Tesla Inc (NASDAQ: TSLA) CEO Elon Musk said Dogecoin (CRYPTO: DOGE) has a “legendary item” in its arsenal — a meme shield.
What Happened: The entrepreneur posted a meme to illustrate.
Doge meme shield (legendary item) pic.twitter.com/CeomU9q84c
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) March 1, 2021
DOGE prices hit their all-time high of $0.084 on Feb. 08 and have fallen 38.1% since then as the joke cryptocurrency traded 5.58% lower at $0.052 at press time.
Since the beginning of the year, DOGE has returned 870.93%. The Shiba Inu-theme cryptocurrency has outperformed Bitcoin’s(CRYPTO: BTC) annual gains of 68.78%.
BTC traded 5.68% higher at $49,290.64 at press time.
Why It Matters: Even though Musk’s favorite meme-themed cryptocurrency has shot past BTC in terms of both near-term and yearly gains, the speed of its appreciation on a seven-day basis pales in front of some other cryptocurrency stars.
DOGE has fallen 0.62% on a seven-day trailing basis, while Cardano (CRYPTO: ADA) has shot up 14.87% and Fantom (CRYPTO: FTM) is up 19.48% in the same period.
So-called Ethereum (CRYPTO: ETH) killers like Polkadot (CRYPTO: DOT) and Solana(CRYPTO: SOL) have been advancing at a record pace this year.
Scaling challenges coupled with high fees on Ethereum have buoyed the prices of such coins.