The last 12 months have been tough on digital currency investors as the crypto winter has caused a large sum of value to leave the once-bustling economy. The privacy coin economy, for instance, shed more than 55% against the U.S. dollar as it dropped from $11.7 billion in Jan. 2022 to the current $5.22 billion.
Privacy Economy Loses 55% Against the Greenback, European Union Looks to Ban Anonymizing Cryptos
Privacy coins are not talked about like they used to be. These days, the hype and discussions surrounding decentralized finance (defi) and non-fungible tokens (NFTs) have eclipsed privacy coin conversations.
Furthermore, during the last 12 months, the privacy coin economy has dropped from $11.7 billion to today’s $5.22 billion. Last January, the top two privacy tokens included monero (XMR) and zcash (ZEC).
At the time, monero was the largest privacy coin by market cap and still is today. In Jan. 2022, XMR’s price was around $202.97 per unit and it had a market valuation of around $3.66 billion on Jan. 19, 2022.
Today, XMR is exchanging hands for around $142.35 per coin and it has an overall market capitalization of around $2.58 billion. Zcash holds the second-largest privacy coin market valuation this year and in January it was around $1.53 billion.
At the end of Dec. 2022, ZEC’s market cap is down to $517 million. Jan. 2022’s top five privacy coins by market cap included monero (XMR), zcash (ZEC), secret (SCRT), decred (DCR), and horizen (ZEN).
December 2022 stats show the top five privacy coins include monero (XMR), zcash (ZEC), dash (DASH), decred (DCR), and beldex (BDX). XMR’s and ZEC’s market caps equate to roughly $3.1 billion which is 59.4% of the entire privacy coin economy.
In Jan. 2022, XMR and ZEC were valued at $5.19 billion and represented only 44.36% of the entire privacy coin economy. Today, the top two privacy coins by market cap have a lot more dominance.
Last month it was reported that leaked EU plans could ban privacy coins like XMR, ZEC, and DASH. “The European Union could ban banks and crypto providers from dealing in privacy-enhancing coins such as zcash, monero, and dash under a leaked draft of a money laundering bill obtained by Coindesk,” the publication noted on Nov. 15, 2022.
Government policy decisions and proposed guidelines have caused a number of crypto exchanges worldwide to stop listing privacy coins like XMR and ZEC. The lack of listings gives privacy coins a lot less liquidity which makes them more susceptible to price fluctuations.
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Jamie Redman is the News Lead at Bitcoin.com News and a financial tech journalist living in Florida. Redman has been an active member of the cryptocurrency community since 2011. He has a passion for Bitcoin, open-source code, and decentralized applications. Since September 2015, Redman has written more than 6,000 articles for Bitcoin.com News about the disruptive protocols emerging today.
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