by Jamie Redman
While stocks and cryptocurrency markets have floundered during the last week, the price of the precious metal gold has increased in value by 3.85% during the last seven days. An ounce of fine gold jumped from $1,826.92 on February 10, to $1,897.36 per ounce on February 19. Additionally, the top gold-backed crypto coins today have seen a significant increase in demand alongside premiums above the spot market price of gold.
The world’s economy has been shaky and many are blaming the turmoil between Russia and Ukraine, and the possibility of war. This has caused equities markets to drop this past week and by the closing bell on Friday, all three of the top indexes remained in the red. Nasdaq closed at -168, the Dow Jones closed at -232, and NYSE was down -99 at the end of the day on Friday as well. Furthermore, cryptocurrency markets followed suit as billions of dollars have left the crypto economy as it dropped below the $2 trillion range last week to $1.88 trillion.
Today, the crypto economy has lost 3.1% in USD value during the last 24 hours and bitcoin (BTC) has dropped below the $40K price zone. In contrast to equities and cryptocurrencies, the precious metal gold has done well this week, gathering 3.85% in USD value over the last seven days. At the time of writing one Troy ounce of .999 fine gold is changing hands just below the $1,900 range at $1,897.36 per ounce. An ounce of .999 fine silver has also increased in value since January 28. On that day, an ounce of silver traded for $22.47 per ounce, and today it’s changing hands for $23.94.
While precious metals have seen markets move northbound in value, demand for tokenized gold crypto coins has increased. Between tether gold (XAUT), pax gold (PAXG), perth mint gold token (PMGT), and digix gold (DGX), all four tokenized gold coin market caps have increased in value between 2.4% and 8% over the last week. XAUT and PAXG are the two largest gold-backed crypto coins in terms of market valuation. XAUT has an overall market cap of $430 million and PAXG’s valuation is $424 million.
Meanwhile, all of them have been fluctuating between the spot market value of gold and a decent premium as well. For instance, at the time of writing, pax gold (PAXG) is changing hands for $1,917.09 per coin which is 1.039% above spot market prices. Perth mint gold token (PMGT) is also trading for higher prices than the spot market value of an ounce of physical gold. Currently, PMGT’s premium is 0.915% above the current $1,897.36 per ounce recorded on February 19.
25 days ago Bitcoin.com News reported on the enormous growth of tether gold (XAUT) and pax gold (PAXG) and since then the valuations have grown larger. On January 25, XAUT’s market cap was $410 million and over $20 million in value has been added. PAXG’s market cap was $332.7 million and $92 million in USD value has been added over the last 25 days. XAUT’s market valuation has swelled by close to 20,000% in two years while PAXG has seen a 16,000% increase during that time frame.
Similar to stablecoins, crypto economy participants have found value in gold-backed digital currencies and the trend seems to be a mainstay in the industry. Like their physical counterparts, digital gold tokens can help someone hedge against market downturns. With the current premiums, arbitrage opportunities can happen as well, just like they do within fiat-pegged stablecoin markets.
What do you think about the growth of gold-backed tokens like XAUT, PAXG, PMGT, and DGX? What do you think about these tokens seeing market premiums? Let us know what you think about this subject in the comments section below.
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 5,000 articles for Bitcoin.com News about the disruptive protocols emerging today.
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