Ethereum gas fees hit 8-month high amid ERC-404 craze

Gas fees on the Ethereum network reached levels not seen since March last year as traders rushed to capitalize on the early stages of the ERC-404 trend.

Ethereum gas fees hit 8-month high amid ERC-404 craze

Ethereum network gas fees reached an eight-month high amid a frenzy of interest for a new, unofficial, experimental token standard dubbed ERC-404.

Ethereum network gas prices reached an average peak of 70 gwei ($60 for a standard transaction) on Feb. 9, with peak gas costs surging as high as 377 gwei — a level not since May 12, 2023.

While the causes of the gas price surge can be attributed to various factors, the spike arrived around the same time as the hype around the ERC-404 token standard began to pick up steam throughout the crypto sector.

The ERC-404 wave was kicked on Feb. 5 when a project called Pandora launched the experimental standard. It has since witnessed more than 6,100% gain and over $474 million in volume.

ERC-404 aims to bind ERC-721 NFTs to the ERC-20 tokens, allowing for what some have described as fractionalized NFTs, allowing multiple wallets to each own a portion of a single nonfungible token (NFT) — such as a BAYC NFT — and use that portion to trade with or stake for loans.

Despite attaching the prefix “ERC” to the new breed of token, the name is very much unofficial. Speaking to Cointelegraph on Feb. 9, one of the developers behind the Pandora project, who goes by the pseudonym “ctrl” said the team was working on “drastically reducing” gas costs.

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