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Ethereum – Bitcoin: ‘The flippening has already happened,’ but did it really?

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To Ethereum maximalists, or “Ethereals” in the market, the idea of the world’s largest altcoin flipping Bitcoin, the world’s largest cryptocurrency, isn’t just a pipe dream. In fact, to many, this could well be a reality, especially since the general opinion is that most investors are very underexposed to the likes of Ethereum. This was actually a viewpoint shared by CryptoCobain and Su Zhu on a recent podcast as well.

Now ordinarily, the idea of Ethereum flipping Bitcoin, or the “flippening” refers to the hypothetical moment when Ethereum replaces Bitcoin as the most valuable cryptocurrency in terms of market cap. However, according to the Blockchain Center, a few other metrics can be used for the same purpose as well.

Transaction counts and transaction volumes, for instance. According to the aforementioned, at the time of writing, the former for Ethereum had already flipped Bitcoin’s figures. As far as the latter is concerned, the figure was 82%, notwithstanding the fact that the said metric doesn’t take into account token and stablecoin transfers.

Anyways, the fact of the matter is that such classifications often dilute the idea of what constitutes a “flippening.” Celsius CEO Alex Mashinsky’s take on a recent “flippening” is a case in point. During a recent interview, Mashinsky revealed,

“The flippening has already happened. Ethereum already surpassed Bitcoin in dollar terms as the total holdings of the Celsius community and I think the broader market will follow it in the next year or two.”

Now, the use of the word “flippening” is debatable here. After all, Mashinsky’s assertion of the same is based on the notion that the wider community and market usually follow the trends of the Celsius community. Or perhaps, what he meant was that the Celsius community’s trends and behaviors are a good indication of the general market sentiment.

Whatever may be the case, it might not be too prudent to base such assertions on the basis of localized findings, even though Celsius does have a million users and holds over $17 billion in deposits.

Here, it’s worth noting that to Zhu and Cobain’s credit, both also agreed with the notion that such a flippening might not be all that important.

“If you have a parabolic rise and then you have a new floor settling that’s 100% or 50% above the previous floor, I think that’s way more important than the peak flipping.”

Source: Coinstats

Then again, even if such a flippening does happen, would that be a good thing? A recent article argued otherwise, claiming that in light of the fact that Ethereum is still a project in transition and is as complex as ever, it might take a long time for people to actually grasp the innate value of the ETH blockchain.

Bitcoin getting flipped might fuel more chaos than calm, it asserted.

Even so, Celsius Network’s CEO remains very bullish about Ethereum and ETH 2.0, with the exec going as far as saying that while store of value is Bitcoin’s prevailing use case, yield is Ethereum’s, and the latter is set to have “broader application, broader user base,” and in time, “broader adoption.”


Jibin Mathew George is Editor-in-Chief at AMBCrypto. A domain expert in International Relations (European Politics), he has always been a believer in the unlimited possibilities afforded by blockchain and by extension, cryptocurrencies. As someone who has been watching and writing about this space for over 5 years now, Jibin has closely tracked the emergence of cryptos and digital assets as a separate asset class in portfolios world over. A lawyer by training, he previously contributed to the News and Research desk of Diplomacy & Beyond Plus. Before his stint at D&B, he was Editor at ED Times. Jibin also takes a great interest in politics, especially the corresponding effect political decisions and fiscal policy have on the world of finance, with a special focus on cryptocurrencies.
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