Bitcoin, which has increasingly been referred to as "digital gold," flipped silver's market capitalization on its way past $71,000 and setting a new all-time high.

It's a milestone that Bitcoin has seen often since the beginning of March.

On Friday afternoon, Bitcoin broke above $70,000 for the first time ever. Then early Monday morning, the Bitcoin price began climbing and was $71,239.37 at the time of writing. It's gained 2.7% since yesterday and 11.4% since this time last week.

As is usually the case, the all-time high price depends on which exchange or price aggregator you check. At approximately 9:20 Central European Time the BTC price was $71,700 on Coinbase; $71,560 on CoinGecko; and $71,607 on CoinMarketCap.

screenshot of bitcoin market cap and silver market cap
Screenshot of Bitcoin market cap compared to Silver market cap. Source: Infinite Market Cap

It was only just three months ago—when anticipation for the approval of spot Bitcoin ETFs started to build—that Bitcoin managed to flip Elon Musk's electric vehicle company Tesla, Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp parent company Meta, and acclaimed Bitcoin hater Warren Buffett's multinational conglomerate Berkshire Hathaway.

That makes Bitcoin the newly minted eighth-largest asset by virtue of its $1.4 trillion market cap. Besides gold, which has long held the top spot with its $14.7 trillion market cap, it's still trailing behind Microsoft, Apple, Nvidia, Saudi Aramco, Amazon, and Google parent company Alphabet.

Why the bullish price rally? One big reason is the approaching Bitcoin halving. The latest estimate is that the halving will occur in approximately 35 days, on April 15, according to NiceHash.

The Bitcoin halving reduces the reward paid to Bitcoin miners for process new blocks on the network. It's happened three times already since Bitcoin originated. This fourth halving will see the Bitcoin reward reduced from 6.25 BTC to 3.125 BTC.


Meanwhile, Ethereum this morning reclaimed $4,000 after first seeing it on Friday for the first time since 2021. At the time of writing, ETH appears to have met a bit of resistance. The Ethereum price is $3,992.13, having gained 1.3% since yesterday and 13.6% since last week.

In terms of market cap, Ethereum's $480 billion makes it larger than the SPDR S&P 500 ETF Trust and it is fast closing in on Walmart's $484 billion market cap, according to Infinite Market Cap.

ETH has some bullish news of its own as a tailwind this week. In just two days' time, Ethereum devs will roll out the Dencun upgrade. It's expected to make Ethereum layer-2 transactions dramatically cheaper, devs told Decrypt last week.

Edited by Andrew Hayward

Editor's note: This story was updated to correct the Bitcoin reward following the halving.

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