Bitcoin price surges: Cryptocurrencies soar amid bull market hopes - BTC, ETH and DOGE up

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The price of the world's most popular cryptocurrency had slumped to $31,017 (£21,998.81) earlier this week. But Bitcoin's value rose by 5.3 percent in less than two hours from $36,310 (£25,752.87) at 9.15am to $38,227 (£27,112.50) at 11am.

The meme coin Dogecoin also rose by four percent from $0.329 (£0.23) at 10.15am to $0.342 (£0.24) at 11.15am.

Ethereum also rose by 3.8 percent from $2,501 (£1773.83) to $2,596 (£1841.21) during the same period.

Ethereum is a decentralised, open source blockchain with smart contract functionality. Ethereum, alongside Dogecoin, has hit a new all-time high this week amid a crypto coin frenzy.

The price surge means the combined value of all cryptocurrencies is now greater than the market cap of Apple – the world’s most valuable company.

Cryptocurrencies soar amid bull market hopes

Cryptocurrencies soar amid bull market hopes (Image: Getty)

Bitcoin soars in just two hours

Bitcoin soars in just two hours (Image: Getty)

Konstantin Anissimov, executive director of crypto exchange CEX.IO, said: “Ethereum has been able to maintain its positive momentum with a crushing series of all-time highs in the past week.

“The current all-time high has reignited the ambitious sentiment that ethereal may eventually flip bitcoin by market capitalisation in the near future.

“In the past week, ethereal has surged by 35 percent against the 1.5 percent growth for bitcoin.

“While a retracement is in the works, the positive growth rate has been steady enough to warrant any sharp drop."

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Dogecoin also soared in the same period

Dogecoin also soared in the same period (Image: Getty)

Bitcoin has been formally recognised as an asset class by the regulator of international banking standards, the Basel Committee.

It is believed the cryptocurrency received an immediate boost following the news that the regulator will propose to introduce capital rules for bitcoin.

The proposal - published today - makes a distinction between the different types of cryptocurrency.

The Basel Committee said: "While banks’ exposure to cryptoassets are currently limited, the continued growth and innovation in cryptoassets and related services, coupled with the heightened interest of some banks, could increase global financial stability concerns and risks to the banking system in the absence of specified prudential treatment.

“Given the rapidly evolving nature of this asset class, the Committee believes that policy development for cryptoasset exposure is likely to involve more than one consultation.”

This comes as El Salvador become the first country in the world to approve the cryptocurrency as legal tender.

Ministers in El Salvador's Congress voted by a “supermajority” in favour of the Bitcoin Law, which received 62 out of 84 possible votes.

Prices in the Central American country can now be shown in Bitcoin, while tax contributions can be paid with digital currency.

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El Salvador began accepting bitcoin as currency

El Salvador began accepting bitcoin as currency (Image: Getty)

Exchanges in the cryptocurrency will also not be subject to capital gains tax.

While it is not clear how exactly El Salvador will roll out Bitcoin as legal tender, the proposal still needs to go through the country's legislative process before being passed as law.

The law passed in the country by ministers reads: “The purpose of this law is to regulate bitcoin as unrestricted legal tender with liberating power, unlimited in any transaction, and to any title that public or private natural or legal persons require carrying out."

El Salvador’s current official currency is the US dollar, and the proposed law states the exchange rate with the currency “will be freely established by the market".

Former President Donald Trump

Former President Donald Trump (Image: Getty)

The law adds the state will “promote the necessary training and mechanisms so that the population can access bitcoin transactions".

Over recent months, the cryptocurrency has soared and plummeted and slashed in half after surging to a record high in mid-April.

Earlier this week, the price of the cryptocurrency plummeted yet again after Donald Trump said he viewed it as a "scam" affecting the value of the US dollar.

The former US President told Fox Business: "Bitcoin, it just seems like a scam.

Ethereum also rose by 3.8 percent

Ethereum also rose by 3.8 percent (Image: Getty)

"I don't like it because it's another currency competing against the dollar."

Mr Trump added he wanted the dollar to be the "currency of the world".

Last month, Bitcoin's price surged after Tesla boss Elon Musk claimed his company has "diamond hands".

Mr Musk seemingly caused both the crash and helped to restore it after Tesla announced it would temporarily not be accepting the digital currency as payment for vehicles.

Elon Musk helped bitcoin's price soar last month

Elon Musk helped bitcoin's price soar last month (Image: Getty)

However, the Tesla boss then tweeted how "Tesla has [diamond hands]" using an emoji of a diamond and waving hands.

According to reports, the emojis are a reference to a meme in which holders of specific assets – such as cryptocurrencies and stocks – make clear they are holding onto them.

This tweet means Tesla does not intend to sell its stocks in cryptocurrency, helping to restore Bitcoin following its crash.

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