Cryptocurrencies have been propelled to superstar status over the last month or so, with rogue coins surging off the charts and outgrowing even established tokens. Dogecoin has led the charge, backed by Elon Musk and his legions of Twitter followers. The coin faces stiff competition from other currencies, namely the little-known DeFi token SafeMoon.
Could SafeMoon overtake Dogecoin?
Dogecoin has surged into prominence in recent weeks thanks to backing from Elon Musk, who has helped accelerate its status from a joke to cryptocurrency king in a matter of weeks.
DOGE is currently worth $0.410039 (£0.29), closing in on the US dollar, but SafeMoon, a younger crypto launched in early 2021, is closing in fast.
Where DOGE has grown by roughly 17 percent in the last 24 hours, SafeMoon is closing in on value gains made by established cryptocurrencies Bitcoin (BTC) and Ethereum (ETH) with a nearly 50 percent surge in value.
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However, its price remains comparatively low and totals at $0.00000707 (£0.0000051) each.
SafeMoon has a fully diluted market cap of $4.3 billion (£3.07 billion) and a total volume of roughly $74.2 million (£53 million), increases of 42 percent and 142 percent respectively over the last 24 hours.
The currency has the same aim as DOGE and hopes to push its value “to the moon”, a phrase used to describe off the charts growth.
SafeMoon is slightly different from the other blockchain-based cryptocurrencies on the market, which could give it an edge.
Those who capitulate will receive a penalty, with sellers saddled with a fee equivalent to 10 percent of the token’s current worth.
While this will ultimately encourage growth, the path “to the moon” relies on having more buyers than sellers.
But the tactic has worked so far, allowing the currency to drum up snowballing interest.
Over the last three days, SafeMoon has overtaken DOGE as the most searched cryptocurrency on CoinMarketCap.
And this interest will likely continue to grow, with SafeMoon due to enter exchanges imminently.
In an “Ask Me Anything” roundtable, John Karony and Thomas Smith, CEO and CTO of SafeMoon, said their currency would soon grace two exchanges.
While they didn’t reveal which ones, they did tease an announcement this week, by Wednesday or Thursday (April 21 and 22).
SafeMoon currently exists solely on BitMart exchange, without a presence on established platforms Coinbase or Binance.