Over 3,500 new cryptocurrencies emerged in the last 12 months amid bullish 2020

10 Mar, 2021 CryptoParrot

As the cryptocurrency sector matures, new digital assets are emerging to leverage blockchain technology’s diverse uses. With the industry mostly bullish over the last 12 months, newly created cryptocurrencies have spiked significantly. 

Data presented by Crypto Parrot indicates that there were 3,531 new cryptocurrencies added to the Coinmarketcap.com database between March 2020 and March 2021. The number represents a growth of 67.94% from March last year when the figure stood at 5,197. 

As of March 2019, the number of cryptocurrencies was 2,106, a growth of 35.17% from 2018's 1,558. In March 2017, there were 649 digital assets to represent a growth of 1,244.83% over the last five years compared to the current total of 8,728 assets.



Main factors behind the surge in new cryptocurrencies 

The significant growth of newly created digital assets in the last 12 months correlated with a period when the cryptocurrency sector was mostly bullish. Across 2020, the traditional market crashed to historical lows but later recovered, with the cryptocurrency sector remaining resilient, led by Bitcoin. 

Additionally, the bullish trend was inspired by the entry of institutions into the sector. The investment potentially means that cryptocurrencies are on the path to mainstream adoption. This potential for mass adoption might have inspired the creation of new assets. 

At the same time, Bitcoin hit the new all-time highs. The bullish trend meant that cryptocurrencies were gaining traction and therefore held the potential for massive returns; hence new projects entered the ecosystem. 

The value gained by assets like Bitcoin over the years is an inspiration for new projects that seek to ride on the wave with the hope of maximum returns. Unfortunately, the emergence of some new cryptocurrencies during a bullish rally has turned out to be scams aiming to profit illegally. 

Decentralized Finance (DeFi) boom

Over the last 12 months, the increased adoption of cryptocurrencies ushered in a Decentralized Finance (DeFi) boom. DeFi projects emerged leveraging the blockchain technology geared towards disrupting the traditional finance sector. Typically, a new DeFi project comes with its native currency upon which network transactions are based. The more the DeFi projects, the more assets enter the market. 

Notably, the majority of DeFi projects are built on host platforms like Ethereum. The ease of a readily available host makes it more convenient for new tokens to launch since they save resources. Similarly, the rise of Initial Coin Offering in 2017 resulted in the significant growth of new assets as of March 2018. 

Crypto forks and the emergence of new assets 

Cryptocurrency forks have also potentially contributed to the emergence of new digital assets. Although crypto splitting scenarios were not common over the last 12 months, they contributed to the emergence of new assets in the previous years. 

Historically, Bitcoin forks have led to the creation of at least four cryptocurrencies. On the other hand, forked cryptocurrencies are also responsible for new assets. For example, Zcash led to Zclassic (ZCL), and then a twin fork between ZCL and Bitcoin led to Bitcoin Private in 2018.

With new cryptocurrencies launching, the focus is now on their role in advancing the financial world. While some digital assets are created as speculative tools, others focus on mainstream adoption and seek solutions for real-world problems. However, only cryptocurrencies with a strong use case will potentially survive.


User Avatar


Crypto Parrot Community Mgr - Here to help answer questions, fix things & help out when needed. Got feedback? Send those bad boys here: [email protected]

Related articles

Bitcoin records 3x higher average trading volume in October than Apple, Amazon, Microsoft

After experiencing increased volatility in late September, Bitcoin (BTC) appears to be regaining its momentum towards another all-time high…

2mins 12 Oct, 2021 CryptoSlashy
Goldman Sachs, Wells Fargo among stocks that outperformed Bitcoin in 2021

The rise in Bitcoin's popularity has increasingly positioned the asset as a formidable investment product directly competing with traditional stocks. Despite recording significant returns, some traditional stocks have outperformed Bitcoin in 2021.…

2mins 29 Sep, 2021 John_Trevors
Almost 5,000 new cryptocurrencies launched in the last 12 months

As the cryptocurrency industry continues to mature with mainstream adoption, investors are pumping more money into the sector contributing to the sector’s popularity.…

2mins 22 Sep, 2021 CryptoParrot
Ethereum adds over 38 million new addresses in 2021, 22% of all ever created

The Ethereum network plays a key role in the cryptocurrency circles, with the asset recording significant interest.…

2mins 14 Sep, 2021 CryptoParrot
Start trading

Recommended crypto exchange

Buy & sell Crypto in minutes

Learn more


Login to comment