Scores of altcoins launch each month, and most receive little attention. However, PayCoin is one of those rare altcoins with enough funding and infrastructure to muscle its way into cryptocurrency's upper echelon. PayCoin--and its payment platform PayBase--are designed to work with the legacy credit card systems most businesses already employ. Moreover, PayBase integrates with merchant APIs to allow customers to buy products with PayCoins from within the PayBase platform. Consequently, many investors are bullish on PayCoin.
However, others are not convinced, and skeptical observers had their fears confirmed when PayBase was hit by an apparent security malfunction shortly after its launch on December 30. GAW claims the issue was a minor CloudFare glitch, but some investors remain worried that customer data was compromised or could be in the future.
As a result, the PayCoin price reversed its upward trend and plunged over the past few days. From December 25-29, the PayCoin price soared climbed more than 1,000,000 satoshis to 4,063,012 (As with most altcoins, bitcoin is PayCoin's largest trading pair).
But then the PayCoin price decline began. The PayCoin price dropped on December 29, ending the day at 3,938,736 satoshis. The downward pace steepened on December 30, as the PayCoin price plummeted to 3,150,018 satoshis. The negative trend continued on New Year's Eve, and the PayCoin price rang in the New Year with a whimper. The current PayCoin price is 2,604,831 satoshis. PayCoin currently sits third among cryptocurrency market caps with a total valuation of $~98 million according to CoinGecko. The coin has a ~$3 million edge on fourth-place litecoin.
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Disclosure: The author has ~1 PayCoin
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