Let the nightshine in! It’s time to let Auroracoin light up our lives!
Yeah, I’ve been writing ad copy today. How can you tell?
Anyhoodle, in today’s mainstream and alt cryptocurrency roundup we’re featuring Auroracoin, a rebel Icelandic (but I repeat myself) cryptocurrency created by the mysterious and pseudonymous Baldur Friggjar Óðinsson. His intention is to give 50% of it to the population of Iceland, for free. Prior to launch the Wall Street Journal called it the third biggest cryptocurrency in the world. It was created in response to government restrictions on conventional currency, most particularly those restrictions on dumping the króna and buying, oh, say, US dollars with it.
As they say, the internet interprets censorship as damage and routes around it.
This is what that looks like in the form of money.
Personally, I — no. I will not make a Bjorkcoin joke. I WILL BE STRONG — where was I? Oh, right, about to give you the prices for today.
As of 4am Vangroover time, the prices listed on the Cryptsy ticker are:
Bitcoin: $584.00000000 and totally steady for once. Huh. What do you know, it may yet outperform my magic beans.
Litecoin: $7.47812898 up a titch, whew.
Dogecoin: $0.00020346 down. Up, boy, UP! Come on, you can do it!
Auroracoin: $0.04063472 and better than nothing, which is what every government official in Iceland probably wishes it was worth.
Featured image of aurora in Iceland by Chris Marquardt