Two years of BAYC: sales increase, financialization expands, and APE struggles

The NFT’s second anniversary was celebrated on April 23rd, according to the Bored Ape Yacht Club (BAYC).

It’s fascinating to consider how far the NFT has come and how much it has influenced its ecosystem coin APE.


BAYC clocks two

In a recent post by BAYC, its community, and the NFT community were alerted that it has been two years since the popular ape-themed NFT launched.

DappRadar and Crypto Slam’s data revealed that BAYC had achieved remarkable figures since its launch. Crypto Slam’s data illustrated that BAYC had the second-highest sales volume, with $2.8 billion as of this writing.

Since its inception, BAYC has witnessed over 36,000 transactions involving more than 13,000 buyers and 10,000 sellers. Furthermore, the NFT has attracted over 6,337 unique holders.

BAYC ranking

Source: Crypto Slam

BAYC extends beyond collectibles

Messari’s report stated that NFTs have emerged as a significant financial instrument in the Decentralized Finance (DeFi) space.

Their use as collaterals, according to the report, has gained prominence. BAYC NFTs are among the leading collaterals in the space, according to the report. The financialization of NFTs is a growing trend, with their applications expanding beyond digital art and collectibles.

Now, NFTs are being utilized as collateral for loans, giving NFT owners access to liquidity without the need to sell their assets. Recently, there has been an upsurge in user interest in NFT lending, indicating the increasing importance of NFTs in the DeFi ecosystem.

BAYC collateral

Source: Messari

The report on the leading NFT collateral choices on lending platforms also revealed an intriguing observation.

Mutant Ape Yacht Club (MAYC), another creation by Yuga Labs that drew inspiration from Bored Ape Yacht Club (BAYC) collection, was the second most popular NFT utilized as collateral.

The State of ApeCoin 

Lately, ApeCoin, the ecosystem coin of Bored Ape Yacht Club (BAYC) and other NFTs in the Yuga Labs ecosystem, has been experiencing a downturn.

The token’s value has decreased when viewed on a daily timeframe chart. However, this trend has been reversed in the past few days, with the token closing in the green zone.

As of this writing, APE was trading at approximately $3.9, representing an almost 1% increase. Nevertheless, despite the recent price surge, APE’s value was insufficient to surpass 40 on the Relative Strength Index.

APE/USD daily timeframe chart

Source: TradingView

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