Ether, the digital currency of the Ethereum blockchain, made significant gains on the day of the Thanksgiving holiday.
The cryptocurrency hit an all-time high of $ 425.55 Thursday, according to data from industry website Coinmarketcap.
This broke a previous record high of $ 414.76, which the digital currency’s price reached in June.
Ether has risen by more than 5,000 percent since the start of the year. It is the second-largest cryptocurrency, with a market capitalization of more than $ 40 billion.
The rally followed a prediction from billionaire investor Mike Novogratz that ether would hit $ 500 by the end of the year, while bitcoin reaches $ 10,000. Novogratz said that investors are pouring into cryptocurrencies like bitcoin and ether because of the lack of trust in financial institutions following the 2008 crash.
Meanwhile bitcoin cash, a virtual currency that resulted from a split in the original blockchain earlier this year, was also rallying. It soared as much as 19 percent Friday, edging as high as $ 1,789.05. The bitcoin spinoff briefly dethroned ether as the second-largest digital currency earlier this month.