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Bitcoin NFTs Overtake Ethereum in Weekly Sales, Marking a Notable Shift

ByDayne Lee

Mar 5, 2024
Bitcoin NFTs Overtake Ethereum in Weekly Sales, Marking a Notable Shift

In a surprising turn of events, sales of Bitcoin non-fungible tokens (NFTs) have outpaced those on Ethereum in the last week. This shift is attributed to a significant increase in interest and sales of NFT collections based on Bitcoin Ordinals, particularly led by the NodeMonkes collection.

A Surge in Bitcoin NFT Sales

Bitcoin NFT transactions witnessed an astonishing 80% increase week-over-week, reaching $168.5 million. This surge placed Bitcoin ahead of Ethereum, which saw sales amounting to $162 million during the same period, as reported by CryptoSlam! Notably, three of the top five best-selling NFT collections for the week were based on Bitcoin Ordinals, highlighting a growing interest in Bitcoin as a platform for NFTs.

The Role of Ordinals in Boosting Bitcoin NFTs

Introduced in January 2023, Ordinals have revolutionized the Bitcoin ecosystem by enabling the creation of NFT-like assets. This innovation allows users to embed files, such as images, into satoshis (sats), the smallest unit of Bitcoin, effectively enabling the minting of NFTs on the Bitcoin blockchain.

Leading Collections and Sales Figures

Uncategorized Ordinals, not belonging to any specific collection, led the sales with over $43 million across more than 47,000 transactions. The NodeMonkes collection, based on Bitcoin, closely followed with sales exceeding $41 million, marking a nearly 170% increase from the previous week. The Natcats Ordinals collection also made it to the top five, with over $10 million in sales for the week.

Spotlight on NodeMonkes

NodeMonkes, a collection of 10,000 unique, pixelated profile picture (PFP)-style Ordinals, was launched in December and claims the title of being the first substantial collection of its kind on Bitcoin. Despite other 10,000 count Ordinals collections preceding it, NodeMonkes was etched onto the blockchain in February 2023, a month after the launch of Ordinals, securing its place in history.

As of March 2, according to a post by “NFTstats” on X (formerly Twitter), the market capitalization of NodeMonkes exceeded $500 million, positioning it as the third-largest PFP-style NFT collection across all blockchains, trailing only behind Ethereum’s Bored Ape Yacht Club (BAYC).

The Allure of NodeMonkes

The sudden spotlight on NodeMonkes puzzles many, but Kevin Wu, the founder of NFT collection GRAYCRAFT, suggested on February 22 that the collection’s “meaningful provenance” as the first PFP-style NFT collection on Bitcoin might be captivating speculative investors. This narrative of being the first on the original blockchain adds a layer of prestige and potential value to the collection.

Overview of Bitcoin NFT Sales Surge

CollectionSales VolumePercentage IncreaseTransactionsMarket Capitalization
Uncategorized$43 million47,000+
NodeMonkes$41 million170%$500 million+
Natcats$10 million
Ethereum Sales$162 million

Analysis and Opinions

The resurgence of Bitcoin in the NFT market underscores the dynamic and evolving nature of digital assets. The introduction of Ordinals has opened new avenues for creativity and investment on the Bitcoin blockchain, traditionally seen as less conducive to such activities compared to Ethereum. This shift could signal a broader acceptance and utilization of Bitcoin for NFTs, challenging Ethereum’s dominance in the space.

NodeMonkes’ rise to prominence exemplifies the potential for innovation and narrative to drive market interest and value in the NFT ecosystem. As the first significant PFP-style collection on Bitcoin, it holds a unique place, blending historical significance with digital artistry.

The recent surge in Bitcoin NFT sales, led by collections like NodeMonkes, represents a pivotal moment in the NFT landscape. It highlights the expanding possibilities beyond Ethereum and underscores the importance of narrative, innovation, and community in the valuation of digital assets. As the market continues to evolve, the role of Bitcoin in the NFT space will undoubtedly be a key area to watch.


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Dayne Lee

With a foundation in financial day trading, I transitioned to my current role as an editor, where I prioritize accuracy and reader engagement in our content. I excel in collaborating with writers to ensure top-quality news coverage. This shift from finance to journalism has been both challenging and rewarding, driving my commitment to editorial excellence.