Literally just one massive chart that says everything about bitcoin in 2017

Eight days.

That’s how long it took bitcoin BTCUSD, +0.48% back in April 2013, to rise from $100 for a single bitcoin to $200.

Fast forward four years and the cryptocurrency has shot up over the $5,000 mark and has been scaling $100 milestones in a matter of hours on a routine basis. On Wednesday evening, the price of a single bitcoin was around $4,800; by Thursday afternoon it had shot up to top $5,300 for the first time.

While these milestones have become lesser and lesser accomplishments as bitcoin has continued to blaze along its upward path — bitcoin would now only need to rise 1.9% to go from $5,300 to $5,400, compared with 100% when it doubled to $200 — it is also indicative of just how astonishingly fast the digital currency has been rising this year. So fast we are barely able to fit all the milestones onto this whopper of a chart (and have been updating it many, many times this year).

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If that chart isn’t making bitcoin’s staggering ascent abundantly clear, here are some more stats that should do the job:

• One year ago, on Aug. 31, 2016, bitcoin was trading at $640.

• Which means bitcoin is up over 727% over the past 12 months.

• It closed 2016 trading at about $954.

• So, thus far in 2017, it is up over 450%.

• Bitcoin surged 66% over the month of August, during which it zoomed through 17 $100 milestones.

• The cybercurrency has risen by about 75% since hitting a low of $2,985.24 in mid-September.

• It had been vacillating in the $4,300-$4,500 range for much of October before suddenly zooming up to $5,300 today. Why? Well…

• There have been 10 days in 2017, five in August alone, in which bitcoin has scaled past several $100 milestones in a single day.

• At current levels, bitcoin has a market cap of $88.35 billion, larger than such companies as Starbucks Corp. SBUX, +0.59%   and American Express Co. AXP, -0.38%  

(Bitcoin prices according to CoinDesk.)

This is where we’ll remind you that as the elder sibling of the cryptocurrency gang, bitcoin’s numbers actually pale in comparison to some of its brethren:

• Ether has soared more than 3,500% this year. Its total market cap stands at $29.1 billion.

• Bitcoin Cash, an offspring created in response to bitcoin’s transaction-size issue, has a market cap of $5.3 billion. (Though it is significantly down from an all-time high above $860, hit on Aug. 19.)

• Ripple, at about $0.25, is up nearly 3,900% this year. Market cap at latest check: $9.8 billion.

• Litecoin, at about $56.5, is up over 1,200% since the beginning of this year, when it was trading at just over $4. Its market cap now stands at just over $3 billion.

• The combined market cap of all digital currencies is above $163 billion, according to CoinMarketCap.

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