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Ethereum 2.0 Becomes The Leading Hodler of Ether With $21.5 Billion in Funds

Presently, the staking contract of Eth2 has become the largest holder of Ethereum. Moreover, it is compliant with ERC-20 standards and leads the other projects using the same tokens.
The blockchain analytics source Nansen carries that the staking contract of Eth2 has exceeded that of WETH (Wrapped Ethereum) and is now the largest single Eher holder.
Furthermore, unlike Eth, wrapped Ether meets the ERC-20 standard, making it the best ETH representation champion amidst decentralized finance projects that employ ERC-20 tokens.
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Alex Svanevik, the Nansen CEO, put up his findings on Twitter this Tuesday. According to the available data, the deposit contract of Beacon Chain consists of 6.73 million ETH – roughly valued at $21.5 billion at present rates.

Check who’s #1 ETH holder now guys! pic.twitter.com/3isDLkrv7I
— Alex Svanevik ✨ (@ASvanevik) August 16, 2021

While on the other side of the coin, the data by Nansen shows that the contract of Wrapped Ethereum consists of 6.7 million ETH, roughly valued at $21.4 billion. Binance follows with 2.29 million ETH, which is roughly valued at $7.3 billion.
As maintained by CoinMarketCap, the sum of Ether staked and locked on Eth2 now constitutes 5.7% of the circulating supply of Ethereum. Moreover, the Eth2 network has up to 210,000 validators at this time, Beaconcha.in claims.
At this time, the staked Ether on Eth2 are all confined, and users cannot withdraw them from the contract until the impending Ethereum chain merges to join Eth2 and Ethereum networks. At present, the anticipated chain integration will happen within the first six months of 2022.
Ethereum 2.0 Occupies Third Position In POS Network
As per Staking Rewards, the top 3 proof-of-stake network is Eth2 through staked capitalization. It is therefore positioned behind Solana’s $27.5 billion and Cardona’s $49 billion.
The news went live a short time after the major Ethereum’s breakthrough for the Eth2 roadmap and the successful deployment of the network upgrades in London on the 5th of August.
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This hard fork introduced the greatly expected Improvement Proposal 1559 of Ethereum. This proposal introduces the accurate transaction price, which is burned from the fees generated on the network.
According to Ultrasound.Money, users have destroyed up to 54,916 ETH or $175 million through transaction fees in the 12 days following the London fork.
At the current burn rate involving 3.28 ETH, users might destroy above 140,000 ETH every month if the network keeps operating optimally.

 
At the time of writing, ETH has lost at least 3.94% of its price in the last 24 hours | Source: ETHUSD on TradingView.com
Featured image from Pixabay, chart from TradingView.com

Christian Robinson
Christian Robinson
I’m a regular contributor to Forbes, CoinDesk, and Bitcoin Magazine, among others. My work focuses on providing analysis of the latest trends in the crypto industry, as well as offering insights into investment opportunities. I have a strong track record of identifying emerging technologies and assets that can achieve significant growth. As such, I believe that I am uniquely positioned to help investors navigate the ever-changing landscape of cryptocurrency.

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