An interesting comparative analysis on bitcoin’s rise was published yesterday by Bloomberg:
“[T]he cryptocurrency’s nearly 60-fold increase during the past three years was truly extraordinary[…] It dwarfed the Nasdaq Composite Index’s gain during the headiest days of the 1990s. Going further back, it comfortably outstripped the Mississippiand South Sea bubbles of the 1700s. It even topped the Dutch tulipmania of the 1630s, though that last comparison should be taken with a grain of salt given the scarcity of recorded tulip values.
The story, and a chart, can be found here.