $1,422.47 in January 2018 before dropping by over 80% 9 months later.
This dramatic volatility attracted global attention with the mainstream media running near-daily reports on the price of Ether. The publicity generated has been a major boon for the ecosystem, attracting thousands of new developers and business ventures alike. In 2018 the amount raised through Ethereum-enabled ICOs reached almost $8bn, increasing from just $90m in 2016. While the price of Ethereum has faced extreme volatility over the years, it is this volatility which has driven interest. After every boom and bust cycle, Ethereum comes out the other side with a fundamentally stronger platform and a broader developer community backing it. These fundamental improvements would suggest a positive long-term outlook on the price of Ethereum.
Armed with the knowledge of Ethereum’s price history, future predictions and the associated risks to investing in this cryptocurrency, you may now be considering a purchase. Buying Ethereum has evolved from a niche and slightly cumbersome process to one which has been polished into simplicity. Ethereum can now be bought through debit/credit card, epayment platforms, bank transfer, cash or even Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. Speculators can bet on the asset (both long and short) through “contracts for difference” (CFDs) or they can purchase and secure the asset themselves to “become their own bank”.
There are myriad ways to buy the cryptocurrency Ethereum and there is no single correct way of doing so. For a detailed guide to not only the acquisition of Ethereum but the storage and securing of it as well, see our Buy Ethereum guide.
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ETH Price Update
The price of Ethereum (ETH) today is $183.48 USD, which has decreased by -1.6066 (-0.87%) over the last 24 hours. The total number of ETH coins in circulation stands at 108,561,976 and $86,243,164 USD has been traded for the ETH-USD pair across exchanges over the last 24 hours.